FIRST LINES FRIDAY 56: The Rebellion or the Empire?

First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons

I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.


“I don’t need a goddamned babysitter.”

From across a desk covered in reports and folders—any number of which were probably about me—Captain Hamilton shot me a look I’d seen way too many times. Narrow eyes, tight lips, tilted head. The “I’ve had enough of your shit” look.

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The question hung in the air. Did I turn him in for planting heroin on someone he wanted to interrogate, or did I trust that he knew what he was doing? Did I join the Rebellion or the Empire?

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It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox–and borderline unethical–methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder–is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?

Risky Behavior is book one of the very addicting buddy-cop, partners-to-lover series, Bad Behavior. Unlike most police procedural stories that are usually about a murder investigation, this one features a veteran rogue cop, hell-bent on taking down a drug gang, and his rookie partner who’s quickly learning to play the game. I highly recommend this.

Review of Bad Behavior series here.

What first lines grabbed your attention this week?

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