May 26, 2013

Sunday Smooch with Amy Andrews

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from  Amy Andrews, but first ...

the winner of the Sunday Smooch Giveaway from two weeks ago is -

Louisa George! 

Louisa can you please contact rosbaxterink (at) gmail (dot) com to recieve your copy of A Fish Out Of  Water 

The winner of Jenny Brigalow's smooch from her book Outback will be announced next week! 

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from One Night She Would Never Forget

Spontaneity is not in Miranda Dean's vocabulary. Life as a single mum with a demanding career leaves no time for anything impulsive! But that was before the appearance of the delectable Dr Patrick Costello.

Miranda has been resisting all men's charms, but there is something about Patrick — his gentle eyes, cheeky smile, and the feeling that she's always known him. So when he takes her by the hand she knows this will be one night she'll never forget!

Scene set-up: Miranda and Patrick, both single parents, are attending the same medical symposium together. They first meet in the lift and then discover their rooms are next door to each other. They meet later at the bar where their attraction blossoms....

But for all their chatter, Miranda had the strangest feeling that she and Patrick were just marking time. There’d been a sense of inevitability to the night since he’d walked into the bar and it tugged more insistently as the minutes ticked by. But she liked that he wasn’t rushing her back to his room. It felt kind of old fashioned – in a modern way – and gave him another layer of sexy.
But her yawn at somewhere past midnight spoiled the build-up. “Sorry,” she apologised, covering her mouth. “I’m normally passed out cold by nine o’clock.”
He groaned. “I envy you. I feel like I haven’t had a decent sleep since Ruby came along.”
Patrick had enjoyed talking with her. He liked her entertaining stories and easy laugh. He liked how relaxed he felt. He liked how she hadn’t outwardly flirted but he still knew she was in to him. He also liked that any other woman would have jumped in and said I can help you with your sleep situation but Miranda had just smiled at him. 
“Shall we go?” he asked, his voice surprisingly husky.
Miranda nodded. “Yes.”
They didn’t talk as they walked through the bar and across the lobby. They didn’t exchange a word as they waited for the lift. Or even inside the lift. Although Patrick leaned on the opposite wall and didn’t take his eyes of her for a second. Miranda’s belly went into freefall but she held his gaze, anticipation pumping her heart rate higher.
The lift doors opened and he said, “Yours or mine?” as he ushered her out.
“Mine,” she replied.
She knew zip about one night stands but she’d heard enough staffroom chatter from other nurses to know she really did not want to be the one doing the walk of shame in the morning.
Patrick stopped outside the door and turned to her. “Key?”
Miranda reached into her back pocket, slid the piece of plastic out and handed it over. He went to take it but, suddenly nervous, Miranda didn’t let go for a moment. He raised an eyebrow. “You okay?”
The question was low and slid into all the places that were suddenly reminding her how good it felt to be touched. “I don’t...usually do this,” she murmured.
Patrick smiled. “I figured.” He watched her looking at the door, obviously torn. “Would it help to know that I don’t either?”
Miranda smiled. “Yes.”
“We don’t have to do this, Miranda.”
She blinked at him, searching his face for signs of disingenuousness. Relief flooded through her when she found none. Patrick looked like he was perfectly willing to say goodnight and leave things as they were.
And he’d be gone tomorrow and she’d never see him again.
But she’d always wonder.
She smiled at him then, dropping her hand from the key. “I want to.”
Patrick kept his arm in place, the key still extended in her direction. “Are you sure, Miranda? Really, really sure?”
She grinned at him. She’d never been surer of anything. “Open the damn door, Patrick.”
He grinned back then turned towards the door, swiping the card through and hearing the click as the lights turned green. He pushed it open and said, “Ladies first.”
Patrick’s gut clenched as she brushed past him on the way in, his pulse picking up in anticipation. The door closed behind him and then it was just him and her in the darkened alcove and she was standing there looking at him with possession in her eyes. His groin throbbed in response.
He walked two paces until their bodies were almost touching. She smelled like soap and Shiraz and the combination was intoxicating. He dipped his head to capture her mouth, to savour her taste and to slowly explore her mouth, her neck. 
But a little whimper from somewhere at the back of her throat was his undoing and he was deepening the kiss, and her arms were twining around his neck and pulling them together, and before he knew it he’d pushed her up against the wall and they were both breathing hard.

