What the hell happened to the lights?
“It’s okay, folks. Just stay where you are.” The bartender didn’t quite manage to hide his panic.
Jackie’s heart pounded as she watched a flashlight beam swing around behind the bar. At first she thought she’d heard a shot, but it must have been a transformer or breaker popping. Not a big deal, and it gave her a few moments to pull herself together.
She couldn’t believe Jack had fallen for such an obvious fake. If the woman had been any more plastic, she would have melted under the bar lights. Her mother had been right; Jack was as superficial as the makeup caked on his date’s face. He hadn’t even noticed Jackie watching him, and she’d worn her sexiest black jeans. Top notch private investigator, my ass.
Still, he knew where the skeletons were buried and she needed to dig up one in particular. If she didn’t find her mother’s secret account, she and Matt would lose the shelter. Jackie couldn’t bear the thought of all those kitties and puppies being put to sleep.
Matt would have a heart attack if he knew where she was and what she had planned. At first she’d thought it would be easy to appeal to Jack’s good nature, but he hadn’t even returned her calls. Plan two had been to charm the information out of him. She’d learned a thing or two from her mother over the years. But this dinner date had delayed that. Maybe she should just strut past his table and spill her drink on him. If nothing else, that would get his attention.
The lights blinked on, and a collective sigh rose from the bar’s patrons. Jackie sipped foam from her beer, grabbed her helmet, and slid from the barstool. Taking a deep breath to steady her nerves, she started toward the table with glass in hand, then stopped.
Jack, half out of his chair, clutched his date with one arm around her waist. The woman’s blonde hair, cocked strangely to one side, verified Jackie’s earlier assessment. But what made her gasp was the figure standing in shadows by the door…
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Sarah Storme, author of Tough Enough, writes spicy contemporary and historical romance. Visit her at www.SarahStorme.com.