By: Kristina Knight
Leigh Hunt once wrote (or said, I can never remember which) that stolen kisses are the sweetest. I tend to agree.
When you know a kiss is coming there is anticipation, especially with a first kiss. Butterflies in the stomach. Sweat on your palms. There is that voice in your head wondering what the other person's lips will feel like against yours, if they'll be soft and mushy or hard and demanding. If that first moment will take your breath away or leave you wondering what the fuss was all about.
First kisses can definitely be great.
But second and third and five hundred and twenty-third kisses can be just as enticing and romantic – especially when you don't know they're coming. When the one you love grabs your hand, pushes you up against the wall and lays one on you. When he (or she) places a gentle kiss on your forehead at night.
When I sat down to write Mr. Right Now I knew Casey needed a stolen kiss (or twenty). I knew she wanted more from a relationship than she had ever expressed even to herself. And along came Mason who was more – and maybe less – than Casey imagined. And then Tyler gamboled into the picture and I knew Casey was going to blow up. In the very best way possible. She was going to confront some issues she had, she was going to learn to stand up for herself and she was going to discover who she really was – and the person she wanted to become.
And it all starts with a casual flirtation and a stolen kiss in an elevator. . ,
Stolen kisses are most definitely the sweetest.
Mr. Right Now
The wrong guy might be just right for her. When her celebrity boyfriend of three years dumps her and claims he's now gay, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash decides to get out of New York. A cruise seems like the perfect escape: everyone onboard will be locked away from television, newspapers and internet gossip pages, allowing her some much needed relaxation. There's only one problem: her oh-so-helpful agent has hired a male escort for her...and a big NYC paper has sent a pesky reporter on-board, vowing to get the dirt. Mason Drury doesn't want to write an expose on Casey, but he's in a bind. After a source flipped on him, he's persona non grata at his newspaper. Celebrity trash or not, this story will put him back on top. Too bad he finds himself breaking the first rule of reporting by getting attached to his subject and letting bias influence his story. Casey's much more interested in sexy Mason than the annoying escort who's bunking in her room. Mason might even have romantic potential if she can shake her well-meaning-but nosey-fans. Oh, and that reporter. She's got to avoid him at all costs...
Casey needed things to slow down. And she desperately wanted whatever was happening to speed up. She didn’t know who Mason was. Didn’t know if he was the reporter or just some random guy. Her head said he was the reporter. Why else would he have hit on her so hard from the time she came on board? It had to be part of his plan.
But then, why would a reporter waste time talking to a random woman about her life? Setting her up with another harmless guy who would bolster her self-confidence and help her bounce back from rejection. That was something a nice guy would do. Casey wanted badly for Mason to be a nice guy. Just for a little bit.
Then she’d go back to the craziness of Tyler and figuring out who the reporter was. How to avoid him and save what was left of her reputation.
Surely her future could spare her a few more minutes with Mason Drury.
“What’s your plan?” he asked, his eyes intent on hers.
What was her plan? She knew she had one. It was a good one, too. What was it again?
He pressed his lips to hers, and she didn’t care about plans or who was following whom.
One little kiss.
What could it hurt?
A smattering of sass, sex and a heaping happily ever after. A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police—no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and daughter. Happily ever after.