To complete his transformation from zero to hero…
Harold Ryan is on TREX’s radar for his mad hacker skills—skills that don’t mean anything to his frat brothers. Being the king of the nerds, he’s the embarrassment of the house. Being a Delta means he should be playing the field, a different girl every night, just like the rest of his frat. Only one problem—he can’t even talk to a girl without stuttering like a damn fool, especially not to Emma Rae, the sexy redhead he’s been in love with since freshmen year. When his frat brothers dare him to talk to her at the bar, he crashes and burns, and leaves the bar humiliated.
Emma has a type—guys she feels need to be fixed. When she looks at Ryan, she sees more than the nerd before her. With a little grooming, he’d be the ultimate lady’s man—and she’s just the one to make it happen. She makes him an offer—she’ll transform him from a zero to hero. In return, he’ll take her to the epic, invitation only, party of the year thrown by his frat.
…he’ll need a little hands-on training.
After Ryan’s new look is perfected, the real work begins—making him believe he’s a lady’s man. Emma teaches him how to flirt, how to kiss, and how to drive a girl wild with his touch. He’s a natural and quickly turns the table by teaching her a few things. It doesn’t take long for them to realize you can’t remain friends with benefits without feelings getting in the way.
As if it isn’t stressful enough transforming into something he’s not, why not add being recruited by a covert agency to retrieve top-secret data. During one of his data retrievals, Ryan uncovers information that could completely destroy his own family. He’s torn on whether to bury it or turn it over. If he makes the wrong choice, he could lose everything—including Emma.
Author’s Note: You may recognize the names and even some of the crazy situations the characters get themselves into in this story. Ryan and Emma are the stars in the romantic comedy Grooming the Player—an abridged version of this story without the sassy suspense (or as I like to call it sasspense – Allie’ism!). Reluctant Hero is the unabridged version, the full romantic comedy with light sasspense.