On today’s First Kiss Friday, I’d like to introduce you to Amazon Bestselling Author Ruth Kaufman who has the first kiss scene from her novella My Rebel, my Love. Enjoy and happy reading!
“Thank you, Jenkin. Again. I don’t know what would happen to me without you. I owe you so much.” Eleanor took his hand. “Why are you being so kind to me? Giving me so much of your time and attention?”
He couldn’t continue without bringing the status of their relationship into the open. He wanted her to know the truth. Holding her hand helped the words come a little more easily. “Eleanor, I first had feelings for you during our walk in John’s garden. The better I know you, the more my feelings grow. By now, I’d like to think I know you fairly well.”
An endearing blush was his reward. “Does that mean you have fairly well feelings?”
He laughed. “More than fairly well. Do you have any feelings for me beyond friendship and as your business partner?”
Boldly she met his gaze. “Yes. I wish I didn’t at times, but I do. I think about you when I’m not with you. And want to see you again the minute we part. Every kindness, every smile, adds another stitch to the fabric of my feelings. And as much as I love Mildred, I’d prefer if we were alone.”
“I agree.” As he slid closer to her, her tantalizing scent wafted up. “I want to kiss you, Eleanor.”
“I want that, too. And more,” she whispered. The warmth in her gaze melted his concerns and ignited his desire.
Jenkin bent his head and she tilted hers up. Their gazes linked for a brief moment, then he kissed her. Their lips gently met, once, and then again, until finally the simple kisses turned into what he’d longed for… a true kiss.
She tasted sweeter than his favorite apple custard.
Eleanor drew him closer and pressed against him. Desire surged through him. But they were standing in his hall. She wasn’t his. Fighting his need for Eleanor, he released her with great reluctance.
Just in time, for Mildred returned. Jenkin and Eleanor stood gazing at each other, still stunned by the impact of their kisses.
“Did I miss something?” Mildred asked.
Eleanor turned away, breaking their connection. Against his better judgment, he hoped to reestablish it as soon as possible.
1216 A.D. Eleanor of Elton fears her time serving the queen is ending. She wants to support herself with embroidery, but single women can face insurmountable challenges establishing a business. When she meets wealthy, handsome rebel baron Jenkin de Lacy at court, she tamps down her attraction and interest because she doesn’t want to depend on a man. And what powerful noble would marry a farmer’s daughter? But…maybe he’d be her partner.
Jenkin de Lacy is one of 25 barons rebelling against King John’s tyranny. Because lovely, intelligent Eleanor so intrigues him and he can’t bear to watch her dream die for lack of funds, he reluctantly agrees to help with her embroidery business. As they grow closer, he wants to do more than work with her, though marriage is far from his mind in these uncertain times and he’d need a noble bride should he decide to wed again. Can love overcome their differences?
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Ruth Kaufman is the author of four medieval romances, two medieval romance novellas and two humorous contemporary novels. Her Wars of the Roses Brides trilogy (AT HIS COMMAND, FOLLOW YOUR HEART and THE BRIDE TOURNAMENT) reached #1 historical romance on Amazon in the US, Canada and Australia. Accolades include 2016 Booksellers’ Best Award double winner (Best Historical and Best First Book) and Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner.
Ruth is also an actor with a J.D. and a Master’s in Radio/TV. Credits include independent features, short films, web series, national TV commercials and thousands of voiceovers. She presents workshops for authors and actors and is a comedic storyteller.
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