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Initial post: Jun 9, 2012 9:56:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 10:03:51 PM PDT 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**

Beautiful Disaster
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!

Jane Eyre
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?

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 11:11:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2012 11:11:59 PM PDT
The scene in Northanger Abbey when Catherine meets Mr. Tillney. It's so adorable and cheeky.


After chatting some time on such matters as naturally arose from the objects around them, he suddenly addressed her with - "I have hitherto been very remiss, madam, in the proper attentions of a partner here; I have not yet asked you how long you have been in Bath; whether you were ever here before; whether you have been at the Upper Rooms, the theatre, and the concert; and how you like the place altogether. I have been very negligent - but are you now at leisure to satisfy me in these particulars? If you are I will begin directly."

"You need not give yourself that trouble, sir."

"No trouble, I assure you, madam." Then forming his features into a set smile, and affectedly softening his voice, he added, with a simpering air, "Have you been long in Bath, madam?"

"About a week, sir," replied Catherine, trying not to laugh.

"Really!" with affected astonishment.

"Why should you be surprised, sir?"

"Why, indeed!" said he, in his natural tone. "But some emotion must appear to be raised by your reply, and surprise is more easily assumed, and not less reasonable than any other. Now let us go on. Were you never here before, madam?"

"Never, sir."

"Indeed! Have you yet honoured the Upper Rooms?"

"Yes, sir, I was there last Monday."

"Have you been to the theatre?"

"Yes, sir, I was at the play on Tuesday."

"To the concert?"

"Yes, sir, on Wednesday."

"And are you altogether pleased with Bath?"

"Yes - I like it very well."

"Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again." Catherine turned away her head, not knowing whether she might venture to laugh. "I see what you think of me," said he gravely - "I shall make but a poor figure in your journal tomorrow."

"My journal!"

"Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings - plain black shoes - appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense."

"Indeed I shall say no such thing."

"Shall I tell you what you ought to say?"

"If you please."

"I danced with a very agreeable young man, introduced by Mr. King; had a great deal of conversation with him - seems a most extraordinary genius - hope I may know more of him. That, madam, is what I wish you to say."

"But, perhaps, I keep no journal."
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