Yesterday, Edith Shain, the nurse from the VJ-Day picture of The Best Kiss ever, died at age 91. According to the news article, she never really knew who it was that kissed her in Times Square, even though that’s one of the most iconic images ever.
Marguerite Butler said she was going to smooch her husband in honor of Ms. Shain – an idea I totally support! Smooch your partner then do it again.
Kissing is often a short scene in romances, especially erotically charged scenes that move on to kisses in “Other Locations.” But good kisses in romance are wonderful. One of my recent favorites is Tessa Dare’s from One Dance with a Duke (which you might not have heard me talk about ‘round these parts) wherein the kiss wasn’t just a kiss:
She’d suffered a number of Mr. Poste’s kisses, back when he’d courted her. Could it truly have been almost ten years ago? Those horrid kisses still lurked in her memory: wet, grabby embraces that had made her feel helpless and ashamed.
But this was different. So different. The Duke of Morland had spent the past several hours assaulting her feelings with one rude, arrogant remark after the other. The man had no notion of polite discourse.
But this kiss… now, this kiss was a conversation.
Cheers to you, Ms. Shain. What are some of your favorite kissing scenes? Who writes good kissing?