So the snippet: Petty Officer Greg "Bam-Bam" Killian has woken up after his night of drunken revelry and realizes he hasn't slept with his hostess. That's good because she's willing to talk about appearances... and coffee. Zamora is the first to speak.
“Tats don’t make the man, nor does rank, or money.” The last was said with a sneer despite her voice not changing pitch.
“Yeah, I’ve seen that, too.” MaryAnn certainly hadn’t been who he thought she was. “Who taught you that lesson?”
She shot him a surprised look then grimaced. “My family and the ex-fiancé. They all said one thing and acted the almost complete opposite. It’s why I ran away from home.”
“So all this is just a massive act of rebellion?” Somehow that seemed disappointing.
Zamora’s lips quirked into a half-smile. “Yeah, somewhat. It may have started out that way, but in the end I actually found out who I really was and what I wanted to do. It felt good to play by no one’s rules but my own. I figured out I could do all the things my family said they’d do, but didn’t.”
She grasped two paper to-go cups and poured out the coffee. “Do you take cream or sugar?”
“Neither unless it’s real cream.” He wrinkled his nose as she handed him a cup.
“You’re a coffee snob?” She grinned. “I wouldn’t think a SEAL would care.”
“I don’t get to care until I’m stateside. When I’m not on a mission, and can choose.”
To his surprise, she laughed and it melted some of the disappointment at her admission. So she rebelled? The only kids who haven’t have no backbone. He didn’t think Zamora had a problem with backbone. He sipped his coffee, the brew strong and flavorful.
“Damn, that’s good coffee.”
“You’re not the only coffee snob.”
Coffee snobs unite! :D 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 Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb for BAM-BAM'S INKED HART.
Petty Officer Greg “Bam-Bam” Killian is done with marriage, done with long term relationships, and done with the Teams. The injury sustained on his last op has destroyed his dreams of being a SEAL as much as his ex-wife demolished their marriage. Now he’s free to do anything he wants, including get drunk and be miserable.
Zamora Hart has dealt with her fair share of men, both military and civilian. When a wounded petty officer washes up in her tattoo shop, she can’t help but offer him a place to stay for the weekend. She’s been where he is and doesn’t mind paying the help forward, especially when the friendship comes with some intimate benefits. It’s only temporary.
When Zamora’s ex shows up, frightening her with talk of starting over, Greg offers to stay at her place longer to give backup and repay her generosity. He doesn’t intend to fall in love with her, he’s only defending a friend while he shifts his career from active service to BUD/S instructor. But her ex’s threats become more than just talk, and Greg must step up his efforts of protection, because that’s what friends do.
But it’s only temporary and they’re just friends-with-benefits, right?
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