Sep 15, 2013

Sunday Smooch with Soraya Lane

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from  Patchwork Family in the Outback, but first ...

the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is -- Erin DeLuca

Can you please contact anna(at)annacampbellinfo to recieve your copy of A Rake's Midnight Kiss.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Soraya Lane

The final piece of his family puzzle? 
Arriving in Bellaroo Creek, teacher Poppy Carter isn't quite prepared for the hard task ahead of her. But a school under threat and a class of unruly children is a breeze compared to single father Harrison Black, who's proving more of a challenge than she could ever have anticipated! 

Since his wife abandoned him and their children, Harrison has learned the art of keeping his distance—and new teacher Poppy doesn't seem to understand boundaries! But when a storm traps them both together, Harrison begins to wonder whether Poppy just might make the perfect addition to their little family….

 [Harrison and Poppy are stuck at his ranch during a storm, and she has just told him why her marriage ended.]

          “I guess we have more in common than we realized,” Harrison said, his voice soft now, soothing to the thumping of her head and the shaking of her hands.

            “Yeah,” she muttered, crossing her arms.

            But it was too late. Harrison had already seen her hands shaking and he was stepping forward and reaching for them, taking them from where they were folded and holding them in his. His palms covered the top of her hands, turning them slowly, fingers interlacing with hers.

            “You know what I’m wondering?” he asked, pulling her so slowly toward him that her body was obeying without her consent.

            “What?” she whispered, staring at his hands instead of his face.
            “How any man could ask another woman to his bed when he already had you to come home to.”
            Poppy didn’t believe him, not for a moment, but his words still put a smile on her face. “I don’t believe you, but thanks,” she said, braving his gaze and wishing she hadn’t, staring at him now like she was stuck in the web of his eyes, hypnotized with no chance of reprieve.
            “If you don’t believe me, then how about I show you?” Harrison’s voice was so low, so husky, that she was powerless to resist him.
            His hand left hers abandoned and slowly reached for her face, his palm cupping her cheek, fingers tucking beneath her chin and raising it. Poppy complied, more because she couldn’t not than because she consented.
            Harrison dipped his head, eyes dropping from hers to her mouth, and she did the same. Because his lips were moving toward hers, and she wasn’t going to pull away.
            His mouth was inches from hers, his breath warm against her skin, but still he hesitated, like he was waiting for her to accept, to make the final decision.
            Hell yes. The words ran through her mind at the same time as she stepped toward him, just one step, but enough for their bodies to touch and their lips to meet, in a kiss that stole her breath away and made her hands snake around the back of his neck. Her fingers found their way into his hair as his hands enclosed her waist, holding her still as their mouths danced, as his tongue so gently played against hers.

            So what if she’d promised to stay away from men? Harrison Black had been on her mind since her first day in town, and if she didn’t get this out of her system now? Then she’d probably never get a good night’s sleep ever again. Besides, maybe she didn’t need long term. Maybe one night was enough. 

If you had to escape your life, would you escape to the city or country?

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced -- and a new smooch will be posted!


  1. Probably the city, because I'd need a job!

  2. Hi Laney, that's so practical! There was I daydreaming about moving to the country and meeting some lovely hero after reading that terrific lead in to a kiss. Thanks for sharing, Soraya. So far I've only read the first of the Bellaroo Creek Books - Michelle Douglas's. I'll have to work my way through all three!

    I think my ideal would be the country but somewhere where the city was within cooee for special treats!

  3. Hi Soraya

    I loved this story :)

    I wouls escape to the country like Poppy did the peace and quiet and the way the towns people stand together with support and help :)

    Have Fun

  4. Love the heat between Poppy and Harrison, Soraya! Can't wait to read it. :-)

    Hmm, as I've just returned from London -- and renewed my love affair with it -- today I'd definitely escape to the big city. I love the vibrancy of a big city.

  5. Lovely smooch :) It'll be nice to go back to Bellaroo Creek. I like a break away in the city, I grew up in the country... funny thing is tho, it's not until you live in the city that you appreciate just how great it was to live in and be raised in the country. :)

  6. What a great smooch!

    I'd go to the country. I like trees more than concrete. ;)

    Marcy Shuler

  7. I'd definitely escape to the country, but only with a sea view and white sand beaches thrown into the bargain, ;-)

  8. Wow! I need that book - that little excerpt has left me wanting more.

    That's a tough question. I think it would depend on why I was escaping my life. For the most part, I think that I'd probably escape to another city. However, if it was for a reason that couldn't be solved by or would be made worse by moving to another city, I would go to the country. However, like Yvonne, I think I'd need a nice sea view in the mix.

  9. "Hell yes" indeed!!! Fabulous.

    I've lived in both the city & the country. They each have merits. I have reached a compromise by living in a large country town. All the convenience & a lovely relaxed feel.

  10. Hi all. I've been trying to post all day with no luck, so hopefully this works!

    I'm a country girl, but I can definitely understand the lure of the city :)

    Thanks everyone for stopping by.

    Soraya xxoo

  11. Lovely smooch, Soraya.

    Hmmm, that's a tough question. I love the excitement of big cities - so much to do and see, but the country has its own special allure. I think it would depend on what I'm escaping from.

  12. Super Smooch, Soraya! Fabulous chemistry between Harrison and Poppy!

    I'm another escape to the country person - and I don't need to escape because I'm here already!