4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time!

What better way to spend a Friday?

Today’s feature is a review book I just started reading, from the fabulous Melinda Leigh:  Midnight Betrayal.





Beginning:  (Two weeks ago)

She died faster than I’d expected.  In fact, the whole abduction and killing scheme was easier than I’d anticipated.  I’d allowed several hours for tonight’s task but finished well ahead of schedule.


56:  But the simultaneous disappearances of the replica knife and two young women tainted his pleasure.  There were too many twisted connections in the events with Louisa, her intern, and the museum for Conor’s comfort.  Something was brewing.


Blurb:  Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found—the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart—Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation—and their growing desire—as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.


I love this series, and this newest book promises to be a wonderful addition.  What do you think?



  1. I love the beginning for it’s detachment of ‘the whole abduction and killing scheme’, it’s just such an interesting way of starting a book! Louisa sounds like an interesting character, I just hope the romance doesn’t overshadow the plot! Also, I saw on Goodreads that you read ‘The Keep’ by Jennifer Egan and I was wondering whether you liked it because I’m thinking of reading it xD Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
    Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


    1. Oh, I enjoyed The Keep, Juli, but it was not my favorite book by Egan….but it’s been a while since I read it.

      And you are right that the detachment is a fascinating part of the beginning…and I liked the first person narrative of the killer. Thanks for stopping by.


    1. I hope you enjoy her books as much as I do, Rita….I don’t even remember how I first started reading her…I know it was a different series of hers, the one she calls “She Can.” But that’s all it took…one book, and I was hooked.


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