What might have prevented that first kiss in MONOGAMY TWIST from happening?
Imagine this scenario.
You’ve committed yourself to writing a sensual romance with everything that might entail. You’re sitting at the keyboard thinking about what to write. You’ve been given this excerpt and have been tasked with getting your characters to the point where the first kiss enters the equation.
What would you write after reading this?
Excerpt from Monogamy Twist
…..I don’t expect love, Rhia, but I do expect sex.” He closed the gap between them and positioned himself in front of her, straddling her chair, his long legs wide balanced as he looked down at her. “If you’re honest you’ll agree we have enough chemistry going on between us to ignite a bonfire.”
Rhia’s face flamed at his candid assessment but couldn’t deny what he was saying.
“I was thinking more of a mutually agreed arrangement where we share all aspects of our lives-including sex-till the year is up. Then we’d stop the arrangement.” He was a mere step away.
“That sounds like I’d be a long-term whore or a mistress!” Rhia recoiled from him.
“We’d be living together legally as man and wife.” Luke bent toward her.
“For a year?” She remained rooted in place, but her whole body frizzled.
“That’s what it will take to fulfill the requirements of the will. Then the property will be mine.”
Barely a hairsbreadth separated them now.
Rhia was still rattled by his cold propositions, her chin hitching up again as she faced him. “You would seem to be getting a lot more out of this arrangement than I would.”
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What have we got to work on?
We know there’s a good going attraction already between them so a first kiss is probably not going to be a hesitant one.
Luke’s proposal is very cold and calculating even if the man’s attraction to Rhia in not…so is she going to hold out till he re-outlines his terms in a more ‘lover friendly’ manner?
Luke does reinforce the point that she’d be his legal wife for the year and would have the benefits of that status. Is Rhia going to force him to clarify what those benefits might be?
Is the attraction between them so volatile that all other practical concerns will be completely over-ridden by Rhia? Or, how much will she demand of him before any capitulation might take place, since she’s obviously not enamoured by his pragmatism.
Fast forward a bit and what have we got…
…“Or…if you say you’ll be monogamous, and you fail to keep to the requirement during the year, I’ll start divorce proceedings and we will go our own way. Of course, if I go you won’t meet the conditions of the will.”
“But then I won’t have Greywood Hall, and it won’t be restored properly.” Luke reached to gentle his fingers on her shoulders, the light touch setting a tingle reverberating up her forearms that shocked and aroused her in equal measures. “You don’t want that to happen,” he warned.
Shrugging out of his grasp, Rhia stepped back, hoping the passion couldn’t be heard in her response, for his touch was electric. “No, you won’t have Greywood Hall! And you won’t have me either.”
Turning her back on him, she didn’t understand why that thought upset her so much. She’d only just met this man who was having such a profound effect on her. He overwhelmed her, consumed her.
“Now who’s blackmailing whom?”
Luke’s words whispered behind her, his huge body moving closer to somehow cradle her without making contact. Then he reached for her. Resting his hands on her shoulders, his thumbs kneaded the tension at the back of her neck, his lips feathering butterfly kisses behind her ear before turning her round.
Rhia drowned in her own need. She reached up to him at the very instant he bent to her, lust no longer to be denied. She couldn’t wait another second or she’d just die. She wanted his lips on hers. She needed him to touch her all over and stop the utter sexual torment.
Rhia wasn’t sure if the request came from her own lips, but it didn’t matter since they were both on the same page. Luke’s mouth plundered hers. His arms became a tight band around her. Their lips melded, gently to begin with, but she’d been waiting too long for finesse. He demanded she open her mouth to him allowing his tongue to savor; she complied. Their tongues shifted, sliding sinuously around, tasting and teasing each other, drawing a groaning response from her.
Through their mingled breaths she heard him murmur, “Bella. You taste so good,” before he swooped in again for a thorough gorging.
Why don't you share a first kiss scene with us? Show us how you got your characters to that pivotal point. Is it near the beginning... or does it take quite a chunk of the book to reach that point?