First Lines Friday: May 22, 2020

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

First Lines:

Graeme Kendrick lurked beneath the giant elm, keeping his prey within sight. After losing the slippery Sassenach a few hours ago, he’d spotted the bastard climbing over the wall that separated Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Can you guess the book?

Hint: It’s a hot new historical romance that comes out Tuesday!

Still Unsure? Here’s Another Hint:

It’s by bestselling author Vanessa Kelly.

The First Lines Friday Book Is:

Title: The Highlander’s English Bride

Author: Vanessa Kelly

Series: Clan Kendrick

Publication Date: May 26, 2020

Page Length: 448 pages

Publisher: Zebra

Genre: Historical Romance


Lady Sabrina Bell has never been so embarrassed in her life. Not only did her new suitor fail to appear for their morning rendezvous in Hyde Park, but a thief pushed her into the Serpentine. Being rescued by a burly Highlander just adds to her humiliation. Nor is he content with rescuing her just once. Even when Sabrina travels to Edinburgh as part of King George’s entourage, Graeme Kendrick is there, interfering, exasperating, and so very tempting…

Once notorious for being the most unruly Kendrick brother, Graeme now runs dangerous missions for the King’s spymaster. Yet nothing has prepared him for Sabrina. The only child of a wealthy earl, and the pampered goddaughter of the king himself, she is stubborn, impetuous, and far too good for him. He doesn’t deserve her, but he can protect her and then send her safely back home. But the bonny Sassenach has her own ideas—and a plan for seduction that no red-blooded Highlander could resist…

Well, there you have it! Though it is the third book in the series, it can totally be read as a stand-alone., and, I really enjoyed it!

Have you read The Highlander’s English Bride, or do you plan to? What do you think? Comment below!

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