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Every Friday I share the first kiss from a book. This week it’s Two’s Company by Bronwyn Forest.
Ash and Leah, his boss, are equally irritated by and attracted to each other. When Leah fires Ash, she isn’t prepared for his response…
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Of course, she had more control of herself than that. She suppressed the frisson of heat that ran up her back and met his eyes squarely. “You’re fired,” she said.
For a long moment, neither of them spoke. Leah watched a shadow pass over the dappled topaz eyes, then something else moved in. Something primordial. Instinctively, she stepped back and glanced toward the door. If he lashed out in anger, could she make it? She’d violated a cardinal rule of management, which was never to terminate an employee without at least one witness. Under normal circumstances, she would not have made such an error, but she seemed to have forgotten—momentarily—the usual protocol.
Her lips parted to speak but before she could make a sound, Asher closed the distance between them. “In that case,” he said, “I can do this.” He placed his hands on either side of her face and bent to kiss her, his lips touching hers before she knew what was happening.
Leah’s body tensed like a bowstring, her hands went to his chest to push him away, but then…she didn’t. His mouth was warm, the kiss gentle but insistent. Her inhalation was full of him, his skin, his hair, his breath. For a split second, it was as if she’d been dying of thirst and he’d offered her water. She couldn’t get enough. Thoughts evaporated as she went liquid. Her eyes closed as she pulled him in, kissing him back, feeling his hands move into her hair, hearing him groan as his tongue touched hers.