First Lines Friday: July 7, 2023

  • 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:

Hallie Welch tipped down one corner of the comics section and peered across Grapevine Way, he stomach sinking when yet another group of locals bypassed Corked, her favorite sleepy little wine shop, in favor of UNCORKED – the new, flashy monstrosity next door that advertised hot sauce and wine pairings in the window.

Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

 It’s the first book in a contemporary romance series.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Tessa Bailey.

The First Lines Friday book is:

Secretly Yours

About the Book:

Series: A Vine Mess #1

Page Length: 384

Publication Date: Feb. 7, 2023

Publisher: Avon Books

Synopsis: Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at fourteen, after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family’s winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to their small town. When Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she’ll finally get that smooch. But the grumpy professor isn’t the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash spectacularly. One wine-fueled girls’ night later, Hallie can’t shake the sense that she did something reckless–and then she remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian. Oh shit.

On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans to write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. She’s eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirt–and so unbelievably beautiful, he can’t focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past. Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, he’s sucked further into Hallie’s orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julian’s gray-scale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But there’s something so familiar about her… and her very presence is turning his world upside down.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon |  Review

Have you read Secretly Yours? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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