First Lines Fridays September 16, 2022

09/16/2022     Charli     Meme

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The first lines are…

I don’t usually jog this early in the morning, but I woke up abruptly with my heart pounding when the stupid fire alarm in my apartment decided to go off. I was in the middle of one of those vivid dreams, the kind that seems so real that you wake up wondering if you were dreaming or remembering. All I remember now is that I was wandering around the dorms at my old college, looking for my roommate, but I couldn’t find her. It’s a recurring nightmare that I hate because it brings up feelings I don’t like dealing with.

And the book is…

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First Lines Fridays September 16, 2022Reviving the Rhythm Series: Blind Rebels #3
Also in this series: Blending Chords, Reviving The Rhythm
Published by Amy Kaybach on 09/16/2022
Genres: Rockstar Romance

The third book in the Blind Rebels rock star romance series plunges drummer, Sammy, into an abyss of uncertainty after an accident threatens not just his life but the only safe place he has left. Despite the sudden dark storm that assumes control of his existence, a ray of sun peeks into his life from his past that might pull him out of the depths. Will his fears and past mistakes be too much to revive his rhythm?

Experienced paramedic Melody is a strong, confident, take charge woman who’s made it her mission to save lives, but knows from personal experience not all hearts heal, especially one damaged so long ago. Even if the heart beats again, so many things can go wrong and cause past lost love to flatline permanently.


After high school, three things mattered to me: my sister Sevenya, my drum kit, and my surfboard. With Sevenya in the passenger seat, we hightailed it to Los Angeles so I could chase my rock 'n' roll dreams. But I left a part of my heart on the beach.

Just as the Blind Rebels were gaining popularity, I suffered a crushing loss. One I didn’t think I’d ever recover from. I tried running to the ocean for solace, only for an accident to turn it against me.


When it comes to relationships, I've learned it's best to keep my distance. Heartache takes many forms, so I've avoided it by perfecting the art of not getting too close. Instead, I focus on my career as a fire paramedic to help others, to make up for the one I couldn't save.

When I saw the surfer go down in the water, my instincts and training kicked in. I never expected that the life I’d be saving off-duty would be that of my high school sweetheart. He broke my heart then. I keep his beating now. Haunted by pains of our pasts, we're left wondering if a second chance is even possible after all these years.

This book is for an adult audience as it contains mature themes. Readers with sensitivity to drug use, alcohol use, cursing, violence of a physical and/or sexual nature being discussed or described may want to take that into consideration before reading this book.

In honor of today being publication day for Reviving the Rhythm, I chose to give you its first lines for this week’s First Lines Fridays. Enjoy!!