Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!
Today we have a smooch from Ally Blake but first ... the winners of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway are Lesley McIntosh and Lynn M.
Can you please contact annie(at)annie-west.com to receive your prizes.
And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Ally's first book, THE WEDDING WISH.
Party planner Holly Denison decides that if she is ever going to have the leading role in her own wedding party she's going to take matters into her own hands!
Surely her best friends can fix her up on a few blind dates. 'Sure,' they say. And that's how Holly meets Jacob Lincoln. He's gorgeous, rich and successful. In fact he's perfect marriage material - if only Holly can get Jacob to agree.
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The story set up...
Holly and Jacob had been set up on a blind date by mutual friends. Only Holly learns that Jacob wasn't informed that he was walking into a blind date until he walked through the front door! Here is the aftermath as they say goodnight...
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‘Look - ‘ they both spoke at the same time. Jacob motioned for Holly to speak first.
‘It’s unlikely we will run into each other often, so, I think it best we just pretend we never met.’
‘Sure,’ Jacob said. ‘No problem.’
Hmm. She had expected ‘If you say so’, or even ‘If you insist’. But, ‘no problem’? Was she that easily forgettable?
Bothered beyond good sense, she mustered her haughtiest attitude. ‘No matter what Ben told you, and not that it matters what you think, I am no princess.’
Jacob laughed, his head thrown back as he let out great effusive guffaws. Holly was shocked into momentary silence.
‘You heard that?’ Jacob finally asked, his eyes sparkling in merriment.
‘Loud and clear. And I think that was extremely wrong of Ben and rude of you to even joke about such a thing.’
‘Are you done?’
She looked up, surprised at his short tone.
‘Well yes, I thought that quite about covered it - ‘
Jacob leant over and placed a light kiss on her open mouth succeeding in shutting her up. His hands remained in his pockets and her hands held her gloves in front of her at chest height. And since his toes were a couple of feet from hers, the only points of contact were their four, warm, amenable lips.
It took the merest moment for the unexpected tenderness of his kiss to wash its magic over her. On impulse Holly closed her eyes and tilted her head only ever so slightly. But it was enough.
Jacob took her hint and he leant that little bit closer to explore the warmth and thrill as unexpected yearning lit between them. And what started as little more than an overly friendly goodnight peck deepened into something very different. It was delicate. It was yielding. It was lovely.
After enjoying a few moments of unchecked ardour, they pulled apart as one.
Holly rocked back on the heels of her feet; luckily the car was there to catch her as she swayed. Her tongue ran over the back of her teeth and she could taste after dinner mints. She had not eaten any, but Jacob had.
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Hey guys! I hope you enjoyed Holly and Jacob's first kiss as much as they did :). I've never actually been on a blind date? Have you? Did it end in true love or true disaster?? My favourite answer will win an epub copy of The Wedding Wish. Cheers, Ally
Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced and a smooch from Ally Blake will be posted!
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