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Lunch With Charlie

Lunch With Charlie

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TaniHanes By TaniHanes Completed

Jane Bennett Carroway has had to live with being named for the pretty Bennett sister in the famous Austen work her whole life.
When her beautiful best friend Camilla wins a contest to have lunch with teen heartthrob Charles McAllister, she recruits Jane to be her unwilling plus-one. Jane tags along because she's loyal to Camilla - and secretly loves Charles a bit, too. 
At lunch, Charlie is taken with Jane. Unlike every other girl he meets, she doesn't order salad. She doesn't kiss his ass. And perhaps most importantly - she orders dessert. 
Join Jane and Charlie on their [top-secret] journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance - and a love that might change their lives forever.
"Hello, ladies," he said, smiling. "I'm Charles Michael McAllister."
"I'm Jane," Jane said, holding out her hand. Charles took it, but didn't let go when she expected him to, and she nearly fell onto the table.
"I gave my full name, I believe it's only polite to reciprocate in kind?" he said with a little smirk.
Jane huffed out a breath. "Jane Bennett Carroway," she said. 
He looked at Jane in surprise. "I'm sorry, but did you say 'Jane Bennett'?"
"Yes, that's my name," she replied, as if it were completely normal.
Charles flashed Jane a grin. "You must have very interesting parents," he remarked.
He challenged her again later.
"I guess you liked your food," he said, looking pointedly at her empty plate.
"I guess you did, too, Charlie," Jane responded evenly, gesturing to his equally clean plate. "In fact, I want dessert." And she gave Charles an openly challenging look. 
Charles knew that the beautiful Camilla was the girl who'd won the contest, the girl he was supposed to be talking to.
But he found his gaze drawn again and again to the tall, thin girl, with the wispy blonde hair, huge appetite, and beautiful eyes, eyes that held a glimmer of attitude. He couldn't even remember the last time anyone had talked back to him.

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