Today, I want to welcome my guest “snippeteer,” the international best-selling author, TL Reeves. I’m lucky enough to share the Badege of Honor: Tarpley VFD miniseries and world with some awesome authors, including TL. These books are all standalone but share characters and one major event so you know you want to read them all, especially FIGHTING FOR BRITTNEY. Brittney Hart is a meteorologist who, with her team of experts, chases storms. She’s come to Tarpley, Texas to visit a friend and bumps into more than she bargained for at the TVFD fund-raiser and award ceremony. Five the of the firefighters are being recognized for saving the life of Texas Game Warden Conor Paxton and his girlfriend, Erin Gardner, who’d been kidnapped. If y’all know anything about small-town Texas, you know they are always up for a party and five of their own getting life-saving medals is a big deal. So is running into the woman who Dexter “Dirty-D” Walsh hasn’t stopped thinking about for sixteen years…
She turned quickly then stumbled backward. Shock and confusion marred her pretty features. As cliché as it sounded, she hadn’t aged a day. She still reminded him of the young rich girl who wanted to be a weather girl. “Dirty-D?” The way she murmured his name went straight to his groin.
“You remember me?”
“How could I forget you?” She started walking toward one of the other tables.
“I’m surprised to see you,” he said then kicked himself as he followed behind her.
“Yeah,” she replied. “Strange, right?”
Dexter stopped. “Brittney?”
She wouldn’t look at him. If he didn’t know any better, he’d swear she didn’t want to talk to him. “Uh, can we talk?”
“About what?” She glanced over her shoulder at him.
“I thought maybe we could catch up.”
She licked her bottom lip and it was then he saw the tremble in her hand and the way her gaze darted from spot to spot, as though she might have been waiting for something. Maybe the guy who’d walked away had been her husband.
“Oh, catch up? I mean, it’s not like we had any kind of relationship, right? We kind of had a quickie in the bathroom of that bar not far from here.”
He frowned. She was right. They didn’t have anything. They’d been a post-test/pre-ship out hook up. “Right. It’s… It’s been a long time. It’s really good to see you.”
She nodded. “It’s good to see you, too. Surprising.” She flashed him her easy smile, the one that made him want to go to his knees and do anything she asked.
“Yeah. It is.” He shoved his hands into his pockets. “So, what brought you here?”
She quirked a brow. “Jemma, why? What brought you here?”
“Fire department. This is my station—well, it’s our station. I’m a Paramedic/Firefighter for Tarpley.
“Oh,” she said. “So, Big Bend, huh?”
“Yeah. Crazy.” He stopped her as she handed a dollar to the girl standing behind the counter of a squirt gun game. “I would like to just, talk. I… God, this is going to make me sound like a creep, but I thought about you over the years.”
Brittney pushed a lock of her blonde hair behind her ear. “Dexter, I don’t know if that’s a good idea. I mean… I’m not sure if I can.”
“What’s a beer between old acquaintances?”
“Mom! Check it out.”
And…what a hook! Y’all know you need to one-click like RIGHT NOW! This book has all the feels and second-chance stories are my cat nip. Just click on the title or the cover teaser below and grab it now so it drops into your inbox the moment FIGHTING FOR BRITTNEY goes live! Readers, who is the character you’d like a second chance with? Authors, do you have any “remember me” scenes to share?
If you’re insterested in the book that inspired the Tarpley VFD characters and their story, check out Susan Stoker’s JUSTICE FOR ERIN, Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes.