Margaretloves first sentences/paragraphs in novels, especially the ones that grab you straight away and make you want to read on. Admittedly I don’t always manage to get the impact I want, but it’s one of the things I look for when choosing a book.
For interest below are a few of my own opening lines:
“Theo Tsardikos? You expect me to go and beg him for money?” Dione stared at her father disbelievingly.
“I can’t go to a party!” declared Keisha firmly, glaring at her friend. “I have nothing to wear. Nor do I have any money. And I’m about to be thrown out of my house. Why are you asking me?”(Bedded At His Convenience)
From the first moment Penny looked into Santo De Luca’s eyes she knew she was in trouble.
“You’re expecting me to marry Vidal Marquez?”(The Twelve Month Marriage Deal)
“That man is impossible! He’s not only impossible, he’s an arrogant swine, and I don’t know why I stick it here.”(Stormy Relationship)
Briony could not believe her eyes when the man pushed rudely passed her and marched straight into the house.(Ruthless Stranger)
The sound of screeching tyres and crunching metal still rang in the air. Blythe had seen no more than a blur of red before her car was slammed against the old stone gate post. She wasn’t hurt, just shaken up and furiously angry.(Conflict)
How about you? Is this something that decides whether you buy a certain book, or perhaps it’s something else? Something more?