It’s First Kiss Friday and today’s guest is the fabulous Jennae Vale who is giving us a scene from her latest release, Her Mysterious Highlander. Happy reading and enjoy!
She couldn’t believe it. The thing Merry had wished for and hoped for was actually happening and was better than she had ever imagined it could be. And she had imagined it many times. Taegen’s kisses were sweet and gentle. She rested her palms on his chest, feeling the strength there. His arms wrapped around her, holding her close in an embrace that encircled her in a cocoon of tenderness. Eyes closed, she let herself go, allowing the feelings of love she had for Taegen to explode inside of her. Every inch of her, every nerve ending was in a heightened state. She couldn’t get close enough to him. He broke away from her mouth and moved his kisses down her neck, carefully moving her hair aside. She shivered at his touch, not from the cold, but from the heat he was imparting and the response she was giving. Time slipped past. Who knew how long they’d been there, but she knew he didn’t want to stop and neither did she.
“Ahem.” Eliriad stood watching them from the corner of the tent. “Ye should be careful. The beast searches for ye.”
The beast?” Merry asked.
“Aye. The beast. The one who follows ye around like a lovesick pup. He’d be quite angry to ken what ye’ve been doing.”
“Oh…” Merry straightened her dress and her hair.
“Ye’d best hurry. He was coming this way.”
“Eliriad is right. Ye should go. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have taken advantage of ye.”
“Dinnae be sorry.” She quickly peeked out around the tent and could see Brodie’s back as he wandered through camp. She hurriedly made her way out into the central area and called to him. “Brodie.”
He turned and when he saw her an enormous grin spread across his face. “Merry, there ye be. I’ve been searching for ye.”
“I’m here. I was fascinated by what Anania had done and without thinking I guess I wandered behind the tents to see it up close.”
His face became gravely serious as his thumb brushed her lips, reminding her of Taegen’s much gentler touch.
“The wind has irritated my lips. Do they look red?”
He relaxed a bit. “Aye. Quite. I’m relieved yer alright. I was worried for ye.” He glanced around. “Where is Taegen?”
“I havenae seen him,” she shrugged, hoping she sounded convincing. She wasn’t used to lying and it didn’t feel right, but if he knew what had just happened, all hell would break loose. She was doing her best to alleviate the suspicions she could tell were going through his head. Merry wished he would stop staring at her. “Let’s walk a little.”
“As ye wish,” he said, offering her his arm.
At least when they were walking he was beside her and because she could not see his face she felt a little less guilty about deceiving him. She gazed at her feet as they walked and thought about Taegen. She felt her face warm and her body respond to the mere thought of his lips on hers, but for her own sake as well as Taegen’s, she must put it out of her head for now.
Her Mysterious Highlander,
An outsider in two worlds, Taegen Boideach has learned to navigate through life by hiding his true identity. Although his mother is queen of the elves, he is also half human and as such has been banished from their world to live a solitary life among people who would reject him if they knew his true identity.
Merry has lived a privileged life as a Mackall, where she’s been protected and sheltered from the outside world. She’s beginning to feel the need to spread her wings. Her attraction to the mysterious Taegen is the first step in Merry’s determining her own path, but he’s resistant and she doesn’t understand why. New to love and its complications, Merry refuses to give up on him even as they approach imminent danger.
On a quest to save Scotland, Merry and Taegen are in the eye of the storm as they work together to destroy the Twin Sword and its maker, an evil sorcerer. Will they be successful in their quest? With the help of their elf and human companions it’s possible only if they can all learn to trust and accept each other, but old prejudices and preconceived notions may stand in the way of their success.
Jennae Vale is a best selling author of romance with a touch of magic. As a history buff from an early age, Jennae often found herself day-dreaming in history class and wondering what it would be like to live in the places and time periods she was learning about. Writing time travel romance has given her an opportunity to take those daydreams and turn them into stories to share with readers everywhere.
Originally from the Boston area, Jennae now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where some of her characters also reside. When Jennae isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and her pets, and daydreaming, of course.