I'm continuing with the first kiss theme. This week's snippet is Etan and Tristan's first kiss from The Scholar's Heart, which has been out in the world three years this week, so happy anniversary to Etan and Tristan! (I went a couple of sentences over—sorry!—but I thought it was necessary.)
Against all of his better judgment, which was screaming at him unheeded from some small part of his mind, he grabbed Tristan, pulled him close, and kissed him.
The kiss was rough—passionate but rough and almost violent. All lips and teeth and grasping hands. Not at all how Etan usually kissed or liked to be kissed. Not at all how he’d envisioned a first kiss with Tristan to be, back when he’d imagined such things, before he put aside the possibility of anything between them. A shame, since this kiss was likely to be their only one. But he couldn’t change it now. All his anger and frustration, his thwarted passion and hurt, every feeling that had accumulated over years of loving Tristan and grieving what might have been, was being poured out into the kiss, and Etan was helpless to stop it.
Tristan froze in his arms.