There usually has to be some sort of romance involved for me to pick up a book. Anything with a strong emotional undercurrent is bound to get my attention. Contemporary, PNR, H/C & M/M are my favorites.
"This has to be your fault"
"You think I invited the alligator in here?"
"Isn't this your people?"
"My people? Are you calling my people alligators?" And then Tommy continued talking to him. In Cajun French.
"I have no idea what you're saying - you know that, right?" The alligator looked at him mutinously, and he waved in Tom's direction. "What? He's your friend - go talk to him."
"Prophet, let me go and don't move."
"And lock us in here with that?"
"There'll be more behind it."
"You're going to argue with me now?"
The alligator, which was at least five feet in length, still advanced a little, and Prophet waved his gun at it.
Tom grabbed his arm and pushed it down. "This is a message."
"And my message back's going to be damned effective."
"This place is not fucking normal."