First Lines Fridays

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:

I never imagined I’d really do this. I never dared to consider leaving my mum behind in our small village of Helston, but after years of battling guilt and grief, I’ve finally made it here, to London, where I’ve always wanted to be. Maybe a few years too late and definitely under shitty circumstances, but I’ve made it.

Mum will be fine. It’s what I’ve told myself repeatedly since I boarded the train. Her bright smile felt forced, her wave seemed hesitant, and her voice was shaking with emotion when she held me tightly and told me to show London what I’m made of. But I’m not sure what I’m made of. I’m yet to find out.

Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s an contemporary romance by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint:

It’s the 1nd book of the duet.

The First Lines Friday book is:

Title: Artful Lies

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Release Date:  April 30, 2020

Length:   359 pages

Goodreads  |  Amazon

A brand new irresistible and passionate romance from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series

An irresistible connection, a desire that won’t let go…

When aspiring antiques dealer Eleanor Cole is handed the chance of a lifetime to work for the Hunt Corporation, the renowned antiques dealers, she doesn’t think twice. Only to discover she’ll be working up close and personal with the notorious and insanely irresistible Becker Hunt. He is a man famous for getting what he wants, and Becker wants Eleanor.

But as Becker pulls her deeper into his world, she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye.

And falling for Becker goes from being foolish to dangerous…

If you would like to read my thoughts, feel free to read my REVIEW.


Have you read Artful Lies? Would you like to? Comment below!


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