First Line Friday — Dark Ambitions

11 Oct

Happy Friday! I have a new book to read this weekend — Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon! I am excited to finally dig into the third and final book in Hannon’s Code of Honor series. This talented author never disappoints with her action-packed romantic suspense. What about you? What are you reading this weekend? Please share your first lines in the comments. And don’t forget to head over to Hoarding Books to see what other bloggers are sharing today.


Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently — leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed–and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay . . . maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award — the “Oscar” of romance fiction — and a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. In addition, her books have won a Daphne du Maurier award, two Carol awards, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice award, a Retailers Choice award, three Booksellers’ Best awards and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.


11 Responses to “First Line Friday — Dark Ambitions”

  1. joyofreadingweb October 11, 2019 at 8:35 am #

    Sounds like quite the page-turning story! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. MrsDMVH October 11, 2019 at 9:16 am #

    Great opening line! Happy Friday!!

  3. Paula Shreckhise October 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

    I always love Irene Hannon’s books! This one was soooo good! Kept you guessing!

    My first line is from Aiming For Love by Mary Connealy:
    October 1873
    Hope Mountain
    Near Bucksnort, Colorado, Near Grizzly Peak, Colorado
    Josephine Nordegren floated through the woodland silent as a ghost.

    • rbclibrary October 12, 2019 at 6:00 am #

      Glad to hear it — I start it today. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. bellesmoma16 October 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first couple of lines from One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw: I’m currently in the middle of chapter 8, so I’ll share a line from there.

    “Hoyt hadn’t thought this through.”

    Have a great weekend! 🙂❤📖

  5. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) October 11, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from Code of Valor by Lynette Eason: “The broker rose from his chair and glared at the imbecile standing on the other side of the desk. ‘We paid you well to steal that boat. Where is it?'”

    • rbclibrary October 12, 2019 at 5:59 am #

      Love her books!

  6. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog October 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

    I’m currently reading The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber, a Victorian mystery. Here’s the first line: “The scream froze me in my tracks, but the shout that followed propelled me out of my indecision and around the hedge line of the maze.”

    • rbclibrary October 12, 2019 at 5:58 am #

      Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder October 12, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    Sounds like there’s danger ahead! 🙂 Happy Friday! I’m sharing from two Carrie Anne Noble books on my blog this week. Here is the second line from The Gold-Son:

    “The forest was a forbidden place, spoken of only in warnings and whispers.”

    • rbclibrary October 12, 2019 at 5:58 am #

      Intriguing sentence!

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