first line friday

✏️ #FirstLineFriday: Ricochet

Have you ever heard the sound of a gunshot?
I haven’t. At least not that I’m aware of lol! Anyway, I love dark, gritty, urban setting both in real life and books. There’s just something about the dereliction of structures and humanity that appeal to me. This book is urban and edgy and also with feels – which for me makes everything better. Also the book cover is one of my favorite with a face. I usually don’t like covers with faces because a lot of them contrary to what I imagine the character looks like. But I can totally see this cover model as Nick and I do have a weakness for men in hoodie lol!


★ Book Details ★

Ricochet (Vigilantes #1) by Keri Lake
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The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I’m cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who’s seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

***Can be read as complete standalone


✏️ #FirstLineFriday: The Fellowship of the Ring

I tend to forget that I read LOTR trilogy way before I became a reader. I did a marathon reading right after I watched The Return of the King. My cousin was obsessed with it and bought the books even though he’s not a reader and he ends up making me read it and tell him what’s in the book lol!


★ Book Details ★

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

✏️ #FirstLineFriday: Animal


One way a book can garner my attention is by talking about death. It’s not about being morbid, but more like practical lol! I love characters who view death differently than “normal” people. I don’t like gore, but when it has a purpose like showing the character’s psychological make up I’m ok with it. I love characters who are unapologetic and stay true to themselves. Beard is one of them.


★ Book Details ★

Animal by Marni Mann
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In this prison, we weren’t just guards. We were animals.

I captured the guilty.
Locked them inside our prison.
Tortured their bodies and abused their minds.
I had murdered hundreds.
Never recognized one.
Until her face.
Until that scream.
I was hired to take her life.
But first, I had to figure out how she ruined mine.

Animal is an extremely dark novel. There are strong sexual themes, drug usage, physical abuse and torture that could trigger and/or cause emotional suffering. You have been warned

✏️ #FirstLineFriday: Unhinge

The mind is such a wonderful and scary place. That’s why I love books that touch the subject of mental illness. Human mind is so volatile and unpredictable and have unique way in dealing with trauma. I haven’t read this one yet, but I love (standalone) book 1 of the series, so hopefully I can read this one soon.


★ Book Details ★

Unhinge (Fairfax #2) by Calia Read
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In Calia Read’s electrifying sequel to her steamy, psychological suspense novel Unravel, a visit from a handsome stranger shatters a beautiful young woman’s vision of her picture-perfect past.

Victoria can’t recall much of her life before she came to Fairfax Hospital, but she prefers it that way. She holds her beautiful baby daughter, Evelyn, every day and that’s enough…isn’t it? But when Evelyn is taken from her, Victoria’s world begins to fray at the seams. It becomes apparent to her that the hospital walls aren’t the only obstacles standing between her and the outside world—Victoria has constructed a hall of mirrors deep inside, every false image a distraction from the trauma of her past life. A white picket fence, a family on the way…yet something feels amiss in her memories of a happy marriage. When a handsome stranger begins visiting Victoria, pressing her to remember her past, she struggles to separate real memories from refracted images she has created, knowing at last that only the truth can set her free.