The snippet is from the beginning of WILDFIRE'S HEART, Book 1 in the Elemental Hearts series. This tale is a M/F paranormal romantic suspense. Saif is talking to the woman he's met at the grocery store and it turns out she's a djinn like him, but she's also someone he wants to spend more time with. He speaks first.
“I know what you mean about eating the bare minimum while in the field. Our crew pretty much eats military MREs, and ramen noodles are damn near gourmet after those.” He smirked as he selected a lemon and some carrots to go with his fish. Even if I really want scallops and crab over pasta.
She wrinkled her nose and he fought the urge to kiss it. What’s wrong with me?
“Ramen is plastic masquerading as food. No one should eat that.” Raihana selected some heavy cream, garlic, carrots, and butter to add to her basket. “Same with taking crap from the local assholes here.”
Saif snorted. “You heard that?”
“Hard not to. Only a megaphone would’ve made him louder.” She shot him a sympathetic look. “I was ready to kick the shit outta them, but I think you handled it better.”
“To be honest I’m too damn tired to take him on today. Maybe once I’ve eaten, showered, and had a long nap.” He yawned wide enough to make his jaw crack. “Sorry.”
“That’s all right. How long were you fighting the fire?”
He shrugged as he added some frozen chicken thighs and cold cuts to his basket. “This was a short one, only ten days. We managed to catch it early enough, but the weather helped. Without the rains we’d have been at it longer.”
“I’m glad you did. As I said, you saved my field area.”
“Just doing my job, ma’am.” He winked and she grinned.
I don't think she's completely immune to his charm. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Jessica Subject, J.D. Walker, Addison Albright, and Iris Blobel.
Here's the blurb to WILDFIRE'S HEART:
When you wish upon a wildfire…
Hot Shot Saif al Nar is a natural when it comes to fighting fires. As an Ifrit—a fire djinn—there’s no one better. But he doesn’t anticipate the local residents being suspicious and afraid of his ethnicity when his crew comes into town from the fire line for some R&R. Add some unexpected backup in the form of a lovely djinn and Saif is ready to set the town on fire.
A djinn might get burned…
Raihana Nejem retired from being a genie in a lamp centuries ago and now works for the U.S. Forest Service. Fires are devastating her field area, but the sexy firefighter djinn might just be more dangerous. Her people believe Ifrits to be evil demons and Raihana can’t be sure Saif isn’t responsible for the arson fires cropping up in town.
Or they could set the night on fire…
Is Saif behind the arson or is something darker and more dangerous going on? With hearts and lives on the line, Raihana must decide if she can stand the heat that comes with loving a man like Saif.
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