Call me superficial but I will bring books home based solely on the first sentence. It’s true, the story could get better after an opening as mundane as, She didn’t like the gluten-free pasta, but I like to be wowed right away. Okay, that’s not totally true. I am a patient reader and will give the book at least a page or two. Just for diversion, here are some first sentences that compelled me to carry home a heavier bag.
Later, she would ask herself how she could possibly have missed all the danger signals emanating from the man. –Stormy Challenge by Jayne Ann Krentz
Hello, it’s THE Jayne Ann Krentz. And haven’t we all been there–ignored a million red flags and run headlong into trouble? Maybe Mr. Trouble will work out this time!
I still can’t believe Myra Jean, the trailer park psychic, was right about everything! –Wedding Belles by Beth Albright
I want to know what the psychic was right about. Plus, I love reading about weddings–even before I got married.
It’s dark, and there are hands on my naked flesh. —The Lovers by Eden Bradley
Poor thing. What’s happening to her? Is she having one of those dreams? I gotta find out.
“Stop smiling. Every time you smile, an angel dies.” —My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
It’s the anti-Clarence! Truth be told, I love grumpy characters–and Higgins’s humor.
The man who’d murdered Romain Fornier’s ten-year-old daughter didn’t look like a killer. —Stop Me by Brenda Novak
I’m a suspense-aholic and this is just the kind of opening that hooks me. The idea of an “average guy” killer creeps me out! But I have to keep reading….
Do you have any favorite first lines?
Oh…and should I say, only 9 days until Romance Is My Day Job is out in the universe!