For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to 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.
We don't take a horse-drawn cab to his office. Edouard Clunet is a lawyer - he owns a car. He opens the door for me and I find a wilted rose on the black leather seat. I hold it up. "Recent lover?"
It has been a while since I took part in Book Beginnings, but this book is so good that I couldn't not share the beginning. What I do have to admit is that the first few pages really do not do this story justice and that I kept on because of the stunning cover and intriguing chapter titles. But by the time I reached chapter two, all hope of putting this book down was gone.
I am about a quarter through the book and absolutely loving it. With it being about an exotic dancer/courtesan/spy there was a huge chance that this book would be on the smutty side, but it's much more elevated and so far no sex scenes - just fade-to-black. Very refreshing!