Good Tuesday, my lovelies!
Can you believe it’s December? Where has the year gone? I hope yours was filled with wonderful books and hot, steamy kisses!
I want to apologize in advance. FIRST KISS: TUESDAY has run into the time crunch we’re all so familiar with–too much to do and not enough time to extra stuff…like blogs. I can only share what others have shared with me and, alas, the well is looking a bit dry at the moment. But don’t despair, I’ve put out the call and hope to have more wonderful FIRST KISS excerpts to share with you soon.
In the meantime, I may re-visit some oldies but goodies, starting with my dear friend Judy Banger. She’s a naughty one, Miss Judy, but she’s got a big heart and she truly earns her happily-ever-after in JUDY UNCENSORED…but then comes the holidays! Eek!
FIRST KISS excerpt:
As much as she wanted to blame the mid-day wine for her fatigue–aggravated by the hard cider she’d had with her pizza–in truth, she hadn’t been her usual perky self for weeks. Some mornings, she had to drag herself to the gym. Normally, she could count on an endorphin high after a workout, but not tonight. Even the promise of delicious sex with the man she loved more than life wasn’t enough to keep her eyes open.
“Damn holiday stress,” she muttered, hoping to grab a quick catnap…fully dressed…on their bed until Wiley got home.
She must have dozed off because the next thing she heard was Wiley’s voice calling out her name as he walked down the hallway.
“Judy? Honey? Are you okay? Don’t you want to get undressed?”
The effort it took to open her eyes made the process feel like slow motion. “Are my eyelids glued shut?”
Two soft lips kissed her cheekbones. “Nope. You’re just tired. I know how much you hate to shop for clothes. And it is the holidays.”
She held out a hand for his help sitting up. Her feet hit the thick carpet like bags of cement. Thunk. Thunk. “Remind me to make an appointment to see your doctor. I’d hoped to wait till our new marriage warranty expired before somebody confirmed my long list of flaws, but if I don’t perk up, you’ll trade me in for a new model anyway.”
He sat and looped one strong, reassuring arm around her shoulders. “You goof. Life doesn’t come with any guarantees.”
“You already had one sick wife…”
He nuzzled her neck. “Different circumstances completely. Apples and oranges.” His lips felt warm against her cool skin. “Your life has changed in a hundred different ways over the past few months. By all means, get a check-up. Maybe a B-12 shot. But the holidays wear everybody down.”
She took a deep breath, ignoring the voice in her head that sounded a lot like Alvin and the Chipmunks singing, “Hurry, Christmas, don’t be late.” The damn season couldn’t get over fast enough to satisfy her.
She turned into him and hugged him fiercely. “Have I told you today that I love you?”
“Once or twice. But I never get tired of hearing it.” He kissed her lips. “By the way, I got a text from Carla as I was leaving the gym. She asked if you liked everything.”
Judy tensed. She couldn’t help herself. “What did you say?”
“I told her you thought the place looked great, and because we’re both tied up with other interests, we trusted her to handle the details for the party.”
She rubbed her forehead against the hollow of his cheek. “Tied up, huh? Are you suggesting something kinky?”
“Maybe. Shall we discuss our options in the shower?”
Judy took a deep breath and got to her feet. A dozen or more tiny silver dots danced across her vision for a moment, but they quickly disappeared. She grabbed his hand. “Great idea. Turn the steam generator on, too. I’m thinking hot and heavy. And, no, that’s not a reference to my weight.”
He backed her up until she was pinned to the wall. “Your weight is perfect. How many times do I have to tell you that?”
A million and two. Just enough to make up for hearing people call me fat most of my life. “I’ll let the doctor be the judge of that, Judge. Come on. Let’s get naked, steamy and slippery.”
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Have a marvelous week, everyone! Happy reading!!
And for those of you celebrating Hanukkah, my wishes for a most joyful celebration!