Friday First Kiss #120 :: Charity by Sylvia McDaniel (Historical Western)

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 weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, 
Charity (Book 1 in the Angel Creek Christmas Brides Series) by Sylvia McDaniel


For a man who had been open and honest with her, it seemed like a door had slammed shut. Turning to her, he offered her a spoonful. “Taste it and tell me if you like it.”

Holding the spoon to her lips, she opened her mouth. Mere inches separated him from her and she moaned at the texture of the meat. “Delicious.”

The savoriness ignited her hunger as she licked her lips and he moved even closer. 

“Since the ceremony, I’ve wanted another kiss.”

Once again, his lips covered hers and the caress of his mouth ripped her breath away. Oh no, what would he want next?

* * * *

Lewis longed to kiss her since that first peck in the church. That smooch had been just a sealing of their vows and commitments to one another. 

This kiss…this kiss sent his blood rushing to the center of his body like a wild horse charging across the prairie. Like a bull rider holding on for dear life as he rode that hunk of pure raging terror. Like a lion roaring in the jungle, proclaiming he was king. Lewis was shocked at his body’s reaction.

The feel of her full lips beneath his, soft and resilient, as he pulled her against his chest, her breasts snug. Just when things began to get heated, he heard the chili boiling over. 

Reluctantly, he released her and turned back to the stove and stirred the sauce. When he whirled back to her, she stood mesmerized. Her emerald eyes large, held his gaze as she stared at him in shock, her hand touching her lips. 

Oh yes, that kiss affected her the same as him. A smile radiated from his face and he laid his hand on her arm. “Are you ready to eat?”

“Uh, yes,” she said, shaking her head like she was breaking the spell. 




Charity (Book 1 in the Angel Creek Christmas Brides Series) by Sylvia McDaniel

A Mail Order Bride, Secrets, Lies and a Christmas Miracle

Five Charleston women desperate for marriage minded men and the chance to rebuild their lives, after the Civil War answer an ad in the Grooms Gazette. Charity Kingston has to get out of Charleston or face life working in a brothel. But the past follows her to Angel Creek, Montana, revealing her Irish temper and the brothel owner’s demand for payment of her debt. 

After the war, Lewis Brown is given a chance at a new start in life. Taking a dead man’s identify he begins his new life as a saloon owner in Angel Creek. Imagine his surprise when a mail order bride comes with the saloon. In one twist of fate, his past is exposed, his secrets revealed and his worst nightmare confirmed.

Lewis and Charity need a Christmas Miracle.




About Sylvia McDaniel


Sylvia McDaniel is a best-selling, award-winning author of western historical romance and contemporary romance novels. Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances, Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides a historical western series, The Cuvier Widows, a Louisiana historical series, Lipstick and Lead, a western historical series and several short contemporary romances.

Former President of the Dallas Area Romance Authors, a member of the Romance Writers of America®, and a member of Novelists Inc, her novel, A Hero’s Heart was a 1996 Golden Heart Finalist. Several other books have placed or won in the San Antonio Romance Authors Contest, LERA Contest, and she was a Golden Network Finalist.

Married for twenty years to her best friend, they have two dachshunds. One that reigns Queen Supreme over the house and the other a puppy that terrorizes the Queen and a good-looking, grown son who thinks there’s no place like home. She loves gardening, hiking, shopping, knitting and football (Cowboys and Bronco’s fan), but not necessarily in that order.

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About Lily Graison

Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. She also writes a variety of genres under the name L. R. Grasion. Most 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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