In this snippet, Chief Petty Officer Kevin "Rimshot" Stanton has met with the private investigator, Jaime Hensen, and he's asked her out. They're exchanging names in preparation for their upcoming date.
“I’d love to know your first name so I don’t just call you by your rank.” She raised an eyebrow.
He grinned. “What if my first name is Chief?”
“You mean like in Catch 22 where the character is known as Major Major Major Major?”
He laughed. “A woman who knows classic literature. Hooyah. My given name is Kevin Wickham Stanton, but my friends call me Rimshot.”
“Rimshot? Because you’re a sniper?”
He nodded. “Because while in sniper school I managed to wing the target a few times before finding my center. The nickname stuck.”
“Rimshot.” She liked the name even if he inherited it for a mistake. “Who gets to call you Kevin?”
He picked up the menu and pretended to scan the contents. “My mother and sister.”
“You know it’s from the Old Irish meaning ‘kind, gentle, and handsome.’” She tilted her head and smiled. “So far I think it fits.”
“Oh yeah?” He laughed and it lit more excitement inside her. “Two out of three ain’t bad. Not sure how handsome I am.”
“You don’t have to be sure. I am.” And she winked.
Always good to know the meaning of a name. ;) 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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