***SPOILER ALERT****Don’t read this without reading DEEP IN DEATH first!!!

THE KISS scene between Ramos and Shelby that I wrote for DEEP IN DEATH, but ended up getting vetoed by my editor and beta-readers. I happened to agree with them… but at least I got to write it! SO…just for you, I’m publishing it here! ENJOY!

I screamed and jumped at the same time, twisting around with my heart hammering, and my breath catching. “Ra…Ramos?” I couldn’t seem to breathe right, and tears gathered in my eyes.

He stepped toward me, warmth flooding his dark brown eyes and his mouth turned up in a sexy smile. My heart nearly gave out. He reached for me, grabbing my arms and helping me to my feet. My legs were shaking so bad I couldn’t stand on my own. Still, I practically flew into his arms and held on for dear life. He grunted to catch me and I had to hold onto him for support.

“You’re not dead,” I mumbled, blinking back tears, and noting the small cut on his jaw.

“Nope.”

His lips twisted into a half smile and his eyes lit with mischief. Before I had a chance to react, his lips came down on mine, solid and sweet. Weak with shock, I could no more pull away than stop the sun from rising. His lips were soft, yet demanding, and his kiss took my breath away. Then it was over…almost before it began.

Resting his forehead against mine, he breathed heavily, and then pulled me into a fierce hug. “I’m not sorry about that kiss…and I never will be. But I am sorry you thought I was dead.”

I swallowed and closed my eyes, still processing that he was alive. He was here, holding me in his arms. He didn’t die! But…he…he…I jerked back. “You kissed me! You weren’t supposed to do that!” I glared at him and his arms loosened around me.

I glanced up at him in a state of shock. Not only was he alive, but…he’d kissed me?! Damn. He shouldn’t have done that. But… there was nothing I could do about it now. So maybe I should just… “That kiss wasn’t my fault,” I began, pulling away. “You totally took advantage of me.”

“I know,” he said. “I take full responsibility.”

“Okay, good. And you’ll keep this to yourself?”

“Yes,” he said firmly. “It’ll be our secret.”

My eyes widened. Oh great…just what I needed…another secret.

“So…do you want me to help you clean this up, or what?”

I glanced at the floor, then back at him. “The ice?”