Friday First Kiss #117 :: Divine Gamble by Charlene Raddon (Historical Western Romance)

Friday First Kiss

The moment I crack open a new book, I always rush through the beginning, the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, and anticipate that spontaneous moment when one of them makes their move. The First Kiss. The first turning point in every story.

Every week here on the blog, I’ll be sharing First Kisses from my books and those of other authors.


This week’s Friday First Kiss comes from,

Divine Gamble by Charlene Raddon

After several songs, he lowered the harmonica and turned to her. Maisy froze. The air filled suddenly with an electrical charge that had nothing to do with lightning. His eyes were a dark brandy hue, the intensity of his gaze reminding her of a similar moment in Otto’s Mercantile that first day in Lost Creek.

“I’d sell my soul to kiss you right now,” he said, his voice low and breathy.

Her pulse did a back flip. She began to tremble. Leave. Leave now, before it’s too late. But she wanted that kiss. Desperately.

Brose leaned close, closer. Finally, their lips met. His were softer than she expected, coffee-flavored, yet sweet. Their mouths fit perfectly. His moved over hers with a gentleness that reached clear into her heart. He spread kisses over her face, forehead, eyes, cheeks, jaw, even the side of her neck. Need burst inside her and spread through her body.

His arms tightened around her. When had he embraced her? Rather than being alarmed, she savored how good it felt to be held again. When the kiss ended, he stayed where he was. He rested his forehead against hers, their noses touching slightly. His breath blew warm on her lips, damp from his kisses.

Brose took her hand, kissed her palm then placed it flat against his chest. Through his shirt, she could feel his mother’s cross. And his heart, thudding in a rhythm that matched hers. Abruptly reminded of the fruitlessness of allowing a relationship to grow between them, she yanked her hand away.

He grabbed it and drew it back. “Touch me,” he whispered. “It’s been so long.”

For her as well.

But Maisy’s head filled suddenly with memories of the last time she’d let a man talk her into sharing such intimacies—and of the life-altering result.

“No.” She jerked free and leaped to her feet. “I—I can’t do this.”

He stood. “Don’t go.”

“I must. This is…dangerous.”

Pivoting on her heel, she ran to her horse, Hock, and Soda on her heels, and threw herself onto the saddle.





Divine Gamble by Charlene Raddon

As a girl, Maisy Macoubrie witnessed the murder of her beloved father. She’s been running from the killer for fourteen years. If only she could provide a safe home for her and her son… but she’ll never get rich dealing faro in saloons, with a cold-blooded killer on her trail.

The Preacher never meant to become a gunman. Sometimes life deals a man a hard hand. Always alone, always hunted, he dreams of all he’s been denied—peace, family, love.

The moment Maisy and The Preacher meet, their lives change once more. United in battle against a powerful enemy, they fight side by side, but can they beat the odds they face? Is love worth the biggest gamble man has ever known?

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About Charlene Raddon

An avid reader, Charlene Raddon never planned to be a writer. A vivid dream changed that. She dragged out a portable typewriter and began to put her dream on paper. Originally published by Kensington Books, Charlene is now an Indie author. All her books have received high accolades, contest wins, and awards. When not writing, she designs historical book covers at her site, where she specializes in westerns.


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About Lily Graison

Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. Her Willow Creek Series introduced readers to a small Montana town where the west is wild and the cowboys are wilder. Lily also dabbles in sci-fi, contemporary and paranormal romance when the mood strikes and all of her stories lean heavily to the spicy side with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She writes full time and lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and a house full of Yorkies.

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