First Lines Friday: September 2, 2022

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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:

The trouble with lies is they have a tendency, if not well managed, to catch a man out. Hugh’s out-of-control, grossly over embellished falsehood was like a snarling, rabid dog about to sink its foaming teeth into his behind, and there was not a damn thing he could do about it.

Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

 It’s the 1st book in a new historical romance series.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Virginia Heath.

The First Lines Friday book is:

Never Fall for Your Fiancée

About the Book:

Title: Never Fall for Your Fiancée

Author: Virginia Heath

Series: The Merriwell Sisters #1

Page Length: 368

Publication Date: Nov. 9, 2021

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

SynopsisThe trouble with lies is they have a tendency to catch a man out.

The last thing Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, wants is a wife.

But since the only way to keep his mother’s matchmaking ways at bay is the promise of

impending nuptials, Hugh takes the most logical action: he invents a fake fiancée.

It’s the perfect plan – until Hugh learns that his mother is on a ship bound for England to meet his ‘beloved’. He needs a solution fast, and when he collides with a mysterious beauty, he might just have found the answer to his prayers.

Minerva Merriwell is desperate for money to support her sisters, and although she knows that posing as the Earl’s fiancée might seem nonsensical, it’s just too good an offer to refuse.

As the Merriwells descend upon Hugh’s estate, the household is thrown into turmoil as everyone tries to keep their tangled stories straight. And with Hugh and Minerva’s romantic ruse turning into the real thing, is true love just one complication too many?

Have you read Never Fall for Your Fiancée? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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