In this snippet, Chief Petty Officer Kevin "Rimshot" Stanton has met with the private investigator, Jaime Hensen, for their first date. He's learning what makes her who she is, the disappearance of her sister.
“Didn’t the cops do anythin’?”
“What could they do? The club didn’t have cameras in the bathrooms and there were too many people in the club that night. No one had seen her leave and her friends couldn’t remember when she’d left the table.” Jaime shook her head. “I’ve been over all the evidence of that night and leading up to it. All the leads hit a dead end.”
“I’m sorry, Jaime.” He understood the feeling of futility, of not even knowing which way to turn. It didn’t happen often in the Teams, but he’d experienced it with regards to Bethany. At least I have Jaime to help me. She hadn’t had anyone. No wonder she always saves herself now.
“Thanks. I haven’t given up looking. I owe it to Mia.”
“How long has it been?”
“Just over twenty-two years.”
She shrugged, reading his exclamation in his widened eyes. “Yeah, I’ve heard all the reasons to give up. The likelihood of her being alive is slim-to-none and Slim went home, but I owe it to her and my family to find her body if that’s all there is left. In the meantime, I can help other families recover their loved ones so they don’t have to go through the same heartache. Like your family.”
“Yeah, well, if you do this for me, you’ll be helping all the family Bethany has.”
Jaime never gives up, never surrenders. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Sarah Wesson. Here's the blurb for Rimshot's Hard Target:
Navy SEAL sniper Kevin “Rimshot” Stanton has had one thing on his mind for months: Find his sister. When a retired teammate suggests calling a private investigator specializing in missing persons, he takes a chance on the woman he’s lusted after since a friend’s wedding. He hopes she won’t mind mixing business with pleasure, because he wants more than just her professional expertise.
Jaime Hensen isn’t the kind of woman to settle down. She likes the wham-whir-thank-you-sir lifestyle. But the night she spends with Rimshot makes her want more. Too bad he’s a glacier outside the bedroom. She throws all her concentration into the job to ignore the hurt.
When Jaime’s investigation gets too close to a mysterious company hiring only women, she’s kidnapped and Rimshot suspects they’ve taken his sister as well. He’ll need every skill in his arsenal to save them.
Rimshot has one shot to get love right, and he’s not about to miss.
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