Thank you for joining me on the blog today! We have Avon Impulse author Gwen Jones visiting with a deleted scene from her latest romance Kiss Me, Captain – Book 2 in the French Kiss series. Don’t you just love her cover? I admit it, I’m a cover junkie and this one ticks all the boxes 🙂
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Take it away Gwen…
Deleted Scene from Kiss Me, Captain
“Marcel Makes His Move”
As Marcel Mercier barreled though Philadelphia International Airport, he swore he would’ve sold his mother for a decent cup of coffee. Just his luck les Américains didn’t have a clue about making café, and that selling Viviane wouldn’t have been much of a sacrifice. But that was another issue for another time. Right now he had an obstinate redhead to make an example of, before chaining yourself to the mast became a new standard in Mercier labor relations. He pushed though the door to the street, hopping into the first taxi in a line of them idling in that quiet predawn hour.
“Where to?” the cabbie said over his shoulder.
Marcel checked the notepad on his phone. “Penn’s Landing, I believe it is. I’m looking for a ship there—the Esther Reed.”
“Ha!” The driver laughed, swinging the cab out into the lane. “You mean the ship that crazy chick chained herself to?” He shook his head, still laughing. “Protesters, TV cameras, all kinds of nuts been out there the last three days. I’ll take you to it, but I don’t know if you could get on it. Lots of police out there, and they ain’t happy.”
“I’ll get on it,” Marcel said, his anger reigniting. “And I’ll get her off it, too.”
The cabbie shook his head. “Now how you gonna…” His gaze shot to the rearview mirror. “Hey, you’re that French boss she’s been yammering about, ain’t you?”
“C’est moi,” Marcel said, laughing softly. “But I’m not really the bastard she’s made me out to be. You’d think I’d be here if I were?”
The driver eyed him a moment before his wariness dissipated. “No, I guess not. I suppose you just could’ve fired her.”
“Exactly. But I believe in the power of negotiation.”
“And you’re gonna negotiate her right off that ship, right?”
“Something like that. But one thing’s for certain.” Because it still irritated him to think about it. “I’m going to prove her wrong. I don’t hate women. I love women. And she needs to know that.”
“And you’re gonna show her.” The cabbie choked back a laugh, eyebrow raised. “Uh-huh.”
They both had a good laugh over that one.
“Tell you what,” the cabbie said, exiting I-95. “I know a back way into Penn’s Landing that’ll sneak you past the cops. Just got to walk a bit. That okay?”
“That’s excellent, mon ami,” Marcel said.
After he tipped the cabbie a hundred dollars, he was soon trotting toward the Esther Reed, her two masts, their sails tightly furled, starkly naked against the moonlit sky. From what he could tell the ship looked in excellent shape for all her being hijacked, her lines taut and her gear stowed, though several people were sacked out in bedrolls at the bow of the ship. He crept up the gangplank and down to the deck, turning away from them and toward the stern.
That’s when he saw her. In the flesh this time. And he damn near lost his breath.
There in the moonlight, she was the most exquisite thing he’d ever seen. Her fair skin and red hair like porcelain and fire, her chin firmed with determination, even in sleep. But it was her taut body that held his attention at the moment, all plumpness and sensuous curves, her arms flung above her head, the lock joining the chains at her waist, securely in place.
His mouth crooked. That wasn’t the only thing he’d like to unlock. But for the moment, he settled for just looking a bit longer. At those long lashes, the curve of her cheek, those luscious lips, barely opened in slumber.
He wondered what her eyes looked like. He bent into her, bushing the back of his fingers across her hair. “Wake up, chère. C’mon.”
Dani flinched, waving her arm. “Stop…” She groaned, punching the blanket under her head. “Go away.”
- He liked that. He tapped her foot with his. “Non. You go away. Now get up.”
She blinked through the darkness, opening her eyes to him. Green, just as he suspected.
And they were gorgeous. As she was. A gorgeous, green-eyed, red-haired Jonah. “Ah, there she is. Sleeping Beauty.” He grasped her hands.
“Hey!” She yanked back. “Who are you?”
Oh, ma chère, won’t you soon find out. “Your mack daddy,” he said, pulling her to her feet. “Now get off my boat.”
French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there’s a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he’s got more important things to worry about . . . like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.
Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd’s ship, she’s sure her job is at stake. But she won’t go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.
The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long . . . in fact, he’s counting on it.
But Marcel’s plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can’t afford to lose.
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Gwen Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Mercer County Community College. Gwen is a fabulously talented and creative writer who mirrors the style of Nora Roberts with depth of character, intelligence and humor. She is currently working on another brilliant romance, with an expected completion in the Summer of 2013. She is a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, The Romance Writers of America, and blogs at http://gwenjoneswrites.com.
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