With: Heather Thurmeier
In WITH THIS KISS Jenna and Max are forced to spend a weekend in Las Vegas together celebrating the wedding of their mutual friends. That wouldn’t be so terrible for most people, but when you’re the maid of honor and the best man is your ex lover, things get a little tricky.
Aside from all the usual wedding business they have to tend to, the bride-to-be also makes sure everyone does a good amount of sight seeing. One of the main attractions she wanted to experience was the gondola ride at the Venetian hotel. And that just so happens to be where “The Kiss” happens.
I’ve only been to Vegas once as an adult. My husband and I went there for our seventh anniversary. During that week, we did a bunch of the touristy things that everyone does. We saw the tigers, watched a pirate show, stood in front of the fountains, walked the strip (in 100+ degree weather, not smart!), and took in a show. But one of my favorite activities was the gondola boat ride at the Venetian, just like Jenna and Max took.
Of course, it’s not the same as a real gondola ride down the canals of Venice, but it’s also not a bad alternative. And sure it’s kind of corny since you’re actually inside a hotel in Vegas not outside in the open air looking at beautiful architecture, but there’s still something so fun and romantic about the ride. Maybe it’s that there’s just the two of you on the boat, away from the crowds of people that seem to be everywhere else in Vegas. Or maybe it’s the gentle rocking motion of the boat on the water. Or maybe it’s the gondolier singing a tune in a foreign language. But whatever it is, the ride was so enjoyable and peaceful and the perfect way to ‘escape’ from the hustle and bustle of Vegas for a few minutes of almost-alone time with my hubs. And it was the perfect setting for Jenna and Max to share a kiss that might just have enough magic in it to rekindle their love for each other again.
Have you ever been to Vegas? Did you come away from it with a favorite moment?
WITH THIS KISS
Jenna knew the weekend in Vegas, as maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding, wouldn’t be easy—especially since her ex-boyfriend Max was the best man. Surely they’ve moved past their breakup enough to survive a few days together. When the bride asks them to play along during the pre-wedding festivities, they’re tricked into participating in a kiss that will allegedly bring them eternal love. Good thing they don’t believe in fairytales or legends, and no amount of magic could spark desire between them again... Suddenly, Jenna and Max can’t keep their hands off of each other, but if they give in to their rekindling feelings, are they having a “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” moment, or was there some truth to that magical kiss?
WITH THIS KISS Excerpt:
“Hurry up. Kiss her,” Jacob urged.
Max leaned forward and slipped his hand around the nape of her neck, pulling her into his space. He whispered in her ear, “Let’s get this over with and make them happy, okay?”
“Fine,” she whispered back.
“And don’t wish to fall in love with me, you know, just in case.” He was joking, of course. Their time as a couple was over long ago.
“That ego of yours never stops growing more inflated, does it?” she asked, sounding annoyed. Apparently she hadn’t heard the joking tone in his whisper. “Don’t worry. I have plenty of other things to wish for. Not that I believe this guy or some stupid kissing bridge legend.”
“What are you waiting for? We’re almost out from under the bridge,” Leah said, urgency in her voice. “Do it. It’s not like we’re asking you to marry each other. It’s only a little kiss. Surely you’re both mature enough to handle that.”
Without giving Leah the benefit of a reply, Max cupped Jenna’s jaw in his hands and pressed his mouth to hers. The instant their lips touched, he felt her straighten and stiffen against him. A hum of electricity made his lips tingle. His kiss softened and so did she, melting against his side.
Her lips parted and he slipped his tongue inside, savoring the heat of her mouth. It felt so good to kiss her again. Surprisingly good. Like coming inside to the roaring warmth of a fireplace aglow after being out in a snowstorm. He deepened his kiss, tilting his head slightly to the side to connect with her more. She responded by pressing into him.
He could’ve stayed there forever, kissing her, tasting her, but instead he forced himself to pull back, ending their kiss with a firm yet gentle peck on the lips. Her eyes fluttered open and she met his gaze. A hint of unexpected pleasure and passion reflected his feelings in her eyes.
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Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders and a reality TV junkie. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and pets, Heather’s writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes that make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and her website at heatherthurmeier.com!
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