“Thirsty Thursdays” is an original weekly feature from Lazy Book Lovers where we highlight all that makes our mouth water in the world of books. Every week, they pick either a quote, book cover, book boyfriend or kiss from our favorite books, that makes us all swoony.
This week, we delve into that knee weaking, head dizzying First Kiss
From Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno, where Julianne Mitchell remembers that fateful evening in the apple orchard where she meets 27 year old Gabriel Emerson for the first time.
“Come, Beatrice.” He held his hand out to her.
Julia knew it would be a very foolish thing to take his hand and to sit with him on the blanket. But she didn’t care. She’d developed a crush on him the first time Rachel had shown his photograph to her, and Julia had stolen it. Now that he was here, real, breathing, alive, in flesh, all she could do was take his hand.
“Have you ever lain next to a boy and looked up at the stars?” He pulled her down to the blanket and watched her as they lay on their backs.
Gabriel threaded his fingers through hers and placed the connection that was theirs on top of his heart. She could feel it beating slowly beneath her touch, and she took comfort in its steady rhythm.
“You’re beautiful, Beatrice. Like a brown-eyed angel.”
Julia turned her head so she could look at him and smiled. “I think you’re beautiful.” She shyly began to run her fingers along his jaw, marveling at the way the stubble felt under her hand.
He smiled at her touch and closed his eyes. She traced his features gently for a long time, until her arm began to grow tired.
He opened his eyes. “Thank you.”
Julia smiled and squeezed his hand, feeling his heart leap at her movement.
“Have you ever been kissed by a boy?”
She blushed deeply and shook her head.
“Then I’m glad I’m your first.” Gabriel propped himself up on his side and leaned over. His eyes shone gently, and he smiled down at her.
Julia managed to close her eyes before his perfect mouth found hers.
Gabriel’s lips were warm and inviting, and he spread them over her mouth carefully, as if he were worried he might bruise her. Not knowing how to kiss and still slightly wary, Julia kept her mouth closed. Gabriel brought his hand up to cup the curve of her cheek, caressing the skin with his thumb as his lips moved softly over hers.
This kiss was not what she expected.
She had expected him to be careless or slightly rough. She had expected his kiss to be desperate and urgent and perhaps for his fingertips to trail along her skin and down her body to places she wasn’t ready to let him touch. But he kept his hands where they were, one caressing the small of her back and the other at her cheek. His kiss was tender and sweet — the kind of kiss she imagined a lover giving his beloved after a long absence.
Gabriel kissed Julia as if he knew her, as if she belonged to him. His kiss was passionate and full of emotion, as if every fiber of his being had melted and spread itself on his lips only to be given to her. Her heart skidded in her chest at the thought. She had never dared to hope for such a first kiss. Somehow, as the pressure of his lips lessened, she felt like bursting into tears, knowing that she’d never be kissed like that again. He’d ruined her for anyone else. Forever.
Gabriel sighed deeply as he released her and pressed his lips gently to her forehead.
“Open your eyes.”
And open she did. There are many firsts in this quote but it is this first kiss that I just love. It is a first, not just for a very young Julia, but also for a very troubled Gabriel. Although Gabriel has had his share of vices, this kiss is symbolically his first where after which he decides to sober up and fix his life. The sweetness and softness is perfect for Julia, meant to remove her fears. By him taking every consideration for her first kiss, he lets her know that she is treasured. This kiss then sealed the union between them that not even ten years of being separated and forgotten can prevent.
I am glad he was her first. *swooning now*
Let’s talk about your pick!
Visit Nikki and Keira’s Lazy Book Lovers blog to checkout their pick then shimmy on to my friend Camille’s The Girl Meets Books to see her pick, too. Thank you to Trilogia Gabriel for the wonderful image. Visit Trilogia Gabriel’s twitter page to see the original image.
See you next week!