What are you favourite lines from romance books?

By | 29 April 2014 | 38 Responses

We’re looking for three standout quotes from romance books for a secret project, and we need your help!

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Photo: Abandoned book by Dennis Tai (via Flickr)

When Gabby wrote her open letter to the Sydney Writers’ Festival, we were overwhelmed with the level of support her post received from you, our fellow readers. And talk—well, tweets—turned into ideas on how we can bring attention to the lack of romance in literary festivals.

Well, Gabby, Jen and I have been working on it! (Well, mostly Jen, but we’ve been cheering her on and helping when we can.) At this point, we can’t reveal what we’re doing, yet—it’s still a secret project. (Let’s call it Operation LitRom!)

But we need your help. We’re looking for three quotes from romance books that fit the following criteria:

1. It is one sentence long. Maximum three if they are super short sentences.

2. It resembles the kind of quote you’d see in a literary book. That is, the words are beautiful, and the idea or image is also beautiful. (Or ugly in a beautiful way, if you know what I mean.)

3. The book it comes from is in the romance genre. At this stage, we’re not considering books with romantic elements or classics. (You’ll see why when we reveal all!)

4. The book it comes from is an excellent book—a book you’d recommend to a non-romance reader as an example of the best the genre has to offer.

We’re open to quotes from any romance subgenre and author. Please post the quote in the comments and include the book title and author.

We had originally planned to do this on a smaller scale, but there are so many books we haven’t read, and I’m not a person who keeps a quotes diary, so we desperately need recommendations from other readers.

So over to you, fellow readers (and that includes authors, editors, publishers—anyone who reads and loves romance fiction). What are you favourite romance book quotes?

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Kat Mayo is a freelance writer, Twitter tragic and compulsive reader. She is the editor of Booktopia's Romance Buzz and hosts the Heart to Heart podcast for Destiny Romance. Her reviews have appeared in Books+Publishing, and in 2014 she was awarded RWA's Romance Media Award. Kat firmly believes in happy endings. She kills fairies with glee.
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  1. Rachael Johns

    The slipped on her vagina one from Sarah Mayberry’s latest has to make it! I bought that book based on you tweeting that line :)

  2. Aiislie Paton

    Eleanor and Park: Rainbow Rowell

    Some mornings if Park got to school early, he sat in the parking lot with his head on the steering wheel and let whatever was left of Eleanor wash over him until he ran out of air.

  3. Aiislie Paton

    Cara McKenna Hard Time

    I refolded the page and set it before me, pulse pounding everywhere. In my feet and temples and throat, heart thumping against my ris and echoing betweeen my legs. All the places that tell your body run all the places that tell your body fuck.

  4. Aiislie Paton

    Beyond Repair – Charlotte Stein

    “This is disappointingly fragrant.”
    “Like sipping a flower.”
    “Right.”
    “With a hint of old man in it.”
    “Definitely.”

  5. Aiislie Paton

    Scrap Metal – Harper Fox

    Maybe I was being stupid, but an old faith was stirring inside me, a willingness to lean on the tides of the universe instead of swimming against them.

  6. Aiislie Paton

    A Basic Renovation – Sandra Antonelli

    Lesley felt about as sticky as the phosphorescent bug guts on the front window but nowhere near as luminescent.

  7. Jodi

    I love, love, LOVE this line from Anna Cowan’s Untamed:

    “My God,” he said. “I cannot wait to watch you live.”

    There are a lot of lines in that book I love, actually!

  8. Ainslie Paton

    The Place I belong – Inez Kelley

    Eighteen years of pain faded away like a toothache. His mother hadn’t let him go as much as she’d let him escape.

  9. Ainslie Paton

    Making Faces – Amy Harmon

    “True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash, off takes time. It takes pressure. It takes incredible endurance. It’s the slow drip that makes stalactite, the shaking of the earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would otherwise never exist.”

  10. Kat (author)

    Rachael — That might be a little too in-your-face! lol

    Jodi — That’s also my favourite line from Untamed & it’s definitely in the running.

    Ainslie — Those won’t fit! lol We can really only use a sentence or two.

  11. Roz @ MWR

    This is a favourite of mine from Robin Covington’s “A Night of Southern Comfort”:

    Her Junior League membership was toast.

    They’d kick her out for what she planned on doing to that man tonight.

  12. Roz @ MWR

    Tamara Morgan’s The Rebound Girl

    We’ve got baggage, you and I. Lots of it. The least we can do is help each other carry it.

  13. Kaetrin

    The sky curved like hammered gold above, and across it flew, cawing like crows, a flight of birds so blue they looked like little machines of enamel and brass, too vivid for life.

    Alex Beecroft – Blessed Isle

    or this line from the same book

    I thought I saw a different me in them, a man I liked better than I had liked myself hitherto.

  14. Kaetrin

    I’m looking over my blog for quotes that might fit. I’ll be back!

