Mar 1, 2015

Sue MacKay's latest smooch!!

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Sue MacKay but first 

... the winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is Helen.

Can you please contact yvonne (at) yvonnelindsay  (dot) com to receive your copy of The Wedding Bargain.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Sue MacKay's The Family She Needs


And Doctor makes three ...
Nurse Karina Brown only has room in her heart for one guy: four-year-old Mickey. Running a small-town surgery and looking after a little boy with Down's syndrome isn't easy, but Karina wouldn't have it any other way.
Until Mickey's co-guardian, gorgeous Dr Logan Pascale, moves in to their home - determined to sell up! His heart is on lockdown but soon, united in their love of Mickey, Logan and Karina are falling for each other too! Can Karina persuade Logan that everything he needs is right under her roof ... already?

Scene set-up
Logan has PTSD and just been woken from a nightmare by Karina. She's made him a hot chocolate and takes it into the lounge where he's decided to sit by the fire for the rest of the night. Karina's heart is heavy for him and wants him to talk about what's happened to him, but knows that isn't going to happen any time soon. So she goes for another tactic.

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When she’d finished stoking the fire she turned to him with a smile and he said, ‘I like it when you smile.’ It warmed him and curled his toes. Not to mention tightened his groin.

The situation just kept getting more complex by the day. So he shouldn’t now be running his finger down one of those bewitching pink cheeks.

‘I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll smile more if you do. At least ten times a day.’

Putting his mug aside, he reached to cup her chin, tipped her head back further, all the better to see every expression flitting across her face. ‘I don’t smile enough?’

‘Nope.’ She’d stopped smiling. Instead she looked sad. For him?

He bent his head closer to that tantalising mouth, grazed his lips across hers. ‘I’ll try harder,’ he murmured.

Karina whispered something he didn’t catch as he touched her mouth with his, pressing harder this time. She obviously hadn’t said stop, because right at this moment she was pushing her warm body against his hungry one.

He responded by increasing the pressure of his kiss, and when her mouth opened under his he slipped his tongue inside that sweet cavern and tasted her. When Karina danced her tongue across and around his mouth he lost all sense of everything except this wonderful woman his arms were suddenly wound around. She was exquisite: delicate yet strong, soft yet fiery, sweet yet acid.

A low growl slid across his bottom lip. Karina jerked back, taking that sumptuous mouth with her. Her eyes were filled with some strange emotion he didn’t dare put a name to in case it echoed his own need. Her tongue traced her lips where moments ago his mouth had been, as though she was savouring him.

Then she tamped down hard on all his heat and the sensations racing through his body.

‘Logan, we can’t do this.’

‘You’re right—we can’t.’

But they just had, and he wasn’t ready to stop, no matter how sane and sensible that might be.

She continued as though he hadn’t spoken. ‘It won’t solve a thing. Will make everything worse, if anything. We want different outcomes with this house, with Mickey’s living arrangements, with my life. We need to keep talking, get to know each other so we understand where we’re both coming from and where we’re headed.’

She dropped into one of the armchairs.

Damn, she was so right in one way. But he sought oblivion from the nightmares and where better than in Karina’s arms? Unfortunately it seemed Karina could haul the brakes on far easier than him.

Do you prefer small-town or big city settings for the stories we write? I'd love hear what you say.

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

Smooch Graphic by WebWeaver



  1. Woohoo firstly thank you so much :)


    I loved this one great smooch and a story with a child and downs syndrome this is right up my ally :) gotta read this one

    Have Fun

  2. Thanks, Helen. I loved writing this story. The characters, and especially wee Mickey, tugged at my heartstrings. Also the town, Motueka, holds a lot of wonderful memories for me.

  3. The Family She Needs sounds fab, Sue. :-)

    I love both big-city and small-town stories, Sue. Both have their appeal. Mind you, I do find it hard to go past the community aspect of stories, be it a small town or an inner city apartment complex.

    1. Yes, you're right, Michelle. It is all about community. I like writing both.

  4. I too like both big-city and small-town stories. Variety is the spice of life!
    Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Always like stories where the guy wants to do his best for the girl. Makes me/the girl feel cherished (as I am always the heroine in my stories).

    1. Hi Laney, go you being the heroine. We have to believe in ourselves and think bigger.

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  6. What a lovely smooch. I'm not sure if I've read a story with a down's syndrome boy in it before. One of my husband's many cousins had Down's syndrome. She was the sweetest person. She and her mother lived at an assisted living facility during their last years. She helped out by setting the tables and stuff like that. I don't know how many afghans she crocheted throughout the years. It was a sad day when she passed away.

    I really have a hard time picking favorites as I like so many types of stories. I guess I have to say my favorite setting is the one I'm reading at the moment whether it's a big city or a small town.

    1. Now that's a good answer, Kaelee. :) I really enjoyed writing about Mickey.

  7. Lovely smooch, Sue! There's a tinge of sweetness and of sadness which makes me want Karina and Logan to reach their happily-ever-after.

    I do love small town settings... but then large city settings are great too! I think I'm an equal opportunity setting reader! ;)

  8. It seems we all like both settings, Sharon. Makes it easy for deciding where to set a story.

  9. Lovely smooch, Sue! Sounds like a beautiful, emotional story.

    I've always loved big city stories (since I'm a city gal myself) but I've grown to really appreciate the community elements in small town stories in the last few years. I'd happily read both, variety is the spice of life after all :)