I fell into a first kisses theme in my snippets this month, so I wanted to finish out February on the same theme. Today's first kiss comes from the fifth Tournai book, which is written but not yet under contract. If you've read the other books in the series, you've met both of these men briefly: Bastien, too-serious cousin to the prince, and Corentin, a secretive visiting scholar at the university. They meet at a wedding and kiss for the first time that same night (not that things so smoothly from there...).
Corentin looked to Lord Bastien and found him staring up at the painting, something in his face softened as if the mask of the earl had fallen away, giving a glimpse of Bastien the man. Corentin wanted more than a glimpse.
What was he doing? He shouldn’t be starting anything, but logic had little to do with any of this.
The word was little more than a whisper, but Bastien turned to him all the same, faint surprise coloring his features. He parted his lips, but whatever he was about to say was lost when Corentin bent and touched his mouth to Bastien's in a gentle kiss.
Gentle, yes, but no less stunning for all that.