Friday, February 11, 2011

That's YAmore blogfest

My Oasis for YA sisters and I are throwing a Valentine's weekend swoonfest! So, for your That's YAmore reading pleasure, I give you a bit of a longer first kiss scene, because like my friend Heather says, it's all about the build up...

My pulse quickens when she steps from the bathroom. The light halos her curves as she stands barefoot in this grungy motel room looking like a goddess in nothing but scrapes, bruises and my spare T-shirt. Suddenly, I want to crush her to me and cover her up. She’s too damn pretty to be in this place, with a guy as tainted as me.

“Come here, Zain.” She curls a finger and I stand, kind of numb, wanting to follow her and thinking I don’t deserve it. With a sigh, Zoe steps to my side and takes my hand. “You’re bleeding again. Let me clean you up.”

“Don’t worry about it.” I shift a glance from my shoulder gash to her temple. “You are too.”

“No big deal. It’s just a scrape—” She shoves me onto the bathroom counter and stands between my knees. “Your cut’s worse, and I don’t want you bleeding on my only shirt when you kiss me.”

Your only shirt?” I can’t stop myself from tugging on the hemline and brushing her skin. I pull her closer, just a few inches of air between us. My heart rate ratchets up a notch. Kiss her? That’s the stuff of dreams, not dirty no-tell motels. Still, the temptation…her curves, her lips… “Who says I’m going to kiss you?”


Smiling and peeking at me through her eyelashes, Zoe crouches to fish through the cabinet beneath my butt for the first aid kit. Tingles follow her fingers over my knee when she puts the case on the counter. Her hip, and the cotton of my shirt, brush the inside of my thigh when she turns back to me. God, sitting here and not pulling her to me is going to stop my heart—again.

“This is going to sting,” she says, and pats an alcohol soaked pad over the cut on my shoulder. I suck in a sharp breath, but that’s all.

“So…” I look into her eyes and fight the magnetic pull between us. “You wouldn’t feed me in the hospital when I was broken and bandaged, but you’ll play in my blood?”

“Zain?” Her eyelids dip, giving her a dreamy expression, but her voice is alive with fire.


She presses the gauze pad to my cut, and I can’t help but wince.

“Shut up.”

I snap my lips closed. We’re inches apart and I want her too bad to touch her. Zoe’s free hand rides up my thigh to the hem of my boxers, then skims the fabric and slides up my stomach and chest to my cheek. She’s so close all I see are her eyes, and her breath warms on my lips. The distance, this closeness, is too much and not enough. I lift one hand from its tight grip on the countertop, and rest it on the curve of her waist, pulling gently with my last two fingers touching her bare skin.

Her eyelids close in a slow fall. The tension in her hand increases as she pulls my face to her.

The first gentle brush of her lips is a feather-light electric shock. The T-shirt rides up her back when I cinch her to me and deepen the kiss. She inhales through her nose and abandons my cheek to bury her fingers in my hair. Sliding my hand up her back, and my butt off the counter, I stand and we’re a tangle of arms, legs and hands that don’t know where to rest in a dingy bathroom. The moment couldn’t be more glorious. I’m kissing Zoe Morgan!

The gauze falls to the floor when Zoe throws her other arm around me. The soft press of her chest against mine is enough to make me want to hold my breath, and Zoe to me forever.

Then, all too soon it’s over. We break apart at the same moment, both of us breathing hard. I twist a finger in the hem of my T-shirt where it brushes her hips, and she licks her bottom lip, red and little puffy from kissing me.

And here's links to my CP's That's YAmore posts:

Heather Howland
Jus Accardo
Katy Upperman

Or, you can click HERE to take you to the home post and the big link link.


Jessie Harrell said...

wow! that was smoking hot!

salarsenッ said...

Okay, the play-by-play was amazing!! I love his voice. HIS voice, so strong yet there's an underlining sweet-skittishness. Love it!

Katy said...

That was fabulous, Ann! Why are kisses so much hotter told from the guy's POV? Can't wait to read the whole thing. :)

KO: The Insect Collector said...

I agree- totally hot. Lots of good tension.

Roza M said...

I know I second jessie's comment!

Jus said...

Very nice!! :D

Heather Howland said...

Man, oh man... I adore this! It's even better than the version I read yesterday! Totally makes me want to read the book.

Bethany Mattingly said...

I agree with Jessie. That was hot!

LM Preston said...

I love this from male POVs! You rocked this! Loved it made me want to be her, lol!

Ebyss said...


Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

Yeah, pretty hot!

Natasha Hanova said...

Very well written. Lovely tension.

erica and christy said...

I'm glad to see an entry from the male's point of view - well done!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh. Wow! I almost fell of my chair while reading it.

jasouders said...

*Fans self.* And you said mine was hot. :)

Liz Czukas said...

Excellent work. I like the way she announces he's going to kiss her long before it happens. Fun detail.

- Liz

Dawn Embers said...

Tense with all the blood and wounds to be taken care of. It's a nice moment between them and I like that she's confident. She already knows what is going to happen but it doesn't take away from the actual moment when they kiss.

Jessica Lei said...

Love your verb choice :) very steamy! Great job :D

cleemckenzie said...

I loved the contrast in your piece: the blood, the scrapes and gentle brush of hands.

Marie Rearden said...

Excellent, but such a tease! :) I want to know what happened up to this point.