Jul 15, 2012

Sunday Smooch with Louisa George

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Waking Up With His Runaway Bride by Louisa George, but first ...

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

Congratulations, Clare! Can you please contact Robyn at

robyn (dot) grady (dot) author @ gmail dot com   ... and she'll send you a copy of Strictly Temporary.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Waking Up With His Runaway Bride by Louisa George...

Back cover blurb... 

Mim McCarthy needs to focus on saving her clinic - not her insufferable yet outrageously sexy ex Dr Connor Wiseman. He might have grown into those cheekbones, but she knows he won't have forgiven his runaway fiancee so easily! Yet it's impossible to deny the sparks between them - their fights used to be legendary, but their making up might be even more momentous...

[Set up...Connor is in town to assess Mim's business- her future is in his hands - yep, the same guy she ran out on three years ago. Now she's lost a bet to him too. Her penalty? A one hour salsa lesson...]

Common sense told her to walk away. 
That being so close to him was spectacularly foolish. Any dealings with Connor needed to be based on work, not on a silly wager and definitely not a dance lesson where she’d have his hot skin under her fingertips.

He’d made her cross, although she realized now that was just a jumble of emotions all caught up in being with him. A smokescreen for desire. She tried to cling on to the anger, to formulate a resistance to him based on that.

She put her hand on the hard wall of his chest to push away from him. Felt the raging thunder of his heart. The full force of his heat burnt her fingers but she couldn’t draw them away. Not now. This was too real. Too raw.

Blatant need zipped between them. Pressure throbbed through her body to fever pitch. She reached up to touch his mouth. Couldn’t stop. No matter what. She had to run her fingers over those lips.
He grabbed her wrist and his gaze fixed on her. Held her captive.

‘I want to kiss you, Mim.’ It was more groan than words, a deep low sound that tugged at her abdomen and sent rivers of desire skittering through her.

She drew in a breath to fight against the heat swelling through her. ‘No.’

‘Why not?’

She couldn’t think of a rational reason. Her brain was filled with him, his closeness. 
Kissing him was inevitable. Had been since he walked back into her life. Whatever would happen after that she didn’t know. Right now she didn’t care. She just wanted to touch him, feel him, taste him again. ‘Do you have a procedure manual for that?’ 

‘Thought I’d go with you on this. Gut feeling.’ 

‘Tut tut,’ she breathed. ‘Breaking rules again.’

His mouth grazed hers, slowly at first, tracing a line across her bottom lip. His hand cupped her neck as he pulled her to him, pressing his hard body against her.

Resistance was futile. No man had ever had this effect on her. It was all or nothing with Connor, no middle ground. And she wanted it all. 
Right now.

Nothing mattered now except tasting him again. She opened her mouth to his, felt a surge of pleasure ripple through her as his tongue licked against hers.

Yes, this was foolish. It was deliciously losing control. For the first time in too many years, she felt so alive, in his arms. 

Desire made her bolder. She pulled him closer, ran her hands down his back, ripped the T-shirt from his jeans. Pressed her breasts against his chest, grazed her nipples against the thick cotton. Shafts of need arced through her as he kissed a trail from her mouth to her neck.

Lilting salsa music filtered through from the lounge, cementing her focus. The dance lesson. The bet. 

She dragged her neck away from his delicious nibbles. ‘I am still cross. You are so not off the hook...’

Waking Up With His Runaway Bride is available now in UK, and from August 1st in Australia/NZ.  To be in the draw to win a signed copy, leave a comment below:

Have you ever won or lost a bet that changed your life?

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a smooch from Heart Of The Valley by Cathryn Hein will be posted!


  1. Hi Louisa - what a fabulous sizzling smooch. Really looking foward to reading the book.

  2. Fabulous natural storytelling, Louisa. Loved the book, the story, the characters! Loved it all really! :-)

    Robyn - that's ME! It's a miserable soggy day here and it's been a horrendous week for me personally so this has definitely put the sun back into my Sunday! Thank you!!!

  3. Hi Helen! thanks for popping by! Glad you enjoyed the smooch!

  4. Aww, Clare- thanks for your lovely words! So pleased you won Robyn's book after such an awful week. Here's hoping next week is so much better! xxx

  5. Ooh, there' some seriously hot chemistry between Mim and Connor, Louisa! Am really looking forward to reading Waking Up With His Runaway Bride.

    And perhaps I'm boring, but there's been no life-changing bets in my life to date. Yet. ;-)

    Thanks for the fabulous smooch!

