Frightening First Kiss Friday – The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill by Elizabeth Rose

This week, I’m featuring the third Frightening First Kiss from The Caretaker of Showman’s Hill by Elizabeth Rose!  Welcome, Elizabeth!  Here’s the first kiss between Cassie Briggs and Basil Wensilton III.  Enjoy!


 Cassie Briggs is a reporter looking for her missing sister when she is sent to the Showman’s Hill Cemetery at night to cover a story. There she meets Basil Wensilton III, a man who is as handsome as he is mysterious. He’s known as The Caretaker, but little does she know that what he’s taking care of is not only the cemetery, but a lair of vampires and a two hundred year old secret. (Inspired by a true story of a circus train wreck, and the cemetery that holds the dead bodies of the performers called Showman’s Rest.)





“You want to kiss me,” Basil whispered.

“No, I don’t,” Cassie lied, though it was exactly what she was thinking.

“I don’t buy it.” His face got closer to hers, and his gaze dropped to her mouth. “So go ahead.”

Daringly, she leaned forward and boldly placed her lips on his. So soft, so sensuous, so alive as he gently rubbed his lips against hers. Then she realized just what she was doing. She tried to pull away, but his arm tightened around her and he pulled her closer. Instead of kissing her mouth this time, his lips wandered to her forehead, then down to her cheek, then around to the back of her neck.

Next he did something that she found to be very strange, yet erotic. He licked her skin. If any other stranger had tried this, she’d be disgusted. But when Basil did it, she oddly welcomed it.

A combination of licks and kisses covered her neck, and worked their way down to the collar of her low cut shirt. It didn’t matter how dark it was, her eyes were closed now anyway. She wickedly wanted him to nuzzle her breasts and push his hips against hers. Something about this man made her feel horribly out of control – and she liked it.

His next move was what she’d been anticipating. She could feel his arousal as he pushed his leg between hers and backed her against the wall. His mouth nibbled at her breasts right through her blouse.

“Cassie, I can’t stop myself. You’re driving me mad.”

She rather liked the way it felt to have such control over him. Not to mention the fact she was feeling the same way, and with a man she barely knew. It only excited her more.

“Do it,” she whispered, being close to shattering in his arms. She wanted so much more, that she could barely contain herself. The passion between them was like a raging, uncontrollable fire.

“You don’t mean that.” She could hear the wanting in his voice.

“I do.” When had she become so carefree as to want to do something like this? She felt she barely knew herself since she’d met this man named Basil.

He pulled her to the floor and got atop her. His tongue licked her neck again, and this time she felt his teeth as he playfully nipped at her skin. Then his teeth felt sharper and the bites not as playful. Fear coursed through her as she came to her senses. What started out as nothing more than lust was going to turn into a very dangerous situation.

She turned her head away from him wondering what to do, when she came face to face with a horrid creature. Too frightened to even scream, her eyes bulged as she surveyed a bat. Its furry face was covered with blood, its mouth wide opened – its fangs getting ready to sink into her skin, she was sure.

She screamed like she’d never done before. Basil quickly held his hand over her mouth to silence her. This was it. He was going to kill her. She was trapped in an attic with a sex-starved murderer and it was all her fault for being so careless and stupid. That was her last thought before her world went black and consciousness slipped from her.



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