While introducing her upcoming historical romance and her debut YA historical fantasy, The Burning Sky, on her blog, Sherry Thomas spoke about the description or bit of dialogue that perfectly encapsulated the emotional and romantic impact of a book. Her example was Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, whose blurb (following) “got [her] to open my wallet and buy [a] copy.”
About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
This made me think of the passages in my absolute favorite romance novels that, well, made them my absolute favorite romance novels.
First up is Jennifer Blake’s Midnight Waltz. Set in 1850s Louisiana—as per usual with Blake—and featuring a pretty scandalous arrangement involving the heroine Amalie, this line in particular, uttered by the hero, Robert, gets me every time!:
“Because — oh, because I looked at you that first day in M’mere’s sitting room, with your hair hanging in wet wisps about your face, with raindrops like tears on your cheeks and such concern in your eyes, and I knew you were mine. You were mine, and though it was too late to make you my wife, I could still have you, for I had just been told exactly that.”
Second is Victoria Holt’s The India Fan, a superb gothic romance set during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1856. The seemingly plain and unremarkable heroine, Drusilla, has run away from Fabian Framling after they escape from India, as she is convinced his attraction his fleeting. Not so, he says!
“Drusilla, have you forgotten? Didn’t I choose you when you were a baby? ‘That’s mine,’ I said, and it has been like that ever since.”
Last but not least, Meagan McKinney’s Fair Is The Rose. I don’t read a lot of Westerns, but when I do, they are all stacked against this incredibly angsty star-crossed romance between escaped criminal Christal Van Alen and tortured ex-Confederate soldier turned lawman Macauley Cain.
“If it’s fear stoppin’ you girl, then know this: I fear you equally. I want to be free, but you’re my obsession. And if I want you above all else, so I must fear you above all else.”
What lines have forever gripped you by the throat and why?
Evangeline Holland is a writer of historical romances, an amateur milliner, and a really great cook. When not writing or reading, you can find her blogging about the Edwardian era on her website, the aptly titled Edwardian Promenade.