Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!
Today we have a smooch from Ally Blake but first ... the winners of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway are Lesley McIntosh and Lynn M.
Can you please contact annie(at)annie-west.com to receive your prizes.
And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Ally's first book, THE WEDDING WISH.
Party planner Holly Denison decides that if she is ever going to have the leading role in her own wedding party she's going to take matters into her own hands!
Surely her best friends can fix her up on a few blind dates. 'Sure,' they say. And that's how Holly meets Jacob Lincoln. He's gorgeous, rich and successful. In fact he's perfect marriage material - if only Holly can get Jacob to agree.
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The story set up...
Holly and Jacob had been set up on a blind date by mutual friends. Only Holly learns that Jacob wasn't informed that he was walking into a blind date until he walked through the front door! Here is the aftermath as they say goodnight...
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‘Look - ‘ they both spoke at the same time. Jacob motioned for Holly to speak first.
‘It’s unlikely we will run into each other often, so, I think it best we just pretend we never met.’
‘Sure,’ Jacob said. ‘No problem.’
Hmm. She had expected ‘If you say so’, or even ‘If you insist’. But, ‘no problem’? Was she that easily forgettable?
Bothered beyond good sense, she mustered her haughtiest attitude. ‘No matter what Ben told you, and not that it matters what you think, I am no princess.’
Jacob laughed, his head thrown back as he let out great effusive guffaws. Holly was shocked into momentary silence.
‘You heard that?’ Jacob finally asked, his eyes sparkling in merriment.
‘Loud and clear. And I think that was extremely wrong of Ben and rude of you to even joke about such a thing.’
‘Are you done?’
She looked up, surprised at his short tone.
‘Well yes, I thought that quite about covered it - ‘
Jacob leant over and placed a light kiss on her open mouth succeeding in shutting her up. His hands remained in his pockets and her hands held her gloves in front of her at chest height. And since his toes were a couple of feet from hers, the only points of contact were their four, warm, amenable lips.
It took the merest moment for the unexpected tenderness of his kiss to wash its magic over her. On impulse Holly closed her eyes and tilted her head only ever so slightly. But it was enough.
Jacob took her hint and he leant that little bit closer to explore the warmth and thrill as unexpected yearning lit between them. And what started as little more than an overly friendly goodnight peck deepened into something very different. It was delicate. It was yielding. It was lovely.
After enjoying a few moments of unchecked ardour, they pulled apart as one.
Holly rocked back on the heels of her feet; luckily the car was there to catch her as she swayed. Her tongue ran over the back of her teeth and she could taste after dinner mints. She had not eaten any, but Jacob had.
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Hey guys! I hope you enjoyed Holly and Jacob's first kiss as much as they did :). I've never actually been on a blind date? Have you? Did it end in true love or true disaster?? My favourite answer will win an epub copy of The Wedding Wish. Cheers, Ally
Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced and a smooch from Ally Blake will be posted!
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WOW I did enjoy that smooch :)ReplyDelete
You know I have never been on a blind date either not sure if I would have wanted to either although true love has come from them I am sure :)
So glad you enjoyed it Helen!Delete
I was 19 and had never had a boyfriend. He was my co-worker's younger brother who was turning 21, Steven. Steven picked me up at my parents' house (in the dark) and drove me 25 minutes away to "his place", where the place was crammed full of his "friends". He smoked; I did not; I did not like to be near him (or his friends). They drank; I did not. They were sick; I was blessed with cleaning up the bathroom (several times). I didn't want to be there; I didn't know a soul; I didn't know where exactly I was. I waited for someone to be "sober enough" to drive me home at 2 am and never saw him again, thank God.ReplyDelete
The one thing I have instilled in my now grown-up children is that I am/we are always there for them if they need a ride home, no matter the circumstances. I wish my parents had instilled that in me before that date, as they both went to bed early (Dad got up at 1 am to start work at 1:45 am) and I didn't want to bother them. Poor decision on my part. The story could have turned out far worse....
Oh, Laney, that sounds terrifying (not to mention gross)!Delete
Oh no! Boo co-worker on thinking it was a kind thing to set you up with the younger brother. Glad you came out of it ok! And yes to the making sure the kids know they can call ANY TIME if they feel even the slightest bit uncomfortable.Delete
Gorgeous smooch, Ally! Love the interplay between Holly and Jacob...what fun. :-) Um...blind dates? I've been set up by friends when we've all gone out as part of a crowd, but I don't recall any blind dates -- the potential for disaster looms large there. Which is fun in the pages of a book, but less fun in real life. ;-)ReplyDelete
So true! Bad blind dates are great writing fodder, but surely not at all fun when in the middle of them.Delete
What a swoon-worthy kiss! No blind dates for me, I've been with my husband for so long that I never really did the dating thing. I don't think it would have been for me - I'm too shy!ReplyDelete
Ditto! Though I do wonder if blind dates as a grown up - rather than a twentysomething - might serve as more of an anthropological adventure. Not that I'm about to test my theory!Delete
One blind date. A keen and nervous lad, constantly licking his dry lips. Mediocre food, hard to use as fodder for nourishment let alone thought. I threw many leading questions out trying to find his spark.....surely everyone has a spark? Not this fellow, not that I could find, not that night. It's true, that old saying of being able to smell desperation, the adrenaline and nerves condense the echoes of the last weeks meals into an off-putting stench that deodorant only amplifies. The poor guy. I made my excuses of uni assignments and amid effusive thankyous and sonicetomeetyou's I gave him a quick peck on those dry lips and got the hell out of there.ReplyDelete
Ha! You had to give it a shot thought, right? You never know!Delete
Ah, Ally, what a lovely smooch!ReplyDelete
I'm sorry to be boring but I've never been on a blind date. I met the love of my life when I was very young... :)
Loved this book to bits and this couple are dynamite. My husband and i matched two friends who hit it off so immediately that we had to point out it was 2am after a barbecue and we were tired, they had no idea. They have two kids and are living their own happily ever after. Sigh...ReplyDelete
Oh you superstars! Well done. I bet you feel rather chuffed :).Delete
I have yet to go on a blind date. I'm not certain whether I would be comfortable going on one. It makes for good reading, but somehow I don't think it would work so well in real life.ReplyDelete
I so agree, Lyn. I'd rather read about it :).Delete
i like wedding planners as everything seems to go wrong-----LynWReplyDelete