Today, I’m visiting with Rick Bannerman, the hero in A PRIDE OF BROTHERS: RICK
Hi, Rick. How are you doing today?
~ Good, good. I can’t stay long. I’ve gotta new case I’m working on and I just got a hot lead.
New case, huh? Are you a cop?
~ No, no. I’m a Private Investigator. A little bodyguard work on the side if it’s needed, too.
Oh, wow. That sounds interesting.
~ It can be. Mostly it’s just long hours on a computer or checking out leads. But it’s a good gig. I’m a partner in a firm with my oldest friend, Josh, his two brothers and Josh’s brother in law, who’s ex-FBI.
Cool. So, Rick, where are you from?
~Born and bred in NYC (New York City, NY) where the days are long and the nights never end. Greatest city on the world.
I love New York, too. And Josh is married to cheflebrity Kandy Laine, right?
~Yup. And for the record, she hates being called that, which is why I do it. Often.
Yeah, I heard you like to tease. So, lets get a little personal. I understand you’ve gotten close with Kandy’s sister Abby? Tell me, what did you think of her the first time you two met
~ Well, we met at Kandy and Josh’s engagement party and when Abby walked into the room my legs got wobbly. All that gorgeous long and midnight back hair was falling down and tickling her waist and her beautiful blue eyes were laughing. When we were introduced and shook hands, I swear my arm felt a shock all the way up to my shoulder. This was one gorgeous woman and I wanted to get to know her better and hopefully talk her into bed.
Pretty visceral reaction. What happened then?
~Well, that thought to get her into bed flew out of my mind the minute she started talking about going to law school and how much she wanted to help people. This was a woman who was so far out of my wheelhouse with regards to class and substance, I knew I couldn't use her simply as a bedmate. She deserved much more than that and I wasn't the man to give it to her.
So was it love at first sight, then?
~Well, lust at first sight for sure! Looking back now, maybe I did lose my heart at that moment.
What do you like most about Abby?
~Her sense of self, her fearlessness, her dedication to making the lives of her clients better all make her a formidable and amazing woman. She’s got a few quirks that I just found out about like her OCD and her shoe fetish, but those just make her more human. And the shoe fetish is something I can get behind since she does love her stilettos. I like seeing her wear them…and nothing else.
How do you see her, physically? Give us the 411.
~ Gorgeous doesn’t do it enough justice. Warmhearted, kind, witty, smart as a whip, and still the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen. She challenges me at every turn and I love it! But if you want the physical stuff, she’s about 5 nine without those stilts she loves, has shorter hair now, but still jet black and shiny with enough curls to make a man’s fingers tingle to touch. Her eyes are as blue as the waters in the Caribbean and her mouth, dear God, her mouth. Full thick lips with a perfect bow in the top center. I could kiss those lips – and do all sorts of other things to them (and her) all night.
How do you think she’d describe you?
~Probably as the biggest pain in the ass she’s ever known. As much as she challenges me at every turn, I give it right back to her and I don’t think she’s used to that kind of pushback from a guy. She’s used to dealing with bullies and she stands her ground like no one’s business. I tend to cross a few lines with the things I say and she calls me on it. Repeatedly.
What made you choose Investigations and Bodyguard work for your career?
~I was a sniper in the army when I served and the whole military police aspect of the service appealed to me. I’m good with computers and finding stuff, so it made sense I use those investigative skills in a positive way once I left the service. I’ve got a Masters degree in computer programming and research, something I’m proud of, and as far as the bodyguard aspect, well, when you’re built like I am – a tank in sneakers – it makes sense to use that gift to provide protection for people if they need it.
You must have nerves of steel since you were a sniper. Are you afraid of anything?
~One thing. That I’ll turn into my father. He’s been in jail for over twenty years for domestic abuse. He killed my mother when the police arrived to arrest him for a complaint. He claims he didn’t know it was loaded. I’m scared every day of my life that I’ll turn out to be a drunken abuser like he is. Even though I don’t drink, it still scares the shit out of me that I could be like him. DNA will out, you know?
Sometimes, but not always. Private investigations must be stressful. What do you do to relax?
~ Work out at the gym for a couple hours, then hunker down with a good action flick on the tv. I stay away from booze because of my father.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
~The Count of Monte Cristo. I love a good redemption story.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
~ Don’t sweat the small stuff. Josh’s mother, Deb, told me that.
Well Rick, it’s been nice getting to know you a bit. I’ll let you go now since you’ve been sneaking peeks at your watch since we started.
~No offense. Just need to follow this lead, you know. Take care and thanks for having me.
Say hi to Abby for me.
A PRIDE OF BROTHERS: Rick
Elite bodyguard and P.I. Rick Bannerman's job is to protect. He doesn't get emotional with his clients, but when a woman from his past is threatened, his next job becomes personal.
Family lawyer Abigail Laine is the target of a client's vengeful husband, but refuses Rick's offer of protection. He walked away from her four years ago, and she swore to forget him.
Now her reluctance to accept his help could cost Abby her life.
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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
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