A Girl Like You

By Gemma Burgess

"I've came across the key to winning singledom. i am performing like a guy. And it truly is working." "I've found the key to profitable singledom. i am performing like a guy. And it truly is working." After breaking apart along with her boyfriend of, good, endlessly, Abigail wooden needs to find out how to be unmarried from scratch. Her relationship talents are abysmal, and she or he ricochets from catastrophe to catastrophe - till Robert, one among London's so much infamous lotharios, concurs to educate her. along with his recommendation, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the artwork of being bulletproof. the hot Abigail is cocky, calm, composed...but what occurs whilst she meets her fit? a lady such as you is the second one publication from Gemma Burgess. Her first e-book, The relationship Detox, was once released in 2010 to rave stories: "Laugh out loud humorous" nearer journal. "Smart, plotty and funny...Buy it, learn it, love it." The Irish usher in. "For these ready to choice the following Bridget Jones, Gemma Burgess solutions back." VF day-by-day, www.vanityfair.com.

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I will hardly ever consume at dinner, or converse, yet Dave doesn’t appear to discover. He is going on and on approximately his day, and his most recent deal, and tells me i glance attractive. I’m attempting to maintain my finish of the dialog up, yet i believe like a moth pinned to 1 of these Victorian wall-hangings. Fluttering with panic and not able to maneuver. ‘I observed Bella today,’ he says, in the direction of the tip of our meal, as he pours me one other glass of wine. at the least i will be able to nonetheless drink. ‘Really? ’ I choke out, staring into my glass so i will be able to stay away from eye touch. ‘How is she? ’ ‘Great, fine,’ he says. ‘She used to be in London for a piece factor, desired to trap up. After a unfastened lunch, I count on. She’s a section embarrassed approximately being this kind of whinge in France, desired to apologise. She and Ollie have been having difficulties. ’ ‘Are she and Ollie okay now? ’ I ask. ‘Fine,’ says Dave dismissively. He’s now not drawn to different people’s relationships, he’s advised me that sooner than. ‘If you’ll excuse me, angel, i must use the – what's it you usually say? ’ ‘The euphemism,’ I murmur. ‘And then I’m taking you domestic and that i wish you bare inside of mins, if no longer seconds. acquired that? You’re having a look ridiculously delectable this night. ’ the instant he’s long past I approximately cave in with reduction. they truly have been simply having lunch! not anything extra! And he informed me approximately it! He wouldn’t do this if he had whatever to conceal! Thank fuck. I’m beaten with adoration and aid. he's sincere. He adores me and needs me. no longer Bella. Dave’s iPhone is, as ever, face-up at the desk, and it buzzes with a textual content. i look down at it. you could learn texts on iPhones with out starting them, and that i can’t support that i will learn the wrong way up from years of sitting throughout from humans in conferences. So I’m particularly no longer snooping. the second one I learn it, I want I hadn’t. The textual content is from Bella. Ha, take pleasure in. Am domestic secure. B I’m frozen, looking at the textual content, until eventually it disappears from the display. It’s evidently a reaction to a textual content he despatched her. take pleasure in? get pleasure from what? Dinner with me? Why the ‘ha’? It sounds sarcastic, doesn’t it? cease puzzling over it, Abigail, goddammit, you loopy idiot. You’re overreacting back. a bit wispy curl of lack of confidence winds itself round my chest and settles. Dave returns and, prior to sitting down, leans over to kiss me. Our eyes meet as he pulls away and with a bit grin, he places his hand out to tweak my ear. I smile at him and remind myself that he wouldn’t be right here if he didn’t are looking to be with me. He desires me, now not Bella. Me. bankruptcy Twenty 8 ‘This has been the slowest Christmas ever,’ I say. ‘Ever. ’ ‘I know,’ says Plum. It’s December thirtieth. I’ve been in France for nearly per week. Sophie left on Boxing Day to affix Luke at his mom and dad’ apartment in bathtub, so it’s simply me and my mom and dad. I’m mendacity on my mattress – the mattress that Dave and that i have been deliciously filthy in all these weeks in the past – with my legs propped up opposed to the partitions. The shutters are part open, revealing a really darkish gray sky. Plum’s at her mom and dad’ condo in Yorkshire. ‘I am so over my family,’ she says. ‘If i must pass carolling another time . . . ’ Plum’s relatives Christmases are very conventional.

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