There’s no shortage of men in Chicago – just a lack of ones she’s interested in
That’s why Kim Burnham and her two roommates come up with a plan for a party. If each of them invites three girlfriends, and each of the twelve women contributes two men that she can vouch for but doesn’t want to date, then every woman in attendance will have a smorgasbord to choose from.
(3 roommates + 9 girlfriends) X 2 men each = 24 eligible men
Tanner Calhoun checks off all the boxes – he’s single, sane, successful, and self-supporting. He’s also a thorn in Kim’s side – a business competitor with an office just across the street, so she can’t help but notice how many jobs he’s taking away from her. She couldn’t be less interested in him personally, so why shouldn’t she add Tanner to the party mix? He’s not her choice of snack, but surely someone will find him tasty.
24 eligible men – 1 suspicious guy = blackmail
But Tanner’s not only a sharp businessman, he’s observant and smart. It doesn’t take him long to realize that this isn’t a party, it’s a marketplace. As long as Kim does what he wants, he agrees not to enlighten the other twenty-three guys.
But exactly what is he after, and why does he keep suggesting a merger? Is he talking about business? It can’t be personal, because the man is dating her roommates. Both of them.
1 + 1 = trouble?
And once Tanner seems to be off the menu, why is Kim off balance? Wasn’t making matches the whole idea? Why does she suddenly find Tanner so appealing?
Three roommates plus nine girlfriends times two eligible men equals The Bachelor Bazaar
(Formerly published as The Marriage Market)