May 5, 2019

Sunday Smooch with Michelle Douglas

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from Miss Prim's Greek Island Fling.

An idyllic island retreat…

…with her Mr. Wrong!

After a devastating betrayal, Audra Russel escapes to her brother’s Greek island to lick her wounds. Only she soon finds that her brother’s best friend, Finn Sullivan, is vacationing there, too! He may be recovering from a near-fatal accident, but the irresistible daredevil is intent on showing buttoned-up Audra how to have a good time. And now that she’s started, she doesn’t ever want to stop!

[Scene set up: Finn is frustrated because Audra keeps resisting fun and frivolity and the notion of letting her hair down. She’s such a warm and generous person and he wants her to be happy. This is one challenge he refuses to walk away from.]

‘I’ll tell you what I understand. That you’re the most uptight, repressed person I have ever met.’

‘Repressed?’ Her mouth opened and closed. ‘I— What are you doing?’

He’d seized her hand and was towing her towards a copse of Aleppo pine and carob trees. ‘What’s that?’ He flung an arm out at the vista spread below them.

She glared. ‘The Aegean. It’s beautiful.’

‘And that?’ He pointed upwards.

She followed his gaze. Frowned and shrugged, evidently not following where he was going with this. ‘The…sky?’

‘The sun,’ he snapped out. ‘And it’s shining in full force in case you hadn’t noticed. And where are we?’

She swallowed. ‘On a Greek island.’

He crowded her in against a tree, his arms going either side of her to block her in. ‘If there was ever a time to let you hair down and rebel against your prim and proper strictures, Audra, now’s the time to do it.’

She stared up at him with wide throbbing eyes, and he relished the moment—her stupefaction…her bewilderment…her undeniable hunger when her gaze lowered to his lips. This moment had seemed inevitable from when she’d appeared on the stairs a week ago to peer at him with those icy blue eyes, surveyed him in handcuffs, and told him it served him right.

His heart thudded against his ribs, he relished the adrenaline that surged through his body, before he swooped down to capture her lips in a kiss designed to shake up her safe little world. And he poured all of his daredevil wildness and adventurous temptation into it in a devil-may-care invitation to dance.

The assault on Audra’s senses the moment Finn’s lips touched hers was devastating. She hadn’t realised she could feel a kiss in so many ways, that it’s impact would spread through her in ever-widening circles that went deeper and deeper.

Finn’s warmth beat at her like the warmth of the sun after a dip in the sea. It melted things that had been frozen for a very long time.

His scent mingled with the warm tang of olive trees and sun-kissed grasses, and with just the tiniest hint of salt on the air it was exactly what a holiday should smell like. It dared her to play, it tempted her to reckless fun…and…and to a youthful joy she’d never allowed herself to feel before.

And she was powerless to resist. She had no defences against a kiss like this. It didn’t feel as if defences were necessary. A kiss like this…it should be embraced and relished…welcomed.

Finn had been angry with her, but he didn’t kiss angry. He kissed her as though he couldn’t help it—as though he’d been fighting a losing battle and had finally flung himself wholeheartedly into surrender. It was intoxicating.

Totally heady and wholly seductive.

 This is  one of the funnest books I've ever written, and in a lot of ways the book itself is about fun and joy and what brings us peace and pleasure. So let's all broaden our finding-pleasure horizons. What (other than family, friends and reading as I know all of us here find great joy in those things) brings you pleasure? Leave a comment to go into the draw to win a signed copy of Miss Prim's Greek Island Fling! :-)

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. this sounds like a great read as usual from Michelle---LynW

  2. Hi Michelle

    Oh I did love this books Audra and Finn are the best and it is so much fun, beautifully romantic and one that I highly recommend, what gives me pleasure? a walk along the beach or through a park just listening to the sounds and of course there is cruising and road trips also make me happy.

    Have Fun


    1. I'm so over the moon that you loved Audra and Finn's story, Helen. :-)

      Oh, and you know I'm with you there on walks on the beach (or in the park)! That definitely takes me to my happy place. :-D

  3. I love the sound of this story Michelle! And the smooch is lovely. Swimming in beautiful, clear Greek waters is one of my greatest pleasures. So of course I like the setting for your book!

    1. Oh, yes, your photos of swimming in the Greek islands were utterly divine, Kandy! It sounded like an amazing thing to do. So I sorta guessed you'd like my setting for this book. ;-)

  4. This sounds like a fun read too.

    I do love to go for long walks. Not only relaxing but I seem to sort things out in my mind well as I stroll.

    1. Long walks can be so good for the soul, Mary. :-)

  5. Hi Michelle. Very nice this excerpt. Congratulations and good luck for the release of the book.
    It's the little things that give me pleasure. Maybe spend a weekend at the beach with friends, a small gift from your husband when you least expect it.

    1. Thanks, Franca, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      You're so right about appreciating the little things! They make life worth living. :-D

  6. Playing competitive badminton with friends (and playing well, if possible).
    BTW, I love the setup for this one; can totally relate. Bonus that YOU have written it (and funny too!) and I look forward to reading every page! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Badminton sounds fun, Laney. I've never played, but always meant to. It might be something I need to look into.

      Oh, and thank you for your kind words -- they've certainly put a big smile on my face! :-)

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