Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time

She said it was beautiful to be loved, and that it made everything on earth look brighter.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall: A Domestic Tale of the Present Time

E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

Does this mean you’re going to make love to me tonight, Christian?” Holy shit. Did I just say that? His mouth drops open slightly, but he recovers quickly.
“No, Anastasia it doesn’t. Firstly, I don’t make love. I fuck… hard. Secondly, there’s a lot more paperwork to do, and thirdly, you don’t yet know what you’re in for. You could still run for the hills. Come, I want to show you my playroom.”
My mouth drops open. Fuck hard! Holy shit, that sounds so… hot. But why are we looking at a playroom? I am mystified.
“You want to play on your Xbox?” I ask. He laughs, loudly.
“No, Anastasia, no Xbox, no Playstation. Come.”… Producing a key from his pocket, he unlocks yet another door and takes a deep breath.
“You can leave anytime. The helicopter is on stand-by to take you whenever you want to go, you can stay the night and go home in the morning. It’s fine whatever you decide.”
“Just open the damn door, Christian.”
He opens the door and stands back to let me in. I gaze at him once more. I so want to know what’s in here. Taking a deep breath I walk in.
And it feels like I’ve time-traveled back to the sixteenth century and the Spanish Inquisition.
Holy fuck.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

L.A. Weatherly, Angel Burn

A framed photo on a dusty bookshelf caught his attention; he moved closer and picked it up silently. A small girl with long blond hair was standing under a tree, her face tilted up in delight as its feathery leaves brushed across her face, framing it.
A willow tree. Willow.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by L.A. Weatherly, Angel Burn

Colleen Houck

What are you doing?”
“Kneeling before a goddess.”
“I’m not a goddess.”
“You are. A goddess, a princess, a queen. As a soldier, I pledge myself to your service. As a prince, I grant you any boon within my power. As a man, I ask to sit at your feet and worship you. Ask me to do anything for you and I will do it.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Colleen Houck

Lisa Kleypas, Seduce Me at Sunrise

But no one can predict of a certainty what will happen. And none of it will change how I intend to spend the rest of my life. I will live it on my terms. And you... you can have all of me or nothing. I won't be an invalid any longer. Not even if it means losing you.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Lisa Kleypas, Seduce Me at Sunrise

Karl Lagerfeld

We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Karl Lagerfeld

Jez Morrow, Force of Law

She sniffled. "Does he know?"

"Not a clue," Law said. "There are concrete bricks less dense than my beloved.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Jez Morrow, Force of Law

J. Conrad Guest

I used to think Romeo and Juliet was the greatest love story ever written. But now that I’m middle-aged, I know better. Oh, Romeo certainly thinks he loves his Juliet. Driven by hormones, he unquestionably lusts for her. But if he loves her, it’s a shallow love. You want proof? Soon after meeting her for the first time, he realizes he forgot to ask her for her name. Can true love be founded upon such shallow acquaintance? I don’t think so. And at the end, when he thinks she’s dead, he finds no comfort in living out the remainder of his life within the paradigm of his love, at least keeping alive the memory of what they had briefly shared, even if it was no more than illusion, or more accurately, hormonal. Yes, those of us watching events unfold from the darkness know she merely lies in slumber. But does he seek the reason for her life-like appearance? No. Instead he accuses Death of amorousness, convinced that the ‘lean abhorred monster’ endeavors to keep Juliet in her present state, cheeks flushed, so that she might cater to his own dissolute desires. But does Romeo hold her in his arms one last time and feel the warmth of her blood still coursing through her veins? Does he pinch her to see if she might awaken? Does he hold a mirror to her nose to see if her breath fogs it? Once, twice, three times a ‘no.’ His alleged love is so superficial and so selfish that he seeks to escape the pain of loss by taking his own life. That’s not love, but infatuation. Had they wed―Juliet bearing many children, bonding, growing together, the masks of the star-struck teens they once were long ago cast away, basking in the love born of a lifetime together―and she died of natural causes, would Romeo have been so moved to take his own life, or would he have grieved properly for her loss and not just his own.

―J. Conrad Guest, author of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, The Cobb Legacy, January's Paradigm, One Hot January, January's Thaw, A Retrospect in Death (forthcoming) and 500 Miles to Go (forthcoming)

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by J. Conrad Guest

Elisabeth Eaves, Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

The paradox of love is that to have it is to want to preserve it because it's perfect in the moment but that preservation is impossible because the perfection is only ever an instant passed through. Love like travel is a series of moments that we immediately leave behind. Still we try to hold on and embalm against all evidence and common sense proclaiming our promises and plans. The more I loved him the more I felt hope. But hope acknowledges uncertainty and so I also felt my first premonitions of loss.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Elisabeth Eaves, Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

Deanna Raybourn, Silent on the Moor

I stepped closer still. He closed his eyes again and covered my hand with his own. 'You smell of violets. You always smell of violets,' he said. 'You've no idea how many times I have walked these moors and smelled them and thought you were near. On and on I walked, following the scent of you, and you were never there. When I saw you in the hall tonight, I thought I had finally gone mad.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Deanna Raybourn, Silent on the Moor

Colleen Houck

Long dormant feelings poured through my dried-up limbs and wound through me, slowly filling the emptiness. Like an irrigated field, I felt myself blossom and grow with new vigor. He was the sun, and the tenderness he showed me was life-giving water.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Colleen Houck

Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

Love knows no boundaries. I wish I would have known that before I hired a cartographer to map out my romantic territory. 


Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

Of course. Silly me. Such a sad, exciting score, which no doubt you can play? So many accomplishments, Mr. Grey.”
“And the greatest one is you, Miss Steele.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

Pablo Neruda, Love Poems

I have named you queen.
There are taller than you, taller.
There are purer than you, purer.
There are lovelier than you, lovelier.
But you are the queen.

When you go through the streets
No one recognizes you.
No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks
At the carpet of red gold
That you tread as you pass,
The nonexistent carpet.

And when you appear
All the rivers sound
In my body, bells
Shake the sky,
And a hymn fills the world.

Only you and I,
Only you and I, my love,
Listen to it.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Pablo Neruda, Love Poems

Tessa Dare, A Night to Surrender

No, Susanna, " he said. "I cannot love you just a little. If that's what you want, you must find a different man." His green eyes were breathtaking in their intensity. His thumb brushed her bottom lip. "Because I can only love you entirely. With everything I am, and everything I ever will be. Body, mind, heart, soul.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Tessa Dare, A Night to Surrender

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

I stare at him. "You can't risk not winning. Not because of me." Sean doesn't lift his eyes from the counter. "We make our move when you make yours. You on the inside, me on the outside. Corr can come from the middle of the pack; he's done it before. It's one side you won't have to worry about." I say, "I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick." Now he looks at me. He Says, very softly, "It's late for that, Puck.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

Priya Ardis, Ever My Merlin

Do you think we can be friends?” I asked.
He stared up at the ceiling. “Probably not, but we can pretend.

Romantic Quotes And Sayings by Priya Ardis, Ever My Merlin