Today I’ll be participating again in First Chapter First Paragraph, hosted by Diane, at Bibliophile by the Sea.
I’ll also be spotlighting the excerpt in Teaser Tuesdays, at Should Be Reading.
Today I’m featuring Arranged, by Catherine McKenzie; it is an ARC, so the text may change in the final printing.
Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she’s engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it’s actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not? After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her.
A few months later, Anne is traveling to a Mexican resort, where, over the course of a weekend, she meets and then marries Jack. And initially, everything seems to be working out. . . .
“I read your emails,” I tell Stuart.
His head snaps up from his copy of Maxim. His sock-covered feet are resting on the glass coffee table that sits in front of the leather couch we bought six months ago. An innocent pose, though he’s guilty as hell.
“You heard me.”
The planes of his angular face harden. “I’d better not be hearing you.”
I feel a moment of guilt. Then I remember what I read.
“I read your emails. All of them.” He opens his mouth to speak, but I cut him off. “How could I violate your privacy? Is that what you were going to say? Don’t you talk to me about violations, Stuart. Don’t you even dare.”
What do you think? Would you keep reading?
Teaser: I watch his lips as he talks. I want them closer. I want him kissing me.
Now I’m eager to see what the rest of you are sharing today. Come on by and leave some comments and links!