1. Anna and Simon – A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt
“I think maybe,” Anna said, “you should just kiss me.”
And so he did, bending his head so his lips brushed hers in a slow, questioning sweep. Excitement zinged through her, along with a rush of something else—something warm and safe, as opposed to the physical thrill she was definitely feeling, as well. It was as if her heart was saying yes, you, at last, even as her body was crying out, more, please. More, more.
Simon’s hand came down to rest on her shoulder as he deepened the kiss, slowly, questioningly, giving her ample opportunity to back off or break away. But she didn’t. Her heart was hammering and a thousand sensations and thoughts were exploding through her mind and body, but she didn’t want this kiss to end.
2. Joy and Cole – A Hummingbird Christmas by Karen Foley
“Darlin’” he said, “In fifteen years, I’ve never, ever lost the toboggan race, but in less than two minutes you managed to decimate my perfect record.”
“How do you know?” Joy asked.
He grinned. “Because we never even made it across the finish line!”
And then he kissed her—a real kiss, warm and hungry, and so heady that Joy was helpless to resist. At the first touch of his mouth against her, something ignited inside her; something hot and needy. She kissed him back, sliding her arms around his neck and reveling in the taste and feel of him. When his tongue pressed sensuously against hers, she opened to accept him, feeling a response bloom low in her center. When he finally pulled back, neither of them was laughing anymore. They stared at each other for a long moment, and then Cole smiled and lowered his forehead to hers.
3. Gabriella and Luke – Texas Christmas by Holly Castillo
“Thank you,” he whispered. “Thank you for believing in me. For trusting me. And for being here with me.” He lowered his head and pressed a gentle kiss against her cheek, then released her and took a step back.
She looked flustered as she returned her medicine vials to her bag. “I don’t think you need to thank me for anything. You did a terrific job. I believe I may have misjudged you, Doctor Davenport.”
4. Rachel and Nicholas – Christmas, Alabama by Susan Sands
He lightly leaned forward and tentatively kissed her, tasting her lips for a brief instant. She didn’t resist. In fact, she surprised him by reaching out, and pulling his face toward her a second time. The pressure of their lips wasn’t so light then, and out of nowhere, as if a magnet had switched on, their bodies were instantly touching: legs, hips, chest, and lips.
Rachel sighed and pressed against him, and then she kissed him again. “This is such a bad idea.”
“It doesn’t feel like a bad idea,” he murmured against her lips.