“Don’t you see? It makes so much sense now.”
“Why you’re so scared of relationships.”
Matthew scoffed. “I’m not scared of relationships.” He’d been in plenty of relationships. Granted, they didn’t last very long, but that wasn’t his fault.
“Really? What happened to Mr. Wall Street?”
“You mean besides the fact that he was a jackass? He was clingy.”
“Clingy? He texted you to say he had a great time and wanted to see you again.”
“I know, but I could tell it wasn’t going to work.”
“You went on one date!”
“It was a long date. I got to know him well enough.”
“Oh, Matthew. Jax was the first boy you fell for. He abandoned you, shattered your sweet little heart, and now you’re afraid of it happening again, so you won’t let anyone get close to you. The second you find yourself facing more than a casual hookup, you’re out of there. I’ve read about this.”
Matthew rolled his eyes. “Here we go. How many times do I have to tell you? Romance novels don’t count as reliable reference material.”
“Hey, a lot of research goes into those books.”
“Yes, I’m sure scouring the internet for the right six-pack is arduous work.”
Adam looked unimpressed. “Maybe if you actually read one of the many books I’ve recommended, you’d see how there’s more to them than six-packs. Might even teach you a thing or two about romance.”
“For crying out loud. Fine. I’ll read one of your damn books. Can we please get back to what we were discussing?”
“Right. Jax breaking your heart. That would explain the countless men.”
“Okay, maybe not countless. We are talking about you.”
“What happened to Jax?”
Matthew sighed. “I tried looking for him once, but when I couldn’t find him, I gave up. It wasn’t like he’d bothered looking for me, so I clearly hadn’t meant that much to him. He probably forgot all about me.”
“Shut it.” If Matthew had really meant something to Jax, Jax would have gotten in touch. It wasn’t like Matthew was hard to find. Hart & Home’s website had his bio and credentials, as well as contact information. All Jax had to do was google Matthew, and done, but Jax hadn’t bothered once in the twenty years that had gone by. That was all Matthew needed to know about Jax’s feelings on the matter. For all Matthew knew, the guy could be married, have a bunch of kids, be happily in love and enjoying his life.
“Okay, so let’s get back to finding you a husband. Let’s make a list.” Adam took the pad and pen from Matthew’s desk and . “Tell me about your Mr. Right.”
Were they really doing this? Whatever. If it meant Matthew finding a husband, he’d go along with it. “Well, someone who’s kind.”
“Hot,” Adam added.
Matthew rolled his eyes. “Compassionate.”
“Great in bed.”
“Has a sense of humor.”
“Big and strong.”
Matthew narrowed his gaze at Adam. “Are we looking for my Mr. Right or yours?”
Adam’s bright green eyes filled with mischief. “Seeing as how I’m already searching….”
“You’re terrible. Okay, someone who likes animals, especially dogs.”
“Basically you’re looking for a nice guy who’s hot, compassionate, great in bed, is big and strong, has a good education, a good job, a sense of humor, and likes dogs.” Adam smiled at him. “Piece of cake.” He continued to jot things down.
“What are you writing?”
“Just adding a few bonus traits.”
Matthew released another groan.
“Don’t you worry about a thing. I’ve got this.”
“I’m a little scared right now.”
Adam waggled his eyebrows.
“That doesn’t reassure me. If anything, I’m even more scared.”
“You know, you could just ask your mom. She’d have them lined up out the door.”
The thought terrified Matthew, and Adam laughed—no doubt at his horrified expression.