Katherine "KC" Carmichael inherits the Honey House, a Bed and Breakfast that decides who will and won't be staying. This scene is early in the book, set at a party in the courtyard of the Honey House to welcome KC. Sheriff Quinn shows up with a pretty, but bitchy blonde Susan on his arm, which doesn't exactly thrill KC, since she's not overly fond of cops. Susan is introduced to KC, and immediately insults her by saying she finds nicknames rather juvenile. Why is it some women can never resist a challenge?
I looked up innocently and said, “Poor Quinn, I’m sure she didn’t mean it about your nickname.” Then I dragged him to the fire pit, well out of Susan’s reach.
He was shaking when I let loose of his arm, and I looked up expecting to see fury all over his face. Instead, he was struggling to keep his face composed; it was laughter making those big shoulders shake. With his back to Susan, he grinned, the first genuine show of anything directed at me, other than supreme irritation. “Okay, round one to you, Ms. Carmichael."
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