First Line Friday (week 153): Risking Love

Posted July 26, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, romance, Toni Shiloh / 32 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, on First Line Friday I’m featuring Risking Love by Toni Shiloh, one of our CFRR2019 authors!

And the first lines are…

“Welcome to The Maple…Pit.” Nikki Gordon forgot the rest of her speech because Gregory “Shorty” Smalls had just walked into The Pit with another woman.

Uh oh, Shorty 😀

Check out my review of Risking Love!

Nikki Gordon lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way.

The past holds her bound with ropes made of fear-infused steel, and she’s determined that no one will ever cut through them. If only her heart would cooperate whenever Shorty comes around. Things go from complicated to confusing when he appears at The Maple Pit in the company of another woman—a drop-dead gorgeous one at that.

With everything to lose and to gain, Nikki steps out in faith and prays for the courage to let him in… before it’s too late.

Gregory “Shorty” Smalls finally has the chance to take his burgeoning business to the next level. Then maybe, Nikki will quit seeing him as a goof-off and give him a real chance.

Finding out he isn’t the problem? The best and worst news possible.

Just how much healing has to take place before he has a chance to move from friend zone to love of her life?

And does he even have a chance?


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32 responses to “First Line Friday (week 153): Risking Love

  1. Gloria A

    This is the first line from Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason.
    “FBI Special Agent Allison Radcliffe fingered the key in her apron pocket, debating whether she could break into Vladislav Nevsky’s office without getting caught.”

  2. Happy Friday! I shared from The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett over on my blog. Here I’ll share from The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey — Fire ripped through Finn’s right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. The first line is from State of Lies by Siri L. Mitchell.
    “Sean was already pulling his shirt off over his head as he came into the bedroom.”

  4. Kay Garrett

    May 1896 – Honey Grove, TX
    “The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp,” Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.
    MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY by Karen Witmeyer

  5. Janice Moore

    Jan Karon’s book “Bathed in Prayer” starts with, “He arrived at the office, uttering the prayer he had offered at its door every morning or 12 years: ‘Father, make me a blessing to someone today, through Christ our Lord .Amen.”‘

  6. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I’ll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I’m currently reading:

    “Footsteps signaled someone’s approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers.”
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak

  7. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: I’m currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! ?❤?

  8. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! I haven’t started this yet, but my first line (well – 2 lines) is from “Margin of Error” by Christy Barritt:

    “Hunger and anger battled inside him like two storm fronts colliding. A violent friction clashed in his very soul.”

  9. Toni is a great author!
    Happy Friday!
    Today I’m sharing the first line of Searching For You by Jody Hedlund over on my blog. So I’ll share the first line of the chapter I’m currently on here:

    “Och, dinnae tell me I’m too late!”

  10. Happy Friday! On my blog, I am sharing Mail Order Marvel by Kirsten Osbourne. Here, I will share the first line of the second chapter in my current read, Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid. “The rusty lock would not budge.” Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson but it’s also the book I’m about to dig into so no extra line yet. Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Happy Friday, Carrie! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

  13. Yet another book that’s already on my to-read pile …

    I’m sharing the first line of Under a Camperdown Elm by Janet Chester Bly on my website today, but my current read is Love and Other Mistakes by debut Australian author Jessica Kate. Here’s the first line:

    “Natalie Groves eyed the bag of gingerbread M&Ms on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions.”

    Happy reading!

  14. Paula Shreckhise

    Can’t wait to read Toni’s book!
    My first line is from Underestimating Miss Cecelia by Carolyn Miller:

    Aynsley Manor, Somerset. June 1918

    “It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.”
    Another wonderful Regency!

    Happy reading!

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