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"Gabrielle Sparks’ dream job is a nightmare. The only perk for the vibrant, young extrovert is the gorgeous Latino guy who delivers spring water. She sketches him as superhero Agua man. Little does she know that she’s “outing” San Francisco’s only real superhero.
Jose Santiago carries giant water bottles over one well-muscled shoulder. Joe Cooler, as he’s nicknamed, takes on a different role whenever anyone calls for help. Can Joe pose for the adorable artist without revealing that Agua man lives? He might have to see himself in the funny papers since his lust is anything but funny.
"“I hate blind dates, Delilah.” Gabby Sparks twisted the phone cord and propped her feet on the desk as she spoke to her best friend and future sister-in-law. Personal telephone calls at work were frowned upon but that was just one more stuffy restriction Gabby chose to ignore.
“Give him a chance, Gabby. You never know, he might be wonderful. Where and when are you going to meet him?”
“I’m at work now and Josh is picking me up to take me to lunch. He’s supposed to introduce us at the restaurant.”
“Oh, good! That’s not long to wait at all. What are you wearing?”
“Aren’t you supposed to be breathing heavily when you ask that?”
Delilah laughed. “Still crazy after all these months. So how’s the dream job?”
Gabby rolled her eyes. “A nightmare. It sucks. Honestly, you wouldn’t believe what a disappointment this turned out to be.”
Shifting in her seat, she set her feet on the floor and returned to doodling on a message pad. “I’m supposed to be here at eight thirty a.m. sharp. I’m not even awake until The Ellen Show comes on. I have a ten-minute coffee break and they won’t let me leave early even if I work through it.” Rolling her chair to the end of her cubicle, she leaned over and looked both ways to make sure none of the bosses were nearby.
“And lunch hour…don’t get me started. If I’m a few minutes late coming back from lunch and it’s the restaurant’s fault, they still give me the hairy eyeball. Like, what am I supposed to do? Walk out on the check with my mouth full? I should have had Josh’s buddy order for me so I can chow down and get back to work on time.”
The familiar rumble of the elevator alerted her to her brother’s arrival. “Oh, that’s him! I can’t believe I’ve missed my brother so much. I’m actually dying to see him. Don’t tell him that, though. I’ve gotta go, Delilah. Kisses.”
Gabby threw the phone into its cradle and ran to the elevator. As the doors whooshed open she spotted the familiar fit body but he looked like he was hiding behind the floor-button panel. Gabby yanked the sleeve she saw and jumped. Strong arms caught her.
“You’re here! I can’t believe it. You’re finally here.”
In a strong grasp, he held her off the floor for several seconds while she sighed. Man, she needed this warm hug after months in chillyville.
He cleared his throat. An unfamiliar voice with a slight Spanish accent, said, “You must be very thirsty.”
Oh, my God! Gabby leaned back and stared into the deep, dark eyes of the gorgeous Mountain Fresh Water delivery dude.
Her hand flew to cover her mouth and she dropped to the floor, stumbling backward. As soon as she spotted his grin, she doubled over in explosive laughter.
She looked up at him again through tears that formed anytime she gave in to a good belly laugh. He still smiled at her. He had the whitest teeth and just stood there, straight, proud and grinning as she laughed.
“I thought you were Josh.”
He reached behind him for his steel water trolley. “Ho-say.” Pointing to the name embroidered over his pocket, he spelled it out loud. “J-o-s-e, not J-o-s-h.” Then he gave her a long appraising look from the top of her tousled brown hair to the bottom of her three-inch high, red Jimmy Choos. “Lucky Josh.”
“Oh, hell no. He’s just my brother.”
“You must be close, then.”
While he stood there, grinning, Gabby had a chance to let her eyes travel over Jose as blatantly as he had just looked at her. If he could mentally undress her, then she had the right to return the compliment.
His dark eyes, surrounded by thick black lashes sparkled under thick dark brows. His face was nicely chiseled and not quite clean-shaven. Maybe he had shaved yesterday but now his cheeks and chin sported short, dark stubble—just the kind of manly detail Gabby liked. As for the parts she had to imagine, his hard chest would sport a little bit of curly, black hair. Tight abs would ripple from his high pecs to his stomach. and his— Oh my! Gabby couldn’t miss the sizable bulge below that.
When her wide eyes met his laughing ones, she stepped aside. “Oh, sorry. You were on your way to…”
“Fill your water cooler,” he said.
“Yes, um… Well, have fun filling it.” She turned and hurried back to hide in her cubicle as she listened to his effervescent chuckle.
Have fun filling it? What kind of an idiotic thing was that to say? She dropped her head in her hands and felt her warm face. Incredible. The girl who no one could make blush must have been blushing furiously.
When she heard the whirring of the elevator again, she grabbed her handbag and trench coat, hoping she wouldn’t run smack into Jose and embarrass herself again. Just in case, she marched over to it with her head held high. As she reached the closed doors, Jose wheeled his empty water dolly around the corner toward the extra bottle of water he’d left outside the elevator door. Damn, he’s gorgeous.
He stuck his hand in his pocket. “May I ask you something?”
“Um, sure, go ahead,” she said, trying to sound casual. Gabby hoped he wasn’t going to ask anything embarrassing. She was humiliated enough.
“Would you be willing to give me your phone number?”
That was more than she had hoped for and she dug in her purse for something to write with."