Excerpt: Finding Peace by Maryann Jordan
The Baytown Boys Mysteries, #4
Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.
Brogan MacFarlane, a former Marine, filled his days with hard work at the family bar and his nights running along the shore to rid himself of the war memories he would rather forget. But there was one thing in town that provided a distraction…the pretty cop with the haunted eyes.
Ginny Spencer loved the small, shore town and her job, as long as she could keep people at arm's length. Former Army Military Police, she carried her own battle scars deep inside and that was just where she planned on keeping them. If only the surly bartender with the Irish blue eyes did not make her long for more.
When reports of a Peeping Tom in town escalate to a man accosting women, Ginny and the Baytown police work to find the culprit, but for her, it opens wounds she would rather forget. Brogan, seeing her pain, steps in, no longer willing to sit on the sidelines. And in doing so, allows her to soothe his nightmares as well.
When two scarred souls come together, their love allows them to find the peace they've been seeking.
****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned - for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues...again be warned!!*****
Rubbing her tired eyes, Ginny gratefully accepted the cup of coffee from Mildred. The others soon filed into the room and Mitch eyed her carefully.
Unsure if he meant about her surreptitiously leaving the AL meeting the night before, dealing with Celia Ring, or sitting at a meeting after pulling an all-night shift, she decided to go with the simplest answer. "I'm fine."
He stared for a moment and just as she was about to retort, he sat down and opened the report she had written along with the evidence from Grant.
"You've all had a chance to check out what Ginny and Grant were dealing with last night. Ginny, impressions to go along with your facts?"
"Celia was shaken. Her description was articulate, once prodded, although we aren't sure about the time. I checked her doors and windows—all were locked. She normally leaves her downstairs blinds up but said they will be down in the future."
Sam leaned back and peered at her over his glasses. "Do you think someone like her is believable?"
Jerking her head around, Ginny tilted her head. "Excuse me?"
"Did you find her believable? Let's face it, Celia's got a reputation in town."
"Reputation?" Ginny's voice rose. She knew the rumors, but could not believe her fellow officer's line of inquiry.
"She's an attention-seeking, man-hunting, doesn't care who she steps on kind of woman. Hell, Mayor Banks' wife keeps him on a short leash since he hired her," Sam said.
Seeing red, Ginny leaned forward in her chair. "I can't believe you said that." Her voice calm, but cold, she continued, "Her reputation is irrelevant here."
Mitch stepped in, his hands raised. "Ginny's right, but we do have to look at the evidence. Grant found no indication of someone's boots, but he did say the ground was disturbed and that could have been from someone covering their tracks. There were no finger or palm prints on the window, but Celia reported his hands were dark, which would indicate gloves."
Ginny sat in her chair, her body strung tight as a bow.
Sam and Burt exchanged a look, before Sam apologized. "Ginny, I'm sorry. That came out all wrong. I've got a wife and a daughter and the thought of someone peeking in at them makes my blood boil." Sighing, he added, "But I know Celia Ring can seek attention if she doesn't think she's getting any…I just wondered, that's all."
Forcing her breathing to slow, Ginny nodded. "Apology accepted." Sucking in a deep breath, she clarified, "I know her reputation. I know her refusal to tell us who she was out with last night is a possible indication that he was married and she doesn't want us to know. But…" she pinned them all with her hard stare, "she is still a victim who reported a crime and deserves our utmost service."
"Abso-fuckin-lutely right," Grant said, earning a slight smile from Ginny.
Mitch nodded and they continued with the evidence gathered. A few minutes later, the sound of Mildred's voice carried through to the workroom.
"I'll announce you and Chief Evans can see you when—"
"I'll be seen right now!"
The officers shared a grimace at the sound of the mayor's voice. Within a few seconds, he came blustering into their room.
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