I may not always have handsome suitors in my life; but my book boyfriends (and girlfriends) more than make up for that fact. Here are twenty of my favorite swoon-worthy quotes and scenes.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION: These scenes could make you go weak in the knees.
Okay, let’s begin…
1. Perry + Aria of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
“He watched as she pressed the berry to her lower lip. He kept looking at her mouth after she’d done it. He knew he should look away, but he couldn’t. ‘Right. Good. If there’s no stinging, you’d put it to your tongue.’
Perry shot to his feet before he finished the words, nearly tripping over himself. He ran a hand over his head, feeling skitty, like he needed to laugh or run or do something. He picked up a stone and tossed it into the creek, trying to get the image of her tasting the berry out of his mind.”
2. Prince Maxon and America of The Selection by Kiera Cass
“…Maxon lowered his lips to mine and gave me the faintest whisper of a kiss.
Something about the tentativeness of it made me feel beautiful. Without a word, I could understand how excited he was to have this moment, but then afraid at the same time. And deeper than any of that, I sensed that he adored me.
So this is what it felt like to be a lady.”
3. Tobias and Tris of Divergent by Veronica Roth
“I have something I need to tell you,” he says. I run my fingers along the tendons in his hands and look back at him. “I might be in love with you.” He smiles a little. “I’m waiting until I’m sure to tell you, though.”
“That’s sensible of you,” I say, smiling too. “We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something.”
I feel his laughter against my side, his nose sliding along my jaw, his lips pressing my ear.
“Maybe I’m already sure,” he says, “and I just don’t want to frighten you.”
I laugh a little. “Then you should know better.”
“Fine,” he says. “Then I love you.”
4. Jude and Lucy of Clash by Nicole Williams
‘But I want you, Lucy Larson. Bad. I want you forever. The kind of bad I have for you isn’t the kind that goes away.’
His forehead lined, his eyes washing silver. ‘Ease my suffering. Make me the happiest, most tortured man in the world. Marry me?’”
5. Alex and Lena in Delirium by Lauren Oliver
“You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear.
I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”
6. Kai and Elliott in For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
“Kai held firm to her with one hand, and pointed up with the other. ‘I can see them, Elliot. I can see them all. In the night, in the day, through clouds and storms and the setting sun.’
She stared at him in wonder. This was his miracle, and he was sharing it with her. ‘Thank you,’ she said, ‘for coming back for me.’
‘Elliot.’ He bent his head close to hers, and looked deep into her eyes. His gaze was no longer strange to her. He was just her Kai, the man he’d been born to become. ‘No matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you. You are my compass star.’
And he was hers.”
7. Peter and Tiger Lily from Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
“If there was a true moment that Tiger Lily fell so in love with Peter she could never turn back, it was that night, when he shivered and walked and told her he was warm, and told her he loved her so much.
She was fierce, to be sure, but she had a girl’s heart, after all.
As she walked home that night, she was shaking from the largeness of it.”
8. Adam and Juliette in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
“He whispers, “You have no idea how much I’ve thought about you. How many times I’ve dreamt”
-he takes a tight breath-
“how many times I’ve dreamt about being this close to you.”
He moves to run a hand through his hair before he changes his mind. Looks down. Looks up.
“God, Juliette, I’d follow you anywhere. You’re the only good thing left in this world.”
9. Hector and Elisa in The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
“I can’t stop staring at his lips. ‘Ximena’s right, you know. Do you think it weakens me? To care so much?’
‘No,’ he says without hesitation. ‘I don’t think that at all.’ Our bodies are a hand’s breadth apart, separated only by a cushion of heat.
‘Me neither,’ I whisper. ‘It just hurts more.’
Suddenly, he yanks me against him and bends his head to kiss me.
I melt into him as his fingers tangle in my wet hair. My mouth opens to his, and our tongues meet for the briefest instance before he pulls away.”
10. Sam and Ana from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
“I regret I didn’t wear a jacket, or I’d give it to you.”
“I still have my wings. It wouldn’t fit.”
“I’d carry them for you.”
“They’re attached to the dress. It was the only way I could get them to stay.” He squeezed my hand, tome mischievous. “In that case, I’d be especially happy to carry the wings.”
“It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen you without clothes.”
11. Mal and Alina in Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“’I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me.
I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me why we don’t belong together,’ he said fiercely.”
12. Karou and Akiva in Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
“He dropped the pretense, and dropped his head, so his brow came to rest against the sun-warmed top of hers. His arms went around her and drew her in, and Karou and Akiva were like two matches struck against each other to flare starlight. With a sigh, she softened, and it was pure homecoming to melt against him and rest.”
13. Alex and Brittany in Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
“’And what do you want right now’” Right now I itch to heal his wounds and forget my own.
He touches my cheek with the tips of his fingers.
My breath hitches. ‘Do you want to kiss me, Alex?’ I whisper.
‘Dios mio, I want to kiss you … to taste your lips, your tongue.’ He gently traces my lips withthe tips of his fingers. ‘Do you want me to kiss you? Nobody else would know but the two of us.’”
14. Augustus and Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“‘I’m in love with you,’ he said quietly.
‘Augustus,’ I said.
‘I am,’ he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling.
‘I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’”
15. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“You know?” he repeated. She smiled, so he kissed her. “You’re not the Han Solo in this relationship, you know.”
“I’m totally the Han Solo,” she whispered. It was good to hear her. It was good to remember it was Eleanor under all this new flesh.
“Well, I’m not the Princess Leia,” he said.
“Don’t get so hung up on gender roles,” Eleanor said.”
16. Tessa and Will from Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
“He bent to put his cheek against hers. His breath against her ear made her shudder with each deliberately spoken word.
‘I have wanted to do this,’ he said, ‘every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you.’”
17. Mara and Noah in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
“In my rush, I hadn’t tied my shoelaces. Noah was now tying them for me.
He looked up at me through his dark fringe of lashes and smiled. The expression on his face melted me completely. I knew I had the goofiest grin plastered on my lips, and didn’t care.
‘There,’ he said as he finished tying the laces on my left shoe. ‘Now you won’t fall.’
18. Will and Jacinda in Firelight by Sophie Jordan
“‘I remember you. You were like burning firelight in that cave, all shimmery, dancing color.’ I lean closer over the island, mesmerized by his words, his hand on my face.
If he keeps talking this way, he’s going to see me like that again. ‘Tell me you thought about me. That you think about me now.’
‘I thought about you,’ I whisper, ‘I’ve never stopped thinking about you.’ Somehow I doubt I ever will.”
19. Rhine and Gabriel in Fever by Lauren DeStefano
“He kissed back, all the pages spread out around us like riddles waiting to be solved. Let them wait. Let my genes unravel, my hinges come loose. If my fate rests in the hands of a madman, let death come and bring its worse. I’ll take the ruined craters of laboratories, the dead trees, this city with ashes in the oxygen, if it means freedom. I’d sooner die here than live a hundred years with wires in my veins.”
20. Saba and Jack in Blood Red Road by Moira Young
“Yer in my blood, Saba, he says. Yer in my head. Yer in my breath, yer in my bones…gawd help me, yer everywhere. You have bin since the first moment I set eyes on you.”