Top Ten Tuesday… Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday… Opening Lines

Today’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is on the them of opening lines. The suggestion is to go for “Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately“, which immediately threw me into a tail spin because I’m not that sort of organised reader who keeps meticulous note of such things.

Perhaps I need a new shelf on Goodreads, but since I am trying to reduce said number of shelves maybe not. I’m sort of inspired to set up a spreadsheet in order to record future opening lines that are in some way memorable. Trouble is I have an atrocious memory so there is every chance the spreadsheet would collect cobwebs since I’d forget to fill it in.

So back to my dilemma of ‘I don’t really remember/have any opening lines that spring to mind’. I mean, there’s always “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” which I’ve probably misquoted since I haven’t actually read A Tale of Two Cities. So here’s what I’m going to do, I will choose 10 books from my favourites of 2019, and since I read 318 books according to GR (give or take a few beta reads, the odd DNF and a few re-reads) that might not be such an easy choice to make.

Title – The Son & his Hope
Author – Pepper Winters
Genre – NA/ Contemporary Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874791-the-son-his-hope

Today I must watch my husband die all over again.
I tried to refuse. I pointed out how cruel it would be to relive the worst part of my life – the life that never managed to heal. I don’t have the strength to watch my love story, curse my life story, cry at my broken romance.

Title – Broken (Omega’s Destruction #1)
Author – Eva Dresden
Genre – Paranormal/ Omegaverse Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52895976-broken


The press of naked flesh, slip-sliding, grinding, brazen.

Title – Her Dark Legion (Messenger Chronicles #5)
Author – Pippa DaCosta
Genre- Science Fiction/ Fantasy / Reverse Harem

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44404128-her-dark-legion

Shinj’s constant presence hummed at the back of my thoughts, beating in time with her two massive hearts. As those I loved fell apart around me, I wondered what it would have been like to fall into her embrace and bond as her pilot.

Title – The Black Prince
Author – Ariana Nash
Genre – Dark MM Fantasy Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50979555-the-black-prince

They did things differently in this land, Akeim considered as the dragonkin, Lord Clarion, swung his axe down with devastating accuracy. The blade severed the elf’s head from her neck and slammed three inches deep into the woodblock beneath her.

Title – Sexy As Sin
Author – Julie Kriss
Genre – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51819899-sexy-as-sin

Ava Winters, you are a mess.

Title – Red Herring (The Kingmaker Sage # 4)
Author – London Miller
Genre – Romantic Suspense

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45801123-red-herring

His wrath was biblical.

Title – Black Light: Scandalized
Author – Livia Grant
Genre – BDSM/ Erotic Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52896703-black-light

“Look what the cat dragged in. Your’e almost an hour late.”

Title – Lavish Destruction (The Last Triton #3)
Author – Myra Danvers
Genre – Fantasy Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45014504-lavish-destruction

Head pounding, eyes puffy and swollen, I pried my lids apart, disorientated. A bed. I was tucked beneath heavy blankets in a dark room.

Title – Bass-Ackwards
By Eris Adderly
Genre – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44905051-bass-ackwards

The Haul Ash Truck and Trailer rental office in Ashland, Texas, didn’t have a neon or LED ‘open’ sign in the window when Christina Lee Dodd showed up for her closing shift that Thursday, even though it was one o’clock in the afternoon. That was because her boss was too cheap for them to have one.

Title – The Five
Author – Lily White
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44905051-bass-ackwards

She was barely a woman. A girl with soft brown hair, tangled and long. The ends dusted the small of her back when she turned to look at the camera.

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