Life was supposed to be simplified in the Big Easy…
Since relocating from NY to New Orleans, Kenina Porter has lived the good the bad, and the ugly, working in homicide in one of the most unsafe parts of New Orleans. She fought hard to be one of the best detectives in her precinct and refused to let anything slow her down. Except for the newest police Chief, who isn’t fond of her attitude. Despite what the Chief or anyone else thinks, Kenina intends to continue doing her damn job as she damn well pleases. Besides, the serial strangler is still on the loose and Kenina thinks she should be the one to catch him.
Local boy and former Army officer, David Mulroney is on the fast track to success. David recently received a promotion to detective despite only a couple of years on the force and is as eager and hungry as anyone working at nineteen. His boyish looks, charm, and intelligence has all the ladies swooning, but he only has eyes on one lady. Kenina Porter. David thinks if he can break the ice around her heart, but he has some stiff competition; Kenina’s own stubbornness and fear of getting involved with her new trainee and partner.
Kenina isn’t taking bullshit from anyone, let alone another cop in her department who claims to have the hots for her. With her guard up, Kenina intends to live her life as a hard-nosed cop, but David has other ideas. Can NOPD’s youngest detective be the one to finally bring her out of her shell?
Kenina met David’s gaze and smiled. “Thank you.”
“For buying into my theory. I’m telling you, Frankie is so taken by that pretty boy I wonder if he’s been under a spell,” she laughed.
“Well, I ain’t into men, but I have to say, he is attractive.”
“Oh God, Vance used to say the same thing before he became all wrapped up in Orrin.”
“Naw, naw, Kenina, don’t misunderstand. I’m very comfortable in my sexuality to recognize an attractive man, but I ain’t into ‘em sexually. I could say that someone is fine, male or female, and not think anything about it. I like people watching and since I was in the Army, I saw lots of beautiful people of all races, genders, and nationalities. Made me appreciate God a lot more, you know? He made us all in his image so we’re all part of him.”
Kenina appeared surprised by David’s answer. “Well, wow, I…damn, I guess I never thought of it like that. You’re right, though. Sh… I don’t know, maybe I am that much into my career, my life…”
Kenina blushed. “Yeah. I swear I always thought I could turn his head, a little bit, but no. Not with pretty young thing on his arm.”
“He’s gay, Kenina.”
“Yeah, I know. I didn’t think he was serious about it.”
David chuckled, “He looks serious about it to me. Seems like he loves the man. A lot.”
“Yep, I guess he does. Um, let’s go on and join the rest of the group. Maybe we can go for coffee or somethin’ after?”
David silently gasped and gazed at Kenina. “Sure, sure.” David followed her with the box and supplies in hand.
Perhaps that conversation was too much for either of them. Still, David couldn’t help feeling hopeful that he might’ve made a breakthrough with Kenina Porter.
Any method he could use to chip away at the ice she had built around her would be welcomed.