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.
Her heart had been fluttering wildly as Mathew touched her but now, as he leaned down, his mouth inches from her own, she feared it would burst through her chest.
The moment his lips touched her own, Julia forgot how to breathe.
She’d dreamed of being kissed by him, wondered what his hands would feel like against her skin and those dreams paled in comparison. There was a dreamy intimacy to the act and she felt drugged the moment his tongue slid into her mouth. Her womb clenched tight and a small moan crawled up her throat before she could stop it.
His thumb brushed her nipple again, the resulting tingles shooting straight to her core igniting every nerve in her body. His breath was warm against her lips, tiny pulses of pleasure coursing through her veins as he pulled her tight against him.
His kiss was surprisingly gentle, his tongue dipping inside her mouth to taste her in slow, lingering strokes that made her heart race and caused heat to pool between her legs.
She wasn’t sure what she’d expected to feel when Matthew finally came to her but this dizziness had never entered her mind. Her limbs felt shaky, her stomach doing little flips and each swipe of his tongue against her own sent more of those tingles racing down her spine. She felt weak, her mouth burning with fire and she wasn’t close enough. She bunched the material of his shirt into her hands, leaned against him and kissed him back with the same intensity as he was showing her.
He broke the kiss a few moments later, panting out harsh breaths against her kiss-swollen lips and braced his forehead against her own. His hands moved to her shoulders, to the fabric of her gown. “Can I see you?”
She nodded and watched his face as he leaned back and pulled the gown down her arms, the material pooling on the floor at her feet. He took in every inch of her, his hands following the path of his eyes and when he’d looked his fill, he lifted her and carried her to the bed.
Julia by Lily Graison
It would take the love of a woman he barely knows to make him forget about his painful past.
Julia Hamel always dreamed of a Christmas wedding and hers would be a dream come true if she wasn’t marrying a man she’d never met. Traveling across the country as a mail-order bride took a leap of faith, and she’s determined to make the best of her new life despite that fact her husband seems to be hiding something. But nothing she does seems to please him and Matthew’s distant despite her best intentions. When she meets a mischievous old man and takes his advice on how to make her husband happy, his ideas backfire in the worst possible ways and as Christmas draws closer, Julia begins to think leaving home might have been the worst mistake of her life.
Matthew Bailey never wanted a wife–until he saw Julia. He married her without much thought and hoped her presence would be enough to finally distract him from the fact it was the one time of year he wished he could forget. Painful memories keep him distracted and when the girl who mistook his kindness for a wedding proposal stirs up trouble, Matthew has to decide what he really wants. If its Julia, then he has to bare his soul and confront his past but dredging up those old memories is still painful. Can the love of a woman he knows nothing about be enough to make him want to live again? And will Julia stay once she’s seen the worst in him?
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 science fiction, 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.