Aug 21 2017 11:00am

9 Lisa Kleypas Quotes That Will Make You Swoon, Sigh, and Laugh

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

As part of Heroes and Heartbreakers' EBook of the Month Club, we had a walk down memory lane with this month's choice, Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas. We love historical romance, and Kleypas brings humor and passion to each of her novels. Download your copy of Mine Till Midnight and that's never more highlighted than in these quotes below. Join the discussion on Mine Till Midnight (and all the Hathaways) and share your favorite Kleypas quotes today!

Certain scenes or phrases from our favorite romances can get trapped in our memories. How often do we recall a scene, a phrase, a confrontation or a confession, or a clever quip—and we feel compelled to immediately run to our bookshelf and look up the scene. Nothing is more comforting to me than picking up a Lisa Kleypas novel and finding a favorite quote. I know my favorite scenes from the Bow Street Runners’ series to the Wallflowers. For your reading (and re-reading) pleasure, I’ve collected a small sampling of some of my favorite Lisa Kleypas quotes.

(Warning: Reading over these scenes will increase your odds of distraction, procrastination, and completely re-reading the entire book.) 

I’m going to start with Suddenly You, showing us that Kleypas knows our passion for both books and romance. This has to be my favorite standalone Kleypas romance (which I believe is also the first romance I ever read), but don’t be fooled by the book-talk; the tension in this scene packs as much of a punch as a love scene!

“A poor man needs the escape far more than a wealthy man does.“

”Escape,“ Amanda repeated, having never heard a book described in such a way.

”Yes, something to transport your mind from where and who and what you are. Everyone needs that. A time or two in my past, it seemed that a book was the only thing that stood between me and near insanity. I-"

He stopped suddenly, and Amanda realized that he had not meant to make such a confession. The room became uncomfortably quiet, with only the jaunty snap of the fire to intrude on the silence. Amanda felt as if the air were throbbing with some unexpressed emotion. She wanted to tell him that she understood exactly what he meant, that she, too, had experienced the utter deliverance that words on a page could provide. There had been times of desolation in her own life, and books had been her only pleasure.” 

Suddenly You

Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Most recently we have the Ravenel series, introducing readers to both Devon Ravenel (the hero of Cold-Hearted Rake) and Rhys Winterborne (the villain-turned-hero of Marrying Winterborne). This quote perfectly sums up why we love the reformed rake and those delicious scoundrels as much as we do:

“…When you find yourself in the company of such a scoundrel, flee without hesitation.” “But how will I know if a man is a scoundrel?” Kathleen had asked. “By the unwholesome glint in his eye and the ease of his charm. His presence may excite rather lurid sensations. Such a man has a certain something in his physical presence... a quality of ‘animal spirits,’ as my mama used to call it.”

-Cold-Hearted Rake

No list of Kleypas quotes is complete without Viscount St. Vincent. I’ve met some Kleypas fans ready to go to war that Devil in Winter is one of the best historical romances ever written and that St. Vincent is arguably one of Romancelandia’s favorite heroes. Oh, that Sebastian! He’s so deliciously bad—and he knows it, and he loves it:

“Women beg me for it, and not the other way around.”

“Then you should go to one of them.”

“Oh, I will. When we return to London, I'm going to embark on a spree of orgiastic debauchery that won't end until someone is arrested for it. But in the you truly expect that the two of us are going to share a bed tonight—and tomorrow night—as chastely as a pair of nuns on holiday?” 

-Devil in Winter

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Who is on the other side of the war? That will be reformed rake Derek Craven of Dreaming of You. For many longtime Kleypas fans, Dreaming of You is, in fact, the best historical romance ever written—and no one replaces Derek Craven as the ultimate reformed romance hero, or Sara, who sees through his bad reputation to the heart of him:

“You can't change the truth. You can act as though you're deaf and blind, you can walk away from me forever, but the truth will still be there, and you can't make it go away. I love you.” She felt an involuntary tremor run through him.

“I love you,” she repeated. “Don't lie to either of us by pretending you're leaving for my good. All you'll do is deny us both a chance at happiness. I'll long for you every day and night, but at least my conscience will be clear. I haven't held anything back from you, out of fear or pride or stubbornness.” She felt the incredible tautness of his muscles, as if he were carved from marble.

“For once have the strength not to walk away,” she whispered. “Stay with me. Let me love you, Derek.” 

-Dreaming of You

Secrets of a Summer Night first introduced us to the Wallflowers, and if I thought I loved Kleypas romances before, this was the point of no return. Not to brag too much, but this is also the series I have successfully con on more than one occasion to non-historical romance readers (friends who felt they could only read paranormal romance or contemporary) into historical romances fans. With this interaction between sisters and friends, we also see not only Kleypas’talent at crafting men we adore, but also women we come to love too:

“What kind of husband would suit you, Miss Jenner?”

