Welcome to the Lucky in Love Blog Hop! Big thanks go to Carrie Ann Ryan for hosting.
Spring might be upon the Northern Hemisphere but here in the South we’re heading into autumn and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. Here in dear old Oz, the temperatures in summer can get to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) and I’m mighty glad we have a whole year before we suffer such again. Seriously, peeps, I don’t know what I’d do without airconditioning!
However, this blog hop is about spring and renewal and a time for firsts. First loves, firsts rush of emotions, first kisses…so on that wonderful and full introduction, here’s a first kiss – Pearl and Ethan of FOOL’S GOLD can’t stand each other, and yet put them together in an abandoned saloon with an oncoming blizzard and a whole mess of firsts are notched up:
Grabbing her upper arms, he hauled her against him, and ignoring her shocked gasp, he covered her mouth with his.
She stood stock still under his hands, her lips parted with her surprise. Pressing his advantage, he traced his tongue over the slight opening, and with a sigh, she allowed him entry. She tasted of whiskey and coffee and a flavor all her own, a flavor that signified Pearl and wickedness and a teasing smile she never meant. Sliding his hand up her arm, he cupped the back of her head and finally touched the glory of her hair. The strands were cool and silky, and he reveled as they threaded through his fingers, at the feel of her mouth under his, in the way she finally kissed him back. Her tongue flicked at his, and she tempted him with her taste, with a nip at his lip, with a retreat and a bold storming forward, with the way her arms snaked about his waist to hold him tight. God, he’d wanted to do this forever, had wanted it even though he told himself he didn’t, and forced her from his thoughts over and again.
Breaking the kiss, he stared down at her. Great black lashes swept over eyes dazed with passion, lips reddened now by his own. His heart beat madly, his blood a thrum against his ears. Gently, he combed his fingers through her hair, her glorious, fiery hair he’d wanted to touch forever. “I’m in need, Miz Pearl.”
Christmas in Freewill
Christmas Eve, the Diamond Saloon is empty of its people, and Pearl la Monte has a hankering to retire early. A pounding at the Diamond’s door rids her of such a fool notion. Her irritation rises when she sees the prissy, polite-like Garrett standing outside.
Ethan Garrett has a powerful need to gain succor. When the saloon’s voluptuous redheaded singer scowls at him from the threshold of the Diamond, he doesn’t stop to think on how his ire at her has disappeared. Or how he just wants to spend some time in her company.
When a blizzard storms in, trapping them, will they spend their time arguing or find their irritation for each other disguises something more?
And now, the giveaway#!
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