FIRST LINES FRIDAY 56: It Started Out With a Kiss, How Did It End Up Like This?!

First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons

I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.


One kiss.

One drunken, ill-advised kiss was going to ruin this entire fucking operation. Because Nic was two seconds away from charging out of the surveillance van and telling the man he’d kissed to stand the fuck down. Nic’s reputation as the calm, cool prosecutor would be shattered. Never mind that doing so would likely kill any chance of a second kiss. A second one would be even more ill-advised than the first. Didn’t mean he wanted it any less.

He also didn’t want Agent Cameron Byrne to die.

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“Are all lawyers screamers?” Cringing, Lauren shrank in her seat across the conference table from Cam. “I can’t believe I used to think Aidan was bad. He’s a fucking Chihuahua compared to…” She waved a hand the direction of Bowers’s office, and Cam couldn’t agree with her more.

Nic and his boss had been going at it—Cam checked his watch—a solid hour, their voices escalating, louder by the minute. Two offices lay between them, yet Cam could still make out every few words between the two bulldogs.

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Layla Reyne spins off from her pulse-pounding Agents Irish and Whiskey books with Imperial Stout , the first installment in the Trouble Brewing series

It’s a good thing assistant US attorney Dominic Price co-owns a brewery. He could use a cold one. Nic’s star witness has just been kidnapped, his joint operation with the FBI is in jeopardy, his father’s shady past is catching up with him and the hot new special agent in San Francisco is the kind of distraction best handled with a stiff drink.

Kidnap and rescue expert Cameron Byrne has his own ideas about how to handle Nic, but his skills are currently needed elsewhere. The by-the-book FBI agent goes deep undercover as a member of an infamous heist crew in order to save Nic’s witness, break up the crew and close the case before anyone else gets hurt. Nic in particular.

Things heat up when Cam falls for Nic, and the witness falls for Cam. As the crew’s suspicions grow, Cam must decide how far he’s willing to go—and how far into his own dark past he’s willing to dive—to get everyone out alive.

I liked this spin-off series better. Imperial Stout certainly did its job grabbing my attention and the rest of the series was good enough to make me stay. Recommended for lots of fed+lawyer shenanigans.

Review here

What first lines grabbed your attention this week?

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