Where would half the heroines in romance novels be if not for meddling parents and a constant stream of pressure to find their perfect match? Certainly not living in the ever-alluring Happily-Ever-After. Usually quick with a quip and constantly reminding the lead of her singleness, they’re a constant—and pushy—secondary presence in romance fiction. For this First Line Friday, though, they’re taking centerstage. I’m sharing a fantastic set of opening lines featuring parents who get the ball rolling for their daughter’s love life starting right with the “Once upon a time…”
My mom absolutely loved the crap out of WhatsApp. She didn’t know how to text, but she could do anything on WhatsApp—including sending me a half dozen pictures of the guy she and my dad had chosen for me. And by chosen, I meant the one guy who had even agreed to meet me. Which was a feat in itself, to be honest. He must not have heard about me.
Now my parents were convinced that he was the one, because he’d been the only one to not turn and run from the mere whisper of the name Liya Thakkar.
Title: The Trouble with Hating You
Author: Sajni Patel
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Classification: LGBTQUIA+, Romance
Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books. Be sure to check out their weekly post to find other participants and some great first lines.