First Kiss Friday – Between A Rock and A Mad Woman by Stephanie Queen

Today’s First Kiss Friday featured guest is Stephanie Queen, author of contemporary romance Between A Rock and A Mad Woman.  Welcome Stephanie!  Here’s the first kiss between Madeline Grace and Peter John Douglas.

Standing in the hotel room with her now, he closed his eyes. He had to. She saw his pain and knew its origin. And if there was one thing he did not want from her, it was sympathy. Not that she’d give him much. But she’d understand, and that somehow was worse. He didn’t fully understand everything about how he felt about her—about where he stood with her—and he was deeply reluctant to delve into that bit of introspection, especially now. Maybe he should. He didn’t like the mystery. But his fear of what he might find out about himself was greater.


He opened his eyes. She smiled gently. He let out his breath. It wasn’t so bad after all, having her understand; having someone understand better than him.

“You know you’re the best man I ever met…”

“But,” he interrupted her, “but you have bigger and better things to do than to play second fiddle to me. I know I disappointed you once.”

She sighed. He knew she didn’t want to talk about it. He sighed too.



Madeline stopped and really looked at the wry, somewhat sad smile on his face. The smile would have been harmless—if it hadn’t been for his eyes.

Those crystal clear blue bedroom eyes. Sometimes they were merely intense with passion, and other times they were like mirrors reflecting endlessly, but they were always compelling—and they were always sexy.

And he knew it. Oh no. She felt a split second of panic.

He stepped forward, cupped the back of her head with one hand, grabbing a handful of her hair, caressed her jaw with the other hand and covered her mouth with his in a hungry no-holds-barred kiss. They’d always had the best kisses. She didn’t know if it was a match of anatomy or chemistry or just the linking of two souls. Whatever it was, the undeniable connection was there—still. He moved his lips from hers and moved his hands to hug her body to him. When he spoke she held her breath, fearing what he might say.


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