May the biggest liar win. Or die trying!
Personal trainer for the ever popular, Lose it! reality show, Jillie Maxwell is up for the most important award of her career. And she’s competing against the biggest b-eye-itch she’s ever met. Fortunately for her, she has the sexiest man alive in her corner. Problem is, each and every one of them has a dirty little secret that could tank a career.
For the contestants, the race is on to lose the most weight and win everything. For the staff of the popular weight loss show, the clock is ticking to the culmination of their lies and the possibility of losing it all.
Will the Biggest Poser win? Or will the lies just grow and grow until they sink the whole show? Only one thing is certain. Whatever happens, it’s gonna be an entertaining ride!
“You know something, don’t you?”
Brandt glanced toward the lake. “I do. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you…but it wasn’t really my place to share it. I kind of figured Anne would have told you anyway, since she told me.”
Jillie sat forward, eagerly searching his face. “You’re scaring me, Brandt.”
He shook his head and reached for her hands, lifting them to his lips. After treating each hand to a gentle kiss, he played with the long creamy brown fingers as he considered how he could tell her what he’d learned without scaring the crap out of her.
“Okay, it appears that Jillie has a secret,”
“You mean Deva!”
His gaze jerked up at the censure in her voice and he realized his mistake. “I’m sorry. Yes, I meant Deva.” He chuckled. “I apparently have Jillie on the brain.”
She looked slightly mollified, but a worry line remained between her eyes as she nodded. “Go on.”
“She might not have really trained all those Hollywood stars. In fact, it appears she might have done her training in prison.”
Jillie’s mouth dropped open in shock and horror. “Oh my God! What did she do?”
“I don’t have all the details, but she might have beaten some guy pretty badly.”
Jillie’s eyes widened in shock. “Good lord! She has to be disqualified!”
He shook his head. “Think about it, Jillie. We’ve already taped three quarters of the season and spent millions of dollars of the sponsors’ money. We can’t just throw it all away and start over. Not to mention the contestants. They can’t exactly rewind and become grossly overweight and unhealthy again.”
Her eyes widened even more as she realized the truth in what he said. “What are we gonna do? We can’t just let her win the award.”
Brandt continued to stroke her fingers, shaking his head. “I don’t know. I was hoping it would take care of itself. That Deva would lose and it would be a moot point.”
“But she’s cheating to win.”
“And somebody’s gonna get hurt. I’ve really been struggling with this. I think there’s only one thing we can do.”
She wrapped her fingers around his hands. “What?”
He looked into her eyes. “I’m going to have to tell her that we know. And that I’m going to be keeping a very close eye on her from here on out.”
Jillie stared at him. Finally she bit her bottom lip, her gaze sliding away. “That could be dangerous, Brandt. If she perceives that you’re a danger to her, she could step up the violence, even try to take you out.”
Silence throbbed between them as Brandt worked up the courage to tell her what he had to tell her. It would destroy everything they’d built together. Not to mention lose him a job and probably his dreams for the future. But he saw no way around it. If he didn’t speak up, Jillie might not survive the season.
Finally, he pulled her hands to his lips and gave them another kiss, closing his eyes and savoring the warm, sweet citrus scent of her skin. “I’m afraid there’s something else I need to tell you.”
“There you two are!” Their heads jerked around at the sound of the slightly strident tone. Nancy was hurrying toward them, her face looking harried. “We have trouble. Doctor H asked me to come get you. Arnold just had his confidential weigh-in and apparently he’s gained two pounds.”
Jillie stood, rolling her eyes at Brandt. “Crap! I really thought he was going to win this thing.” Jillie shrugged, looking glum.
“No. You don’t understand. He gained two pounds in one day. And there’s more.” She glanced at Brandt, something dark and suspicious in her gaze. “Anne found something in the kitchen.”
Brandt stood. “What? What did she find in my kitchen?”
“I think you need to come see.”
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