First Lines Fridays (80) – September 15, 2023

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!

Today’s First Lines:

Rufus D’Aumesty, nineteenth Earl of Oxney, twenty-second Baron Stone, and inheritor of the ancient and unbroken d’Aumesty lineage, glared at his uncle Conrad and said, “Balls.”
“Your vulgarity is regrettable.” Conrad wore a little smirk on his smug face. Rufus regretted the twenty-year age difference that prevented him knocking it off.

Do you know which book this is from? Scroll down to find out!

Title: A Nobleman’s Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel

Author: KJ Charles

Publication Date: September 19, 2023

Goodreads Synopsis

Major Rufus d’Aumesty has unexpectedly become the Earl of Oxney, master of a remote Norman manor on the edge of the infamous Romney Marsh. There he’s beset on all sides, his position contested both by his greedy uncle and by Luke Doomsday, son of a notorious smuggling clan.

The earl and the smuggler should be natural enemies, but cocksure, enragingly competent Luke is a trained secretary and expert schemer—exactly the sort of man Rufus needs by his side. Before long, Luke becomes an unexpected ally…and the lover Rufus had never hoped to find.

But Luke came to Stone Manor with an ulterior motive, one he’s desperate to keep hidden even from the lord he can’t resist. As the lies accumulate and family secrets threaten to destroy everything they hold dear, master and man find themselves forced to decide whose side they’re really on…and what they’re willing to do for love.

2 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays (80) – September 15, 2023

  1. Omg, I want it. I need it. 😍 I still haven’t read the first book (I don’t know why cos I love this author) but you’ve got me itching to pick it up immediately so I can pick this up as soon as it’s out!

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