Jun 5, 2011

Sunday Smooch

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a sexy paranormal smooch from Ice-Cold Lover by Ellora's Cave author Mel Tescho, but first ...

the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is -- TashNZ!

Congratulations, Tash! Can you please contact Annie West at

annie (at) annie-west (dot) com

and she'll send you a signed copy of Prince of Scandal.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Book Two of the Winged and Dangerous series, Ice-Cold Lover by Mel Teshco ...

Celeste has been having vivid sexual dreams starring Pascal Daniels. The son of a mobster, he is every woman’s most dangerous fantasy. Pascal leads a charmed life and can have any woman he wants, any time he wants her. Celeste is determined to have him—but just once. Because she has a secret she will fight tooth and nail to protect. She is human in every way but one—hideous bat-like wings, a permanent legacy from her once-cursed gargoyle father, Cray.

Pascal is used to attention from women, but he’s looking for someone special. He’s interested in the ice queen, Celeste Diamond. He thinks hers is the perfect female form, one he’d do anything to possess. Pascal has decided it’s way past time to warm up the mysterious, elusive Celeste.

And perhaps he’ll share some secrets of his own.

[Celeste has just left the casino and stepped into the elevator with Pascal, a man she’s wanted long enough already. But before she steps into his bedroom she needs to ensure he’ll never lay eyes on her gargoyle wings...]

Pascal blew out a breath before tunneling a hand through his hair. “I’ve never leashed my desires, never had reason to pledge a woman my commitment. Just as I never gave any lover a reason to believe they were more than a passing diversion.”

He cocked his head to the side and she felt as if all her thoughts were exposed as he studied her with his tiger eyes. “I’m certain you wouldn’t have stepped into my private elevator, come to my penthouse suite with me, if you weren’t ready and willing—”

She stood on tiptoe, leaning forward to slant her lips across his in an action that spoke so much louder than words. She sighed, savoring the fullness of his mouth, the decadent taste of spice and scotch.

With an almost soundless groan, he returned the kiss, deepened it, his skill all too apparent as his tongue skated across her lower lip before sliding inside her mouth with an ease that screamed bedroom prowess.

When his hands spanned her waist, she jerked free, gasping for breath and wishing desperately that she had nothing to hide…nothing to fear. “No,” she uttered. “If we’re intimate tonight, it will be under my conditions, or not at all.”

Pascal’s expression bore no hint of disapproval or surprise, just a fleeting curiosity. “No touching, hmm?”

Her heart fluttered like a moth beating itself against a light bulb. “Something like that.” Gathering her composure, she swept past him, out of the elevator and onto a gleaming expanse of white tiles.

Motion sensors triggered a series of down-lights to illuminate the huge penthouse suite and she shivered under their glare as Pascal followed her, close behind. Even without the clack-clack of her stilettos, she wouldn’t have heard his tread. He moved with the stealth of a predator. Only a fixated awareness of him allowed her to perceive the moment he released her from his sights.
She turned, watching as he strode over to a well-stocked bar. His jacket pulled taut across his broad shoulders as he bent and opened the door to a mini-fridge. Retrieving a chilled bottle of champagne, he uncorked it with deft hands and filled two glasses.

She looked away, suddenly nervous and inexplicably afraid. What had she been thinking? Pascal was a man who took control, shaped his destiny and commanded his lot in life. He was a man who, she had no doubt, yearned to touch, to feel, to caress and possess the woman in his bed.
She swallowed hard. Heaven help her, she wanted to be that woman!

Ice-Cold Lover is available now from Jasmine Jade and Amazon. To be in the draw to win a downloadable copy, simply answer Mel's question:

"What is your favourite paranormal creature?"

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from The Billionaire's Bedside Manner by Robyn Grady will be posted!


  1. Hiya Mel!

    I loved, loved the way Pascal and Celeste try to take control ;) and all within an elevator! I'd love to have a chance to read this one!!

    My favorite paranormal creature is a dragon ;) I have no idea why, but I guess it is the mystical, mythical feel when someone says "dragons"!

    And do count me in for the smooch ;)
    judimello AT gmail DOT com

  2. Mel

    Whoo Hoo what a smooch I loved it

    One of my favourite paranormal creatures is a cat of some type tiger panther leopard lion I have read some good ones

    Have Fun

  3. Gorgeous smooch, Mel! Celeste has definitely landed herself in hot water.

    Favourite paranormal creature... does a unicorn count? Being a horse lover from way back, they'd have to be high on the list. Mmm or Pegasus, the Winged Horse! That equine theme again!

  4. Ooh, Mel, I really want to find out what happens next! There's so much sensual tension and so much promise between this pair :-).

    Favourite paranormal creature. Hmm, it'd have to be the folk of Faerie.

  5. Fab kiss, Mel! I love the fact that she's trying to hide her wings. (And I'm SO envious that she has wings. Would love a pair myself!)

    I think I agree with Helen -- my favourite paranormal creature would be something in the big cat family. They're so beautiful!

  6. Mel, THAT was superb!! What a fabulous hero. In such a short time, I'm totally hooked.

    And I'm going the tried and true way - give me a sexy vampire anyday =)

  7. Loved the smooch! Can't wait to read more! My fav paranormal creature? Hmmm I have several and they all sound like they are from a fairy tale! Winged horses, unicorns, dragons, selkies oh and the scary gargoyles for Celeste! (jacque')

  8. I should have mentioned earlier that Mel is away today - on holidays overseas! But I know she'll drop by when she gets back.

    Soooo, for when you're back, Mel, what a fabulous kiss! Now I'm dying to know if she succeeds in keeping it a secret from him or not. ;) Perhaps I should reread Stone Cold Lover, which featured her parents, in preparation for this one. :)

  9. Hi there Ju!

    Nothing like a good fight for control between H/H =)

    I understand your fascination with dragons. Breathing fire and winged flight, what a drawcard!

  10. Thanks Helen! And hi there =)

    Oh I love the cats too - werecats and shifters. Lora Leigh springs to mind.

  11. Horses, you know I love them too! LOL! How amazing would owning a winged horse be =)

  12. hi Michelle,

    Thanks re: the smooch!

    Folk and faerie, I haven't read any in a while, though Erica Hayes does a great job =)

  13. Emily my favourite big cat is the tiger, I just love them, so majestic!

  14. Hey Robbie, and thank you!

    oh you can't go past a scrummy badboy vampire!

  15. Hi anonymous!

    You have an eclectic taste like me =)

    Too many to choose, I think I love them all!

  16. Hi Rach,

    thanks for letting e1 know I was away and not ignoring comments =)

    glad you liked the kiss. Hope to have book 3 out shortly also.