First Line Fun

First LineFunThought I’d throw out some first line fun today.  I love reading, but I always savor first lines in a book. It sets the mood and gets me excited (or not).

See how good you can guess for the following three sets of books which first line matches which book. I’ll put up five at a time. GO!!!

Books & Authors

  • Walk of Infamy by Sheralyn Pratt
  • All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon
  • The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  • Condemn Me Not by Heather B. Moore
  • How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison

First Lines

  1. “Something was wrong. Rafe could feel it. He’d opened the door to the building that housed his family’s business, but hesitated before going in. The hairs on the back of his neck stood straight up.”
  2. “Elliott Church might personify everything I hated about Los Angeles, but the man had a gorgeous home.”
  3. “Veins crisscross the backs of my hands like a map of trails, intersecting, yet leading to nowhere–much like the path I’ve worn on the dungeon floor as I pace around the huddled bodies of women, carving footsteps into the cold, hard earth.”
  4. “Belle had never been the type who dreamed of being a runway model. Even back in high school when her friends were vying for whatever spotlight was available, she was the sort who preferred to stay in the background, unnoticed, while she got the work done.”
  5. “She was so small. The only thing large about her were her eyes, and they filled her face, grey and solemn like the fog on the moors.”

Answers are at the end of this post. Here’s the 2nd set to match up.

Books & Authors

  • Cheyenne by Jennifer Peel
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
  • Yesterday’s Promise by Michelle Holmes
  • Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
  • Jailbird by Taylor Dean

First Lines

  1. “Angelo must have slept in the damp grass beside the road for a while, but the evening was cold and his cassock was thin, and he awoke, shivering. Even that small movement made him moan, but at least the sharp pain along his right side revived him. “
  2. “It was the oak tree that distracted me. I happened to glance up as I walked beneath its full, green canopy. The wind was tossing its leaves so that they twirled upon their stems, and at the sight I was struck with the realization that it had been much too long since I had twirled.”
  3. “Showtime, Mia. And you know what they say about a show that’s about to start–it must go on. Of course, they also tell the actors to break a leg and I’d much prefer that to what I’m about to do.”
  4. “I bolted upright in bed and held my chest. My heart was pounding, trying to make its way out. It was only a dream, I reminded myself. Except it wasn’t. The only difference was that when I went off the cliff this time, I got to wake up in the comfort of my bed instead of in a rushing river.”
  5. “Is this the lad?” A wizened man seated at the head of the long table squinted, bunching the skin surrounding his eyes into folds. His coarse, grey beard dragged across his knees as he pushed back his chair and angled toward me.”

And our last bunch of books and first lines to match…

Books & Authors

  • Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt
  • #StarStruck by Sariah Wilson
  • When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
  • A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
  • Game Changer by Charissa Stastny (Ha ha, I had to throw one of mine on here)

First Lines

  1. “Claire Ramsey only felt in control about 1% of the time. Now was one of those times.”
  2. “It was a beautiful funeral. How could it not be? Natalie planned the whole thing, and she always had a knack for entertaining.”
  3. “Do you know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’ve reacted and said something maybe you shouldn’t have? As soon as I pushed the TWEET button, I regretted it.”
  4. “I blame falling in love on orange chicken. No joke. The balance of a human life is so precarious that a simple Chinese dish can throw it all out of whack.”
  5. “The amount of female attention her brother garnered never failed to amaze Lucy.”


What can I say except “You’re welcome.”

Okay, here are your answers for the first set:

  • Walk of Infamy by Sheralyn Pratt = 2
  • All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon = 1
  • The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon = 5
  • Condemn Me Not by Heather B. Moore = 3
  • How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison = 4

2nd set of books:

  • Cheyenne by Jennifer Peel = 4
  • From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon = 1
  • Yesterday’s Promise by Michelle Holmes = 5
  • Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson = 2
  • Jailbird by Taylor Dean = 3

And the last round:

  • Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt = 1
  • #StarStruck by Sariah Wilson = 3
  • When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker = 2
  • A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden = 5
  • Game Changer by Charissa Stastny = 4

Have you read any awesome books lately? If not, check out any of the ones in this post or browse through my Goodreads list to the side of this blog. I’ve read a lot of great ones lately that I’d love to share with you. Happy reading!


Beastly Second Chances & Slaves

NOTE: That title is NOT a name of a book. Unless you decide to name your next book that. But Beastly Second Chances & Slaves is a hodgepodge of three books I’ve recently read that went in my FAV bucket. So put on your flip flops, because I’m taking you wading through books today. (Pretend you’re at the ocean since it’s summer).

