It’s been nine months since I posted the first Edelweiss Next post after we started our Netgalley Next item every week (which I haven’t done in awhile either, haha). It’s not that I haven’t had any e-arcs for these posts, but there have just been other things to talk about. I’ve added some amazing e-arcs to my Kindle recently that I got on Edelweiss and I can’t choose what to read next, so here are three I really want to read soon. Hopefully the opening lines/paragraphs will help me decide!
Things We Left Behind – Lucy Score
There was only one woman who could set me free. But I would rather set myself on fire than ask Sloane Walton for anything.
Lucian Rollins is a lean, mean vengeance-seeking mogul. On a quest to erase his father’s mark on the family name, he spends every waking minute pulling strings and building an indestructible empire. The more money and power he amasses, the safer he is from threats.
Except when it comes to the feisty small-town librarian that keeps him up at night…
Sloane Walton is a spitfire determined to carry on her father’s quest for justice. She’ll do that just as soon as she figures out exactly what the man she hates did to—or for—her family. Bonded by an old, dark secret from the past and the dislike they now share for each other, Sloane trusts Lucian about as far as she can throw his designer-suited body.
When bickering accidentally turns to foreplay, these two find themselves not quite regretting their steamy one-night stand. Once those flames are fanned, it seems impossible to put them out again. But with Sloane ready to start a family and Lucian refusing to even consider the idea of marriage and kids, these enemies-to-lovers are stuck at an impasse.
Broken men break women. It’s what Lucian believes, what he’s witnessed, and he’s not going to take that chance with Sloane. He’d rather live a life of solitude than put her in danger. But he learns the hard way that leaving her means leaving her unprotected from other threats.
It’s the second time he’s ruthlessly cut her out of his life. There’s no way she’s going to give him a third chance. He’s just going to have to make one for himself.
“The swing creaked rhythmically under me as I used a toe to push off against the porch floorboards. The chilly fingers of January slipped their way under the blanket and through the layers of my clothes. But the joke was on them because I was already frozen inside.”
The first few sentences don’t really give us much, but I have to say I’m intrigued. Why is this main character frozen inside? I think I know a little, because I have read the first book in this series, but I’m still very curious.
Salt Kiss – Sierra Simone
From TikTok sensation Sierra Simone comes the first in the Lyonesse series, a spin-off of her bestselling New Camelot books.
Tristan Thomas is lost.
After leaving the army, the young former soldier is in limbo. Until, that is, he’s hired by Mark Trevena, the owner of Lyonesse―DC’s ultra-secret club―to be Mark’s new bodyguard. He’s drawn into Mark’s dark, seductive world of power and desire, and slowly drawn to Mark himself, even though Mark is everything Tristan knows he shouldn’t want: cruel and wicked and shamelessly amoral. But protecting Mark isn’t Tristan’s only duty: soon, Mark asks him to guard his soon-to-be bride as she travels home from Ireland on Mark’s yacht. Tristan is jealous―and hurt to learn that the object of his obsession is engaged―but the former soldier in him is made to obey orders, and he goes to fetch Mark’s bride for him. Isolde Laurence is nothing like Tristan expected, however. Young, quiet, and sharp, she’s being pushed into this marriage by her family, and as the two travel back to America, Tristan finds himself fascinated with Isolde and the glimpses he gets of the lonely but determined woman behind her reserve. And the fascination is mutual: one night, while sailing under the cold stars, they share a searing kiss. From there, it’s a fast fall into the forbidden for all three of them.
“In Washington, DC, even the moon looked like a lie. The man stood on the balcony and stared at the red disc that looked painted right into the night.”
Another sentence that doesn’t really give me much, but why does everything look like a lie? I haven’t really read the synopsis of Salt Kiss yet, but I’m excited to sit down and read this new book by Sierra Simone.
Curves for Days – Laura Moher
How is Rose Barnes supposed to build the home (and life) of her dreams when her big, burly contractor keeps scowling at her?
Rose Barnes has got curves for days—and to Angus Drummond, the big, bearded contractor working on her new house, she’s the perfect thorn in his side. Little does she know Angus is perturbed on a daily basis by his attraction to this cheery, smart-ass woman with her sunshiny enthusiasm, her kindness, and her beautiful body.
Angus feels he has a debt to pay to the world and doesn’t deserve love until he pays it. Best to keep his mind on his work and his hands to himself. But the more Rose sees of Angus’s gruff, honorable thoughtfulness, and the more rusty laughter she surprises from him, the more she wants him too.
As their unlikely friendship becomes love, antagonism turns to partnership, and Rose’s house becomes a home. But Rose is keeping a secret that could blow up everything with Angus, and sure enough, it comes to light at the worst possible time…
“The world grew colder when Mr. Brown died. That was obvious to me. What I hadn’t realized, when I was cradling his head on that hard sidewalk and he’d shoved the little bag with his weekly Altoids-and-lottery-ticket purchase at me, was that my world was about to implode.”
Out of all three of these books, I have to say that Curves for Days has the most interesting opening. It starts off actually pretty sad. I’m also thinking that that lottery ticket ends up being a winning one? I guess I’ll have to read and find out.
So as you can see I chose three romances to choose from! All of these are books I’m excited to read. Based on just the first sentences, I think Curve for Days has me the most curious. I’ll be reading all three of these really soon though. What book would you start reading first?