First Kiss Friday – Home Sweet Texas Home by Caroline Clemmons

Today’s First Kiss Friday featured guest is Caroline Clemmons, author of the sweet contemporary romance Home Sweet Texas Home.  Welcome Caroline!  Here’s the first kiss between Courtney Madison and Derek Corrigan.

Hi, I’m Caroline Clemmons and here is the first kiss between my hero and heroine from the sweet contemporary romance HOME SWEET TEXAS HOME published by The Wild Rose Press.

Set up: In the country club ladies lounge during the Midwinter Madness Ball, Courtney Madison has just been the target of verbal barbs from Janelle, a wanna-be girlfriend of the hero, Derek Corrigan. After Janelle exited, Courtney’s friend Elaine explained the background on Derek and soothed Courtney’s tromped on self-esteem. Elaine and Courtney rejoined their dates and Derek invited Courtney to dance. Of course, Courtney doesn’t tell him Janelle upset her.

Here’s the excerpt:

They joined the others circling the room and Derek pulled her into his arms. He looked down at her while they twirled to a waltz. His beautiful cobalt eyes held passion and tenderness. She sighed and rested her head on his shoulder.

His arm tightened, snuggling her to him. His lips brushed her hair and she thought he murmured her name. Contentment washed over her, sending her encounter with Janelle far away.

A samba followed. He put both hands on her hips and she rested her hands on his shoulders. They moved as one to the rhythmic beats. Erotic fantasies invaded her mind. Tropical isles, sun drenched beaches, surf gliding gently over their entwined bodies.

In the middle of the next number, a fox trot, Derek guided her to the edge of the ballroom floor and out into the lobby. Gently, he pulled her into a shadowy corner before he pressed his lips to hers. For Courtney, they were alone in the universe.

He pulled her closer and she melted at his touch. She slipped her hands inside his jacket and wound both arms around him to knead his back, oblivious to anyone else in the world.

As he slowly raised his head, she felt herself pulled into those deep blue eyes.

Her senses reeled from his kiss and she struggled to maintain at least a shred of her sanity. “You’re a prominent person here, and this is a public area.”

“You’re right, but I couldn’t wait a second longer to kiss you.” He pulled her head to his chest. “Let me hold you a few moments longer.”

With his arms gently caressing her, she rested against his chest. When at last she raised her head to meet his gaze, he exhaled in resignation and brushed his lips across hers. “I know, I know. We should rejoin the others.”

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