It’s Friday and time for a Friday memes of Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted @ Rose City Reader, First Lines Fridays @ Wandering Words, The Friday 56 hosted @Freda’s Voice. So the idea for this post is to share with you a few first lines from a book that I have decided to feature today, and to share a snippet from page 56 or in case of eBook a sneak peek 56% into the book. Let’s not keep you waiting and look at today’s featured book.
Just a few days ago there was news that my favourite RomCom author R.S. Grey is having a new book released in 7th of May, you can check out the announcement on her Instagram account @authorrsgrey or you can join her Facebook Group R.S. Grey’s Little Reds. The title ‘Love The One You Hate’ is just perfect. Do you agree with me? 😉 It totally sounds like my kind of book. I’m very excited, and can’t wait to read this book.
So due to this wonderful and thoroughly amazing news I’m featuring on this post the very first book that I read by R.S. Grey was an adult contemporary romantic comedy – Arrogant Devil.
The first lines of the book
Chapter 1 – Meredith
I left my husband last night. There’s something so nice about the past tense – left. He’s still in California. Meanwhile, I’m standing in a gas station in Middle-of-Nowhere, Texas. I have no money, no car. I pawned a gaudy diamond tennis bracelet to purchase a plane ticket to San Antonio, and to its credit, the bracelet also paid for the taxi currently fueling up at the pump outside. However, my cash has run out and my stomach is growling.
It looks like she is in a tough situation, but as she is willing to endure it, then probably the life with her husband was even worse. I’m intrigued to see where this new path of hers is going to lead her to.
56% into the book
Chapter 20 – Meredith
The screen door creaks open behind me. Speak of the devil. Jack steps out onto the porch, and I swallow down my nerves. He’s the complete antithesis of Tucker: dark and foreboding, a menace to society. His short dark hair is slightly mussed, and he’s wearing a black t.shirt and jeans. His expression is so steely and aggressive against Tucker’s honey-sweet smile, and it’s like old western standoff – the desperado in black against the righteous lawman.
“Unless you agreed to go with someone else instead?” he asks, gaze shifting pointedly to Jack.
Hos meaning is obvious. I don’t need eyes on the back of my head to know Jack is currently scowling at the idea of accompanying me to an event. Just the mental image is preposterous. Me in a fancy dress, him in a suit…our hands linked…his warm breath on my neck as he leans in close to pay me a compliment instead of an insult.
“No!” I’m quick to reply, pricking the fantasy with a pin. “I don’t have another date, but…”
I just wanted to give you a little bit more insight into this story, so here are two tiny scenes from 56% instead of one.
This sounds like an intense enemies-to-lovers story just from these lines alone. It looks like Jack is going to have a competition in battle for Meredith heart, but we already can see that no matter of their angsty ‘hate’ relationship, she has a soft spot for this arrogant devil 😉
Title: Arrogant Devil
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Year: 2018
Format: eBook (owned)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Comedy
My Rating: 4.25 stars
A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey.
Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.
When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.
My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.
Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.
Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.
Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.
Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.
Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.
Thanks for stopping by! This was a funny, sweet and hear-breaking story with slow-burning romance, banter, laughs and a few tears as well. I enjoyed it very much.
Let’s chat: Have you read Arrogant Devil or any other book by R.S. Grey? What were your thoughts on it? Or do you have it on your TBR?
Lady of Bookland