  6. Hi Michelle! Don't worry- I have no life changing bets either!! That's why I love writing- I can live an exciting life vicariously through my characters!

  7. Louisa, That is definitely a HOT smooch. LOL

    I can't say that it was life changing but I once took up a bet that I wouldn't be game enough to ride on the back of my husband's motor bike in a bikini - from Perth to Geraldton. Somehow I ended up doing it topless and did I ever get a dose of wind-burn. Got to love the 70's though.

  8. Wow... i'm interest now *lol

    great excerpt, looking forward to read this book. i'd just realized one thing that publisher in my country has published so many HQ book but never published medical genre, so pity :(

  9. Hi Louisa, Sounds like an awesome book. Can't wait to read it:-) I've never actually taken a life changing bet which for me can be definitely interesting because at times I can be a little bit impulsive and stubborn -not always the best of combinations. Congrats on planning the fifth book- looking forward to more wonderful stories.

  10. Hi Natasha! WOW! That's some serious guts you have!!! LOL!!! Ouch on the windburn!

  11. Hi Eli! What a shame you don't get medical romance where you live! It's such a great line with lots of heat levels - something for every one!

  12. Hey Kamy! I loved writing this one- lots of fun- I didn't have much say in what happened, my characters dictated everything on their terms-they are two very stubborn people!

    ps. (Just got revisions on book 4, so working on two books at the moment :-))

  13. Thank you for the **delicious** smooch today. I love the sound of the name Mim.

    I don't really bet on anything. Unless it's just a light fun moment. Certainly nothing life changing.

  14. Hi Marybelle! Thanks for stopping by! I have to confess that I'm a bit of a play-it-safe kind of girl too. I remember years ago reading a book called The Diceman by Luke Rheinhart (?spelling?) and every decision he made was by the roll of a dice- could go one of six ways, all out of his hands. Brr- gives me the shivers just thinking about it - all that uncertainty!

  15. Great excerpt, Louisa! I loved your first book and am really looking forward to this one!

    Clare, sorry you've had such a nasty week. I'll go check that email addy and post the book tomorrow. I owe Eli a copy too!!

  16. Fabulous smooch, Louisa! I'll look forward to finding out why Mim ran away - there's obviously great chemistry between them so you've got me wondering!

    About the bet - alas I am so NOT a risk taker so no bets have changed the course of my life. But there must have been a risk taker way way back in my ancestry because family scuttlebutt is that he lost the title to the family farm in a game of cards. Haven't investigated further but it does intrigue me that someone could take that sort of bet... I can't help wondering what his wife said to him when he got home. I bet she blistered his ears for him! I know I would have! LOL

  17. I've not read many medical romance well in fact just two, can't believe what I am missing. Can't wait to read the book. Great smooch x

  18. Hi Robyn! So glad you enjoyed One Month to become a Mum! Hope you enjoy this new one too!

  19. Hi Sharon! What a fabulous tale from your family history- great fuel for a romance author! I love the word 'scuttlebutt'- never heard that before! I'm guessing it means 'gossip'???

  20. Can't think of betting on anything during my lifetime. I too play it safe apparently....

    "Sparks between them"? Now you have me hooked.

    I too find it extremely difficult to find medical romances around here, so thank goodness for the Internet!

  21. Hi Charl! Thanks for popping in! Medical romance is brilliant! (Although I would say that, wouldn't I?). It's like reading an episode of Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice- lots of steam, great stories of two people overcoming the odds, with a backdrop of a medical setting - could be anywhere we have lots of different settings: an outreach clinic in the outback, a busy city hospital, small town, even one recently about the White House! And with six releases a month from Mills and Boon there's lots of choice!

  22. hi louisa, its a great story. cant wait to read it. i have read a medical romance, and it is a touching story. in my life i havent not bet cause im a safe player.;-)
    thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Nice excerpt. No, I haven't.


  24. Hi Cecilia! Thanks for your comments! Medical romances usually have all the ingredients of other romances- including lots of emotion- highs and lows.

  25. Hi Laney4- oh, yes, lots of sparks between these two! Where are you that you can't get medical romances? What a shame! I'll have to have a word with the bosses!

  26. Hi bn100, thanks for popping in and reading my smooch!

  27. Louisa, that's a gorgeous kiss! I can feel the sexual tension between these two. Must remember to buy a copy when it hits the Aust shelves next month!