Thursday, July 4, 2013

Always & Forever ~ Sizzling Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to my contribution to the Sizzling Summer Blog Hop, organized by The Romance Troupe. So, for this hop, the participants are all picking their favorite sizzling scene from either their own books or a book they've read and loved. 

I had a hard time deciding which sizzling scene to choose, but I finally decided to give you Zach and Lilly's first kiss from my first novel, Always & Forever.  Enjoy!

Excerpt from Always & Forever
Copyright Chantel Rhondeau 2012

He leaned into her, testing her limits. She didn’t back away. “I could go to the store. What do you need?”

She smiled at him—the first time since dinner. “All you need is an appetite. I’ll do the shopping. I’m not sure you’d know what to buy to make salad.”

“Hey.” He grasped her hand and put it over his heart. “Words hurt, you know?”

“I think you’re tough enough to handle it.” She leaned into him and placed a quick peck on his cheek. Her soft hair brushed across his face, swirling her scent around him.

That wouldn’t do it for him. He needed more. Zach leaned toward her.

She opened her door and slipped out of the car. “Goodnight, Zach. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

He sat, stunned, watching as she closed the door and walked toward her house. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to happen. Not twice in a row.

Zach jumped out of the car and ran up the walk, intercepting her on the porch as she unlocked the front door. “Invite me in for a nightcap?” He grasped her hand, praying she wouldn’t disappear into the house again.

Several emotions flitted across the surface of her face before she shook her head. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. I have work tomorrow.”

“Come on, pumpkin.” He grinned and pulled her gently toward him, inhaling her sweet fragrance when she moved. “It’s not that late.”

“Yes, cupcake, but you have a busy day of writing ahead of you.” She pulled her hand free from his.

“It is our second date. Haven’t you thought about this at all?” he tried again, stepping into her personal space. “I’ve been dreaming of it every night since I met you.”

He closed the remaining distance between them, placing his palm across her back and pulling her body into his. He loved the feel of her small breasts pressing snuggly against him, the fabric of her shirt moving in and out as her breath quickened.

Zach framed her face in his hands and tilted her head upward, loosing himself in the sparkling depths of her eyes. He ran his fingers through her soft, waterfall of hair, and stroked her gently arched back.

“Zach?” Her voice quavered and she touched his lips with the tip of her finger. “What are you doing?”

He closed his eyes, savoring the feel of her hesitant touch. “Isn’t it obvious?” he asked, when she moved her hand away.

He brushed his mouth against hers. As their lips touched, a delicious shudder went through Lilly’s body. He sensed her fragility, knew he had to move slowly. He didn’t want to scare her. A light, closed-mouthed kiss was all she could handle. Satisfied she did feel something for him, Zach pulled away.

Lilly’s arms snaked around him, pulling him back to her, and her lips pressed against his with more purpose. She opened her mouth, and her tongue flicked out to touch his lips. A groan ripped from him. He needed no further encouragement to deepen the kiss.

He ran his hand against her side and gently palmed her breast. Her nipple tightened under the light silk as his thumb grazed across it. Lilly made a soft noise of feminine desire that drove him wild.

The intoxicating smell of lavender filled his nostrils and blotted out any other scent. That flowery fragrance was all Lilly, and she smelled so sweet. He was unable to hide his arousal as her lithe body brushed against him.

Her hand strayed from his neck and came agonizingly close to his beltline before she ran it up his shirt.

He slid his mouth off hers to find the sweet, sensitive skin below her earlobe. She uttered a small, urgent moan as he kissed the area, sucking lightly, not quite hard enough to mark her.

Lilly’s hot kisses brushed across his neck, and her hands found their way under his shirt. She stroked his abs with a gentle touch, breaking down the control Zach tried to maintain.

“Let’s take this inside.” His voice sounded ragged in his own ears.

The movement of her hands stilled. As though his words broke the spell, she stepped away from him. “What am I thinking?” She shook her head frantically. “This can’t happen. Not now.”

Want to read more? Check out links to buy either of my books at the Books by Chantel tab.

In addition to the fabulous prizes you can win through the hop itself as grand prizes, I'm also offering a $10 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice) for one lucky person who comments below! Just leave me your email address in the comment and you'll be entered. Winner will be chosen at random after the hop ends. Good luck. 

