Top 20 Novel First Lines


Years ago I read Little Black Book by Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea. 
The first line of this book is "Wilma and Betty fuck like porn stars." 
Yep, it is. 
And because of that epic first line, I began taking notice of first lines when I read. 
It's one of those things I just do and don't even realize it.  

When I started writing a book years ago, someone gave me the advice to open my favorite books and read the first lines and make notes.
Does the single first line pull me in? 
Do I need to read the whole paragraph to grab me?
Do I need to read the whole first chapter to be captivated?  

She finished up by telling me there was no right or wrong way to write an opening (and I agree) but this reinforced my love of epic first lines.  This goes along with my love of covers which you guys already know about.  

Today I thought I'd share with you 20-ish of my favorite first lines. 

Some are crazy. 
Some are extremely powerful. 
Some are heartbreaking.  
All of them are memorable. 

Do you love first lines?
Or first paragraphs?
Or first Chapters? 
What is your favorite part of a book? 
We'd love you to share with us. 

Here are some of our favorite first lines...

As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve stories above the streets of Boston, I can’t help but think about suicide.  ~ It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover

A dark, creepy feeling, like I’d walked over someone’s grave, slithered down my spine as the girl climbed the broken front steps of the porch with the social worker. ~ Defiant Queen, by Meghan March

The familiar smell of blood invaded my nostrils as it ran down my wrists, its hot wetness fueling the anger inside.  ~ Enrage, by Rachel Van Dyken

I am Olivia Kaspen, and if I love something I rip it from my life. ~ The Opportunist, by Tarryn Fisher

I was cursed by a wizard when I was seven years old. ~ American Queen by Sierra Simone

Wilma and Betty f*ck like porn stars.  ~ Little Black Book by Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea

If Georgia Bennett were a glass-half-full sort of person, she’d probably find the gently falling snow beautiful.  ~ Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer

I always wanted to be a Bond girl.  ~ Twisted Bond by Emma Hart

Love is supposed to be some overpowering sentiment that breaks down walls and intoxicates each part of the body.  ~ Blended by Sasha Brummer

The first message warning my life would end came ten minutes after the taxi dropped me off at the airport.  ~ Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters

I wondered if the vibration would feel good between my legs. ~ Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

“When are you going to let me show you what real power feels like between your thighs?” ~ Moto by M. Never

“I hate him. I hate him. I hate both of them.” ~ Mister Black by PT Michelle

I awake disoriented and lost in the silence.  ~ Combust by K. Bromberg

The ache between my legs throbbed, intensely and obsessively.  ~ Dirty Ties by Pam Godwin

Chances are choices.  ~ All Fall Down by Geneva Lee

The moment you realize you’re going to die is nothing like I imagined it would be.  ~ Black Box by Cassia Leo

“Shit. Shit. Shit Joey? I need you!” ~ Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

When I woke up in bed with two Brazilian models that I didn’t remember putting there, I realized it was time to pack it up and come home.  ~ Love Burns by Mandi Beck

I’m a cheater.  There. I said it. ~ Love Rekindled by Michelle Lynn

This is the start of an amazing new chapter in my life.  ~ The Bartender by Piper Rayne

No one plans to be a whore.  ~ Lilith formerly known as Whore by Willow Aster