When I read a book I salivate over the romantic parts. I smile, feel my cheeks blush, and usually let out a weighty sigh. Think about the most romantic line you have ever read or written. Didn't you just experience all of the above?

My favorite moments are the ones we least expect, as do the characters. Lengthy glances, light touching of skin upon skin, stuttering or complete loss of speech, and the utter beauty of hesitation. That breath before a kiss, the pause before an embrace, that stare before...well you know.

All of what I have described above I've found in books of varying genre; literary, mystery, women's fiction, commercial, historical and paranormal.

Love is in every story.

The stories we've read and have yet to read.

The stories we've written and have yet to write.

Here we can share the journey together, celebrating love, one novel at a time.

One of my favorite romantic lines in all of literature comes from Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook.

"I am no one special, just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me, that has always been enough."

Sigh and swoon my friends. Sigh. And. Swoon.

Please, share your favorite lines from a book you've read or written.

Happy writing,

04/20/2012 8:28am

Ah, you have selected one of my favorite books AND movies. I love that line. And as "gooshy" as it sounds, I love the line from Bridges of Madison County where Francesca has decided not to leave with Robert and he turns toward her and says something about a love like theirs only comes around once in a lifetime.

04/22/2012 9:52am

Hi Charli-- Great post! I have to admit, I've seen more of the movies adapted from Nicholas Sparks novels than I've read the books they were based on, but I did read BRIDGES shortly after it came out. And I agree, that line from THE NOTEBOOK above is a good one!

Here's a line I loved when I read it:

"To his wonder, her eyes filled with something softer than justice, something warmer than mercy." Brent Weeks, THE WAY OF SHADOWS

Of course, to truly experience the line, it must be read in context. The book is a great read for anyone who likes dark fantasy with romantic elements.

Looking forward to the next post!

04/27/2012 12:16pm

Charli, you made me sigh. Thank you. :) Here's a short excerpt from my novel, Someone Else's Daughter. Forgive the length.

He wrestled with the gnawing need to classify his feelings for her. He wanted to say that she was a passing fancy. That his fascination with her was temporary. But that would be a lie. What he was afraid to admit, even in the dark recesses of his mind, was that his feelings for Miranda Steele had burrowed deep into the pit of his gut and refused to let go. Every thought of her rang with solidity, with permanence, with happiness. Was this…love?


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