After reading The Witness (review) a month or so back it fueled a re-read spree of some of my favorite Nora Roberts books. I didn’t get to read them all because after four books in small towns I just about had enough of the setting. I also noticed that the female protagonists mostly have to deal with a controlling mother. Still, each plot and the incorporated tropes were exciting, drawing me in to the story and the vibrant characters made the small town setting come alive.
From the books I’ve read I accumulated many quotes, even though I didn’t do extensive reviews I wanted to share the quotes celebrating Nora Roberts and her many wonderful heartwarming romances!
Quote 1; She understood the concept of pursuit and conquer. The male felt challenged, driven to persuade, capture, conquer. Perhaps she should reconsider having sex with him. With sex the pursuit would end, the challenge would be removed. His interest would begin to wane.
Those were logical reasons.
It would also include the benefit of eliminating this yearning. Once her own physical needs were met, his challenge met, his interest faded, she would have no reason to think of him at inopportune times. Everything would go back to normal and routine.
She considered the theory valid.
Quote 2; You’re in love with me. I can see it, and I can feel it. Why don’t you try the words?”
“I don’t know. I want to know.”
“Just try them out, see how it feels. I won’t hold you to it.”
“I … I’m in love with you. Oh, God.” She closed her eyes. “It feels real.”
“Say it again, and kiss me.”
“I’m in love with you.” She didn’t ease in, but flung herself. Starving for that knowledge, the gift, the light of it. Love. Being loved, giving it.
Quote 1; He slipped his hands into his pockets, leaned a shoulder against the jamb, and let himself drift along with her. It was odd, and certainly foreign to him, that he could find a woman so restful, so quietly appealing, so deeply arousing, when it had nothing whatsoever to do with sex.
Quote 2; “Damn. The nastier you are, the more I like you. I’m perverse that way.” “And other ways?”
He chuckled and sat on the arm of the sofa. “We’ll have to get to know each other better first. You might hear I’m easy, Caroline, but the thing is, I’ve got my standards."
Quote 3; On a professional level he was a tremendous asset to me. He pushed me musically. He said I was the finest artist he’d ever worked with, but I could be better. He would mold me, sculpt me.”
“Why didn’t he buy himself some Play-Doh?”
Quote 1; She folded her hands. "No, I haven't forgotten anything. Who are you?"
"That sound you hear's my ego crumbling. Even after all these years, I could've picked you out in a crowd. It's Cade," he said, and stepped closer. "Kincade Lavelle."
Quote 2; "Cade, I'm no good at this sort of thing."
"Which sort? The kissing sort?"
"No." Her own laugh came as a surprise. How could he make her laugh when she was terrified? "The man-woman thing, the relationship thing."
"Then you'll just have to practice."
Quote 3; None of the others had been able to fight him, but she would. God, she would. I am Tory. The words were a battle cry ringing in her ears. She was Tory, and she would fight.
Quote 1; "She felt it was her fault, that she'd done something to cause it."
"I smoked a lot of pot in college."
Callie blinked, then found something rising unexpectedly in her throat. It was laughter. "Oh, Mom, you wild woman."
"Well, I did." Vivian wiped at tears even as a smile trembled on her lips.
"And I did LSD once, and had two one-night stands."
"Okay then, that explains it. You slut. Got any grass in the house now?"
"No! Of course not."
"Oh well, we'll get through this without blissing out then." Callie leaned over the table, patted her mother's knee. "So you were a pothead floozy. Got it."
Quote 2; I like books. I'm afraid I treat them carelessly, in a way that would make bibliophiles like you and Roger weep."
"You dog-ear pages?"
"Please, even I wouldn't go that far. But I break spines. I spill coffee on pages. And once I dropped an Elizabeth Berg novel in the bathtub. I think it was a first edition."
"Obviously, this relationship is doomed. So why don't we order?"
Quote 3; "Caught you." She gestured with her fork. "You smiled."
"I did not."
"Oh, yes you did. And there, you're doing it again. A very nice smile, too. Does it hurt?"
"Only a little. I'm out of practice."
She picked up her wine and chuckled. "I bet we can fix that."
Quote 4; "I hate when I get that mad. So mad I can't think straight. I'm going to hate this, too." She looked back at him. "You were right."
"Wait. I want to get my tape recorder out of the car."
"If you're going to be a smart-ass, I won't finish thanking you."
Quote 5; So far her time in Woodsboro had been just a little too interesting. Old family secrets, crude graffiti all over her Rover—which was why she was driving Rosie's enormous Jeep Cherokee—murder, mystery and finally gunshots and mild concussions.
Quote 6; "Look into it," Callie finished, and managed a laugh. "Can't blame the guy for being skeptical. A thirty-year-old crime solved by a couple of diggers, a girl lawyer and a bookseller."
"Excuse me, two respected scientists, a brilliant attorney and an astute antiquarian book dealer."
Of course I want to know which Nora Roberts is your favorite!!
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