First Lines Fridays: Lunchtime

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?

  • 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!

“Lunchtime,” Bujang-nim, my boss, announces with a clap of his hands. “If you work too hard, you won’t be productive this afternoon. Go on. Go on.” He gestures for us to move.


by Jen Frederick
ASIN/ISBN: 9780593100165
Publication: January 25, 2022
Series: Seoul Series #2

A Korean-American adoptee fights to be with the one she loves while coming to terms with her new identity in this enthralling romantic drama and sequel to Heart and Seoul by USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick.

When Hara Wilson lands in Seoul to find her birth mother, she doesn’t plan on falling in love with the first man she lays eyes on, but Choi Yujun is irresistible. If his broad shoulders and dimples weren’t enough, Choi Yujun is the most genuine, decent, gorgeous guy to exist. Too bad he’s also her stepbrother.

Fate brought her to the Choi doorstep but the gift of family comes with burdens. A job in her mother’s company has perks of endless company dinners and super resentful coworkers. A new country means
learning a new language which twenty-five year old Hara is finding to be a Herculean task. A forbidden love means having to choose between her birth family or Choi Yujun.

All Hara wanted was to find a place to belong in this world—but in order to have it all, she’ll have to risk it all. (Goodreads)

I read Heart and Seoul (My review) last year and have been waiting for my copy to come in. I’ll be honest and say those first few lines would not have made me want to pick up the book. Since I read the first book, I do want to find out what happens next. Have you read the first book? How did you feel about the lines for book 2?

4 responses to “First Lines Fridays: Lunchtime”

  1. I have Seoulmates on my TBR. I lived just outside of Seoul back in the mid-90s.

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    1. That’s so cool! Have you visited since?


  2. Amani Salahudeen Avatar
    Amani Salahudeen

    Love this!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks! Now I just need to read the rest of it. Heh…


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