Friday, February 10, 2012

It's Getting Hot in Here!

Happy Valentines Day, everyone!  Today, to celebrate this fine day of relationships and romance, I am participating in the long awaited "It's Getting Hot in Here" Blog Hop.  I am to share one of my favorite kissing scenes from a book I've read, from my own WiP, make one up, or write about one of my own memorable kisses.

I decided to go with a scene from a book I've read.  I looked all over for my copy of the Anita Blake book where she finally succumbs to Jean-Claude's attentions, but I appear to have lost my books!  So, I'm going for my other favorite relationship, which is between Stephanie Plum and the incredibly sexy Ranger.


(from Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich, published by Bantam Books, 2011)


I was trying to concentrate on the security system, but I was already a little buzzed from the wine.  Ranger was close, and I wanted him even closer.  He was warm, and he smelled faintly of something unbelievably appealing.


"Babe?"


His face was inches from mine. "Mmmm?"


"Are you listening?"


"Yes." No.


My relationship with Ranger is well defined.  We both acknowledge the desire existing between us.  Ranger's made it clear he'll take advantage of any opening given.  And I've struggled to keep my openings closed.  My position more has to do with self-preservation than my allegiance to Morelli.  Morelli chose to back off on commitment, and I agreed.  Maybe some day that will change, but for now we have a comfortable working arrangement.  My arrangement with Ranger isn't nearly so comfortable.  It's frustrating at best and borderline scary at it's worst.  Ranger lives by his own code of conduct. He's an honorable guy... just not by normal standards.


"What did I just say?" he asked.  And the corners of his mouth almost smiled.


I leaned into him a little.  "I love the way you smell.  It's sweet and citrusy and clean and very sexy."  My lips accidentally skimmed across his ear when I spoke, and I think I might have sighed a little.


He lifted me out of my chair, pulled me into him, and kissed me.  His lips were soft on my mouth, his hands were firm on my back, his tongue touched mine, and heat swirled through me and went straight to my doodah.


*****


I've just got to love anyone who writes "doodah" as a euphemism for "those" spots!


Now I get to go and find out what everyone else's favorite kissing scenes are. Thanks for stopping by - I'll be visiting you soon. :)

38 comments:

  1. Haha. Love doodah! This was great. Very hot :)

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    1. The way Janet Evanovich describes Ranger, he is the epitome of hot! I'm glad you liked the selection.

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  2. I read my first Stephanie Plum book in January, One for the Money. CLEARLY I need to keep reading the series :-) Thanks for sharing this scene...

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    1. I hope I didn't spoil it for you. Part of what I enjoyed through the series is the tension between her and Ranger. He's a really neat character.

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  3. Hahaha. I've never read any Evanovich, but I'm with you on anyone who writes "doodah" as a euphemism. Good scene!

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    1. Janet Evanovich has an Urban Fantasy series - I think there has only been the one book (Wicked Appetite, I think it was called), but the next is coming out this year. It was pretty good, too. Two of the characters were in a Stephanie Plum "outside the numbers" book. I haven't read Plum Spooky yet, but I have it in my pile!

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  4. I really need to read these books. I hear nothing but amazing things about them and this scene just sold me. I'm with you, using doodah is awesome. I laughed out loud when I read it.

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    1. They have been my mind-candy. Always a great laugh, but full of action and good stories. I can't think of one that I've been disappointed with!

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  5. Haha! Doodah. I'm more blunt and just say the technical term for those parts.

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    1. Sometimes trying to be genteel about it makes it sound stupid! When I wrote the Phantom Deposit, trying to come up with euphemisms that weren't ridiculous was pretty hard. Being blunt has it's pay offs!

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  6. And to think I already knew the context of "doodah" before I read your explanation. Now THAT was steamy. Nice one! :)

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    1. I admit, I blushed when I wrote that! Wasn't real sure how to transition after doodah!

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  7. "And I've struggled to keep my openings closed." Great line! You picked a good scene. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I like that line, too. :)

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  8. Nice scene, I love how she tunes him out because she's crazy for him. And I have to say, "doodah" made me laugh. I've never read anything of Janet Evanovich's before!

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    1. The build-up to this scene is sixteen books long, so by the time she gets to this point with Ranger, I was ready for something to happen between them. Even the way he kisses her is so "Ranger" I only hope to be able to write so well some day.

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  9. what a great excerpt!
    And 'doodah' ? that's a new one on me :)
    Lx

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    1. Yeah - I have to wonder where she came up with doodah. Downtown Julie Brown coined man-parts as hoo-haw's so maybe she just twisted it around a little, so it would have a pg appeal. Maybe that's a question to send in to her and see if she'd answer it!

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  10. Great scene! Janet does hot very well.

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    1. I totally agree! There's a couple of scenes in earlier books with Joe that are super-steamy! I haven't read any of her romances, but might in the near future. :)

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  11. I agree, throwing doodah in there without ruining a scene, that's talent! I read her book on writing and it was fantastic. I keep meaning to read this series she writes and now I need to for sure! Especially with the movie coming out soon. Happy Valentine's day Lara :)

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    1. Thanks, Hope! Same to you! I read her book on writing, too, and it gave me hope that I wasn't too old to start trying to write a book. I'm sad to report I haven't heard good things about the movie. When I heard who was in it, they totally don't go along with my mental pictures of the characters, so I don't plan to go see it.

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  12. I have to laugh at doodah. I liked the build up to the kiss.

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    1. Me too. It's sexy, but not overdone. I have to admit, doodah totally pulls me out of the scene, but it's such a joke, I think it's supposed to. This scene isn't the first time she's used the word!

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  13. DOODAH! Hilarious! It was a pretty hot scene. I've never read her. Gonna have to check it out. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm a new follower via the bloghop! Nice to meet ya!

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    1. Thanks for following! What I like about the Stephanie/Ranger relationship is that there is this tension through all of the books. This is the first time they actually DO something about it.

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  14. LOL. Ranger for some reason reminds me of Aragorn. So the whole time I was thinking of Viggo playing Ranger. LOL. Great job!

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    1. I love Viggo! I think he's an amazing actor. I'm just waiting for my kids to get old enough to not be freaked out by the scary creatures in the LoTR and then we'll be watching it all the time!

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  15. The use of the word "doodah" definitely makes this book worth checking out! I love how she is a little off because of the wine and is stuck in her own head, not listening. I can relate!

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    1. Stephanie Plum is totally someone I can relate to, and is probably why I like the series so much. Plus, I love the humor Janet Evanovich writes with, which makes the books fun and easy to read.

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    1. It's quite a shocker there, at the end of this sexy scene, for sure!

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  17. Haha! I haven't read the Stephanie Plum books yet, but "doodah" is hilarious.

    And OMG the scene where Anita gives in to Jean Claude is one of my absolute favorites! :)

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    1. I was so sad I couldn't find my Anita Blake books. I have to admit I quit reading after four or five, because I got tired of the angst, but I was never so happy as when Anita finally quit being so mean to Jean Claude!

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  18. Hehehehe. I haven't read any of the Plum novels yet either, but I love how this scene ended. Unexpected, but cute ;) I haven't read any Anita Blake either!!! I need to get my act together ;)

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    1. I started reading the books because they're in first person. When I was writing in first person, and reading in third person, I kept having trouble, so I found both series and got hooked!

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  19. I really need to read these books! Great choice.

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    1. Thanks for following! I think I'm the only person who didn't post their own work, but I do enjoy Janet Evanovich!

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