Today we have a smooch from Stefanie London ___ but first
... the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway will be announced next week.
And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Breaking The Bro Code by Stefanie London........
Off limits…and oh-so-tempting!
Elise Johnson has more important things to concentrate on than men…saving her struggling ballet studio for starters! So when gorgeous Col Hillam—her brother’s best friend—saunters back into her life, she’s none too keen.
He might be proposing a purely professional arrangement, but the last time they got carried away by their crazy attraction it ended in disaster! Col knows Elise is off-limits, but it only makes her more tempting….
With chemistry this hot, surely that bro code is now null and void…?
[Scene set-up: Col has returned to Australia after the passing of his estranged father. He has to clear out his father's house and Elise has gone along to provide moral support despite the fact that she's still angry at him for leaving her five years ago.]
“I thought I was over this. I thought I was over him.” The last word came out as a growl as he hurtled the photo against a wall.
The glass exploded in a shower of tinkling particles. Elise watched them fall to the floor as if in slow motion, the sound of her heart magnified in her ears.
“I’m sorry, Elise. You shouldn’t have had to see that.” He turned his pain, palpable in the air around him, inwards. His chest rose and fell too quickly as he clutched at self-control.
“It’s ok.” She was frozen, rooted to the spot.
“I shouldn’t have brought you here, I know you don’t want to talk about the past–”
She couldn’t comfort him with words, but she needed to ease his pain. So she did the only thing which she could do, the only thing that felt natural.
Her hands found Col’s neck and she dragged him down to her, her open mouth ready for his. Their tongues met with force, lips pressing hard. This wasn’t a comforting kiss. Hell, it wasn’t even a distracting kiss. It was a full-on, all-barriers-down, forget-everything-else kiss.
One strong arm wrapped around her waist and lifted her so she could wind her legs around his waist. He moved and her back hit the wall, knocking the wind out of her. Col’s teeth came down on her lip, his hips grinding into her open legs.
“My god, Elise,” he groaned against her hair as her lips found the lobe of his ear.
He had her pinned and she couldn’t have found anything sexier at that point. The hard length of him had all her senses firing at high speed, his hands cupping her arse to hold her in place.
She writhed against him, eliciting a guttural moan from the back of his throat. Up close his scent invaded her, making her dizzy with lust and memories. His short hair was silky against her palms; she gripped it and tugged his head down. His tongue flicked against hers, his faint minty-taste drawing her in to keep the kiss going on and on.
“I’ve missed you,” he breathed.
The air was sucked out of her, reality crashing down like a derelict building – ugly and grey and harsh. “No.”
“No?” He pulled his mouth away from hers, his dark brows crinkled above his nose.
She pushed against his chest until he released her, her sneakers hitting the ground with a thud. “You don’t get to say that to me.”
Elise and Col are reunited after five years away from one another. It isn't always smooth sailing but they do find their HEA. When have you been reunited with someone? It could be a partner, a friend, a family member or even a pet.
Come back next Sunday when the winner will be announced and a smooch from the fabulous Rachel Bailey will be posted!
That is on hot kiss :) love the sound of this one is one I want to read
I was reunited with an Aunty once who had left when I was only a very young girl and many years later we got in touch and it was such a great feeling getting to know her
Thanks Helen :) That sounds like a wonderful reunion, so nice that you got to know her after all that time.Delete
Wow, that is a hot kiss. I'm looking forward to reading that book. It's already on my To Read list.ReplyDelete
I was reunited with a friend that I lost contact with due to moving away when I moved back to an area near where we both grew up. We haven't lost contact since.
Thanks Lyn, I hope you enjoy it! How wonderful that you were able to reconnect with an old friend, it's so easy to lose touch with a little distance.Delete
Hi Stefanie- You book sounds so hot. Must get it. I did reunite with a friend I had not seen in 15 years on Facebook. Now he is back in my life again. He's a great friend and I am still sorry we lost 15 years after we moved and lost touch.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tammy :) Facebook has been the source of many reunions, I think! Glad you've got your friend back in your life.Delete
Ooh, fab smooch, Stefanie! Loved how you left the excerpt hanging…can't wait to see what happens next. ;-)ReplyDelete
Oh, you saw what I did there... *shifty face* hahaDelete
Long distance relatonships make for intense reunions. when I fist started working, my new boyfriend and I were in opposite corners of Queensland. When I finally got back 'home' for good, we broke up! Just as well, since I met my husband a week later! Love your smooch - intense! - as all good relationships can be after a separation! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Susanne! I'm a big believer of everything happens for a reason. Funnily enough I was coming out of a long-distance "relationship" when I met my husband too :)Delete
Ooh, I LOVE the sounds of this, Stefanie! The older-brother's best friend trope is a fave! As for a reunion, I did enjoy a few of them with DH since I cruelly broke up with him multiple times over the course of our college career... ;)ReplyDelete
Hi Fedora, the older-brother trope is one of my faves too! Glad to hear it all worked out in the end...the college years don't count anyway, do they? :)Delete
Wow - that's one scorching kiss! Very much looking forward to reading this book. :)ReplyDelete
I've reconnected with several old friends on FB - such fun!
Gotta love FB for reconnecting with people! That and Skype are go-tos for me :)Delete
Loved that little snippet, Stefanie - have the Sexy duo version of it on my pile but it just got moved to the top!ReplyDelete
I was reunited with a friend a little while back that I'd had a falling out with many years ago. It was nice to catch up with her and find out what's been going on with her family but it'll never be the same between us unfortunately :-(
Thanks Amy! That's sad about your friend, but I know exactly what you mean. I had a similar situation myself a few years ago and the old wounds never quite healed.Delete
A great smooch thank you.ReplyDelete
My family are spread out all over the place. It can be years before we catch up in person, but when we do it's always so much fun.
Thanks Mary, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) I have friends like that too, years could pass but when you catch up it's like no time at all!Delete
I had a friend all through elementary school, but never saw her again after I moved after 8th grade. When I was in my early 20's, I went back to my old home town to shop. My friend, who had since moved out of state, just happened to be visiting at the same time & shopping at the same store. We got together a few more times when she came home & have kept in touch sporadically for the past 30+ years.ReplyDelete
Hi Sharlene! Isn't that wonderful how fate brings people back together, I'm so glad to hear you were able to keep in touch with your friend :)Delete
Scorching Smooch, Stefanie! I love the sparks between Col and Elise!ReplyDelete
I've recently re-united with an old friend - we did our training together many years ago. We'd lost touch over the years when we were living in different countries. It's been so lovely to have her back in my life on a more regular basis!
Thanks Sharon :) It's hard to maintain friendships with so much distance, although we have so many mediums of communication now that it's a little easier. I'm so glad you were able to have that friend back in your life!Delete
Stef, I'm late swinging by but so glad I did. What a great excerpt. That sounds like a corker of a book.ReplyDelete
I love being reunited with old friends. I have a few who live scattered in far away places but when we get together after a long break it's almost as if we haven't been separated - I'm sure that's a sign of a strong bond!
Thanks Annie, Col and Elise certainly spice things up!Delete
I think that is the sign of a deep friendship, I have several like this and it doesn't matter how much time passes :)