Friday First Kiss #97 :: RACHEL, Bride Brigade Book 5 by Caroline Clemmons (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,

RACHEL (Bride Brigade Book 5) by Caroline Clemmons

Unable to bear waiting any longer, Zane cupped Rachel’s delicate face in his hands. He expected shock or surprise but she merely gazed at him with her berry-colored lips parted. Did she realize what an invitation she offered?

“Rachel, promise me you won’t accept another man’s proposal while I’m gone. Please, give me a chance to court you.” Damn, he sounded pathetic.

Her gorgeous smile wiped away all his embarrassment. “I promise. Will you promise me you’ll be extra careful on your trip?”

“I will. Now that I’ve found you, I have a powerful reason to remain alive.” When her eyes widened, he added, “Rachel, we never take risks, and my gunmen are very good. And, I’m hardly defenseless.”

She grasped his forearms. “Hauling freight is taking a chance, but I realize someone has to bring in supplies. We’d be in trouble if we only had things the stage can carry.”

“Most of the businesses would shut down. Even the doctor occasionally has me bring in supplies and medicines.”

She smiled at him. “As I see things, I’m bookkeeper for the most important man in town.”
Damn, but with her in his arms he felt like the most important man in the world. All resistance fled and he gathered her into his embrace and pressed his lips to hers, gently at first. When she leaned into him, he deepened his kiss. Her arms slid under his jacket and around his waist. Elation almost felled him.

When he broke away from her lips, he rained more kisses across her forehead, her eyes, and her cheeks.

She held on as if she might fall. “Goodness, that was very different from the few pecks on the cheek I’ve experienced. My knees went a little wobbly.”

Her admission was balm to his soul, not only because he affected her but that meant he was her first relationship. He pressed his forehead against hers. “Mine, too. In fact, I enjoyed the exchange tremendously.”

She pulled away but a slight tilt of her lips let him know she had also. “I-I… take care of yourself. I’ll keep things going until you return. And thank you for the wonderful dance.” She hurried from the office.





Rachel Caroline Clemmons

RACHEL (Bride Brigade Book 5) by Caroline Clemmons

A shameful past…

Rachel Ross’ secret haunts her. She joins other women leaving Virginia for Texas, object matrimony. Vowing never to trust again, she is rebuilding her life. In the dusty little town of Tarnation, she is more and more attracted to Zane Evans. Her past has made her cautious, but she allows him to court her.

Zane Evans is a former Pinkerton agent who wants to forget all he saw in that profession and the war. He’s found a good life in Tarnation, Texas and has carefully planned his future. When he meets Rachel, he is instantly attracted.

One event reveals her past in a spectacular way. Will Zane forgive her silence?




About Caroline Clemmons

Caroline Clemmons

Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.

Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, painting, and getting together with friends.

You can find Caroline online 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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