October 10, 2012
The First Kiss
In romance novels, there are few scenes more important than the first kiss. A really memorable first kiss captures the reader’s attention—hopefully making her sigh with pleasure—and takes the book to the next level of emotion.
We all have favorite first kiss scenes that stay with us long after we’ve read the book. One of the most memorable, in my opinion, is the dramatic scene in Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. Dain and Jessica get into a blazing argument in the middle of a Paris street, as rain teems down around them. Dain is so furious that he wants to throttle Jessica, but instead he pulls her into his arms and practically devours her. It’s a stunning and deeply emotional moment that changes them forever, and it really sticks in the reader’s mind. I just adore it and I think it’s the gold standard.
In my new book, His Mistletoe Bride, the first kiss is very significant for my heroine. Phoebe Linville was raised as a Quaker, in a very sheltered situation. Although she’s twenty-three and an intelligent, thoughtful young woman, she’s never had a suitor and she’s never been kissed by any man except her father and brother. So, the first real kiss is a life-altering moment for her. How will she respond when Lucas, my hero and a very experienced man, gives her that first, all-important lesson in passion?
Let’s find out, shall we?
Phoebe’s eyes grew wide as Lucas swooped down to kiss her. But when his lips met hers she squeezed her eyelids closed, overcome by the shock of his touch and the temptation that trembled through her. Her heart pounded with something akin to fright, yet she could not resist his lure—hot and sweet, hinting of champagne and something forbidden.
And it was not just any man who kissed her. It was Lucas, and she knew now that she had been waiting for the touch of his lips for a very long time.
His mouth was gentle, exploring her as if she were a newly discovered landscape. Mentally, she stumbled in that landscape, searching for a way forward and knowing it could only come through him. From the feel of his calloused hands wrapped around her bare arms, his fingers caressing her skin, and from the breathtaking heat of his mouth. Every unique sensation drew her forward, unmooring her from every experience that had come before.
Who knew a kiss could be so . . . transporting?
As you can see, Phoebe liked it—a lot. In fact, the entire situation is so transporting that she and Lucas forget themselves, which leads to quite an embarrassing and rather public situation. But one thing is for sure—Phoebe will never forget her first kiss!
What about you, readers? Do you still remember your first kiss? Was it something special or something you’d rather forget? Tell all! One person who comments will win a copy of His Mistletoe Bride.
BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE…
When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules—and surprising him in and out of bed…
Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the Earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly…
Vanessa Kelly was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Vanessa also writes contemporary romance with her husband under the name of V.K. Sykes. You can find her on the web at www.vanessakellyauthor.com or at www.vksykes.com.