Kissing Day Blogfest!

I LOVE romance and I think I can speak for most romance readers that the kiss is it! personally I like the tentative first kisses shared by characters who may not be sure how they really feel about a person but when their lips meet their souls meld whether they chose to acknowledge it at first or not.

Sherrinda @
A Writer Wannabe had an awesome idea to acknowledge the upcoming Christmas season, which often includes the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe, by sharing our favorite kissing scene or "almost" kissing scene that we have read or written ourselves. She has declared today Kissing Day!!!!!!!!

Since I'm not a writer I decided to share one of my favorite "first" kisses from one of my favorite Christian fiction books to date, A Passion Denied (Book 3, Daughters of Boston series) by Julie Lessman! Let me tell you, Julie sure knows how to write a kissing scene!!! Check this scene out from pg 62 of A Passion Denied and you'll see what I mean!!

If you would like to read other kissing scenes or to post your own please stop by and visit
Sherrinda's site to check out all the links to other posts and rules for posting your own scene!

Excerpt from pgs 62-63 of A Passion Denied (Book 3, Daughters of Boston) by Julie Lessman, Copyright 2009, Revell Publishers, 476 pages, ISBN: 978-0-8007-3213-4, Fiction/Historical

" 'Beth are we okay?' He ducked his head to search her eyes, then brushed her hair back from her face. A smile shadowed his lips. 'Still friends?'

Friends. A deadly plague only a kiss could cure. Resolve stiffened her spine. 'Sure, Brady...friends."

He smiled and tucked a finger under her chin. 'That's my girl. Now what do you say we pray about some of these things?'

He leaned close with another quick kiss to her brow, and in a desperate beat of her heart, she lunged, uniting her mouth with his. She felt the shock of her action in the jolt of his body, and she gripped him close to deepen the kiss. Waves of warmth shuddered through her at the taste of him, and the essence of peppermint was sweet in her mouth.

'No!' He wretched back from her hold with disbelief in his eyes.

Too late. She had never felt like this before. Years of seeking romance from flat parchment pages had not prepared her for this. This rush,this desire...her body suddenly alive, and every nerve pulsing with need. All shyness melted away in the heat of her longing, and she pounced again, merging her mouth with his. John Brady, I love you!

A fraction of a second became eons as she awaited his rejection. His body was stiff with shock, but no resistance came. And in a sharp catch of her breath, he drew her to him with such force that she gasped, the sound silenced by the weight of his mouth against hers. He groaned and cupped the back of her head as if to delve into her soul, a man possessed. His lips broke free to wander her throat, and shivers of hear coursed through her veins. In ragged harmony, their shallow breathing billowed into the night while his arms possessed her, molding her body to his.

'Oh, Brady, I'm so in love with you,' she whispered.

Her words severed his hold as neatly as the blade of a guillotine. He staggered to his feet, and icy cold replaced the warmth of his arms. 'Brady, can't you see? You love me too...not as a friend or a sister, but as a woman.'

'God help me, Beth, I can't love you that way.' He stared like a zombie, chest heaving with jagged breaths that swirled into the cool night air, drifting away--just like her dreams...' "

*SIGH* don't you just! I think this is such a romantic scene of first love and also a love denied. The whole series is really great! You can always depend on Julie to write out a great kiss and an overall great story!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit Sherrinda to see who else is falling in love!


  1. Renee,
    One of My FAVORTIES too - that one and the one at the end of the story! Woohoo! Go


  2. Gosh, Renee, I'm thrilled you used one of my scenes in your blog -- thank you, sweetie!

    And "Kissing Day"??? What a great idea! I'll have to bopp over to Sherrinda's and check it out.


  3. Renee, I was gonna use that one! jk lol. That scene has to be about my favorite kissing scene, out of all the books I've read. Mrs. Lessman, you sure know how to write a kiss;~)lol
    Love Y'all,

  4. Ooo la la! I might have to see what this book is all about... I swear, I get more book suggestions from you than anyone else I know!

  5. Oh my gosh.... I need a fan. Julie always does me in. lol

    She's like the queen of kisses.

  6. Hi Pepper, Ashley, and Lee! How are you, have you got all your baking and shopping done? :-P

    Aren't Julie's books just great?! I think I have to agree with Lee in saying that Julie is DEFINITELY the queen of kisses! LOL!

    @ Julie- Thank you soooo much for visiting me today! I love when I can get an excuse to feature books/authors that I enjoy!

    @Rachel- girl you know I always let you know about the good books that I read...that's probably the only reason you've put up with me for so long :-P

    Merry Christmas all!!!!

    xoxo~ Renee

  7. I DO love that and will definitely check out that book. Thanks for sharing that!

  8. Hi Jennifer! Welcome to my blog! I think you would really enjoy Julie's whole Daughters of Boston series if you liked the little snippet that I shared above! Let me kno what you think if you decide to read them!

    Merry Christmas!

    xoxo~ Renee

  9. Oh Renee, you've managed to get me to put a whole new series on my wishlist. Thank you! LOL!

  10. First kisses are definitely the best!

    Go Steelers!

  11. AWESOME choice, Renee!

    You know I would have gone with a kiss between Faith & Collin though. *sigh* Too bad my Mom has the whole series, or I'd go find one right now! :p

    ~ Lori

  12. @ Katy- Oh yes DEFINITELY put this series on your WL! I'm sure if you asked Lori (sugarandgrits) she would tell you the same thing!

    @ Heidi- Yeah I like the first kisses the best, where would the romance be without them? LOL! And oh yeah, there's still a chance for the Steelers to make it to the playoffs! Cross your fingers!

    @Lori- LOL I knew you would be a Collin girl...I like the strong silent types (John Brady) but have I said how cute I think Collin is on the cover of APMP???!!! LOL yeah I've said it a million times huh?

    Well anywho thanks for stopping by ladies!! I hope I helped you make a list for books to get the next time you head off to the bookstore.

    Merry Christmas!

    xoxo~ Renee

  13. great choice. more than great. julie rocks the christian world with her passionate writing....i love her!

    Where Romance Meets Therapy

  14. Whew....takes my breath away! And you're absolutely right--Julie Lessman is the queen of the kissing scenes! :o)

    Wish I had discovered this yesterday so I could've participated...I'll be watching for it next year!

  15. Oh goodness...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Julie's writing! She is the absolute queen of passion! GREAT choice! Thanks so much for joining in on the fun!


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