Second Chances in Paradise by Jennifer Peel

seconPeel is one of my favorite go-to authors. Thankfully, she writes quickly and keeps my sweet romance tooth satisfied. This is a first love-second chance trope set in a gorgeous beach setting in Paradise, Alabama.

Holland is a brilliant scientist working on her doctorate degree. She comes from a rough background where she never felt any love from family or those who should have cared for her. She’s always focused on her studies to fill the emptiness within her. Except for a summer she spent working at the Claibourne hotel in Paradise when she was in high school and met Porter, the owner’s son. He taught her how it felt to be loved…before he broke her heart and she fled Paradise forever.

Circumstances (aka, a friend’s wedding) bring her back eight years later…and she meets Porter again for a second shot at love. If she dares take it. The risk to her heart might be more than her scientific brain can allow.

This story made me smile. The characters are fun and lovable, The romantic tension clean, yet steamy. The side characters added great dimension and reality to the plot. The setting is stunning and fun to immerse yourself in. The character growth made this poignant and touching. It’s an all-around solid, good romance that’s perfect for the beach or wherever you might be when you need a heart-lift. I highly recommend it.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Favorite Quotes

He wove his fingers between mine and held on like a covalent bond, tight and strong.


I’m always up for a good science experiment.”

“Mmm.” He made some guttural sound while closing the gap between us. “Well baby, get ready, because I’m going to light your Bunsen burner.”


Porter’s smile said I amused him. “To know even a tiny part of your brain is a beautiful thing.”

“Now that is a line I could fall for.” –Holland

Slave Queen by H.B. Moore

slaveThis was a super good historical/modern suspense book. The slave queen is Aleksandra, a village girl in the kingdom of Poland in the 1500’s. When the Turks come through and slaughter her people, she is taken by the sultan Suleiman himself and made a slave to his caravan. So begins her new life as she works her way up to favor in his eyes through bravery, loyalty, and sheer will.

This story also has a contemporary plot that ties in with the historical one. Omar Zagouri is an Israeli agent who is trying to find the person who beat up and hospitalized his mother. Mia, his almost fiancée, helps him on his mission. They run into others, including the son of his bitter enemy who runs Bata Enterprises. Bata has discovered ancient letters from the Slave Queen to the Sultan that could make a difference in modern day Turkish government if a sinister organization has anything to do with it.

The plot was interesting, with tons of twists and lots of great suspense and tension. It’s an action-filled story, with great characters put in scary scenarios. I loved the switch between modern day Turkey and ancient Ottoman Empire. Learning about how a Turkish harem ran, with all the subtleties and intrigues and deceits and power plays was fascinating. Aleksandra, the Slave Queen, was incredible. I loved whenever the story switched back to her and the sultan. Their love story was beautiful.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Allen Campbell

bequThis one’s my first or second steampunk I’ve read. There’s a book–Third Daughter–that I read a while back and I’m wondering now if it was steampunk. But I’m not sure. This books is historical, set in England kind of in the Regency era, but with steam powered technology that didn’t exist then. It felt sort of science-fiction-y but had a paranormal element as well, with vampires and werewolves as part of normal life.

Lucy Pickett is our heroine. She goes to Lord Blackwell’s manor to take care of her cousin, who has married the earl’s brother. She’s intent on learning the cause of her vibrant cousin’s illness. Lord Blackwell would like her to leave, because he’s attracted to her but cannot act on his desires since he is secretly a werewolf. What?!?

As weird as it sounds, it’s a riveting story with great characters (main and side ones). The story has a good mystery element to it and lots of twists that made it very appealing and easy to read. Overall, I liked it very much and now know more about the steampunk genre. Yea me!

Favorite Quote

You are not, at your core, as you would have people believe. You’ve been sorely misjudged, and your foster the harsh exterior as a means of self-preservation. You are an enigma, a contradiction.” – Lucy

Blackwell’s expression was flat. “My, but you are a dramatic one.”

Available on Amazon

That’s all for now. You can go swim or something. Or drink lemonade in the shade…with a book. Happy reading.



Heart of Thornewell

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Loving Lieutenant Lancaster

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Welcome summer – book ideas

To end the month and welcome summer, I thought I’d review a bunch of my favorites I’ve been reading from March to beginning of May.  These books range from Regency to contemporary to paranormal even. Enjoy!

The Husband Mission by Regina Scott

husbandThis Regency romance features a spunky, organized, and very strong heroine. Katherine is determined to see her step-sister wed before her 21st birthday so she doesn’t lose her inheritance to her evil cousin. She sets out on a mission to entrap the perfect husband for Constance in the form of Alex Wescott, Viscount Borin. But Alex is on his own mission to prove to the Foreign office that he is capable of being a spy. When he discovers a tail as he walks through London, he follows the kid back home to solve the mystery of who is having him followed and why. Continue reading