Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

Posted August 17, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 16 Comments


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

August 17: Favorite First Sentences

I’m going to try really hard to be diverse in my choices this week but it’s going to be hard since there is one author that comes to mind with some of my favorite first lines ever. I’m sure you’ll pick up on who that is once I get started.

1. The Bride by Julie Garwood.

“They said he killed his first wife.”

The very first thought that popped in my head when I read this first line for the first time was, “Say what?” and the story immediately got more interesting to me. I was super thrilled with the way that the entire story came together and it all started with that first line. I loved it.

2. The Secret by Julie Garwood.

“They became friends before they were old enough to understand they were supposed to hate each other.

This is another book by Julie Garwood where the story hooked me from the very first line. I mean, how can you not be hooked? I wanted to know who these two were and why they were enemies. You just know it’s going to be a good one after reading a first line like that.

3. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas.

“What is your preferred style, Miss Briars? Would you prefer your man to be fair-haired or dark?”

My first thought was, “What the what?” This is a historical romance so what in the world is going on here? Kleypas hooked me from that very first line. I just knew it was going to be a scandalous read..and it was. I loved it!

4. Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood.

“They meant to kill him.

If you’re thinking, “Oh snap!” then we were thinking the same thing because I wanted to immediately know more about who was trying to kill him and who he was. This first chapter was wonderfully written because so much happens in that first chapter and all of it had me gasping. In that first chapter, Julie Garwood set up the rest of the book so freaking well that this book remains one of my favorite Garwood novels to date. So freaking good.

5. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy.

“He doesn’t know that I’m alive.”

I love the unrequited love stories. The ones where one half of the main couple has been in love with the other half for quite a long time so when I started this book, I was stoked to be getting that kind of storyline and even though what I originally thought would happen..didn’t. I still loved the hell out of this book and it started with that first line.

There you have it, my favorite first lines from some of my favorite authors. Did I miss any? What are some of your favorite first lines? Sharing is caring. Ha!

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16 responses to “Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

  1. The line from The Bride has really hooked me ! I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this book so I need to get to it. I always see Garwood’s romantic suspense so I forget she writes historicals

    • Ooh, you’ll love Julie Garwood. Most everyone that has read her historical romances have loved them and she gives great first lines. 🙂 The Bride is a great place to start.

  2. I love strong opening sentences! I feel like it sets the tone for how the book is gonna go. Still haven’t gotten into Historical Romance but I’m planning on it this year. Great post!



    • Ooh, let me know when you want some historical romances recommendations. I’ve got plenty. 🙂

      I haven’t used Bloglovin in ages. I mostly just use Feedly.

  3. I haven’t read Suddenly You yet, but omg what a line! I need!!
    And the first line for those Julie Garwood books are terrific too. Definitely great hooks there.

    • You should definitely fix that, Nick. I’ll even gift you the book cause I want to see what you think about it. I heart Jack Devlin.

      Julie Garwood is another fabulous historical romance author. Have you tried any of her stuff?

    • Garwood will forever a hold a special place in my heart since I’ve made such great friends through her books. Connor!!! I love Connor!!

      OMG, “Nay lass, tis Connor.” *swoon*

    • Yep, I’m all about the angst…especially if there’s a definite payoff in the end. I definitely recommend every book mentioned in this post. So good!

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