Apr 21, 2019

Sunday Smooch - Wedding Night Reunion in Greece by Annie West

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Annie West's new release


She’s his runaway bride…

He’s come to claim his wedding night!

Emma Piper’s just promised to love, honor and cherish Greek tycoon Christo Karides…but then she overhears him admitting he married her purely for convenience. Bolting to her family’s beautiful Corfu villa, Emma doesn’t expect Christo to follow—especially with seduction in mind! Their intense attraction promises an explosive reunion. Will a night in her husband’s bed show Emma there’s more to their marriage than just convenience…?

Escape to the Greek islands with this reunion romance.
Scene set-up
Within hours of her wedding Emma Piper is devastated to find the real reason her new husband married her had nothing to do with love! Furious and hurt she leaves him to deal with a reception full of well-wishes and makes her escape. Now he's tracked her down to Corfu and has the temerity to demand they stay married. More, that they share a wedding night. The answer is no. But the trouble is Emma still has a weakness for the man she'd loved, even if she hates him now.

Smooch  -
‘This conversation’s getting us nowhere. That’s in the past and—’
‘On the contrary, this conversation is just getting interesting.’ He lowered his head as if trying to read her face in the darkness. ‘Tell me why you married me, Emma.’
That voice, honey mixed now with rumbling gravel, scraped through her insides. But instead of leaving painful grazes, it stirred something altogether unwanted. Something she needed to banish. If only she knew how!
Suddenly she realised the danger of being this close to him. Of his flesh on hers. ‘I want to go inside.’
‘Could it be,’ he went on as if she hadn’t spoken, ‘because of this?’
He tugged her hand, pulling her against him. Emma’s hissed breath was loud as she planted her other palm on his chest to push away.
But before she could, he’d raised her captured hand to his face and pressed his lips to her palm. She felt surprisingly soft lips and the delicious abrasion of his hair-roughened jaw, a reminder of his masculinity, as if she needed it!
Instantly sensation juddered through her.
Shivers reverberated through her and Emma knew she had to fight this. But then Christo moved, bending lower to kiss the sensitive flesh of her wrist, creating a shower of sparks in her blood.
The trouble was Emma had so little experience. There’d been a guy at uni when she was eighteen but that had never progressed beyond a few kisses, because her grandmother had died and suddenly, more than ever, she was needed at home. She had no experience withstanding such powerfully erotic caresses. Or the demands of her own body, finally woken after so long.
Firming her mouth, she pushed that unyielding chest with her free hand. It made no impact.
Or perhaps she didn’t push very hard. For now Christo was kissing his way along the bare flesh of her forearm where the wide sleeve of her robe fell back.
His grip wasn’t tight. She could yank her hand free. If only she could find the willpower to do it.
But oh, the lush sensations spreading from those tiny yet incredibly intimate kisses.
Her breath sawed and in her ears blood rushed helter skelter.
He’d reached her elbow and she stiffened like a yacht’s sail snapping taut in the wind. Taut but trembling too, at the sensations he evoked. Her hand on his chest no longer pushed. Instead it splayed, fingers wide, absorbing the sultry heat of his hard chest and the teasing friction of the smudge of dark hair on his pectorals.
‘Stop that now.’ Because, heaven help her, she couldn’t. ‘I’m not sleeping with you, Christo.’
That caught his attention. He looked up and even in the gloom, she caught the brilliance of his eyes as he looked down at her. Then, without uttering a word, he put his mouth to her arm and slowly licked her inner elbow.
Emma’s knees all but gave way as a frighteningly potent shot of lust punched her. She made a sound, a soft, keening noise that she wouldn’t have thought possible if she hadn’t heard it slide from her lips.
She cleared her throat ready to demand he release her when she felt the scrape of teeth nipping the soft flesh in the crease of her elbow. Then almost immediately the strong draw against her skin as he sucked the spot.
Emma bit down hard on her lip to prevent a groan escaping into the night. She’d had no idea something as ordinary as an elbow could be so sensitive. That it could make her feel...
Ready for sex. That’s how she felt. With her trembling limbs and that pulsing point down between her thighs that urged her to move closer to Christo. There was an aching hollowness inside and her breasts seemed fuller than before, eager for contact, her nipples impossibly hard. If she followed that animal instinct she rub herself against him, purring and pleading for follow through.
Her weakness terrified her.
‘I said I don’t want to go to bed with you.’ Her voice was too loud and too wobbly.
For answer he released her hand which wavered uselessly in the air then slowly dropped to her side. Instead of moving back he stroked his fingertips over her cheek. All she had to do was pull her head back a couple of centimetres to sever the contact but she couldn’t do it. Instead she stood as if mesmerised by the caress of long, hard fingers that worked magic with each touch.

