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First Lines Friday

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!

I hefted Marge, my ancient, red bicycle. Her name was born of a night burdened with too many margaritas, when I’d christened her with a full can of Bundaberg rum and coke, and put a small dent in her frame. At least it hadn’t been a bottle. Walking over broken glass to get to the esky for more beers would’ve been a little crazy. Back then, soon after I’d quit university, things had been crazy.

My Romance Curse by Cari Silverwood
(writing as Wren Tyrell)


A romantic comedy from New York Times Bestseller Cari Silverwood writing as Wren Tirrell.

Amy has a small flaw in her love life – her boyfriends die on her. Two, so far. With her fear of dead boyfriends, her live ones don’t last long before she dumps them.

Until the day her beloved bicycle, Marge, takes a dive into the sea at Nelly Bay. Can Lukas, her bicycle rescuer, Viking geek scientist, and man with the gymnastic finger-porn expertise be different and survive the curse?

Smitten by Amy, he sure wants to be.

Curses don’t exist. So when bad things happen, things that *might* be impossible, Lukas sees cracks opening in his rule-driven world.

With Wally the border collie by their side, key roles in a movie called Night of the Living Teddy Bears and Zombies, and a whole lot of friends with good, bad, and dirty suggestions, they’re planning to foil this curse.

Brace yourselves, the man in the dragon boxer shorts is here, and curse-foiling is on his bucket list.

This was my introduction to Cari Silverwood, and whilst this is very different to the more dub-con genres in which she usually writes, it is still full of the snarky humour and quirky happenstance that is her trademark writing style. If you’re interested, my review of this book can be found here.