Midnight Kiss – First Impression
This has been a busy month for me with two historical romance releases. After I finish this blog tour I think I will turn off my computer and sleep for a week, lol.
Last time I was here for Tuesday Treat. I shared the first kiss between Sophia and Lucas from Soldier in Her Lap. Now I’m back to share April’s first impression of Matt from Midnight Kiss.
“If we’re going to be rooming together you can at least call me, Mr. Seever,” he said, an undertone of laughter to his voice. “From here it will take about a week.”
She’d spend seven days in this man’s room?
She pushed herself up, resting on her elbows, and peered down at him. Equal parts rugged and refined, he embodied her version of handsome. She wanted to run her fingers through his already tousled sandy brown hair. His lips were sunburned. She could soothe them with kisses.
White men had never stirred such feelings before. Her instant attraction unsettled her stomach. A fantasy. Yes, it was just a fantasy because she had been alone too long, and he’d treated her kindly. She reached over to the lamp and blew out the light. She did not need to see his features any more. Still, in the darkness her forbidden thoughts remained.
No white man wanted to settle down with a colored woman. Such relationships were shunned. There was one socially acceptable option. She shot it down as soon as it flashed through her mind. She didn’t want to spend her life as someone’s mistress. Even if she did, she should eye some businessman, a big property owner, not a sailor.
Those emerald green eyes watched her closely. “Do you have another question?” he asked, spacing a mile between his words.
Her heart fluttered and her gaze moved to the sheets. Had he caught her staring? “I…um. Will you be able to sneak me some food? If it is going to be a week I’ll get mighty hungry.”
“I won’t need to sneak. A waiter will knock on the door and bring me breakfast. I’ll share it with you.”
How considerate. Her chest warmed and the heat spread up her neck. Would this be an intimate meal?
She kept that question to herself, asking the next question on her mind. “Will I need to hide from this waiter?”
“No. I doubt your presence will cause much of a stir.”
It wouldn’t? Did that mean he took colored women to his room regularly? She wasn’t interested in being one of his conquests.
The lean muscles hiding under his shirt would give her something to dream about. Only dream.
The last time she almost gave her heart to a white man it ended in disaster.
She’d learned from her mistake. A colored woman could not live happily ever after with a white man. Happy for a few months maybe, a few years if she was lucky, but not for a lifetime.
She couldn’t tell if he sensed her attraction. She didn’t know how to mask her feelings except by wrapping them in a prickly demeanor. Would that be enough?
She felt drawn to him like a hummingbird to honeysuckle.
Could they really stay apart for seven days?
Unjustly accused of stealing, nanny April Windmire is turned out on the streets without pay. With no place to go and no friends, she stows away on a Mississippi River steamboat. Her hopes to hide through the journey to St. Louis are dashed when a handsome white officer finds her. But instead of turning her in, he takes her to his private quarters where she fights her growing attraction to a man she cannot have.
Matt Seever’s wife died four year ago, leaving him alone with two small mulatto children. But his job as an officer on the Queen Bee isn’t family friendly. He knows he needs a new wife, but no southern white woman will marry him. When April lands in his lap, his prayers are answered. Or are they? April’s not the trusting type and racial prejudice runs deep in post-Civil War Missouri. Just when Matt convinces April he loves her, his new family becomes a target and there’s no backing down from this fight.
Together, April and Matt must brave heinous race prejudice crimes to find an enduring love.
Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.
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