...you know the ones! You'll be reading a love story which is usually a bit complicated and you think the two main characters are falling in love, but they just can't seem to get it together. Then one of them, generally the guy, will do or say something that gives you that little ache inside. Almost like someone has reached in and given your heart a little squeeze. I love that!
Would love some recommendations for novels like this. I generally prefer the more complicated love stories where there is a lot of mutual attraction but one or both of the characters feel like they shouldn't be with the other person, but they keep being drawn to one another. I do like a happy ending but prefer it not to be too fluffy and `mills & boon-sy'... although I am partial to a good M&B if the story is original and written well!!
Examples of what I mean:
**scene spoilers for those that have not read**
Before Travis & Abby get together, when he has just won the bet and is spending a month in his bed - supposedly as friends. He walks in on Mare & Abby talking about how unsuitable he is for her, and he's pretty upset. He ends up going out and bringing two girls home from a club, and they have a really noisy loud threesome on the couch, and Abby can hear it all. After the girls leave and he comes to bed and falls asleep next to Abby, she gets up and goes to sleep on the recliner chair. When she wakes up the next morning, Mare & Shep are sitting there and really concerned for her, and offer to get her the hell out of there. Then Travis walks in the door. He's been to the shops and bought all of her favourite foods to stock up for the month she is spending with him:
`He took a few steps into the living room, nervously shoving his hands in his pockets. "You hungry Pidge? I'll make you some pancakes. Or there's uh... there's some oatmeal. And I got you some of that pink foamy stuff t that girls shave with, and a hairdryer, and a... a... just a sec, it's in here...."'
Totally made my heart squeeze! You can tell he has feelings for he, he feels bad for what he has done, and he's nervous and doesn't really known what to do to make things right.
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
After Edward saves Bella from the gang in Port Angeles and he is driving her home. She has figured out what he is and she asks him if he was hunting with Emmet for the last three days.
`He paused for a second, as if deciding whether or not to say something. "I didn't want to leave but it was necessary. It's a bit easier to be around you when I'm not thirsty." "Why didn't you want to leave?" "It makes me... anxious ... to be away from you." His eyes were gentle but intense, and they seemed to be making my bones turn soft.'
That, right there! Ohhhh love a good Edward line!
This book is full of little lines that tugs my little heart strings! One of my favourites is the first night when Mr Rochester returns to Thornfield with his friends, and demands that Jane come to the drawing room after dinner. She does but he does not speak to her all night, instead flirting with Miss Ingram. After he sings a duet with her, Jane leaves the room. She realises her sandal is loose and she leans down to tightens it; when she arises Jane realises Mr Rochester has left the drawing room and is standing behind her in the hall.
"Return to the drawing room: you are deserting too early"
"I am tired, sir."
He looked at me for a little minute.
"And a little depressed," he said. "What about? Tell me."
"Nothing - nothing sir. I am not depressed."
"But I affirm that you are: so much depressed that a few more words would bring tears to your eyes - indeed, they are there now, shining and swimming; and a bead has slipped from the lash and fallen on to the flag. If I had time, and was not in mortal dead of some prating prig of a servant passing, I would know what all this means. Well, tonight I excuse you; but understand that as long as my visitors stay, I expect you to appear in the drawing room ever evening; it is my wish; don't neglect it. Now go, and send Sophie for Adele. Good night my - " He stopped biting his lip, and abruptly left me.
I love this! By now you can tell the Mr Rochester thinks she is great, but this is the first time he has actually gone to refer to her in a term of endearment, then realises he shouldn't. I love when you can tell the guy really feels something for the girl, it's a perfect ache-in-the-gut premise!
What are the novels that have the same effect on you?
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