Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 #7

"Book Beginnings" on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader, the meme encourages to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book.

"The Friday 56" is also a weekly event, hosted by Freda's Voice, where you find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you from page 56 or 56% in your book/eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)

All beginnings have an end, which is most important is up to the interpreter, I suppose. For me it depends on the story, and sometimes, they hold equal impact. What's more import to you, the way a book begins or the way a book ends?

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing a solo in the church choir--despite her average voice--is fate: because it's while she's singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are connected.

Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there's nowhere for him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily. That's when everything changes.

As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells' lives, they witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when tragedy strikes, they're left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness, and wondering if they'll ever find a place where they can belong. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, I'll Be There is a gripping story that explores the complexities of teenage passions, friendships, and loyalties.
"The days of the week meant nothing to him. Except Sunday. Because on Sundays he listened to pipe organs and pianos." 

He's religious! That was my initial thought, though, the author quickly refuted it. From the first page Sam is interesting. I hope he stays that way. 

"Sam opened his eyes and as they adjusted to the darkness he saw Riddle's face, bathed in the orange light of flames. He was in hell. "No...!" Riddle was positively euphoric. "I made a fire. With the glass from the watch. Now we'll be warm. And we can cook food! But we don't have food. But I can find food. I promise. Because now we have fire." 

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.
Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?
USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!
"It was the best of times, it was the nakedest of times..."

Sounds like a good time to me. With that line and a title like Rusty Nailed, I'm pretty sure there will be naked times.
"And my God, I loved him, but I'd almost be glad when... Okay, I'm going to say the thing you're not supposed to say. I'd be glad when I had the bed to myself again."

Any awesome beginnings, middles, or ends that you would like to share? 

Until Next Time, 


  1. I didn't expect for her to say "she'd want the bed along." I also like the beginning of the first book about the organ and....

  2. I love the sound of Rusty Nailed...the setting, the premise of a house-sitting interior designer....I want to know more now.

    Here's mine:


  3. I'm intrigued with both of these. I love the type of story that I'll Be There Seems to be. I've heard great things about Rusty Nailed and the 56 made me laugh. Totally understand enjoying having the bed to yourself!

  4. He's optimistic. This is a comment about the first book.

  5. Sandra NachlingerJuly 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Both of these books sound great. I'll Be There sounds heart warming; Rusty Nailed sounds funny and sexy. Good choices for today's post!
    Here's the link to my Friday post: REMIX.

  6. Bev@My Reader's BlockJuly 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Getting the fire going is good...I'm not sure finding the food is going to be quite as easy as he thinks. Rust Nailed sounds like a fun, sexy read.

    I've been away from
    the meme for a while, but trying to get back in the swing of things. Here's my Friday

  7. I'm intrigued by the 56 in I'll Be There. Sounds almost caveman-ish in today's age.... kinda cool!
    The latter book sounds steamy!

    Happy weekend!

  8. Great snippets. I was already thinking of grabbing Rusty Nailed, I think you gave me that extra push ;)

    My BB and 56 :)

  9. I've heard really great things about it. I think I'll pick it up as well!

  10. I'll be there reads like a fairytale. I can definitely see if being in a different era, although it isn't.

    Thanks for stopping by, Freda!

  11. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get right back into the swing of things. I know how hard that can be!

    Thanks for stopping by! We'll be by your post soon!

  12. Thanks, Sandra! It's definitely a contrast, but a fun one.

    I'll be by your post soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Yes, very optimistic. That's what I love about there brothers in I'll Be There.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!

  14. I agree! A bed to myself sounds like heaven most days.

    I'll Be There has been a good read so far. It reads something like a fairytale.

    Thanks for stopping by, Katherine! Have a great weekend!

  15. Rusty Nailed is definitely one I want to read soon. The beginning and 56 both have me intrigued!

    Thanks for stopping by, Laurel-Rain! I'll be by your post soon!