Friday, June 14, 2013
Release Event: Runaway Groom by Sally Clements (Excerpt)
Author: Sally Clements
Publication Date: June 7, 2013
Synopsis: Seven years ago, Matthew Logan ran out on his wedding to June Leigh.
Life is good for fledgling dress-designer April Leigh. She couldn’t be happier that her sister has found a new love, and is excited about her very first commission, June’s wedding dress.
When April discovers June has invited runaway groom Matthew Logan to the wedding, she has to intervene. Matthew’s presence will ruin everything – her father hates him, and just the sight of him in the church might give her mother a heart attack.
Matthew Logan has no intention of going to June’s wedding, but when intriguing April arrives on his doorstep, he can’t resist getting to know her better. When a disaster forces them together neither can deny the passion that combusts into a red-hot affair.
Discovering the truth about the past shifts April’s feelings from lust to love, but bitter experience has taught Matthew to guard his heart.
When it looks as though Matthew will lose her forever, will he fight or flee?
“Drink your cocoa before it goes cold.” Matthew drank his, leaving a milky chocolate trail across his top lip.
She couldn’t stop staring.
Matthew’s eyes darkened. He cupped her cheek. “What?” His deep voice was just a murmur.
Attraction hung in the air. Reflections cast by the flickering flames in the darkened room changed the shadows on the side of Matthew’s face.
April held her breath. If she said nothing, if she leaned forward he would kiss her. Part of her wanted him to more than anything.
He leaned in.
“You have milk on your top lip.” She pulled back.
“Ah.” He wiped his lip. “Milk moustache, huh?”
She breathed out. Tried for casual to lighten the moment. “It’s a good look on you.”
He took another deliberate drink, letting the foam cover his lip again. “Sexy?” he murmured. His fingers smoothed over her soft skin, then slid into her hair. His gaze held hers as he swiped the foam away with his tongue, leaving his mouth clear.
April swallowed. Yes, it was sexy. He was beyond sexy. Taking what she wanted, what she needed couldn’t be bad—anyone could forgive her under the circumstances. Her chin tilted up.
His hand cupped the back of her head, bringing her closer. Her eyelids fluttered closed a moment before his lips met hers.
She’d needed comfort. The touch of his mouth against hers gave a lot more. Maybe it was because of all the men in the world, he was the one she couldn’t have. Maybe it was something different. As her mouth opened and their tongues tangled, she gave up wondering and just let herself feel. She breathed him in with every exhale, the scent of citrus, vetiver maybe, mixed with man. He held her face so tenderly her heart melted.