First Line Friday (week 329): My Phony Valentine

Posted February 16, 2023 by meezcarrie in contemporary, Courtney Walsh, First Line Fridays, romance / 26 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m featuring the first line of My Phony Valentine by Courtney Walsh – don’t you love that cover?!?

and the first line is…

I don’t know why I did what I did.


A chance meeting. A hunky hockey player. A fake romance.
Hardly an ordinary day in the life of Poppy Hart.My days usually consist of agonizing over my failing restaurant, worrying about my mountain of debt and nursing my broken heart.Everything changes when I bump into a man in the coffee shop and claim him as my new boyfriend. To my absolute horror, he turns out to be hockey’s most renowned bad boy, Dallas Burke. To my absolute delight, he goes along with my story.

When his no-nonsense manager and meddling grandmother jump in the picture, they see a win-win solution for my failing restaurant and Dallas’s less-than-stellar reputation.

A full-fledged fake romance complete with contract negotiations, pretend dates and phony PDA.

But as I get to know the real Dallas Burke, who is not the man the press says he is, it becomes clear that if this isn’t real. . . someone better tell it to my heart.

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26 responses to “First Line Friday (week 329): My Phony Valentine

  1. DeAnna Dodson

    Hey! I love hockey, and I love it when I find a hockey-playing hero.

    I’m a little confused though about the disclaimer. Is this book a clean read or not? I like the summary. 😀

  2. Gloria A

    I just finished My Phony Valentine and loved it! So good. I also finished Under Fire by Lynn Blackburn earlier this week. This first line:
    One Year, Three Months, Twenty-Seven Days Earlier
    US Secret Service Agent Tessa Reed was no stranger to hangovers.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Dawson City, Yukon
    June 1902
    Adeline Byrant, or rather Moerman, since she’d been forced to marry Sam Moerman last year, tried her best to sleep.
    REMEMBER ME by Tracie Peterson

  4. Linda Critcher

    Beautiful cover, can’t wait to read. Love your books Courtney.

    Here’s the first line from a book I’m planning to read : “Adriana Starr didn’t want her mother and little brother to stop breathing the way her father had”.
    River to Redemption – Ann H, Gabhart

  5. Kim

    I love the cover. Oh, the first line… I think it’s setting the tone of the story. Thanks for bringing the book to my attention.

  6. DeAnna Dodson

    I ended up reading the sample on Amazon and then buying the book. It looks so cute, and I usually don’t read contemporary romance. 😀

      • DeAnna Dodson

        Yeah, you know I love my historicals. But I do love hockey, and I couldn’t resist a hunky hockey player who likes a curvy girl. Hee hee.

      • DeAnna Dodson

        Okay, I had to get my hair cut, so I took my kindle with me for while I was waiting. Wouldn’t you know it? I didn’t have to wait about five minutes. I snatched a little more story while the stylist wasn’t talking, and now I REALLY have to get to work (so I can listen to the hockey game tonight!), but I’m loving it so far. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. 😀

  7. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Memory Lane by Becky Wade.
    “After dark that night, Leigh returned from her long journey to bring him his medicine. Thank God, Jonah thought, when he heard her enter Remy’s small house. She’d arrived with the good stuff.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line this week comes from The Last Chance Cowboy by Jody Hedlund:
    Chicago, Illinois. March 1871
    “ It’s a boy.” Catherine Remington held the squalling infant upside down by his ankles, making sure he didn’t inhale mucus.

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