Big In Japan
Buck Cooper can’t remember when he became socially invisible—probably when he hit 300 pounds. Now he’s working a dead end job, getting no notice from his boss and no love from the cute secretary he pines for.
But when he gets shanghaied to Tokyo, all of that changes for the mild-mannered Buck—because this blond Texan is about to go sumo!
Peek inside the secret world of sumo, and cheer for Buck as he fights his way through the ranks— against bullies of incredible size—to win the heart of the girl he loves.
Buck Cooper crouched into fighting stance. Nothing stood between him and his assailants but his thin kimono and the bitter winter air. Night enveloped him, but the sodium glow of the city streetlights hanging sparsely near the docks gave faint outline to the three black-pajamaed henchmen sent to do him bodily harm.
Buck’s folds of flesh shook like a gelatin on his mother’s holiday table back home—not so much from fear, but from the winter night. These trained fighters’ eyes pierced the night in steely hatred of him, and Buck wondered again whose money they accepted in exchange for this assault under night’s blanket of secrecy; which of his many recently-amassed enemies felt strongly enough about his demise to resort to this?
The tallest of the three advanced first. Buck knew from stories bandied about the stable that these kinds of hits almost always came orchestrated by the Japanese underground, the yakuza. Surrounded by the towering steel freight containers that slid in and soared upward, his world was this alley. Buck had never fought three men at once, except in days on the playground in Texas when bullies ganged up on him almost twenty years ago. If what he did then could even be called fighting. Certainly he had never triumphed in a three on one battle.
A gust of icy air made his throat constrict. The first hitman circled him at a short distance, and Buck rotated to keep him in sight, even though it meant turning his back on the other two.
Puffs of exhaled steam hung momentarily in the freezing air.
With blinding speed the first assailant attacked, and Buck struck out a hand in hopes of catching him by the throat. The impact seared through his shoulder. Protecting his own life was going to be more brutal than he imagined.
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Jennifer Griffith is a wife and a mother of five, and although she’s never seen a Jennifer Griffith is a wife and a mother of five, and writes all manner of romantic comedy--her husband supplies the romance, and the kids supply the comedy. She lives in Arizona now, but in college she lived in Japan for almost two years. At 5'1" tall, she never once sumo wrestled.
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