I'm continuing with snippets from The Dragon's Devotion, which is out in nine days (September 4th! Oh my gosh!). The last couple of weeks, I gave you snippets from when Corentin and Bastien first saw each other. Today, I thought I'd share a snippet from their second meeting. (It's a little over six sentences—sorry!)
Wrapped up in his thoughts and hunched against the rain, he didn’t see the other person striding for the library doors until they collided. Grunting on impact, Corentin reached out a hand to steady the other person, and himself, and found them doing the same. They clasped forearms, and Corentin looked up to find himself confronted by Bastien, bronze hair wet from the rain, eyes widening slightly when he saw Corentin. He wasn’t certain why, but he liked the reaction.
“Master Corentin.” The words came out on a bit of a gasp, and a frown flirted with the edges of Bastien’s lips. “My apologies. I didn’t see you.”
He watched Bastien’s lips move, the almost frown, the way they shaped the precise words. He’d wanted to kiss those lips almost from the first moment he’d seen Bastien, though he couldn’t articulate why. The gentle kiss they’d shared at the wedding had been like lightning through Corentin’s veins. He wanted more. He was crazy for wanting more with this man.