‘I don’t believe you.’

A wedding night in Greece wasn't what Emma and Christo had originally planned but I must say I loved the location. If you were planning a honeymoon, or writing about one, where would it be? Who knows, suggestions might end up in a future book!

Leave a comment to go in the draw to win a signed copy of WEDDING NIGHT REUNION IN GREECE.

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

Smooch Graphic by WebWeaver


  1. Gorgeous excerpt, Annie. I'm not sure Emma is going to stand a chance against Christo. ;-)

    You know, I find it hard to go beyond Paris as the perfect honeymoon location. But my top romantic destinations would absolutely include the Greek islands, along with a chalet in the Swiss Alps and a luxurious villa in the Italian Lakes district. Oh, how nice it is to dream! :-)

    1. Michelle, I love your location suggestions. I'm hoping to get to some of those places myself soon!

      And you're so right. Emma has her work cut out for her.

  2. Hi Annie

    Oh I loved this story, Christo and Emma are so good and so meant for each other, and Greece and the Greek Islands have always been a place I would love to visit and to go to a wedding there that would be awesome. My daughter is bridesmaid for her friend next month and they are marrying in Fiji, I wish I could go with her :)

    I do highly recommend this book everyone

    have Fun


    1. Thanks, Helen. I'm so pleased to hear you loved Wedding Reunion! How lovely.

      Your daughter is so lucky to be heading to Fiji for a wedding. I'd love to attend a tropical beach wedding or one on a Greek island.

  3. Hi Annie. very beautiful and interesting this extract. Good luck.
    If I my honeymoon planning, I'd include a beach. Yes, because I would like to spend it at the sea on a tropical island.My dream would be to go to the Maldives or to French Polynesia.

    1. Hi Franca,

      I'm so happy you liked this excerpt. Yes, I thought you might like a beach location. Wouldn't the Maldives or French Polynesia be gorgeous? Dream worthy locations!

  4. Great reading with morning coffee! I am loving each excerpt I read more than the last. Your wedding locations are always pretty good, Annie. I would like to have water, maybe mountains. Our niece was married a couple of years ago on the beach in Tampa Bay. Not many mountains there but the ceremony was a perfect blend of conventional and unconventional and the setting was gorgeous. sally

    1. Hi Sally,

      I'm so pleased you're enjoying the excerpts. As for wedding locations, it's great to write about somewhere special! Your niece's wedding on the beach sounds like a real treat.

  5. Hi Annie, you always write such a sizzling smooch! I love a runaway bride. Love the cover on this one too.
    Our honeymoon was in Kiama on the south coast of NSW, at a friend's beach cabin and we took our cat with us! My dream honeymoon would be one of those over the water, luxurious, private villas somewhere like Tahiti or the Maldives. With room service!

    1. Kandy, you know it may have been your own Castaway Bride that lodged in the back of my mind ages ago and inspired this story. Such fun!

      Our honeymoon was on the NSW north coast - wonderful but not glamorous. I've always wanted to visit Tahiti though. Snap!

  6. Funny, but I've never had a dream honeymoon, vacation, wedding, etc. My husband and I drove all over Ontario, Canada on our honeymoon almost 38 years ago now; as long as we were together, it didn't matter where. Our vacations are never spent with just the two of us going to some far-off location; we prefer to visit with friends and family far away instead. Our anniversaries are often spent driving around Ontario, checking out touristy attractions but also visiting with friends. I get my faraway locations from reading books, and lots of them. Thank you for that!

    1. Hi Laney! It sounds like you're an adventurous couple, out seeing things and people and getting involved. As for getting faraway locations from books - that's one of the things I love about reading, and especially reading romances, the fact you can travel the world so easily. :)

  7. Annie, I have read a few of your books a d I've enjoyed reading them.

  8. Great review thank you, sounds very good and I love the cover. I think a honeymoon would be in a cabin in the forest.

    1. Penney, I think a cabin honeymoon would by so much fun! What a great idea. I'm so pleased you like the excerpt and cover!

  9. Love the this excerpt and I have no idea where to go on a honeymoon not planning on getting married again and the one I went on when I did marry was a 3 day local motel I was only 18 and pregnant. so I live on rmance books to full my fantasys.

    1. Debra, there's nothing quite like romance books for fantasy, is there? I love travelling to exotic places when I read.

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