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!
“I need help and I’m not even sure why I called you, but really it’s your fault for continuing to be friends with me even though you’re a big football star now.”
With his best friend Julie’s voice filling his ear, Gavin grinned and sat on the bench in the locker room, flinching when he plopped down harder than he meant to.
Do you recognize the lines?
Hint: It’s a new book by Cindi Madsen.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint:
It’s a holiday rom-com.
The First Lines Friday book is:
Title: The Mistletoe Trap
Author: Cindi Madsen
Series: Heart in the Game (Book 2)
Page Length: 400
Publication Date: Nov. 16, 2020
Synopsis: From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.
Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.
But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.
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