Back in college, the bras-before-bros sisterhood decided to live for achievement in the boardroom, not the bedroom. Rosalind Betters embraced that philosophy, pursuing her career and little else. But when her last single friend, Kamakshi, announces her engagement in of all things, an arranged marriage, Rosalind reevaluates the merits of matrimony. In her typical gung ho fashion, she names a date, books a venue, hires a caterer, and picks out a dress, all before finding a groom. Taking a lesson from Kamakshi and too busy to do otherwise, Rosalind hires San Francisco’s best headhunter, Xavier Hommes, to find her better half for her.
At first, Xavier thinks Rosalind is one of the eccentric personalities for which the city is famous. As the search starts, however, Xavier finds himself hating his task for reasons he never would have suspected. If Rosalind really wants a man who will make her happy, she need look no further. As W-Day approaches and Rosalind starts falling for someone Xavier himself headhunted, he walks the line between professionalism and passion, trying to decide if competing to become Mr. Betters is worth the risk to his commission, his reputation, and Rosalind’s happiness.
About the Author:
Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead. She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.
Carmen followed Rosalind up the corridor of the South of Market residence with a gate that could’ve been cited by West Pointe staff as a demonstration of proper charging technique. “Well, the rumor always was, he has a hard time saying no to a pretty face. But, Miss Betters, I don’t think that was it at all. BetaHouse makes a great, highly-marketable suite of applications. Yomiko-san has always understood the value of giving the consumer what he wants. He would have picked it up even if you were forty-three, balding, and had a beer gut.”
“Maybe, though maybe not if I looked like that and still wore this skirt.”
As the two women boarded the elevator, Carmen pulled her phone from her jacket pocket. She illuminated the screen and handed it to her boss. “Thought you should see this.”
This was – frankly – very complimentary photo of Rosalind under a headline on Yahoo! Finance that read “It doesn’t get any Betters than this.” Rosalind gave her eyes permission to roll. Having such an easily mocked name meant she had heard it all in her time. It saddened her that so few people could surprise her with anything original any more.
The blurb summed up the publicly available facts. Clicking through, she couldn’t help but notice how the brief article closed out with a mini bio:
Rosalind Betters (31) holds master degrees from Stanford University in both Computer Science and Business, and founded BetaHouse two years ago with the help of several prominent Silicon Valley capital venture investors. She is unmarried and lives alone in San Francisco, CA.
“You ever notice how they never do that for men?” She pointed accusingly at the offending text.
Carmen leaned over and read it, giving it a disapproving glare. “As if to say, ‘well of course she’s successful in business, she has no social life’,” she concurred as she took back the phone. “Still, you are the headline of the day. That’s got to be something, right?”
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