This Kiss Thursday #tkt

couple kissingWelcome to the inaugural This Kiss Thursday Post. Each week, we’ll feature a first kiss excerpt from wonderful YA and romance novels. You know…kissing books.

There is something special about the first kiss between a couple. Sometimes they are awkward, sometimes sweet, sometimes SMOKIN’.  Sometimes, all three.

Editor's Note: That lipstick in This Kiss graphic is too phallic


To start us out, we’re going all the way back to 2011 to FALLING UNDER. Theia and Haden are my most romantic couple so far. Something about a demon boy and a bookworm makes my heart skip a beat. Enjoy their first kiss…

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes   “I’d like my first kiss now.” I held my hand to his lips when he tried to argue. I moved my hand to his cheek, searching his eyes for understanding. “I know you must have dreamed what that kiss would be like—to kiss a girl who saw you as a whole, not as just what you showed.”
He shook his head. “No. I never dreamed of kissing a girl—I only ever dreamed about kissing you.”
My breath caught in my throat, and I smiled, feeling the heat of my ever returning blush. Then a prickle of cold followed the heat. “Our time is growing short isn’t it?”
He gripped my hand on his cheek, grasping me to him even as he spoke. “I should leave you be.”
I closed my eyes and waited, pursing my lips.
A chaste touch of lips dotted my forehead. I tried to memorize everything. The way he smelled, the touch of his lips, soft and warm on my skin, the sound of the river gurgling contentedly behind us. The next brush was softer yet, but his hand pushed into my hair. His lips traced a light path to my temple. Then my cheek. Still softly, they roamed like whispers. He paused and my eyelids fluttered open. His eyes were dark promises, trained on me.
“Kiss me, Haden.”
Both hands moved to cup my jaw, and he leaned down. His lips met mine, a light brush. I could taste his nervousness. I hoped he could taste my delight. For a sweeter kiss had never been bestowed upon a girl. Not in storybooks or real life.
Not in Heaven or Hell.
Gently, he plied from me every dream I’d ever had with light sweeps of his mouth. He retreated briefly then dipped again, deepening the caress, parting my lips sweetly. Delight bloomed inside me, its roots strong and sure. Haden drew me tightly into an embrace, his kisses less tentative, and my answering mouth growing bolder.
He stole nothing of my essence, but instead gave to me his own.
“Good morning, Theia,” he murmured.
And I awoke to a new day.

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Falling Under Description:

In her dreams he’s irresistible—seductive, charming, and undoubtedly dangerous. But when he appears to her when she’s awake—and captivates her just the same—she’s not sure which way is up and which is down.

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life, not allowed the same freedoms as the rest of the teenagers in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, she feels every urge she’s ever denied burning through her at the slightest glance from Haden Black. Theia knows she’s seen Haden before—not around town, but in her dreams.
Theia doesn’t understand how she dreamed of Haden before they ever met, but every night has them joined in a haunting world of eerie fantasy. And as the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her forward one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear. And as she slowly discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.