|This is gelato, not ice cream, but the pic was so beautiful|
TaglineOne thing Jilly knew for sure: the good looking guy in the white pick-up loved ice cream as much as she did!
In A NutshellJilly owns a drive-through ice cream shop. One of her regular customers is cute and he comes every night. Eventually he asks her out.
ObservationsNieces and nephews are handy props in Woman's World stories.
1. They act as decoys--when the author wants us to believe that one of the protagonists is married with children.
2. They can be matchmakers who want their aunt/uncle to find someone special.
3. They can be tools to show that the hero or heroine is a wonderful person who spends time with their younger relatives.
4. They also come in handy when you need the hero or heroine to attend a certain event or do something that they might normally not, again, showing they are being a good aunt/uncle.
In this story, the niece served as that last one. What a complete surprise to find out the hero didn't really like ice cream. Were you like me, reading along and thinking to yourself, "Wow, that guy really likes ice cream?" (And also, "Of course, he's a man and can afford to eat ice cream every night and not get fat, darn it.")
I liked that double whammy ending. First you have that "awww" moment when he confesses he had been coming night after night just to see her. Then, you find out he's been giving the ice cream to his niece all this time, which made me laugh. Also, the "secret" of his lactose intolerance was aided and abetted by the tagline Johnene chose. Before we even start the story, we go in believing he loves ice cream.
I thought this story was very cute. Plus, I thought the idea of a drive-through ice cream place to be clever.
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