Thanks for reading my post. For more super sizzling scenes, check out the other participants of the hop. Don't forget to comment on their blogs with your email address for more entries into the main giveaway! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by! 

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  1. Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
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  2. Thanks for participating and loved the excerpt!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  3. Thank you for sharing this excerpt with us :)
    rosemchallen (@) gmail (.) com

  4. happy 4th of July. Thanks for the contest.

  5. I am loving all these sizzling excerpts!!!! Thanks for sharing yours!!!! ;)

  6. thanks for the blog hop contest. Happy 4th of July.

  7. What a great excerpt, want to read more!
    Have a happy 4th of July.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. That was a hot scene. Good stuff.

  9. Really enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for being part of the blog hop.
    Sue B

  10. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  11. Awesome excerpt and great giveaway! Happy 4th! Huge Thank you for being part of the hop!

  12. Great excerpt and Happy 4th of July Chantel.


  13. Thanks so much for participating!


  14. Definitely am adding to my wishlist!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  15. Great stop on the hop.

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  16. Cute cover.
    Loved the excerpt. Happy 4th

  17. I loved the excerpt and the cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the great giveaway!! Happy 4th!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  18. I love first kisses they are just so sizzling, pardon the pun :).


  19. Thank you for being part of a great blog hop
    thanks for the giveaway

  20. I love reading these great excerpts and discovering all these "new 2 me" authors.


  21. Big thanks to everyone who read my excerpt and entered so far. I was out playing with my family all day yesterday, but can't wait to check out everyone else at the hop. Happy reading!

  22. Thank you mucho for the excerpt and the giveaway! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  23. I liked your excerpt. And your background picture reminds me of Panama City.

    doxisrcool at

  24. love all of these sizzling scenes!! Thank you for sharing :)


  25. A great excerpt!

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

  26. Happy 4th of July everyone!! What an awesome give-away -- thanks I would love an iPad mini!

  27. What a fun hop! Thanks for sharing that awesome excerpt!

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  28. Great hop...I love meeting new authors and finding new books to add to my kindle.

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  29. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  30. Love the excerpt!! Thank you for being a part of this!!

  31. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and being a part of the hop ]


  32. Love the excerpt I can't wait to read the rest of your first book :)

  33. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  34. Awesome giveaway thanks for doing this for your fans!! vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  35. Great excerpt, thanks for the giveaway:)

  36. Terrific excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. That's quite the first kiss. Thanks for sharing!

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  38. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  39. Ok so that left me hanging... Now i have another book on my TBR list lol... I want to know what happens lol... Thanks for being part of the hop.

  40. Great excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Thanks for the great excerpt and giveaway.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  42. hot excerpt


  43. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Thanks for the excerpt. Happy Holidays

  45. Hi! Awesome excerpt! You have my attention and then some! This sounds so good! Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)

  46. Thanks for the excerpt

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  47. Hot, Hot, Hot!

  48. I will definitely have a sizzling summer with all the new to me books that I am finding. Thanks for being on the hop.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  49. *shudders* I am like Zach and Lilly....I WANT MORE!!

    Thanks for the excerpt. Adding more to TBR *shakes head*


  50. Always & Forever sounds brilliant. I love the "will they or won't they" moments about the excerpt. Not only am I curious about what will happen next, I'm also curious about what has happened before. I would say, without knowing the build up of the story or anything, it sounds like a heck of a second date! I wonder what happens on a third date!

    Thank you so much for the chance to enter the giveaway and thank you for another book to add to my to need to read list :D I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

    Shelly H

  51. Great choice, I really enjoyed the Always & Forever excerpt!
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  52. Thanks so much for the sizzling summer read! YUM.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  53. Thanks so much to everyone who hopped on over here and read my excerpt/commented. This hop was a lot of fun! So many great excerpts and books I'd love to read now at all the stops! The winners of the grand prizes have been announced over at and for the $10 gift card from here, the lucky winner picked by was MegD82! Congratulations! I hope everyone had fun! I sure did!

  54. Thanks for the giveaway and the book sounds wonderful!!!!


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