Happy Friday, book nerds!
I was supposed to drop this little meme on y’all last week, but alas life got in the way — per usual. I’m determined to really spend some time on the blog this weekend between social events (hockey game with the family, some friend’s birthday festivities, etc.) so that I can not only produce my usual weekly content, but also churn out some of my “really need to get to” posts. So stay tuned and wish me luck!
As for today’s post, it’s time to check out this week’s installment of:
What’s it about? First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
HOW IT WORKS?
PICK A BOOK OFF YOUR SHELF (IT COULD BE A CURRENT READ OR ON YOUR TBR) AND OPEN TO THE FIRST PAGE.
COPY THE FIRST FEW LINES, BUT DON’T PROVIDE ANY OTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE BOOK JUST YET — LET’S SEE IF IT HOOKS THE READER IN!
FINALLY…REVEAL THE BOOK!
READ ON TO DISCOVER THIS FRIDAY’S SOURCE:
Vicious by L.J. Shen
They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.
She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like a cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big f**king deal. She better get used to me.
Okay beyond the stereotypical shirtless cover model and that horrible excuse for a synopsis this story honestly isn’t that bad. I swear. Yes, it features some horrible nicknames, brushed aside secondary plots, and a handful of problematic elements, but if it were any other genre I think people wouldn’t even bat an eye. To elaborate, I was talking with my friend Chelsea about how this book reminded us a lot of The Cruel Prince (extreme enemies-to-lovers vibes, dating the friend, physically abused MC, company/country takeover, sister-led plot line that drives parts of the narrative, etc.), but without the fae. Beyond that random observation, this is a super quick and easy read that’s available for FREE to Kindle Unlimited members. Also the Pink/Black story line👌🏽!
Has anyone else read this steamy story? If you have, have you continued on with the other installments in the series? Are they worth the time? Let me know below! Have a wonderful weekend, loves!
And, as always: Happy Reading!