This week authors are providing snippets of their favorite heroines with 7 words, sentences or paragraphs. My paragraphs are from Avalanche!, a winter romance. Gold medalist skier Chad Jenkins is injured on ski patrol leader Seri Lohan’s watch. Trapped in his chalet by a blizzard while she nurses him, sexual tensions emerge. Chad attempts seduction to keep her there, but he’s broken her heart before. Seri’s determined not to let him do it again.
In the bathroom Seri removed her after-ski boots and outerwear, rid herself of the discomfort of a bra over her full breasts all day and shed her black panties. She slipped under the covers beside him wearing only her long, black silk thermals. He stirred and quieted. She curled near him, just close enough to share her body warmth and stop his shivers.
Falling instantly asleep as if drugged, she stirred briefly when she felt someone brushing the tendrils of hairs that had escaped from her braid back from her face. Opening her eyes, she saw that she and Chad now faced each other.
“Hi,” he said, his voice soft. He smelled of the emergency room’s antiseptic and soap. In the flickering light of the banked fire, his eyes had darkened to lapis lazuli.
That’s who he is in real life, she thought. Someone deep and mysterious who keeps his thoughts close to his chest. This was the Chad she knew.
“Hi,” she whispered back.
His lips, warm and soft, closed on hers.
Desire threaded through her body. Alarm bells rang distantly in her head. Thankfully, Chad went back to sleep, and she didn’t think he was aware she hadn’t returned his kiss. It had been shit hard, but she hadn’t done all the things she’d wanted to do with that mouth, that desire-igniting mouth with its warmth and all encompassing sweetness. She turned away. Her feelings for him hadn’t changed since high school. And she was a fool.
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