Ruby has a lucrative theory: a man will marry the next woman he dates after a bad breakup–and she’s made a lot of money proving her hypothesis. Ruby is hired to charm and then dump Adan, who has avoided dating after two failed engagements. When Adan learns his promotion hinges on being in a committed relationship, he must do everything possible to keep Ruby, the breakup pro, by his side. At the same time, Ruby risks breaking her cardinal rule: don’t fall in love.
“Another breakup, another ten-thousand dollars,” Ruby Cortege mumbled under her breath as she took a long look at herself in the bathroom mirror. The lighting was terrible. Dark wood and a warmly lit chandelier did nothing to illuminate her best features. She pressed a red fingernail against her eyebrow, combing an errant dark strand into submission. After lining her cupid’s bow with pencil, she applied the red lipstick.
It was good to leave a man pining.
She’d been looking forward to dining at the most exclusive restaurant in Boston, Amadeo’s Trattoria and it had been delicious. The veal was divine, paired with red wine, but her stomach was unsettled as she neared the end of a lengthy dating escapade. After wiping away a smear of lipstick from her bottom lip, she plastered on a smile.
She’d been dreading this night from the very beginning of the courtship, knowing it would end up in heartbreak. Not hers. His. Always his. She’d been ready to conclude the relationship, but she always feared the confrontation.
Breaking up was a process. It wasn’t sudden. Signs building up to the end had to be sprinkled along the way. There was a honeymoon period that overshadowed their differences, but mainly, the poor man had to realize this was coming.