“Evie,” the girl murmured, her blush deepening until it clashed with her fiery hair. She struggled with her reply, extreme bashfulness warring with a strong instinct for privacy. “I suppose …I would like s-s-someone who was kind and…” Stopping, she shook her head with a self-deprecating smile. “I don’t know. Just someone who would l-love me. Really love me.”

The words touched Annabelle, and filled her with sudden melancholy. Love was a luxury she had never allowed herself to hope for—a distinctly superfluous issue when her very survival was so much in question. However, she reached out and touched the girl’s gloved hand with her own. “I hope you find him,” she said sincerely. “Perhaps you won’t have to wait for long.” 

-Secrets of a Summer Night (book 1 of the Wallflower series)

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

The latest Kleypas release, Devil in Spring, is the third book in the Ravenel series, including some of our favorite Wallflower series characters. We’re catching up with characters well after a decade has passed, and the romance continues!  Pandora Ravenel is one of Kleypas’ most independent and clever heroines I’ve read, and now she finds true love with Sebastian and Evie St. Vincent’s son, Gabriel:

“Your kiss thrilled me beyond imagining,” he whispered. “Every night for the rest of my life, I’ll dream of the afternoon in the holloway, when I was waylaid by a dark-haired beauty who devastated me with the heat of a thousand troubled stars, and left my soul in cinders. Even when I’m an old man, and my brain has fallen to wrack and ruin, I’ll remember the sweet fire of your lips under mine, and I’ll say to myself, ‘Now, that was a kiss.’”

Silver-tongued devil, Pandora thought, unable to hold back a crooked grin. 

-Devil in Spring

Finishing off the Wallflower series still left me hungry for more, and Mine Till Midnight is the perfect introduction to the Hathaway series. What I love the most are the elements of Romany folklore and fairy tales, and makes even the sexiest of her scenes also some of the most romantic. I can’t get enough of Amelia and Cam:

 “You’re not even someone I could have dreamed. You’re like someone from a fairy story written in a language I don’t even know.”

“The prince, I hope.”

“No, you’re the dragon, a beautiful wicked dragon.” Her voice turned wistful. “How could anyone have a normal everyday life with you?”

Cam took her in a safe, firm grip and lowered her to the mattress. “Maybe you’ll be a civilizing influence on me.” He bent over the slope of her breast, kissing it through the muslin veil of her gown. “Or maybe you’ll get a taste for the dragon.” He found the bud of her nipple, wet the cotton with his mouth, until the tender flesh pricked up against his tongue.

“I th-think I already have.” She sounded so perturbed that he laughed.

“Then lie still,” he whispered, “while I breathe fire on you.”

-Mine Till Midnight (book 1 of the Hathaway series)

Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

When it comes to grand romantic declarations of love and devotion, nothing compares to those found in the Hathaway series. Just look at this example from Tempt Me at Twilight:

“I have so much love for you, I could fill rooms with it. Buildings. You’re surrounded by it wherever you go, you walk through it, breathe’s in your lungs, and under your tongue, and between your fingers and toes...”

His mouth moved passionately over hers, urging her lips apart. It was a kiss to level mountains and shake stars from the sky. It was a kiss to make angels faint and demons weep...a passionate, demanding, soul-searing kiss that nearly knocked the earth off its axis. Or at least that was how Poppy felt about it.   

-Tempt Me at Twilight

By the time I get to the fifth book in that Hathaway series, Love in the Afternoon, I love the Hathaway family so much, even with their bickering and teasing back and forth, I know they’re my favorite historical romance family.

Leo looked at Cam expectantly. “Well?”

“Well what?”

“Now is the time when you dredge up one of your blasted Romany sayings. Something about roosters laying eggs, or pigs dancing in the orchard. It’s what you always do. Let’s have it.”

Cam gave him a sardonic glance. “I can’t think of one right now.”

“By God, I’ve had to listen to hundreds of them. And Phelan doesn’t have to hear even one?”

― Love in the Afternoon

What are your favorite Lisa Kleypas quotes? What makes them stand out for you? Let me know down in the comments!

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Jena Briars is a California girl living in D.C., feeding her brain one romance novel at a time...When she’s not busy at work, or being distracted (sometimes ambushed) by her cat, she reviews romances on her website Throughout the Pages.

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1. Kareni
What a fun collection of quotes. I recognize them all!
2. xoumamah
Ok i'm off to start Operation Re-read All These Wonderful Kleypas Materpieces For the Umpteenth Time
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