Friday First Kiss #96 :: Texas Cinderella by Winnie Griggs (Historical 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 week’s Friday First Kiss comes from,

Texas Cinderella by Winnie Griggs

They worked in silence for a while until she had the tarts in the oven. When she’d shut the stove door, she returned to the table and peered into the bowl where he was putting the shelled pecans. “Nice job.”

For some reason, those simple words gave him a feeling of pride.

A feeling she deflated with her next words. “How did you manage to get flour on your shirtsleeve?”

The amused light dancing in her eyes drew an answering grin from him. “You didn’t come through this unscathed, either,” he said with mock severity. “There’s a large smudge of flour on your cheek.”

She reached up guiltily to swipe at it, but missed.

“No, here, let me do it.” He stood and reached over and brushed the hair from her face, then used his thumb to rub away the powdery substance. The sound of her soft, breathy inhalation made him pause as his gaze shot to hers. Had she felt it, too, that warm, tingly spark when his hand touched her face?

From the way her eyes darkened and her breathing quickened, he’d guess she had.

There was such a sweetness about her, such an enticing mix of courage and vulnerability, innocence and awareness.

Did she have any idea how she affected him?

He lowered his face, keeping his gaze locked with hers, looking for any sign that she didn’t want this kiss he was aching to give her. But all he saw was invitation. When she tilted her face up in anticipation, he eagerly closed the distance and allowed himself to deliver the kiss he’d been longing to give her almost from the moment he’d met her.

And she seemed just as eager as he. It was sweet and tender and wonderfully electric. He’d never experienced anything quite like this before.

Then reality returned and he broke it off, pulling her into a hug, tucking her cheek against his chest, trying to get his breathing back under control.

What was he doing? He couldn’t offer Cassie any kind of future that included him, and she was not a woman to be trifled with. She was a lady—sweet, generous, tenderhearted, and she deserved to be treated as such. Oh, but he couldn’t find it in himself to be sorry for what he’d done. Holding her in his arms, tasting the sweetness of her lips, feeling her heart beat against his—the memory of this perfect moment would stay with him for some time to come.

But how could he undo what he’d just done?

Her first kiss! As she leaned her head against the warmth of Riley’s chest, felt his hand rub small circles on her back, Cassie let all the wonderful, head-spinning sensations roll over her. She’d never imagined it could be this way. The emotions she felt from him—gentleness and possessiveness, tenderness and strength—made her feel cherished and needed. She’d never felt as if she mattered to someone in quite this way before.

Did he sense it, too, this connection, this feeling of meant-to-be?

Oh, he had to. He wouldn’t still be holding her otherwise.

When they finally separated, Riley smiled down at her with such tenderness that it took her breath away. Could there be a future for them, after all?

Then his expression shifted and some distance crept in. 

Was he regretting having kissed her? If he apologized she would be absolutely mortified.

 

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Texas Cinderella by Winnie Griggs

After a life of drudgery on her family’s farm, Cassie Lynn Vickers relishes her new-found freedom working in town as a paid companion for feisty Mrs. Flanagan. When her father suddenly demands she come home, she has no choice. Unless she can find a husband. If only she could convince handsome town newcomer Riley Walker to marry her…

Riley is on the run. He’s desperate to keep his niece and nephew safe from his crooked half-brother. But a delay in Turnabout, Texas, shows him everything he didn’t know he was missing: home, family—and Cassie Lynn. Can he find a way to both keep the children safe and become her Prince Charming?

 

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About Winnie Griggs

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Winnie Griggs grew up in south Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond.  She and her two younger siblings spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou.   Once she ‘grew up’ she found other outlets for dealing with all those wonderful, adventurous imaginary friends by filling notebooks with their stories.

Eventually she found her own Prince Charming, a rancher whose white steed takes the form of a tractor and whose kingdom is situated in a small rural community that she loves to call home, and together they’ve built their own storybook happily-ever-after that  includes four now grown children, two of whom are twins.

On a fun note – having been born on a Friday the 13th, Winnie has always considered 13 her lucky number.  This belief was reinforced when her 13th book, Handpicked Husband, won a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in – what else – 2013.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Winnie feels blessed to be able to share her stories through her writings for Love Inspired Historical books.  Winnie loves to hear from readers.  You can connect with her on facebook at the following links:

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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 contemporary and paranormal romance when the mood strikes and all of her stories range from sweet to spicy with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina and on occasion 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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