Happy Valentine’s Day, dear reader friends! Here on RimSP, Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal. Why? Because I LOVE KissingBooks and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to talk about them! Since the last KissingBooks 101 lesson (wow – it’s been two years!), I’ve developed a new favorite kind of kissing scene – the kind of kisses (or tension-filled almost kisses) that take place in closets and otherwise confined spaces. Get your favorite list-making device ready because school is back in session!
Pepper Basham first introduced me to this wondrous type of kissing scene – in her book The Thorn Keeper – and she remains the queen of the closet kiss, in my book. Each of her subsequent books (historical and contemporary) has some sort of a closet kiss, and boy howdy can she write a toe-curling kiss!
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Aaaaaaannnnnnd…. check out this exclusive excerpt from The Substitute Bride, a not-yet-published historical romance from Pepper Basham!! The main characters, Frederick and Grace, are married (marriage of convenience) and are so adorable together! AHHHHH!!! I love them.
“Frederick! Did I hear your voice?” His mother’s call pierced their quiet from the end of the long hall. “Frederick!”
Without another hesitation, Frederick flung open the nearby closet door and tugged Grace inside, closing them into darkness and linens.
“What are you doing?” She whispered, her hands feeling for his jacket in the darknes and drawing him into her rosemary scent.
“Greeting my wife without interruption.” With a firm tug of her body against his, he seized her surprised lips with his own. She tasted of warmth and strawberries, and home. To her. As expected, after her gasp, she melted into him. Her palms took a possessive hold of his back and he growled in response, moving his kiss from her pliant lips to her exposed neck.
The softest breath of a sound escaped from her throat and he pushed her against the wall, breathing in her skin, stamping it to his memory. “The train couldn’t move fast enough to bring me home to you.”
He couldn’t make out her face in the darkness of the closet, only her profile, but her quick intake of breath as his palms slid down the side of her body had him visualizing her reaction. Her fingers dug into his back. “You’ve been missed, my dear Lord Percy.”
“Have I?” His mouth found its way back to her soft lips, waiting for him.
She nodded against his head, her fingers trailing up to his neck and into his hair. “I don’t like sleeping alone.”
“Neither do I.” He shook his head, the memory of those two nights without her warmth quaking his emotions deeper. “Grace, I’ve never longed for anyone like I long for you.”
She pulled back, glimmers of faint light from beneath the doorway reflected in her eyes. “Really?”
Her question humbled him. The women, the careless life? Here was someone wholly pure, and his, with no other images of anyone else’s kiss, or touch, or intimacy but his. And he was determined never to make her doubt the exclusivity of his heart. “I’m quite useless without you.” He cupped her face, kissing one corner of her mouth, then the other. “Next time you’re going with me to London.”
Excerpt and characters property of Pepper Basham. Used with permission.
I love Frederick and Grace so much! I can’t wait for y’all to meet them!!
Pepper isn’t the only author to write swoonlicious closet kisses though. Melissa Tagg wrote one between Logan and Amelia in Like Never Before that will have you sticking your head in the freezer for sure! Marie’s and Seth’s closet moment in Liz Johnson’s Red Door Inn may be an almost-kiss but it’s just as full of delicious romantical tension as if their lips had met just then. Julie Lessman’s Sam O’Rourke and Marcy O’Connor find more than the Advent wreath they’re supposed to be looking for in the church storage closet (i.e. the yumminess that sparks when their lips are together!) in A Light in the Window. And Callie may not have found the raisins she was hunting in Davis’ pantry (in Nicole Deese’s A New Shade of Summer) but she certainly finds a kiss that had me fanning for a while. Jen Turano’s Lucetta Plum (Playing the Part) may be sporting a disguise that would make Nanny McPhee proud but it doesn’t prevent a delightful closet kiss with swoony Bram!
But closets and pantries and small storage rooms aren’t the only places where a confined space makes the kisses all the swoonier! Airplanes, hollow tree trunks, bell towers, hiding places, caves, under-the-stairs alcoves, tiny all-season rooms, barn stalls, narrow hallways, a crowded-with-projects workshop garage… such delightful kissing possibilities! Even close quarters made even closer when the heroine must tend to the hero’s wound.
Whew!! Is it getting hot in there or is it just me??? Speaking of Dawn Crandall, keep an eye out for a NEW Everstone Chronicles novella – “Enchanting Nicholette”– coming in September!!! (You can also catch it first in June as part of the Timeless Love anthology. Check out my Be Still My Heart cover love post from yesterday for more details on this collection!)
Now… did someone say giveaway?!? (oh yeah… that was me!)
ONE of my readers will receive TWENTY-ONE of these swoonlicious reads! This giveaway includes a mix of print and digital copies. (Print copies sent at discretion of each author & are subject to change to digital copies without notice.) US only. Void where prohibited by law. Winner must be able to accept ebooks or be willing to accept a reduced giveaway of only the print copies available.
Special thanks to the authors who donated books for this giveaway!
One winner will receive the following books:
- Winner’s choice between The Thorn Keeper or The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham (ebook)
- Winner’s choice between Just the Way You Are or Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham (ebook)
- Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg, print
- The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson, print
- Playing the Part by Jen Turano, print
- A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese, winner’s choice of print or ebook
- Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig, print
- A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz, print
- Winner’s choice between A Light in the Window or Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman (ebook)
- All FOUR books in The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall (The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter, The Cautious Maiden)
- The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon, ebook
- The Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton, print
- Forever Safe by Jody Hedlund, print
- Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh, print
- Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade, print
- The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson, print
- Kissed By A Cowboy by Debra Clopton, ebook
- So Pure a Heart by Amber Lynn Perry, print
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What about you? What’s your favorite KissingBook?
(Head over to Radiant Light for more kissing scenes!)