Friday First Kiss #33 :: Texas Dreamer by Celia Yeary – 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.

 

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This weeks Friday First Kiss comes from, Texas Dreamer by Celia Yeary
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“I can’t take chances. Right now, Emilie, you and Tex are the only people in the world I trust.”

Emilie stood and walked a few steps away. He followed but stood back a couple of feet.

She turned to face him. “Let me see if I have this straight. You want a business marriage, one on paper, a partner, not a wife to make love to. Someone to protect your claim on this property should you be killed. Correct?”

“I…hadn’t thought about it exactly that way.”

She crossed her arms and tilted her head. “Then what do you think?”

He swallowed. “I think when we get to know each other better, we’ll want a real marriage.”

He paused, sighed, and looked around.

Returning his gaze to her, he said, “Tell me what you want, Emilie. Anything. Tell me what you would want out of this arrangement. I’ll abide by anything you ask.”

Instead of answering right away, she turned away again and gazed across the pasture. Slowly, she turned in a circle, watching her feet, until she came back to face him.

“I want a baby, Lee. That’s what I want. I’m twenty-eight years old, and I can’t wait much longer to have a baby. I only want one. Then we can live any way you want.”

He grinned. “Is that all?”

Brightening, she said, “And I want an electric washing machine.”

“A…what?”

Laughing, she said, “You heard me. And I know how to order one, and I know exactly where to place it, and…”

In one quick move, he circled his arms about her waist and pulled her flush with his body. Slowly, he lowered his mouth to hers, and he kissed her closed lips. Keeping her close, he murmured, “Open your mouth a little, Emilie, and I’ll teach you how to kiss.”

She followed his directions, and her body went lax as she leaned into him. They kissed like they’d done it forever.

He laughed low. “You’re a fast learner, and I’ll teach you everything I know. You’ll have that baby and an electric washing machine, and I’ll have a family. Me? I can’t wait to get started.”

Emilie didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. How lucky was she to hear a proposal from the best man she’d ever met?

But suppose she fell in love? That would never do. Someone else might come along that he’d fall in love with. And then where would that leave her?

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Texas Dreamer by Celia YearyTexas Dreamer by Celia Yeary

Lee King is a dreamer. When he realizes he was born under a lucky star, he went for the jackpot and won. But winning a big prize isn’t the same as keeping it safe from interlopers and greedy fortune hunters–including women. When oilman Tex McDougal crosses his path, Lee believes he has found the perfect man to help him. His daughter, Emilie McDougal, while not a buxom beauty, impresses him with her intelligence, her courage, and her selflessness.

Could he strike a financial bargain with her? One that would suit them both?

Emilie McDougal has no family except her father, and she has followed in his footsteps from age one. When Lee King enters their lives, she begins to dream–for the first time in her life. She only wants one thing from Lee, one tiny thing that would make her life complete.

Would he agree to her counter-bargain?

 

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About Celia Yeary

Author Celia yearyCelia Yeary, a native Texan, former science teacher, graduate of Texas Tech University and Texas State University, is mother of two, grandmother of three boys, and wife of a wonderful, supportive Texan.

She has published ten novels, seven novellas, short stories, and articles for a Texas Magazine– Texas Co-op Power. She is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT), a local writing group called The Write Girls, and co-owns a group blog titled Sweethearts of the West.

Celia and her husband enjoy traveling, and both are involved in their church, the community, and the university. Central Texas has been her home for forty years.

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USA TODAY bestselling author Lily Graison writes historical western romances and dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance. First published in 2005, Lily has written over a dozen romance novels that range from sweet to spicy.

She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband, three high-strung Yorkies and more cats than she can count and is mother of two and grandmother of three. On occasion, she can be found at her sewing machine creating 1800’s period clothing or participating in civil war reenactments and area living history events. When not portraying a southern belle, you can find her at a nearby store feeding her obsession for all things resembling office supplies.

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About Lily Graison

USA TODAY bestselling author Lily Graison writes historical western romances and dabbles in contemporary and paranormal romance. First published in 2005, Lily has written over a dozen romance novels that range from sweet to spicy. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband, three high-strung Yorkies and more cats than she can count and is mother of two and grandmother of three. On occasion, she can be found at her sewing machine creating 1800’s period clothing or participating in civil war reenactments and area living history events. When not portraying a southern belle, you can find her at a nearby store feeding her obsession for all things resembling office supplies.

6 Responses to Friday First Kiss #33 :: Texas Dreamer by Celia Yeary – Historical Western Romance

  1. Sarah McNeal says:

    Celia, I am loving the whole concept of this story. The excerpt was adorable. I don’t have this book yet, but I’ll be getting it as soon as I can. Your stories are so heartwarming and the characters are the kind we all root for to find happiness. All the very best to your corner of the earth.

  2. Celia, I love these characters! Emilie is so earnest about wanting a child and a washing machine! She totally captivated me. I’ve read this story and recommend it highly!

  3. Celia Yeary says:

    Thank you, Sarah, my kind thoughtful friend. Truthfully–I love this story. And trust me, I’ve written some I wasn’t so crazy about in the end. But Texas Dreamer–it was so easy to write. I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Lyn Horner says:

    Wonderful first kiss scene, Celia! I tweeted, liked and just bought Texas Dreamer on Amazon. Looking forward to reading it!

  5. Linda Swift says:

    Celia, I love this excerpt and this first kiss. These characters have depth and the entire plot is filled with honest emotion that any reader could relate to. One of your very best books and I’ve read them all.

  6. LK Hunsaker says:

    Celia, marriage definitely is a bargain thing, isn’t it? Emilie and Lee at least recognize it for what it is! I enjoyed their chemistry throughout the book.

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