Hello, Inspy Romance family! I’m Erin, and I’ve been a fellow subscriber for the past few years. I enjoy the interaction and have been introduced to a lot of terrific authors and books. I’m humbled and excited to have been invited to join the blogging team. I love contemporary Christian romance and invite you to check out my website at https://www.esqwrites.com/
I’ve been writing fiction for almost ten years. I’m dedicated to celebrating God’s perfect design for the institutions of marriage and family. My stories feature characters who face real struggles and seek to grow in their faith walk. Sometimes the road is filled with twists and turns, but happy endings are always guaranteed.
Is there anything more romantic than a first kiss? In each of the books I’ve written, this is the element I’ve looked forward to the most and probably spent the most time and effort focusing on. Write, read, tweak, repeat…repeat…repeat. In each case, I wanted to get it just right.
In Home to You (book two of the St. Clair Family series), the hero and heroine had a rocky start—in fact, multiple rocky starts. Brandon and Morgan initially met when his brother, Landon, married her sister, Kelsea. After a major misunderstanding, Brandon arrives at Morgan’s office late one afternoon with her favorite flowers (that he consulted Kelsea about; points for you, Brandon!). My plan was for him to apologize, ask Morgan to dinner, and share a romantic first kiss on the porch steps at the end of the evening.
As I was merrily typing along, Brandon suddenly pushed me aside and took over the keyboard (note: we’re in Morgan’s POV):
He stood and helped Morgan to her feet. “I think I owe you a dinner.”
Morgan laughed. “I’m the one who ran out. I owe you a dinner.”
His eyebrows lifted. “Are you free tonight?”
“I could be persuaded.”
“In that case…” He leaned down and brushed his lips across hers. Morgan thought she might faint. “Do you need some more persuading?” he whispered. His eyes sparkled.
Morgan held her breath. I’ll never get another chance like this. Then she nodded, and everything went into slow motion. As he came closer, his amber eyes darkened a shade, and once Morgan closed her own eyes, her other senses took over. The feel of his soft, firm lips on hers, and the solidness of his shoulders as she ran her hands up and over them. His unique, masculine scent. The sound of her sigh as his arms pulled her close, and of his soft answering moan. The taste of his mouth intermingled with hers.
When they finally came apart, he just held her, for which she was grateful. She was definitely experiencing sensory overload.
If Brandon St. Clair kissed her a million more times—and Morgan sincerely hoped that would be the case—she would still remember this kiss for the rest of her life.
What?! A kiss before the first date? Brandon, you’re nuts. I read it, re-read it, made some tweaks, and sighed. OK, Brandon, you were right. Then I retained control of the keyboard, switching to his POV so we could discover what spurred him to make such a bold, unusual move:
Go big or go home. That was his and Landon’s mantra in everything they attempted. The St. Clair brothers had always set big goals in their professional and personal lives, and it was the reason Brandon had been able to so boldly state his intentions to Morgan tonight. And, for heaven’s sake, to kiss her before the date even began. He’d never done anything like that before. But he couldn’t keep his eyes off her rosy lips, and almost before he realized what he was doing, he was kissing her.
That second kiss was really something. Brandon was overwhelmed by her feminine softness, and the way she fit in his arms. Before he could wonder if he was moving too quickly, he realized that she was as eager a participant as he. They were both breathless when they came apart.
Any writer will tell you, sometimes the characters really do take things in a different (and better) direction.
What do you think about this out-of-the-box approach to a first kiss? Have you seen anything similar in another book? What’s your favorite first kiss from an inspirational romance, the one that’s always remained with you?
I’m working this afternoon, so will look forward to replying to your comments when I get home!