Jul 17, 2011

Sunday Smooch

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a sweet doctor-and-nurse kiss from When One Night Isn't Enough by our guest, debut Medical Romance author Wendy S. Marcus, but first ...

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

Congratulations, Virginia! Can you please contact Michelle at

michelle (at) michelle-douglas (dot) com

and she'll send you a signed copy of Christmas at Candlebark Farm.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from When One Night Isn't Enough by Wendy S. Marcus ...

Confessions of an E.R. nurse…

Nurse Ali Forshay has swapped dating disasters for nights out with the girls. But after spending more time than is strictly necessary discussing the man she loves to hate—the notoriously delicious Dr. Jared Padget—Ali's horrifying realization is that she's one hundred percent crazy in lust with him! Her conclusion: spend a feverish night together. After all, it would just be a onetime thing and it would cure her obsession…wouldn't it? 

[Set up: Nurse Ali Forshay breaks out in a full-body flush of embarrassment when Dr. Jared Padget shows up at the hospital’s New Year’s Eve party. Five weeks earlier, a few hours before his departure from town, in an unfortunate drunken encounter, Ali had done things she’d rather not remember. But she’d put that night behind her and had no desire to re-visit it. Or him.
In her effort to escape his notice, she gets her dress caught on a filing cabinet and requires assistance from the very man she’d hoped to never see again. And when Jared takes his sweet time releasing her, then tries to shield her from view when they’re discovered alone in a dark office, Ali’s co-workers jump to their own conclusions about what the two of them were doing there. 
He’d planned to leave and never return to Madrin Falls. But for Jared, one night with Ali just wasn’t enough.]

Jared watched Ali try to hold the sides of her ruined dress together, while she glanced nervously at the door. The urge to help her, care for her and protect her surged within him.  

He shrugged out of his tux jacket and placed it on her shoulders. “Here. Wear this.”  

She looked up, her eyes so big and blue he wanted to dive in and swim around. “Thank you, Dr. P.” 

“Dr. P? After everything we’ve been through together you won’t call me by my name?” 

Her lips curved into a hint of a grin. “Nope.”

It amazed him how many people ‘just happened’ to be standing in the hallway leading from Mr. Crenshaw’s office back to the lobby. Men, some colleagues he recognized from the hospital, others Jared had never seen before, smiled and nodded in approval at what they thought he’d done. Some had the nerve to give him a thumbs-up. 

Allison walked with her head high, looking straight ahead as if no one else existed. To an observer it would have seemed like she was unaffected by the incident. Only he could feel the slight trembling in the ice-cold hand she had clamped around his upper arm with a grip he would have expected from a person twice her size.  

They were almost to the doors at the main entrance when the countdown began. Allison stopped short. “Five! Four! Three! Two! One! Happy New Year!” The crowd cheered in the distance. Paper horns sounded and noisemakers buzzed. The DJ played “Auld Lang Syne.” The two of them stood alone in the lobby, away from the celebration. Allison looked up at him; vulnerable, her spirit depleted. A tear trickled down her left cheek. He wiped it away with his thumb. 

“My new year is off to a terrible start,” she said sadly. 

 “That’s funny,” he replied, lifting her chin with his bent knuckle, lowering his lips to meet hers. “I was just thinking my new year is off to a great start.” 

 She tried to say something. He silenced her with a kiss.

Wendy S. Marcus’s debut Harlequin Medical Romance, When One Night Isn't Enough, is currently available in bookstores and online.

To be in the draw to win a signed copy, tell us about one of your special New Year’s Eve kisses. Where did it take place? And who was it with? Can’t think of one? Then describe a medical romance hero who you’d like to be kissed by on New Year’s Eve!

Currently Wendy is running a contest on her website -- www.wendysmarcus.com -- where you can win signed books and an amazon gift card. For details visit her website!

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from Stone-Cold Lover by Mel Teshco will be posted!


  1. Hi Emily!
    Thank you for having me here for Sunday Smooch!

    A quick correction to the last paragraph of my post - you can win a signed book at each stop of my blog tour. Visit my website (link above) and click on the News page to see where I'll be. And at this point on my blog tour, I'm giving away only one Amazon gift card - to the person who visits me and comments on the most blogs of my tour. Sorry for any confusion.

  2. Thanks for pointing that out, Wendy -- I've changed the wording! And thanks for being our guest today. I love the premise of this book -- congrats on your debut!!

  3. Ooooh, hot smooch ;) Me wants more !!! I'm checking the mail box more than once ;) for Wendy's book..and DH is amused by it ;)

  4. Hi Wendy, great kiss.
    I was lucky enough to win this book on your blog tour and have just read it. It's a wonderful story. Congratulations on a fabulous debut book.

  5. Love this smooch Jared sounds like just the hero I would like to be kissed by on New Years Eve he sounds strong and caring at the same time

    Congrats on the release Wendy

    Have Fun

  6. Thanks, Emily!

    Hi Ju!
    I hope it comes soon! I do the same thing when I'm expecting a package!

    Hi Helen!
    I'm so glad you enjoyed my book...and tweeted how much you enjoyed it! Thank you!

    Thanks to all of you for stopping by to visit me!

  7. Hi Helen!
    Jared is an exceptional guy! If I wasn't married...and he was a real live man....

    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hi Wendy,

    What a kiss, so lovely! If McDreamy ever decides to swing by on New Years eve my way....he wouldn't, would he?

    Congratulations on the 4 star rating from the RT Book Reviews!


    Here's the link, if anyone wants to check what the RT Book Reviews said!

    It's thrilling! But then WHEN ONE NIGHT ISN'T ENOUGH deserved the high rating, it's a super debut book!

  9. Hi Nas!
    Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Sounds like a great story - and some lovely humour there too, Wendy. All the best in the new career!

  11. Hi Joanne!
    Thank you! And thanks for coming by to check out my smooch!

  12. Hi Wendy
    Welcome to Lovecatsdownbelow. I'm also a medical writer, along with Sharon Archer.
    Your hero sounds quite the man,the man we'd all want to have around when we got our dress caught in the filing cabinet.
    New Year's Eve and a kiss - nah, can't say I remember a particularly good one. Not one I'd write about anyway.
    Sue MacKay

  13. Hi Wendy,

    I'm a bit late to the party but had to say your hero sounds - delicious!!!

  14. Oh man, now I really want to read this! Can't wait for my copy to come in! I love the excerpt, especially the kiss. Jared's just perfect.

  15. Fun post; too old to remember a special kiss....lol....hope to catch your book on the shelf (to buy) next time I am out shopping!

  16. Hi Sue!
    I thought I'd answered your comment last night? Must have gone into the Blogger black hole!

    Moving on...I tried to come up with a special New Year's Eve kiss of my own. But I couldn't either. I have no problem writing about them, though!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Hi Marlena!
    I mailed your book out of Friday. Hopefully it will get to you soon!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Wendy, what a fabulous kiss! I'm looking forward to spending more time with Jared when he hits the shelves.

    Thanks for visiting!

  19. Hi Jackie S!
    Not sure where you're located - my book is on shelves in the UK, Aus, and NZ. It's only available online if the U.S. If you're able to track down a copy, I hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Hi Rachel!
    Jared is pretty special!
    Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my book!

  21. Hi All!
    Thank you so much for joining me here at Love Cats! I had a fun time!

    And the winner of my free book giveaway is....


    Congratulations, Joanne! Please visit my website at http://WendySMarcus.com On my Contact page you'll find my e-mail. Please send me your mailing address and I will mail out your book by the end of the week!