First Line Fridays ❤ Valentine’s Day Edition: The Breath of Dawn

It’s time for a new edition of First Line Fridays hosted by the Hoarding Books blog!


Welcome to First Line Fridays special Valentine’s Day Edition!!!

This week is all about #romance, so I’m sharing some lines from an excellent contemporary romance/suspense book that doesn’t get enough attention here on the blog.

The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

It’s one of my VERY FAVORITE contemporary romances for so many reasons, most of them having to do with Morgan’s eccentricities. Hehehe. Plus, it is a unique twist on a common trope found in historical–but not so much in contemporary–stories, and that is another reason it is in a class its own. Without further ado, here are the first lines from the prologue and chapter 1, which give you all a tiny introduction to the state of both main characters.

The Breath of Dawn

First Lines:


Seeing Morgan standing still as stone beside the freshly opened earth, Noelle St. Claire Spencer believed a man could shatter.

Chapter 1

Quinn liked the way mountains made her feel small –not unusual at five three, a hundred and five, but beneath the towering peaks, she felt miniscule, practically invisible, almost invisible enough.

Your turn! Find the book closest to you and share your first line in the comments! The, head over to Hoarding Books for the linky and visit other FLF posts!

37 thoughts on “First Line Fridays ❤ Valentine’s Day Edition: The Breath of Dawn

  1. I looooooove this book. Have read it so many times!

    I’m sharing the first line from April Gardner’s latest release, Love the War Woman, on my blog, but right now I’m reading a romantic suspense called ‘Panama Deception’ by Jennifer Haynie. Here’s the first line:

    “He was next.”

    Short and maybe not so sweet!

    • I’m glad you love it!!! It’s SO GOOD! (And I’m glad I’m not alone in my rereading. This is one I’ve read multiple times, too.)

      Oooh, that could be a “dangerous” first line! 🙂

  2. I loved that whole series! On the blog I am sharing from A Heart Most Worthy by Siri Mitchel, but here I’ll share from a book in my TBR mountain, You’re The One That I Want by Susan May Warren. “No one died tonight, not if she could help it.”

    • Yay for loving this series!!! It’s one of my favorites.

      And You’re the One That I Want is SUCH a great story!!! I know exactly what that first line is setting up, and it’s quite the nail-biting experience for both the reader and the characters!

  3. Great book!
    The first line from a book I plan to finish this weekend: Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home could be as bittersweet as leaving. -A Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin
    Happy Friday!

    • Hahaha! That’s a good way to describe us, actually. With Kristen, it’s all or nothing! Thanks for dropping by, Debra!

    • It’s AMAZING, Trisha!!! But I recommend reading the previous two books of the series first because the character development is all the more fantastic.

  4. My first line is from Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer:
    The cheerful tinkle of a bell alerted Grace Mallory to the arrival of a guest.

  5. I will admit that I seldom read contemporary romances. I prefer historical settings. However, this one is tempting. Thanks for sharing it. The book I’m featuring on my blog is Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser. Since I’m on chapter 14, I’ll share the first line from that chapter here. “I insist that you stay here and rest today, Sophie.” Have a wonderful weekend!

    • This whole series by Kristen is SO worth reading, even if contemporaries are rare for you.

      I read and enjoyed Rumors and Promises a while ago! It’s very good!

  6. Great first lines!
    I’m not actually in the middle of any fiction book (I’m reading like four non-fictions right now), but the book closest me is “A Lady Unrivaled” by Roseanna White (I read it in the beginning of the year and my mom just returned it to me and it’s not made it back to my shelves yet). It’s worth a mention so here’s the first line: “Lady Ella Myerston knew more than everyone thought she did–and more than they thought she should.”

    • Oooh! Another by Roseanna I need to read. Thanks for dropping by, Amanda! (And yay for loaning books!!)

  7. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from the new novella by Bell Renshaw, As Easy As Riding A Bike. It’s a really fun read.

    I am currently reading The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere. I am LOVING this story so much. I am just beginning chapter 7, so I will leave that first line here:

    “Rosalyn drew the blanket around her to ward off the chilly night air as the carriage moved briskly down the near-empty streets.”

    • As Easy as Riding a Bike is up very soon for me to read, too!!!! Yay!

      Thanks for sharing a line!!! Happy weekend!

  8. I have a love-hate relationship with The Breath of Dawn. The Still of Night (book 2 in the series, for those who haven’t read them) is one of my favourite books, so while I love The Breath of Dawn, I hate what happened between the two books.

    I’m featuring Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman on my blog, which doesn’t have any link to pink or hearts (although it is romantic suspense so there is some romance). I’m currently reading, Focus on Love by Candee Fick which has a Valentine’s Day scene, even if it’s not central to the plot. Here’s the first line:

    Elizabeth Foster ripped the Christmas wrapping paper from the box on her lap.

    • That’s completely understandable, Iola!!! I know what you mean. But, I still loved The Breath of Dawn immediately after reading — knowing the growth of the characters and how it all ended for them. I need to reread the series!!! And, I think it’s awesome everyone has such strong opinions of Kristen’s series :).

      Thanks for sharing your first line! I hope you’re having a good weekend!

    • Kristen Heitzmann is a WONDERFUL author!!!! I’ve read almost all of her books (all but an older historical series, I think). My favorite to recommend are this whole “Rush of Wings” series (book 1 A Rush of Wings, book 2 The Still of Night, book 3 The Breath of Dawn), and her latest “Told You” series (See my review for “Told You So” here).

      Thanks for dropping by and happy reading!

  9. This sounds interesting! I’ll have to check out the series.
    I’m sharing from the Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection (read through NetGalley) today. Here’s the first line from Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough:

    “Run, Laurel. Run!”

    • That sounds like a fun collection! And I have a sister named Laurel — you don’t see that often in print! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh grief! Thanks for sharing these lines. My lines from the blog: “It was her favorite dream.

    The golden dagger lay before Valia on a velvet cushion. Beautiful. Powerful. Deadly. She picked it up, the golden hilt ice cold against her skin.”

    These are the lines of a much awaited conclusion of the Falling Kingdoms series: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes. Happy Friday!

  11. Fabulous book!


    Vincentio Rossi lifted his glass of ten-year-old Lombardi Brunello di Montalcino, closed his eyes, and sniffed the complex bouquet of the ruby red wine. – Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading

  12. i love her books!

    My current first line is from Missy Tippens’ new novella “Her Valentine Reunion” (in the Back to You collection) – In a preemptive strike against the Valentine’s Day funk that hit her every year in February, Abbie Rogers had been working on her latest craft project she’d dubbed Operation Kill Cupid.”

    • Me too, Carrie! I’ve discovered several of Kristen’s fans this weekend by posting this :).

      That first line is HILARIOUS!!! Happy weekend!

  13. I know I’m late but yesterday was busy! Happy Weekend! My first line is from A Langhorne Romance (which is in Right Where We Belong collection) by Deborah Raney.

    “No sooner had Lily O’Neal plunged her hands into the sticky bread dough than the doorbell rang. Why did it always work that way?”

    • Clearly, my weekend has been busy, too. 😉

      I’ve read that collection, and it’s so adorable! Enjoy it!

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