Today we have a smooch from Destiny Of The Light by Louise Cusack, but first ...
the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is -- Sara!
Congratulations, Sara! Can you please contact Annie West at
Annie (at) Annie-West (dot) com
and she'll send you a copy of Undone By His Touch.
And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Destiny Of The Light by Louise Cusack ...
Khatrene must fulfil her destiny as The Light, the woman whose child will unite the four elemental worlds. At each turn are real and imagined enemies who will do everything in their power to prevent her from fulfilling the prophecy, including the ethereal and erotic shadow woman, the enigmatic tattooed man, even her beloved brother Mihale. Talis, her appointed Guardian, must help her through the dangerous terrain of Ennae, sacrificing everything to ensure her safety in a land where magic prevails and nothing is as it seems.
[Set-up - Talis has been in love with Khatrene since the moment she reappeared on Ennae, but she has been busy discovering she is The Light that legend foretold, reuniting with her brother, and falling pregnant to The Dark who tricked her into marrying him. It is only when Talis realises he must rescue her from her own husband’s cruelty that he admits his love, and Khatrene doesn’t have time to react beyond saying that she’d never thought of him that way. They are now reunited for the first time since she fled her husband, and as Talis lies beside her in a rough Plainsman shelter they awkwardly discuss his revelation of love]
By her expression Talis wondered if she had forgotten the child she bore. The child which linked her to the husband she had fled. Yet instead of mentioning his name, she asked, ‘Does it worry you that I’m pregnant?’
Talis shook his head. ‘I am not concerned about your health,’ he said, wondering if she doubted his power to minister to her. ‘I am a full Guardian and able to monitor the growth of the child –’
‘No. That’s not –’ She stopped, as though collecting her thoughts. ‘Another man’s baby is growing inside me. Does that affect. . . us?’
Talis simply stared, her question lost in the back of his mind. Us. She had spoken of them as part of a whole. Such an upwelling of love came to him then that he found it hard to breathe.
‘You’re looking at me strangely again.’
‘It is love.’
‘So you’ve said.’ Her gaze moved over his face, settling finally on his lips. ‘Then I guess that answers my question.’ Talis watched her head drift nearer. ‘You know, there’s a step you take . . .’ she said faintly, as though her thoughts were elsewhere. ‘ . . . between friendship, and –’
‘Love.’ How plump with promise the word now tasted on his lips.
She came closer still and Talis held his breath.
‘But I don’t want to confuse myself.’ A small frown of hesitation creased her brow. ‘I don’t want to confuse friendship and love –’
Talis could not stop the small movement that brought his lips to hers. Although he did that and nothing more, for she needed no further prompting to kiss him. Indeed, a faint sigh of satisfaction fled her lips as they met his, and what tormenting pleasure was in that touch.
The softness of her lips, the scent of her nearness and the sweetness of her breath created feelings in Talis, not of the foamy fantasies he’d constructed in his mind, but the deep-swelling surge of an ocean wave. Yet his hands lay by his sides and he made no move to overwhelm her with this rush of desire. Instead, he let her kiss him sweetly, a lingering kiss she seemed reluctant to end. Then she pulled back, and though Talis was sorely distracted by his own thundering heart, he did see in her eyes that she appeared bewildered, or perhaps dazed, and hope soared within him.
‘Well . . .’ She paused to lick her lips. ‘That “something more” feeling I was telling you about . . . it’s stronger now.’
Talis could not help smiling. Joy lit a bonfire in his heart.
To be in the draw to win an eBook copy of Destiny Of The Light leave a comment - Do you think a first kiss is the most memorable?
Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from Secrets And Speed Dating by Leah Ashton will be posted!
Louise, that's such a beautiful kiss, and Talis sounds like an amazing hero. Thanks for visiting and sharing a little bit of their story with us!ReplyDelete
The hero sounds sweet.ReplyDelete
Oh, Louise, what a sigh-worthy kiss! Talis sounds like an absolute sweetheart. :-)ReplyDelete
Louise, I just love that smooch! I'm in love with your hero already. Sounds like a terrific quest fantasy =)ReplyDelete
Hi Louise! What a great smooch. You know how much I adore Talis - he is one of my all time favourite heroes. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Rachel, it was a beautiful kiss, especially when you've read what came before and how much Talis had to endure to get to that point! He's still my favourite hero :-)ReplyDelete
Hey bn100, thanks for dropping by. Talis is sweet! And endlessly patient where Khatrene is concerned. I just love him.ReplyDelete
Thanks Michelle. I did sigh after I wrote that kiss. Although I was well aware there was more disappointment coming for Talis. I just wished the heroine would love him the way I did, but it took her a little longer to be convinced!ReplyDelete
Thanks Robyn. It is a good quest, but as always the romance is the most important part!ReplyDelete
My fav too, Helen! And I'm so very glad you love him :-)ReplyDelete
I believe a first kiss can be very memorable, but it's been my experience, unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.ReplyDelete
Ha! So true Marybelle. My first kiss was dreadful, but luckily #2 knew what he was doing. Far more romantic. Thanks for dropping by.ReplyDelete
Talis as a fantasy hero is my all time favorite!ReplyDelete
Big hug for you, Nas! You are a woman of discerning tastes, and widely read too, so I take that as a huge compliment. Many thanks.ReplyDelete