Monday, December 21, 2009

Kissing Day Blogfest

Kissing Day Blogfest  - A Writers Tribute to Mistletoe! Writers are sharing their best or favorite kissing scenes! 

I don't have a kissing scene of my own ready for public viewing so my contribution is a favorite kissing scene from Ruth Axtell Morren's, The Rogue's Redemption.

Hester was the only woman who'd ever made Gerrit feel truly worthy of love, and he would not lose her. Separated from her by her father -- and an ocean -- Gerrit must decide whether he will risk his life and his soul to hear a home in Hester's arms forever.

"You're not going away again are you?" she asked.  "I know you love me."

A shadow passed over his blue eyes. "I've used so many words with so many women -- words of love and fidelity, of not being able to live without them . . . so many promises I had no intention of keeping."  He sighed as if the recolleciton pained him. "I didn't mean any of them." He looked at her. "I'm afraid to use any words with you.  All I know is I couldn't have made it back without knowing your were here, waiting for me."

"I need you . . . " His voice cracked, and she saw tears welling in his eyes. "I need you so much," he whispered, his arms tightening around her as he buried his face in her hair.

"You have me. I'm here."

"I need you more than life."  His eyelids closed and, as if unable to hold himself back, his face neared hers, and she held her breath waiting for his lips to join with hers.

She had longed for and dreamed of this moment for so long that she wasn't sure if it was really happening or if she was still dreaming it.

When he kissed her this time, it was nothing like the soft brusing of his lips against hers the last time.  This time it rocked her to her very toes.  He kissed her like a thirsting man.  There was no politeness or gentleness in the kiss, only hunger and want.

Hester gave herself, sensing his need and praying that he would understand that it wasn't she whom his spirit sought, but God's spirit residing in her.  Her mouth parted beneath his and she longed to give him all her love in that one expression.

Finally, as if trusting that she wouldn't run away from him, he softened his touch, raining featherlight kisses all along the edges of her mouth.  She melted against him, her fingers caressing the hair at the nape of his neck.  When they finally broke apart, he looked at her so tenderly she was afraid to breathe.

"I missed you," he said, repeating the words she had once given him, his lips smiling as his fingers smoothed back her hair

"I hope I won't have to say goodbye to you again," she managed.

. . . . . . .   Gerrit seemed more at peace than she'd ever seen him.  She thanked God again for whatever He'd worked in his heart during the long winter months in the woods.  When they said good night to each other on the front porch under the evening sky, Gerritt kissed her again, this time tenderly and gently.

"I still have nothing to offer you but . . . my heart," he said.

Her fingers cupped his face.  "That's all I require."

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful scene from one of my top 5 novels of all time,
The Rogue's Redemption
by author Ruth Axtell Morren.

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  1. Ooo, that WAS beautiful! I love it! I loved the featherlight kisses on the corners of his mouth. So much passion, and yet so much tenderness. I might just have to get this book.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. That scene made me want to read the rest of the book! Awesome pick!

  3. OK I might have to read that book now plus I love the pictures! Thank you for sharing. =)

  4. Talk about an intense scene! Thanks so much for sharing it, Carla! Have a merry, Beautiful Christmas!!!

  5. The intensity coupled with tenderness is so beautiful. A lovely passage. Thanks for sharing it.

    Carol Garvin

  6. Great post! I love Ruth's books and she certainly does have some great kissing scenes!

    xoxo~ Renee

  7. The scene was just beautiful. I enjoy your writing style.

  8. Ohh, that was a great scene! I've never read that book. I may have to add it to my pile now. :-)

  9. Okay, so now I want to read this book! Thanks for sharing it! Blessings:)

  10. Oh, wow. Now THAT was romantic! Must check that book out!

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed this excerpt from The Rogue's Redemption. You can see why Ruth is one of my favorite authors. I hope you all do get a chance to read this novel as it will make this particular scene so much more meaningful. The novel before this, in which Gerrit is the rogue, is Dawn in my Heart. I recommend reading that first, although RR is fine as a stand alone.

    Thank you all for stopping by! This smooch fest has been a lot of fun!

  12. Lovely scene. Thanks, Carla.

    Susan :)

  13. i'm all about regency period stuff....and i had never read this author before! i might have to get this book. thanks for sharing.

    Where Romance Meets Therapy

  14. Oh, now you've added another book to my toppling pile, dear Carla:) You have a winning scene here. I think the book's title is terrific! Thanks for sharing the Christmas spirit.

  15. oh! So perfect! I LOVE IT! And it really made me want to read more!

    Jenni James


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