“You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss…”
Those words were penned years ago but I have to wonder if the songwriter was being ironic with that phrase, because in my opinion, a kiss is never just a kiss. I have to believe that the majority of people would tend to agree with me on that. Otherwise, if we lived in a world where a kiss wasn’t all that important, why would that particular lyric have endured?
I have to admit, I’ve never seen the movie Casablanca, which is where the song was made famous, but I know the ditty anyway, and here’s why that is. From music, to film and TV, to books—and even in real life—one thing seems to be clear: we all realize the power of the pucker.
Kissing—especially that first kiss a couple experiences—is so important. From a fictional standpoint, that first smooch not only conveys chemistry and passion, but it can also set the tone of the relationship.
No, really. Think about some famous kissing scenes in moves, TV shows, music videos and books. How can anyone forget the acrobatic kiss that Mary Jane and Spiderman shared in the movie Spiderman. That was a playful moment in a way, but it showcased how different Spiderman was from an ordinary human because he could kiss Mary Jane while hanging upside-down.
Likewise, viewers of the 80s TV sitcom Cheers will never forget the kiss that Sam and Diane share in the bar’s office in the middle of a particularly nasty verbal spat. The scene has gone down as one of the classic moments in television history for many reasons. Not the least of which is because it perfectly depicts what happens when sexual tension reaches an explosive breaking point.
Playful kisses and passionate embraces are something that almost everyone can relate to, but what about some of the other emotions that a kissing scene can communicate?
Consider the way longing is conveyed in the one-sided canoodling of the 90s music video for the song ‘Wicked Game’ by soulful crooner Chris Isaak. In the video, he passionately embraces a half-naked beauty on the beach while the woman remains coyly distant from his advances.
Another sentiment a well-described kiss can convey is sadness. To me, the ultimate goodbye kiss was written in the final scene of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s tragic farewell kiss that Romeo places on Juliet’s lips before he takes the poison is the definitive depiction of a kiss that ends, not just the play, but also their lives.
Regardless of the medium or the reason behind the action, it’s all about the kiss. When I wrote the first kiss scene in my latest release Dominant and Daring I wanted to convey a mix of emotions. And, I wanted to set the tone as to what kind of lover my hero is. He’s dominant, yes, but he’s reluctant to act in that way–at least first. Read on for the first kiss scene from Dominant and Daring.
When reporter Cassie Pierce interviews Aidan West at the scene of an accident, she’s mesmerized by his deep blue eyes and laser-like focus. The fact that he pulled a pregnant woman and her small son from a wrecked vehicle after it plunged into a lake impresses her too.
Even though the interview between Aidan and Cassie is supposed to be all business, there’s an undeniable pull between them that proves too much to resist.
When Cassie agrees to go out with him she realizes Aidan has another side.Dominant. His intense focus carries over to the bedroom and she discovers Aidan doesn’t like to give up control. Aching for the pleasure that she knows he can give her, Cassie does something she’s never done before: submit.
They gazed into each other’s eyes a few moments until he tilted her head back and put his mouth to hers. Cassie started to part her lips, but it appeared Aidan was going for a short, quick kiss. He broke their hold, but wrapped his arms around her shoulders, pulling her head to his chest.
“I had a great time,” he said again. “But I should probably go before things get any farther.”
“Why? Who says things can’t go any further?”
He was quiet a moment and she felt his grip around her shoulders loosen slightly.
“You’ve been drinking. I don’t want you to do something that you’ll regret later.”
“Look at my eyes,” she lifted her head from his chest. “You’re in security. You’ve probably had to handle your share of intoxicated people when they get loud and rowdy. Do I look drunk to you?”
His clear blue irises stared into hers for several moments.
“No, you don’t look drunk.”
“Then what’s the issue?”
“I like you and I want to see you again. You’re a good woman, Cassie. I don’t want to screw anything up because I can’t control myself around you.”
“So, a good woman can’t enjoy sex with someone she’s attracted to and has a good time being around? Come on, Aidan. I see what kind of person you are, with your intense, astute ways. I know control is important to you. It seems like you take pride in restraining yourself, but this is one time you can give in and let go of it.”
“No, that’s where you’re wrong.”
She knitted her brows together, unsure of his meaning.
“I am going to keep my control tonight.”
He wrapped his hands around either side of her head and drew her mouth to his. The second kiss was so different from the first. He wasn’t timid. It wasn’t the soft, reverential peck of man trying to test the waters. This was the hot, insistent kiss of a man in charge who knew what he wanted and had no problem claiming it. The pressure of his lips and commanding stroke of his tongue promised an experience just shy of sinful.
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