Sunday, September 4, 2011

Who Knew Dentists Were Such Great Kissers?

Ever wonder about the love lives of dentists? Me, too! But then, I've worked with dentists most of my adult life. I'm a dental hygienist. So I'm around to hear lots of interesting stuff about dentists that the average person doesn't get to know.

"Grin and Barrett" is my take on two dentists who try to out-do each other in growing their practice patient-bases. Somewhere along the way, though, their attraction for each other gets in the way. It's funny, goofy, and a quick read if you're looking for an escape from your worries for a while.

Chapter One

Grabbing the sides of the wooden stepladder, Remmie Grin squinted against the bright sunlight. The sign she’d hung in her front window tilted, just a little. Rats. She’d have to climb back up there to straighten it. Did the New Patients Welcome sound too pathetic? Did that sound as desperate as she felt? She’d like to kick the new dentist who was moving in right next door. Hard.

How obnoxious could he be? With all the empty buildings in town, why did Dr. What’s-his-name have to come breathing down her neck? It made her want to spit. She wrinkled her nose. She’d worked her fanny off building her practice. Now she’d have to compete with the new guy. She wanted to claw at his ugly face.

This new dentist wouldn’t know what hit him. When she was through with him, he’d be nothing more than a pile of dirt on the sidewalk. And as for the man’s lawyers, she’d like to take a hunk out of their hide, too. Did they really think that calling her every single day would change her mind about selling her practice to them? Since they’d never revealed the name of the dentist, she’d have to come up with a name on her own. Hmmm. Gargoyle? Tarantula? Nah. Those names were too pretty for someone as repugnant as him. The creep.

“Looks good.”

A deep velvety voice shot tingles down her spine. She turned and stared. A Greek god with ice blue eyes and salt and pepper hair stared back. Oh my. Would he object if she reached up and tousled that perfect hair? Her gaze traveled down to his massive shoulders. The fabric of his sports shirt straining over hard muscles. He must be a stranger in town because she’d never laid eyes on anyone as pretty as him.

“Thanks.” Her breathing became shallow.

“So, you’re taking new patients?”

“Yep.” She crossed her arms. “Why, are you looking for a dentist?” What she wouldn’t give to have him in her dental chair right now. His luscious lips close enough for her to lean down and….

“Not really.”

“Oh.” Drat. She had such dreamy plans for him.

“Just admiring the scenery.”

He turned away from her and headed down the block.

No! She didn’t want him to leave. “Wait, the scenery?” She frowned. It took four seconds for it to sink in that he’d meant her. Yikes. And he’d just walked away? How was that fair? It wasn’t as if she got compliments from handsome men every day of the week. Not even the occasional Tuesday.

She blew out a frustrated breath as she picked up the lightweight stepladder, lugging it back inside her office. She leaned it against her front counter and snapped her hand back. She looked at her palm. A splinter, of course. Picking at the tiny wound only irritated her skin more. Hmmm. Too bad the handsome stranger from the sidewalk hadn’t stayed. She’d gladly let him get out her splinter. Which would involve him holding her hand. Kissing her neck, her face, and her lips. She sighed. But he hadn’t. So, she needed to put on her fuchsia big girl panties and get to work.

The town she lived in was small, so maybe she’d run into him again some time. At the very least, her postal carrier, June, knew everything about everyone. Maybe she would have a clue who the stranger was. If Remmie knew June, she’d have the stranger’s coffee preference, shoe size, and contents of his glove compartment in no time.


Mysti Holiday said...

LOVE small town books ... the ending cracked me up.

Sounds like a fun read!

Nancy G said...

Sounds like a fun one-I'm putting it on my TBB list

Terra said...

I agree Nancy it sounds like a fun one to read. Oh my wish list is getting so long.


Toni said...

I love the different take. Dentists! I need to check this one out.


Michele said...

LOL- My SIL works for a dentist ..and she just told me this week that they are losing one of their techs because.... ::drum roll:: She MARRIED the dentist!

So, the timing of your post tickles my funny bone. And the excerpt is a hoot. The heroine is already lusting after the hero/dentist villan rival ... I can't wait until she finds out WHO his is! --which means I have to get your book. :-)

Nikki said...

Love the snippet you left! And Love the title, it's got my last name on it :D

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Mysti :). Coming from a small town myself, I think they're just so much fun to write about :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Nancy :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Terra:)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Toni. Being a hygienist, I'm fascinated by all things "dental". Several of my books revolve around it in some way.

Ruth J. Hartman said...


That happens more than you would think - with one of the office staff marrying the dentist. But let's face it. It's a small staff and you're working in close quarters. It's bound to happen, right? :)

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Nikki :)

Stormy said...

This sounds like fun!! I'll have to check it out!

Ruth J. Hartman said...

Thanks, Stormy. I hope you enjoy it :)