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Random First Sentences

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!

5 thoughts on “Random First Sentences”

  1. The cover of a book is usually what draws me in but there has been a few that, once I bought them and sat down to read, was blown away and intrigued by the opening sentence.
    ex: “My philosophy is pretty simple – Any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book” – from DarkFever by Karen Marie Moning (Book 1 in the Fever series)

  2. I’m reading a great book right now and that is what caught my attention also, the first line,
    When a girl trudged through the rain at midnight to knock at the Devil’s door, the Devil should at least have the depravity—if not the decency—to answer. A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare, had to have it after reading that line—and yes, it is living up to it 🙂

  3. The first lines are what made me start reading the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett. I still love them.

    INTERESTING TIMES(with a couple extra sentences)
    “This is where the gods play games with the lives of men, on a board which is at one and the same time a simple playing area and the whole world.
    And Fate always wins.
    Fate always wins. Most of the gods throw dice but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been using two queens all along.”

  4. Great post and first lines 😀 I can’t remember the book but one book I read started something like, ‘Death. It’s damn gloomy.’ It certainly kept me reading for the humour 😀

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