Welcome to my First Kiss Friday blog! Today’s guest is Alina K. Field, who will be sharing an excerpt from her novella, The Comtesse of Midnight, found in the Bluestocking Belles boxed set, Storm & Shelter. Pre-order your copy of Storm & Shelter today for only 99 cents. Price will go up after release day, April 13, 2021. Read on for an excerpt from The Comtesse of Midnight.
In The Comtesse of Midnight, a young Scottish earl seeks an elusive French Comtesse who holds the key to his true identity. When he finds her, she dashes all his hopes—and promises him new ones. Here is their first kiss:
“We’ll leave for Bloodmoor Hill Manor at first light,” he said. “About the rest…” He traced a finger along her cheek, and under her neckcloth, and then went to work single-handed untying the knot.
The skilled touch sent shivers through her. The neckcloth fell away, as did the opening of the linen shirt.
She’d bound her breasts, as she always did. He dipped a finger under the cloth, watching her.
“Ye’re certain we’re not related?” he asked.
“I am certain. Your blood is much higher than mine, my lord.”
“What is your name?”
“Marielle Plessiers. And you are Malcolm?”
“Yes. And for now, we’re just a man and a woman.”
She went up on her toes and their lips met. The storm picked that moment to rage harder, the wind howling again like the need boiling inside her.
He was virile, and strong, and a man in the prime of his mating years. Oh, how she wanted him.
Her soft lips tasted like brandy. Malcolm clasped her more closely, inhaling her scent of fresh sea air and soap whilst she trembled against him, as if the soul-baring tales of both his mother’s suffering and her own had been true. His good sense told him to hold back trust. His heart said to comfort her. His base nature said she was his for the taking, and his base nature won out.
He pulled the tails of her shirt from her loose trousers and searched for the tie of the cloth binding her breasts, the need to see them, to touch them driving him mad. He found the knot, and unable to loosen it, ripped it, while his tongue dueled with hers and the cloth fell away.
About The Comtesse of Midnight
A Scottish Earl on a quest for the elusive Comtesse de Fontenay rescues a French lady smuggler from the surf during a devastating storm, and takes shelter with her. As the stormy night drags on, he suspects his companion knows the woman he’s seeking, the one who holds the secret to his identity.
Marielle Plessiers may dress like a boy and go out with the local free traders, but she’s really the Comtesse de Fontenay. She trades in spirits, not secrets, but the information she holds will change Malcolm Comyn’s life forever.
About Storm & Shelter
When a storm blows off the North Sea and slams into the village of Fenwick on Sea, the villagers prepare for the inevitable: shipwreck, flood, land slips, and stranded travelers. The Queen’s Barque Inn quickly fills with the injured, the devious, and the lonely—lords, ladies, and simple folk; spies, pirates, and smugglers all trapped together. Intrigue crackles through the village, and passion lights up the hotel.
One storm, eight authors, eight heartwarming novellas.
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Apple Books: https://apple.co/3lZYHja
Author Bio and links:
Award winning and USA Today bestselling author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but prefers the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California, where she shares a midcentury home with her husband and a spunky, blond rescued terrier. She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. Though hard at work on her next series of romantic adventures, she loves to hear from readers!
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alina-K.-Field/e/B00DZHWOKY
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