It's weekend, and time for more Rainbow Snippets! The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook asks its members to share six sentence snippets from their work each weekend. Check out the group's Facebook page to read all the snippets and add lots of great books to your TBR. You'll find all sorts of books with the common thread that the main character identifies as LGBTQ+
I'm continuing with first kisses. This week is Cathal and Flavian's first kiss in The Artist's Masquerade. Cathal is a proper, (overly) dutiful duke's heir whose father arranged a marriage for him to a cousin of a foreign emperor. But Cathal finds himself attracted to her companion, Lady Flavia. What he doesn't know is that "Lady Flavia" is actually Flavian, a sharp-tongued artist who is in disguise and on the run. When they first kiss, Cathal doesn't yet know Flavian's real identity—but he finds out just after this snippet. (We're in Flavian's POV here.)
Flavian froze, his mind going utterly blank the instant Cathal’s lips touched his.
Because Cathal was kissing him.
Cathal was kissing him. Flavian never, ever, expected it to happen, or for it to be like this. A passionate, uninhibited kiss with Cathal’s firm body pressing against his, pushing him into the unyielding surface of the door. Who would have thought a man like Cathal would kiss like this? And for an instant Flavian drowned in it—the feel of Cathal’s smooth lips on his, the firm grip of his hands on Flavian’s waist--as Cathal devoured him.
But then reality came back in a flood. “We can’t do this.”