love-1434831I just love writing the first kiss between two characters. It sets the tone for their entire relationship.

Wondering how Gavin and Chloe’s first kiss unfolds in BLEMISHED? Here’s a snippet.

“Are you alright?” she asked, her voice brimming with innocence.

Swallowing, he instinctively moved nearer to her. “Chloe, listen…I’m quite fond of you,” Gavin began. “There’s a part of you that’s gotten under my skin, and I can’t stop thinking about you.”


“Yeah, Chloe?”

She held her breath. She wanted to laugh. She needed to cry. That single moment teemed with so much intensity that Chloe didn’t even realize what she’d said until the words left her lips. “Aren’t you at least going to kiss me?”

She couldn’t believe that as sick as she was, she’d mustered the energy for a possible make-out session with her stranger in shining armor.

As she closed her eyes, her lips opened, slackened with the passion that had been dormant inside her for far too long. For the first time in months, she felt so alive as Gavin’s mouth manipulated hers. The sensual melding of their lips radiated heat throughout her body. In fact, she felt as if someone were holding sparklers against her skin.

Her breath left her body as Gavin’s fingers wove into her long mass of curls to pull her closer, tighter to his lips. With the nip of his teeth and the tickle of his tongue, he teased her into a state of frenzy. His touches just exhausted her of her last bit of energy but filled her with a renewed sense of excitement.

The entire week drained Chloe’s ability to think clearly. Gavin’s sweet persuasion complicated her thoughts, but she knew she had to take a chance. Just this once, she deserved something wonderful.

BLEMISHED is available September 12 at Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

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Juliet Braddock loves eighties music, wine, food, theater and all things French. When she’s not exploring the big cities of the world—most notably Paris—she lives and writes in Manhattan, and is the proud cat mom to a very spoiled Russian Blue rescue.

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