For a chance to win a copy of the book with possibly the sexiest medical cover ever! I'd love to hear your thoughts on the one-night-stand trope in romance fiction. Yes? No? Depends? A turn off at the very mention or is it all in the execution?
Come back next to check out the winner and also a smooch from the lovely Emmie Dark!
Amy xxx


  1. What a hot scorching romance! I love it!

    It is all in the execution. I wouldn't like my hero or heroine to jump into bed with one and all for one nighters.

    Congrats Amy on the hottest medical cover ever!

  2. Re: one night stands, it's all in the execution and the execution in that smooch is spot on! I didn't want to stop reading, and I think I'm a little bit in love with Patrick already. Happy sigh.

  3. I love the ONS trope. I just can't seem to write it. . . Someday.

    I also agree. This is an awesome cover.

    Abbi :-)

  4. I am currently reading a book that starts with a one night stand ... and wow is it ever good. I think it depends on how it is written and the story behind it.

    I don't think I could care for characters that make it a habit.

    Amy that is one sexy cover on your lastest book. wowza!

  5. This is definitely a hawt romance.
    Awesome cover.
    *hugs* -Krisine

  6. Amy ~ One night stands are fine if neither of the people are continuous players. I can understand life getting to you or instant attraction. I love this teaser and I love the cover.

  7. I like the ONS trope. And I love your book cover, Amy. Yes, it is hot. Love your books too

  8. Thanks Rachael - I was trying to capture the "dont usually do this" feeling from both their perspectives.
    And Patrick is very loveable!

  9. lol Abbi - its not as easy to pull off as you think, is it? To me there has to be a compelling reason to hop into bed with a virtual stranger.
    It doesn't have to be life and death but it has to feel real and right for those characters in that moment!

  10. OOh Nancy - do tell. Title please! :-)

    And yeh, that cover....wanders off to stare at it again. Happy sigh...

  11. Hey Kaelee, thanks.
    Yes, I think we can all be blind-sided by insta-lust on occasion!

  12. Thanks Tammy! I think the intriguing thing with the ONS plot is - what happens the morning after and how the author puts her own twist on it.

  13. Amy I am completely in love with this cover! One night stands in reads depend on the how, what, when, where and how the author brings it all in play. If all the elements add up but the characters for example are badly written then the entire idea just does not gel for me as reader. The author needs to give real attention to it all in order to pull the one night stand line off. Thank you for the really great giveaway!

  14. Certainly a very sexy cover.

    Most definitely all in the execution. I need it to be meaningful. I know that's a bit of an oxymoron for a one-night-stand, but...

  15. Definitely in the execution. LOVE the cover! Congrats on your latest release Amy :)

  16. Wow, that's some bedside manner going on in that cover there, Amy! HOT! Great smooch!

    As to one night stands...I think if the characters' motivation is made clear enough and believable (for them) enough then it definitely works for me as a reader. As an author, it means a heck of a lot of hard work in figuring out their motivation.

  17. Hey Desere - I think you're right!
    And thanks so much for your fab review of the book!

  18. lol Mary - I dont think its an oxymoron. I think sure, a lot of ONS are about the recreational sex aspect but I think others do mean something and come from a deeper reason other than horniness and too much alcohol :-)
    I'll put you down in the all-in-the-execution column!

  19. Hey Tash - thanks!
    Another for the execution colum :-)

  20. lol Shoe babe! I was going to ask if anyone had ever had a ONS as my question but thought that would be too nosy. But I reeeeally wanted too :-) So thanks for sharing!

  21. Wow bn100 - do you think you can elaborate a little more? What does it depend on do you think?
    Curious George here....

  22. lol Yvonne - writing ONS are a lot trickier than having them methinks :-)

  23. Wow Amy, that cover is hot, hot, hot!!! Love it. Agree, execution is the key to ONS. Your scene is fantastic - can't wait to read it.

  24. like it, but depends on the execution

  25. Amy sorry for the late response. The book was His Brand Of Passion by Kate Hewitt