Apr 12, 2015

Sunday Smooch with Helen Lacey........

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!


Today we have a smooch from  Helen Lacey......but first 

... the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is ..... Barb

Can you please contact michelle (at) michelle-douglas (dot) com to receive your copy of The Millionaire & The Maid.........


And now for today's Sunday Smooch from The CEO's Baby Surprise by Helen Lacey........






Mary-Jayne Preston didn't do one-night stands—ever. Except for her one and only with devastatingly handsome tycoon Daniel Anderson, who swept her off her feet before she knew what was happening! The attraction was powerful…and seemingly mutual. But when she told him she was pregnant, all bets were off!

Daniel hadn't let his guard down since tragedy struck his own life four years earlier. Now he's drawn to the irresistible M.J., but cannot—will not—let himself fall in love with her. He insists on marriage to protect her and their twins, but M.J. will accept nothing less than true love from this lone wolf…forever.


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[ Mary-Jayne and Daniel are at the doctor having an ultrasound and they have just learned they are expecting twin boys!)

Someone could have told him that he was going to live on the moon for the next fifty years and he wouldn’t have been more shocked.

Twin boys…

“You’re sure?” he asked the doctor and noticed how Mary-Jayne hadn’t moved. He squeezed her hand reassuringly. “And they’re fine?”

The doctor nodded. “Fine. Big, strong and healthy. Would you like to listen to their heartbeats?”

Daniel didn’t recall saying yes. But within seconds he had small earphones on and heard the incredible sound of his son’s hearts. Emotion rose up and hit him directly in the solar plexus, polarizing him for a moment. He swallowed hard, fighting the heat in his eyes and throat. Nothing he ever heard again would match the sound of the two tiny heartbeats pounding almost in unison. Longing, absolute and raw, filled his chest with such force he grabbed the side of the chair for support.

The doctor said something about having a picture done for them but he barely heard. He took off the earphones and gently placed them over Mary-Jayne’s head. Watching her expression shift from shock to wonderment was incredible. Her face radiated with a joy so acute it was blinding in its intensity. She’d never looked more beautiful.

The doctor stood. “I’ll arrange for a picture and come back in a little while,” she said and quickly left the room.

Daniel tightened his grip on Mary-Jayne’s hand. “Are you okay?”

She dropped the earphone onto the bed. “Um…I think so.”

“Not what you were expecting, huh?”

She sighed. “Not exactly. But…” Her words trailed off for a moment. “I’m happy.” She glanced at the now blank screen. “I can’t quite believe it.”

“Are there many twins in your family?” he said and rubbed her fingertips.
 
She shrugged. "Not really. I know there are in yours, though."

He nodded and grinned. "Yes. My brothers are twins. My grandfather was a twin, and I have two sets of cousins who are twins. it's like an epidemic in my family."

"This is all your doing, then?" she said and smiled.

"I don't think there is actually a genetic link on the father's side, but I'll happily take the credit if you want,' he said softly. "Are you okay with this?" 

"I'm happy, like I said. And a little scared. I wasn't expecting two." She looked down at her naked stomach. “I wonder if the nurse will come back to get this goo off my belly.”

Daniel released her hand and got up. He found a box of tissues on the counter and came back to her side. “This should do it,” he said as he sat down and began wiping the gel off her skin.

It was the most intimate thing they’d done in months and even though he acted as perfunctory as he could, it didn’t stop a surge of desire from climbing up his spine. She lay still, perfectly composed. Until he met her gaze and saw that she was watching him with scorching intensity. When he was done her hand came up and she grabbed his fingertips and then gently laid his palm against her belly. She placed her hand on top of his, connecting them in a way that was mesmerizing. Feeling her, feeling their babies, Daniel had no answer for the sensation banging around in his head.

He’d never wanted to feel this again. Not after Simone.

But it was inevitable. They were his children. His sons. They were part of him. How could he not get drawn into feeling such acute and blinding love for them? He couldn’t. And he wanted them. He wanted to be part of their lives. Full-time. A real parent.

A real father.

He looked at Mary-Jayne. Her eyes were bright. Luminous. She chewed on her bottom lip and his gaze immediately went to her mouth. He touched her forehead with his other hand and felt the connection down deep. Soul-deep.

In that moment he could nothing else but kiss her.

And her lips, as new as they were familiar, softened beneath his instantly. Daniel’s pulse quickened as the kiss quickly deepened. Her breath was warm, her tongue accepting when he sought it with his own. She sighed deep in her throat and a powerful surge of desire wound through his blood. He touched her hair, twirling the glorious strands between his fingertips. Her hand came up to his chest and he felt the connection through to his bones. And he kissed her again. And again. With each kiss his need for her grew. As did the knowledge he had one option. One way to make things right.

