The Dating Tutor: Matt’s Story
Contemporary Romance, @30k
The Dating Tutor, 3
Matt Wendell is perfectly content in his single life. That is until Sasha walks into it. Being the cousin of his best friend Alec, Sasha is off limits. She’s the one girl he can’t have, and the only one he wants. Even if he wasn’t restrained by the ‘friends only’ stipulation, Sasha has put up a wall around her heart that is going to be hard to tear down.
Alec introduces the two under the strict instructions that Matt is to learn how to become friends with a woman. This task proves difficult, as Matt’s only interaction with the opposite sex has been of a romantic nature. As time goes on and their friendship strengthens, things get more and more challenging, because the more he learns about Sasha, the deeper his feelings for her become.
Can this non-committal guy change his ways? And can he convince Sasha that he’s in this for the long haul?
14+ for sexuality and adult situations
“You’re telling me you just walked right out?” Alec’s voice held confusion and disbelief as he repeatedly tossed a hockey puck into the air, catching it each time it returned to hand level.
“I’m telling you, I walked out. No hassle. No fuss.” Matt leaned back against the wall of their dorm room. His hockey stick was in his hands, and he balanced a puck on the blade.
“And you’re okay with that?”
Something in Alec’s tone put him on edge. Shoulders tensing, Matt gave his best friend a dirty look. “Not all of us are looking to meet Mrs. Right at eighteen. I’m just having a little bit of fun. That’s what college is about.”
Alec shook his head with an expression of amusement. “She used you man, plain and simple.”
“Maybe I liked being used.”
“You liked being used?” Alec gave a snort. “No one likes being used.”
Running a hand through his unruly hair, Matt shot Alec a look of frustration. “What would you like me to do? I’m not like you. I didn’t live next door to the love of my life. Meeting the right girl isn’t going to just happen, not like it did for you.”
“Ever wonder why that is?” Alec shot him a pointed look, pausing in his casual game of catch.
“No. But I’m sure you’re about to tell me.”
Alec shot him a crooked grin. “I am.” Clutching the puck tightly against his palm, he pointed his index finger at Matt. “You go after the absolute worst girls. The dumb, giggly, annoying types. Your problem is that you don’t know how to be friends with women. Therefore, you pick the ones least likely to engage you in real conversation.”
“Friends?” Matt couldn’t keep the skepticism out of his voice. “You want me to enter the friend zone?” He shook his head. “You’re delusional.”
“I was friends with Ellie before we hooked up.”
“That’s different!” Matt waved this off. “You grew up together. And honestly, I feel like you two defied the odds. You guys are weird freaks of nature who shouldn’t exist.”
Alec only grinned at this. “Thanks.” His expression grew solemn. “I’m serious though, Matty. I think you just don’t know how to be friends with a woman. I think it’s keeping you from meeting the right type of girl. If you’d only just try it…”
Matt threw up his hands in exasperation. “I just don’t know how, Alec! I wouldn’t even know where to start. I’m used to hockey, and fist fights, and all that stupid shit girls hate. The minute they start talking about lip gloss, I zone out.”
Alec rolled his eyes. “They don’t actually hold many discussions about lip gloss, you know? Not that I’ve seen.” He waved this irrelevant comment off. Then he set Matt with a determined and meddling look. “If I found a girl for you to befriend, would you give it a shot?” He held up a hand before Matt could protest. “I’m not talking about a date. I’m talking about forming a friendship. Just take her to dinner, hang out, and learn to socialize and talk with girls without any pressure to make out at the end of the evening.”
“And where are you going to find a girl willing to waste an evening out with a guy there’s no chance of hooking up with? Seems like a waste of time.”
Alec grinned. “My cousin Sasha goes to school here. She’s a sophomore. She owes me a few favors. Maybe I’ll cash in and make her hang out with you for an evening or two.”
“You’re going to blackmail a chick into hanging out with me?”
“Sure am,” Alec said with a cheeky grin.
The thought was so absurd, Matt nearly laughed. He’d never had any trouble finding himself dates. Girls tended to hang onto his every word, and hang onto his arm too. Having to blackmail a woman into spending time with him was downright ridiculous. But what could it hurt? It was only one evening.
“Fine. You win,” Matt said with a huff. “I’ll hang out with your cousin.”
Alec’s lips spread into a slow grin. “Game on, my friend. Game on.”
Top ten things you don’t know about me:
1. Cotton or Silk? Cotton
- Champagne/beer/wine? None. I’m not much of a drinker. If I have something, it’s a Mike’s Hard Lemonade. That or a Rum and Coke.
- Plotter/pantser? I’m a total pantser. More interesting things happen that way. I have a basic idea of the end of a book, but I don’t know how I’m going to get there.
- Describe your workspace. My workspace depends on the day. Many days, I drop my son off at preschool and sit in the parking lot on my laptop. So my workspace is my car. When I write at home, my computer is in my living room. I have a shelf above it with Pop! characters from my favorite shows. I’ve got Agent Coulson from Shield, The Governor from Walking Dead, Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones, Daryl from Walking Dead, Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, and Loki. They give me some oversee all of my work. Haha.
- Sports fan or just tolerate it? I’m a total sports fan. The Dating Tutor series actually revolves around sports. Matt is a hockey thug and Sasha is a soccer player. I played softball growing up. I was a first baseman. My younger brother played baseball. He was a pitcher. He also played football, so I spent much of my time watching him play as well. My son now plays soccer and hockey. We’re all big sports nuts.
- Who is your biggest influence on writing? My biggest influence was Colleen O’Shaughnessy Mckenna. I won a writing competition in fifth grade and got to participate in a workshop with her. It was an amazing experience.
- Favorite food – I only get to pick one? That’s hard. I might have to say tacos. I love tacos.
- When did you start writing? I wrote my first short story in the second grade. I was hooked. Then when I got to participate in the writing workshop with Colleen, I knew writing was what I wanted to do.
- If money were no object, where would you like to live? Somewhere much warmer than Pennsylvania! I am so tired of winter right now! My husband and I were discussing where we would like to go with a better climate. He kindly rules each place out to make me feel better. Texas is too hot. Kansas has too many tornados. Georgia is overrun with zombies…
- What’s next for you? Next, I plan to work on Sasha’s Story. We saw their courtship through Matty’s point of view. It’s time we heard from Sasha. We’ll get to see more of her family connections – Alec and Jerich. We’ll get to see more of her involvement with soccer. I think it will be a lot of fun.
Melissa Frost grew up loving young adult novels and continues to immerse herself in the current authors on the market. In the fifth grade, she won a writing competition to work with children’s author Colleen O’Shaughnessy Mckenna, and it inspired her to write stories of her own. She never looked back.
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