There are few moments in a new relationship so memorable as that first kiss. *sigh* When I think of the stories I enjoyed reading most, the romantic films I loved best, or the dates from my own past that still make me grin like a teenager, it’s those first kiss scenes that often spring to mind.
In Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, Dr. Will Darcy and Beth Ann Bennet are not looking for love, and neither of them thinks finding a “perfect match” is even possible. Beth is trying to do a sociology research project and Will is trying to win a bet. Sometimes, though, life holds a surprise or two up its sleeve…LOL.
Here is the first kiss from Beth & Will’s love story:
Will’s grip on Beth’s hand tightened as he swiveled her around to face him. A momentary panic shimmied down her spine and settled in the arches of her feet. She’d be ready to spring away in an instant if she needed to.
Only, she knew she wasn’t afraid of him but, rather, of her unexpected, unwanted attraction to him.
She caught his expression, noticing the upward curve of his lips, the tilt of his brows, the amused glint in his eyes. Will was laughing at her. Silently maybe, but still. How dare he—
“Did anyone ever tell you that you ask a lot of questions?” He tenderly pulled her to him, the front of her borrowed dress grazing against his navy sport coat. His cologne tickled her nostrils. He smelled as she’d always imagined a Caribbean evening might. A wonderful, spicy scent.
He bent his head toward her, his lips hovering mere inches from her nose. She could see the bristly shadow on his chin and a hairline scar above his left temple. She reached out to trace it. Those clear blue eyes pierced her with calm reassurance.
“I’ve wanted to kiss you since Tuesday,” he murmured, his breath a whisper against her skin.
She leaned in even closer.
“It may be customary to wait until the end of the date but, as you know, I’m an impatient man who likes be where the action is.” He unfurled a cautious smile. “Do you have any objection to my moving up the timetable a bit?”
With him so near, smiling at her with an uncommon, respectful restraint, Beth didn’t object to anything at all. The moment she shook her head, Will’s lips came down to meet hers.
Hope you enjoyed that snippet! Do you have a favorite first kiss from literature or, better yet, from your own romantic life? If you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it! And, in honor of the season and as a special thanks to my wonderful readers, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match is on sale for a short time for just $0.99. 😀 Happy Thanksgiving, Austen Friends!! I’m truly grateful for all of YOU. xox~Marilyn
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