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First Kiss from the YA Novel Roman (Saints and Sinners)
by Kennedy Streath
by Kennedy Streath
She barely knew him, but she felt his pain, his sorrow. She’d cut him, left him bleeding. This stranger, this dangerous stranger, mattered. Tears leaked from the corners of her eyes, the strain of her guilt and dismay too deep for her to mask.
With one hand, Roman swept the hood back, and took a step, then two, closing the distance between them. Brushing her cheek, he gently fingered away the first droplets, unaware she was close to unleashing a torrent that would shame them both.
His voice was guttural, deep, and ragged, as if he wasn’t used to speaking. She wondered if she looked as surprised as he did, that he’d spoken, let alone said her name.
Words releasing in an avalanche, she said, “You didn’t come to dinner so I made you a plate and Ben said he’d drop it off but he didn’t and then Marsha came over and we sparred and it got late and,” she paused for a breath and continued, a little more slowly, “I worried you might be hungry.” Pointing to the leftovers on the small table against the far wall, she said, “It’s just spaghetti and meatballs. You can heat it up in the microwave.”
His lips twitching, Roman continued stroking her cheek with his thumb, the pad rough on her skin, tracing a path from her eye along the cheekbone, following the contours to the corner of her mouth and back. Circling down to her chin, he swept the jut of her jaw and nestled into the dimple with thumb and forefinger teasing the flesh, pulling until she yielded and brought her mouth closer to his.
She had no defense against his hot breath mingling with hers, his lips so close she could almost taste them.
“I didn’t mean… This afternoon. I’m so…”
He said, “You did,” accusing and forgiving in a single breath.
Cupping her neck with the other hand—an act so possessive, so sensual, she thought she would swoon—he closed what little distance remained between them, close enough she’d have sworn she could hear his heartbeat, feel the blood hammering in his veins.
When he brushed her lips, it was feather light, a punishment. He knew that she’d shied away deliberately, not willing to trust either him or herself.
Pulling her body in tight, he cut off her breath, his mouth devouring hers with a hunger she didn’t understand, probing, demanding, his tongue sweeping across hers in a tangle of passion that nearly brought her to her knees.
Cursing, he pulled away and strode to the table. He muttered something in that strange language, then said tersely, “Look, I’m sorry. I-I … had no right.”
Rubbing his scalp, he turned to look at her, his eyes lit like burning coals, bluish-white flares in an ink jet sky, his dusky face set in hard planes, the bones stretched so taut she feared they’d slice through the thin skin.
She had no idea what was going through his mind. Hers was a jumbled morass of confusion, a muddle of fear and longing and feelings for which she had no vocabulary, let alone experience, to describe.
My first kiss…
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About the Book: Roman (Saints and Sinners)
Genre: paranormal, dark urban fantasy, suspense, YA/adult
11-5*, 6-4* reviews on Amazon
For older young adults and adults, Roman (Saints and Sinners) will take you through a dark and perilous journey of the mind and heart. It will take you to the place where more than faith will be tested when it comes time to choose.
TRR’s Rebecca says:
Roman himself is the ultimate dark, brooding almost anti-hero…
…read almost like poetry in places
…raises teen angst to an entirely new level and adds a large dose of supernatural malevolence and mystery.
…original and often very eloquent
See full review here: http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=7605
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About the Author:
Kennedy lives in the country with horses to ground that spectre of disquiet that haunts us all and a belief in the promise of the young and young at heart.
About Me: http://about.me/kennedy_streath
Genre: Paranormal, paranormal romance, dark urban fantasy, suspense