“Mary-Jayne,” he said against her lips, trailing his mouth down her cheek to the sensitive spot by her ear lobe. A spot he knew made her quiver. “We should get married.”
 



Do you believe that opposites attract?

Leave a comment to go into the draw to win a copy of The CEO's Baby Surprise.

 
Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced and a smooch from  Amy Andrews will be posted!


Smooch Graphic by WebWeaver

27 comments:

  1. I'd better, as my husband of 34 years and I are opposite in many ways. Funny thing, though, is that we change together, not always in the same direction. Case in point: When we wed, I was barely 22 and he was 32. I was quiet and introverted, wanting to stay home occasionally, while he was extraverted and wanted to visit all of his friends on weekends (as he was used to doing so before I came into his life less than a year earlier). Fast-forward to today: he wants to stay in and not visit friends, whereas I want to get out and visit with our/my friends. I believe it's called the circle of life, but at least our lives still revolve around each other.

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    1. Hi Laney - how lovely, thank you for sharing your story. And yes, I agree, I think opposites attract :)

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  2. Hi Helen

    Oh I loved this story Mary-Jayne is such a strong heroine or is she :) and Daniel is just who she needs
    Yes I think opposites attract I think that is what adds a lot to a good relationship.

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun
    helen

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    1. Hi Helen - I'm so pleased you enjoyed Mary-Jayne and Daniel's story. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Hi Helen, that scene took me right back to the time I was expecting (not that I had twins). So real! A truly tempting storyline too!

    Well, I think it's a mix - I can see a lot of things my husband and I have in common, but there's a fair bit of being attracted to someone so very different from yourself. Now you've got me thinking about just what attracts us - I can see this fuelling a few stories in future. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Annie - future stories....yes! :)

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  4. Fab excerpt, Helen! So heartwarming, though I can see a few dark days ahead for poor Daniel. ;-)

    Oh, yes, I absolutely agree that opposites can attract...but I'll be controversial and say that I'm less sure they'll stay together for the long haul unless they also share the same values.

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    1. Hi Michelle - yes, poor Daniel does get put through the wringer with this girl. And I hear what your saying :)

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  5. Wonderful smooch. I believe opposites attract. My husband and I are opposite in many ways, Been married 20 years, so it's worked out great for us.

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    1. Hi Tammy - congrat's on 20 years together. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. What a great hook, Helen. This is definitely going on the TBR pile.
    To me, opposites definitely attract. So much more exciting really.

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    1. Hi Sue - thanks so much. And yes, I think it creates all kinds of possibilities when opposites attract. :)

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  7. Well I have to say this Mary Preston doesn't do one night stands either. I had to laugh. I really did.

    Opposites attracting - I have to say generally not.

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    1. Hi Mary - Hah! Another Mary Preston.....so cool. :)

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  8. I'm sure that opposites attract. My husband and I we are the example, are 37 years that we are together. He is quiet, always think before you do anything .... I'm more impulsive and many times before I say or do something and then I think if it was right.

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    1. Hi Franca - I think it makes relationships fun when we are a little different from one another - as long as our values are similar. Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

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  9. I think opposites can attract .... I think my husband and I are opposites and we have been married 50 years ...looking forward to reading your book Helen

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    1. Hi Barb - 50 years....wow, that's wonderful. Lovely to see you here :)

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  10. Great smooch, Helen - lots of emotion going on here! I definitely think opposites attract, a good relationship comes with balance between two people.

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    1. Hi Stephanie - yes, balance, that's the key (Along with a little compromise) :)

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  11. Oh this looks like such a great book. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing an except.

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    1. HI ruby - thank you....and thanks for stopping by today :)

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  12. I enjoyed "claiming his brother's baby" where M.J. first appeared so I am looking forward to reading her story----Lyn

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    1. Hi Lyn - I'm so pleased you enjoyed Claiming His Brother's Baby. M.J has made an appearance in all of my Crystal Points, so I was very happy to give her a happy ending of her own. Lovely to see you here :)

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  13. Yes, I believe opposites attract and I love books that have this theme!

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    1. Hi Cindy - that's great for an author to hear. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. Oh, gorgeous Smooch, Helen! Daniel is in for a dos of triple trouble with Mary-Jayne and the twins!

    I'm not sure about complete opposites attracting but I guess people are such complex creatures that you can be opposites in certain ways but also compatible in many ways. My dh and I are opposites in that I'm a total worrier while he's much more laid-back. And thank goodness for it because it helps me keep perspective sometimes when I'd be ready to worry myself into a blue funk!

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