Jun 17, 2012

SundaySmooch with Rachael Johns . . . .

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Jilted by Rachael Johns, but first ...

the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch, Waking Up in the Wrong Bed is Marybelle! Marybelle please email natalie(at)natalie-anderson(dot)com so she can get the book in the post to you.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Jilted by Rachael Johns ...

She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his...
After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?

[Set up - Flynn is comforting Ellie after a traumatic event – they have become friends again ten years after she left him at the alter, but neither are expecting it to develop into more.]

           As far as she knew, Flynn wasn’t even aware of the effect of his actions. He was just being Flynn. Kind-hearted, always-there-for-a-friend-in-a-crisis Flynn. He said she wasn’t a fool but he was wrong. She’d let herself be taken from him by one cowardly decision. And that made her the most foolish person she knew.

She looked up and twisted her head so she was gazing into his sea-green eyes. He looked back as if he too were lost in serious contemplation. Without thinking, she raised her hand and palmed the stubble on his jaw. Rough as sandpaper, she could run her fingers over his face all day and never tire of it.

‘You’re beautiful, Flynn Quartermaine.’

‘Don’t, Ellie,’ his voice warned, but it wasn’t irritation she saw in his eyes. A muscle twitched in his throat; she had muscles twitching all over her body.

‘But it’s true.’ Boldly, she crept her fingers up his face and into his mussed-up hair. A moan escaped her lips. He echoed it, his eyes closing and his head rolling back against the couch. She took the opportunity, moving quickly to straddle him. He opened his eyes and before he had the chance to voice any opposition, she pressed her lips against his. And kissed him.

Hard. Deep. Aggressively. Gently. Imaginatively. She couldn’t stop, couldn’t make up her mind. His lips were divine, too fabulous.

But the best damn thing was that he kissed her back. Wholeheartedly. Roughly. Lovingly. As their tongues entwined, his fingers slipped through her hair, drawing her closer to him. Deepening their kiss even more.

Once upon a time they’d been able to make out like this for hours, but right now she wanted more. Emotionally exhausted, physically wrung out, mentally drained, she wanted something that would help her forget all else. If there really were such a thing as right and wrong, then being with Flynn would definitely be categorised as the latter, but losing Mat had given her a different perspective. Life could be short. If she lost hers tomorrow, she didn’t want it to be with any regrets.

Her cheeks flushed, her body sweltered. She broke her connection with Flynn just long enough to peel her sweater over her head. The expression on his face gave her all the encouragement she needed.

She climbed off him, stood up and smiled, offering her hand. For a brief moment, he hesitated. Staring at her hand but not making a move with his. He hauled in a breath, running his fingers through his already tousled hair before placing them in her palm.

          Her heart lifted. She grasped his hand and pulled him towards the bedroom where she’d lost her virginity. To him. He stopped at the door and glanced around. She hadn’t changed anything since she’d returned, so it still looked much the same as when she’d left, ten years ago – aside from the wedding dress, of course.

To be in the draw to win a signed copy of Jilted (For Australian residents only) which is released in June -
Do you like the reunion trope in romance? If so, what’s the best reunion story you’ve read lately?

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from Alliance Forged by Kylie Griffin will be posted!


  1. Rachael, what a lovely smooch - but what a teaser too! You've definitely hooked us with that snippet.

    Trying to remember the name of Sarah Morgan's recent reunion story set in Sicily. It was a beauty. Could it have been something like 'Once a Ferrara Wife'?

  2. I agree with Annie - what a teaser! Congratulations on the release of "Jilted" Rachael - I spotted it in my local bookshop at the mall the other day - central row of shelves, gorgeous cover facing the world - looked fabulous!!!

  3. Love the smooch!!!

    I just looooved Jilted, you did a fantastic job and yes, I just love reunion stories.

    So exciting to see Jilted on the shelves at Big W :)

    **Annie - yes, Sarah Morgan did write a fantastic reunion story set in Sicily, Once a Ferrara Wife. Am impatiently waiting for the hero's brother's story, due out soon!

  4. Hi Rach! Fabulous smooch. Mega congratulations on the release of Jilted.

  5. Wow, great smooch, Rachel. And as the others have said, what a teaser. Congratulations on your book.

  6. Hi Annie - thanks for your lovely words. I'm seriously going to have to hunt down a Sarah Morgan, everyone raves about her!!

    Hi Natalie - thanks for the spotting info. So exciting to hear about my book being seen. Unbelievable really :)

    Hi Joanne - thanks so much. I didn't realise how much I loved reunion stories till I wrote JILTED.

    Hi Helen - thanks for having me :) And the congrats!!

    Hi Sue - Thanks for your sweet words too :)

  7. *Deep sigh* That Flynn is such a hunk.

  8. Hi Rachael,

    Lurv couch snogging. Whew (fanning self) that certainly brought up the heat for an early Sunday morning.

    Great teaser and great way to lure us in. :)


  9. Great smooch, Rachel. You've got me wanting to know what happens with these two. I love reunion stories, too.

  10. Must not destroy marriage by purchasing Jilted before next months book budget allocation. Repeat to self endlessly.

  11. Haha Effie - glad you liked it!!

    Thanks Joan - I'll let you in on a secret, they DO get their HEA :)

  12. LOL Fiona - yes, I write romance so I don't want to be known for destroying marriages! Maybe you'll win a copy :)

  13. Gorgeous smooch, Rachael, and a gorgeous cover too!

    I love reunion stories. There's always so much emotion in all of that history. :-)

  14. Rach, what a sizzling smooch!

    I love reunion stories (am writing one at the moment). My favourite probably isn't a true reunion (because they never quite made it the first time), but it's the one that got me hooked - the Anne of Green Gables series. When Anne and Gilbert finally reunited *swoon*.

  15. Lovely, lovely story. Reunion stories seem to have more heart.

    Flynn and Ellie were meant to be together. I'm waiting for book two. :)

  16. Thanks Michelle! And yes, I was SO PLEASED when I first saw that cover :)

    Hi Anita - oh I'm a huge Anne of Green Gables fan too. Must reread one of these days!

  17. I'm SO glad he kissed her back!!!

    I do enjoy reunion stories. I don't know that I have a favourite. I love how they have to tear down the obstacles that drove them apart in the first place & then rebuild.

  18. That's a great smooch, Rach! Wonderful teaser at the end =) I really do enjoy reunion stories, and I think the best one I'll read lately will be Jilted =)))
    Congrats on its release!!

  19. Hi Marybelle - that's a fab summary of what has to happen in a reunion story :)

  20. Aw Robbie - you are too sweet! Thanks :)

  21. Ohhhhh, I love it! Right now I think it erased any other reunion story I can think about. Well done babes!!!

  22. That's great, Rachael. I love that it's so realistic. It's the kind of reunion that's believable and has you barracking for Flynn and Ellie to make a go of it this time.
    I haven't read a reunion story lately, or for a while. Jilted will have to be the next one :-)