DESPERATE HOUSE­WIVES” hottie  EVA LONGORIA is involved in a love triangle with her on-again/off-again Spanish boyfriend AND a handsome Texas businessman she hired as a contestant for her new reality show!

Even though the sexy 37-year-old beauty now appears to be back with singer Eduardo Cruz – younger brother of Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz – she “fell hard” for Dallas stud Ben Patton after interviewing him for her upcoming NBC dating show, “Ready for Love,” says an insider.

Eva, who split from 27-year-old Cruz in March after dating for more than a year, was spot­ted kissing him at the L.A. Zoo on April 16, just days before un­veiling Ben as one of the three bachelors on the “Today” show.

“Eva first met Ben during the early stages of casting in L.A. back in January, but when they reunited in New York, it was as if they were a couple,” said an insider.

“They have a lot in com­mon – they’re both from Texas, they’re close in age, they’re hardworking and driven, and they’re both gorgeous.

“Eva was so smitten she told Ben, ‘I should just take you for myself, but then I wouldn’t have a TV show!’”

Ready for love,” which begins lensing during the summer, features three bachelors who are set up on dates by a panel of matchmakers. The eligible women log onto Facebook in the hopes of finding true love with Patton, Tim Lopez and Ernesto Arguello. The show will be hosted by married celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic.

When The ENQUIRER contacted Ben, he admitted he would love it if Eva was his match. “If the show didn’t work out, I’d be happy to go out with Eva,” he confessed. “Anything’s possible.”

Added the source: “Eva really likes Ben, but for now she needs to remain professional. But if she and Eduardo break up again and Ben is free, who knows what might happen.”