First Line Friday: Romance in Space

First Line Friday is a meme created by Hoarding Books. Feel free to head over there, have a look around, grab your nearest book and post its first line in the comments there and in your blog.


I started reading Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell this week. I am a quarter into it now. Quick summary of what it feels like so far: m/m romance in an SF setting, marriage of convenience, potentially a murder mystery and court intrigue, hints of space opera. It‘s also one of my overdue NetGalleys.

Ancillary Justice meets Red, White & Royal Blue in Everina Maxwell’s exciting debut.

from the book blurb

Both of those are excellent books. I recommend the audioversion of Ancillary Justice. Adjoa Andoh does an excellent job. She seems to be Leckie‘s standard audiobook narrator. I also listened to her narration of The Raven Tower — or was that Provenance? — not sure which right now. And she plays a role in Bridgerton — one more reason to finally check that out.

Anyway, I am rambling, back to First Line Friday…

“Well, someone has to marry the man,“ the Emperor said.

First line of the book

As first lines go, that is a pretty good one! I also like the cover.


I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

13 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Romance in Space

    1. Some reviews say that it reads too much like fanfiction. Which can be equally good or bad. Those are probably readers that have issues with self-published books as well.

      Why didn‘t your daughter like it?

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  1. My first line is from Braced for Love by Mary Connealy
    August 1870 Bear Claw Pass, Wyoming
    Kevin Hunt came awake with a snap. A metallic clink. He didn’t need to figure out more.

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  2. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from A Captain for Caroline Grey by Julie Wright: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2021/03/12/first-line-friday-175/. It’s such a good book!!!! Currently, I’m reading To Love a Prince by Rachel Hauck, so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Today was one of those Mondays that stretched the limits of her royal demeanor.”
    Hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤📚

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  3. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Sing Me Back Home” by Amanda Mason:

    “Lane McCay strummed his fingertips against the steering wheel to the beat of the country music blaring from his truck’s radio – his fingertips being the only part of his body that he could move without regret.”

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