  15. Kaetrin

    The problem was, I wasn’t a little girl anymore. And this wasn’t about me not believing that our back yard was too small for a pony.

    Lick
    Kylie Scott

  16. Kaetrin

    I looked at all my A reviews for a few years and had a look at the quotes I used but most of them are pretty romance-y. If I read the post right, you are looking for something which will not scream “romance novel” in the text so the ones above are the only suitable from the blog. If I come across anything or am inspired to look through some of my favourite paperbacks later, I will be back again. :)

  17. Jo

    “For who of us has not fallen short of the mark” Mrs Drew Plays Her Hand – Carla Kelly

    “A complete set is whatever you need….” Agnes and the Hitman- Jennifer Crusie

    “You know every alley in my mind, every broken bottle and rat scuttling in there” The Black Hawk – Joanna Bourne

  18. Kat (author)

    Kaetrin, it can be lovey-dovey, and romance novelly is fine, but the sentence itself must be magnificent on its own. Anything that requires context to appreciate won’t really work.

  19. Kat (author)

    Kaetrin, is the Alex Beecroft book firmly romance genre, and is the entire book as great as the quotes? I really like that second quote.

  20. Ros

    “When storms and rockslides threaten, I am looking for someone who will hold on to me and not let go.”
    Courtney Milan, Unveiled

    “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”
    Lisa Kleypas, A Wallflower Christmas

    “Even two people who are no more than friends by daylight can fall prey to the influence of a secret dark room.”
    Cecilia Grant, A Woman Entangled

    “This is, of course, the privilege of love, to bear witness to a strong man’s grief.”
    Mary Ann Rivers, The Story Guy

    “My mind keeps conjuring this false perception of your presence. I think it means I miss you.”
    Delphine Dryden, The Theory of Attraction

  21. Kat (author)

    Please keep them coming guys. These are so good!

  22. Kat (author)

    Ros — Is the Kleypas book an excellent one? Or is it in an anthology? I don’t think I’ve read that one yet.

  23. Zof

    I know that it’s controversial, but it’s my weakness. So here goes:

    “You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever.” – Edward Cullen, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

  24. Jenny Schwartz

    A bit more than one sentence, but so Charles.

    “But when Anna leaned away from him, just a little, he dropped his arms and hooked his thumb in his jeans and made his shoulders relax.

    And his voice was gentler than he’d meant it to be.”

    Patricia Briggs, Hunting Ground, p.9

  25. Future

    Two of my favourites from What I Did For A Duke by Julie Anne Long.

    “Silence of the howling sort ensued.”

    “He recognised his irritation as guilt’s more tolerable cousin.”

  26. Jo

    Here’s another one. I love the whole paragraph but obviously that’s too long so I’ll just go with two lines :-)
    “The air smelled of life, greenery and magic. It filled Rose’s lungs and carried away worry.” On The Edge – Ilona Andrews

  27. infogenium

    “Are you saying you’d give it all up for me”
    “Something like that”

    Stella Rile ‘The Black Maddona’

  28. Ros

    Kat, it’s a novella. I wouldn’t say it’s Kleypas’s finest but it’s still pretty good.

  29. infogenium

    “Darling Dominga, I wouldn’t have missed knowing you for the world”
    Rosina Pyatt ‘To Catch an Earl’

  30. infogenium

    “I love you Sebastian,’ she said
    “I’m rather fond of you, too,” he said
    “Immensely fond” she corrected

    Loretta Chase ‘Lord of Scoundrels’

  31. infogenium

    He let it fall to the table, and took her small, cool, white hand in his great, warm one. She gave a tiny gasp. That was all.

    Loretta Chase ‘Lord of Scoundrels’

  32. Kaetrin

    Yes Kat! It’s m/m romance and definitely genre romance. Here’s my review. The writing is just beautiful.

    http://www.kaetrinsmusings.com/2013/01/blessed-isle-by-alex-beecroft.html

  33. Kaetrin

    I’ll have another look at my quotes with the new criteria in mind and get back to you!

  34. Kaetrin

    This might be too long:

    You’re going to love me when I forget to be considerate, and I’m going to love you when you forget to trust me and that’s for always.

    Floored
    Ainslie Paton

  35. Kaetrin

    “I’ve changed since I’ve known you. Not because you made me into someone else—but because you showed me a path I’d never paid attention to, and I chose to follow it.”

    Good for You
    Tammara Webber

  36. Kaetrin

    I giggled like a vapid schoolgirl. A noise that pretty much made me want to shoot myself on principle.

    Play
    Kylie Scott

  37. Kaetrin

    I could walk down his street and be like everyone else. I could have a lover. This is Paris, after all. Having a lover is like having a pancreas.

    Curio
    Cara McKenna

    (Possibly too long.)

  38. Kaetrin

    If only she’d inoculated him with more frequent smiles, he would not lose all his conversation.

    A Lady Awakened
    Cecilia Grant

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