In this snippet, Chief Petty Officer John "Bronco" Andrews is on a PCS (permanent change of station) from Virginia to California, and he's stopping in Vegas for the night. There's a hooker hitting on him, but he's trying to gently turn her down.
“Well, honey, that’s a mighty fine offer, but I’m just a poor military boy, and your kind of company, while appreciated, might be a bit much for me.” His hand closed around the new glass of beer the bartender handed to him. He raised his eyebrows and she shrugged with a grimace.
“Sorry, old habits of pouring out the bottle.”
“It’s fine. It’s got a decent head on it.”
“I give great head.” The hooker winked as he drank his beer.
John laughed. “I bet you do, honey. But I still think you should find someone who’d truly appreciate your talents.”
She cozied up to him with a knowing smirk. “I bet I could make you appreciate it. Come on. On the house.”
That was his first clue something had shifted toward FUBAR. The scents of the beer and her bubblegum perfume overwhelmed his nose and his head swam as if he’d downed a fifth of tequila. She pulled him toward her as he swayed, but he locked his spine and pushed away from the bar.
“I gotta hit the head. Be right back, ladies.” Something’s fuckin’ wrong.
Aliandra doesn't waste time being coy. ;) 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 Bronco's Rough Ride:
What happens in Vegas, stays in the heart...
Chief Petty Officer John "Bronco" Andrews only meant to stay one night in Vegas for a little R&R before resuming his duties as a US Navy SEAL in Coronado. But someone slips him a mickey in the bar and he finds himself in Madame LeBeau's sex trade. As the product. Doped up on ketamine to keep him docile, Bronco has no choice but to let it ride.
Detective Lindsey Jarvis has been undercover in LeBeau's sex slave racket for two years and she almost has enough evidence to take it down. Between abduction, prostitution, and murder, she has LeBeau by the short hairs. All she needs is a "product". John is the perfect witness if she can get him out before the drugs shut down his heart. Then she'll be free to start a normal life.
Lindsey doesn't count on her overwhelming attraction for Bronco or her need to see him through detox. But she's a cop in Vegas and he's a Navy SEAL, two lifestyles with too much unpredictability to maintain a relationship. Neither have time for more than one wild rough ride, and what happens in Vegas, stays. Forever.
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