First Lines Fridays: September 23, 2022

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?  The rules are as follows:

  • 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

First Lines

I never dreamed it would end like this, my lord: your blood splashing hot flecks onto my nightgown and pouring rivulets onto our bedchamber floor. But creatures like us live a long time. There is no horror left in this world that can surprise me.

Do you know what book this is?

Still guessing?

Well, the book reveal is…

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson


This deliciously dark retelling of Dracula is a sensual story of obsession, desire, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.

This is my last love letter to you, though some would call it a confession. . .

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things.

Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets. With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

4 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays: September 23, 2022

  1. Hey there,

    for a couple of weeks now I am hosting the First Lines Friday feature for the German book bloggers. It’s so much fun. I really do like this feature.

    Your books sounds interesting, I might add it to my Goodreads “Want to read” list.


    1. Oh that’s great!! I hope you’re getting a lot of participation! I see First Lines Fridays floating around often on the UK/US book blogger circles. This book definitely was interesting…my review for it will be up on Monday! ^_^ The nice thing is it’s 300 pages, so easy to read in 2-3 days, assuming one has time to do so.

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