Today I decided to share a snippet from The Spymaster's Secret, which will be out from NineStar Press this fall, since I just turned in my edits. The Spymaster's Secret is part of my Chronicles of Tournai series but, like all the books in the series, stands alone. If you've read other books in the series, you may have met the main characters: Alexander, the young, flirty royal cousin with hidden depths, and Marcus, the older, serious widower with secrets. It was fun seeing how these two opposites fit together. Plus, there's lots of romance, family (supportive but meddling!), magic, and intrigue.
Since I've been doing first kisses for snippets, here's Alexander and Marcus's first kiss. They're both attending a masked ball at the palace, and Alexander convinces Marcus to slip away to meet him.
Everything inside Alexander went warm, a delightful sense of anticipation replacing his uncertainty. “Will you kiss me?”
Marcus watched him for one breathless moment before reaching up and removing his mask. He moved slowly, deliberately, toward Alexander and stretched a hand out to cup his cheek. Alexander leaned into that big hand and let his eyes flutter shut on a sigh. He wanted more, but being touched this way was lovely. He wouldn’t mind much more of it too.
“Alexander.” His name came out in an almost resigned tone.
Before he could open his eyes to look at Marcus, to try to see what he was feeling, Marcus’s lips were on his. It wasn’t a sweet kiss. It was too demanding, too greedy for sweetness. It was as if Marcus wanted everything from Alexander in that one moment. And Alexander reveled in it.