Book Beginning is hosted by Rose City Reader. It’s where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
This week’s quote is from ‘Second Verse‘ by Emily Snow.
Stretching out on the blanket I’d put down beside the pond, I turned my head and took in the sight of the dark-haired man beside me.
My Initial Thoughts
‘Second Verse’ includes the prequel novella ‘First Verse’ which I’d already read so the quote above comes from the prologue (which starts at about 20% in). It’s not a jump out of your Kindle screen and grab you by the scruff of the neck kind of quote but since I’d already been hooked after reading ‘First Verse’, it didn’t need to be.
*SPOILER ALERT* If you haven’t already read ‘First Verse’, you might want to skip the next 2 paragraphs.
It’s impossible not to feel for Kinsey, the main character because she’s had such a rubbish start in life. Her parents persuaded her to steal a TV because if she got caught, the consequences wouldn’t be as severe for her because of her young age. The summer after her high-school graduation, it looked like things were going to turn around for her – she was living with her kind foster mom, Mrs Hudson and was falling for Mrs H’s gorgeous grandson, Emmett but she was then accused by Emmett’s spiteful sister, Hazel of stealing her expensive necklace and ended up in jail. While she was in jail, Kinsey found out that she was pregnant but when she tried to tell Emmett by letter, phone and then in person, he blew her off. ‘Second Verse’ begins 7 years later when Kinsey is helping out a friend by singing at a wedding (the groom’s cousin is Lucas Wolfe from the ‘Devoured’ series) and Emmett, now a hugely successful country singer, is one of the guests.
It’s been an awfully long time since I read ‘First Verse’ so I’m really happy to see that Kinsey’s built a good life for herself in Atlanta – she’s still best friends with Lyra (who’s so funny she definitely deserves her own book!), is raising her chicken wings-obsessed son, Matt and running a construction company with her Dad. I’m not sure about Emmett just yet – I think I’m still annoyed by how badly he treated Kinsey in ‘First Verse’ and so it’s going to take more than just some finely chiseled abs and the strumming of a guitar to win me over. But Emily Snow is another author where I’ve read and enjoyed all of her other books so I’m sure I’ll get there.
Second Verse by Emily Snow
Kinsey Brock knew Emmett Hudson would be a star the moment he swaggered into her life. Hell, by the time she was released for the crime his scheming sister accused her of he already had a number one single.
Now, eight years and a helluva lot of heartache later, Kinsey’s long since given up on the boy who stole her breath away and took all the love she had. She has someone in her life, and he’s all she needs. She’ll challenge anyone who tells her otherwise. But after a chance encounter sends Emmett hurtling back into her life, every emotion she’s forced herself to forget since he gave up on her is pushed to the surface.
Because this time, the country megastar’s not giving up on her.
No matter how furious he is about the discovery of the other man who’s become Kinsey’s world.