Can You Feel the Love? It's Romance Week on Goodreads!

Posted by Hayley on February 8, 2016

Where is the love? On Goodreads, of course! All this week, we're celebrating the readers, writers, and books that get our hearts racing. Join the fun by tagging your posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest #RomanceWeek16.

Here's what you can look forward to:

Monday: Ask your favorite romance writers a question! Debbie Macomber, Nalini Singh, Josh Lanyon, and many more writers are taking questions via Ask the Author. Browse our list of writers here. We'll keep updating this throughout the week to help you discover even more great books!

Tuesday: We have some titillating teasers lined up for you from some of the hottest books of the year. Find quickie reads here from J.R. Ward, Lisa Kleypas, and Maya Banks that will leave you wanting more...

Wednesday: We pored over hundreds of romance books—tough job, we know—to put together a list of the fictional weddings that make us swoon (plus one anticipated wedding we can't help but fantasize about).

Thursday: Book groups help you share your passion with like-minded readers. We're putting the spotlight on some of the most popular romance groups on Goodreads!

Friday: What did we learn about love? We'll find out with a recap of all the chatter this week. Also, Colleen Hoover will be answering twenty of your questions today so be sure to check her Ask the Author!

Some of our favorite romance writers are answering reader questions this week! To get things started, we asked them a question of our own:

COLLEEN HOOVER, author of Hopeless:

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"Mud Vein isn't a typical romance novel. It's more suspense than anything, but the small amount of romance that is in the novel is very profound. This is one of my favorite scenes between the main characters, Senna and Isaac."

Ask Colleen Hoover a question here!

JOSH LANYON, author of Fatal Shadows:

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"There's a line in Dorothy L. Sayers' classic mystery novel Gaudy Night. Amateur sleuth Lord Peter has been pursuing academic brainiac Harriet Vane for five years and six books. He regularly proposes to her (and she regularly turns him down in no uncertain terms). At the end of Gaudy Night he asks her one final time in Latin—respectfully acknowledging her independence and achievements (and knowing if she refuses him this time, it truly is over). It probably doesn't seem like much, but give how restrained and cerebral these books are…whoo boy!"

Ask Josh Lanyon a question here!

SYLVIA DAY, author of the Crossfire series:

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Ask Sylvia Day a question here!

MARJORIE LIU, author of The Iron Hunt:

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"I can't remember the first time I encountered that poem, though I'm certain it was in high school—and I'm equally certain I was overcome with the same exquisite heartache that fills me even now after decades of reading that line, that poem, all his poems. It is, to me, the perfect expression of how I feel about love: that love is a bond, that love does battle, that love overcomes. I've held that line, that entire volume of poetry, close to my heart. I reach to it, always, for inspiration."

Ask Marjorie Liu a question here!

DEBBIE MACOMBER, author of The Shop on Blossom Street:

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"The book is The Desperate Game by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz's pen name), published in 1986. The book starts out with this line. It drew me right into the book because it made me laugh and I was impressed with how clever it was. "

Ask Debbie Macomber a question here!

NALINI SINGH, author of Slave to Sensation:

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"It's so hard to narrow things down to one line, but from the first moment I read it, this line from Jane Austen's Persuasion has made my romance-reader heart ache in a wonderful way. I've added a couple more lines from Captain Wentworth's letter because the entire thing is pure romance.

Ask Nalini Singh a question here!

ABIGAIL ROUX, author of Armed and Dangerous:

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"I know it's not your usual romance, but this was the first line I'd ever read in a book that filled me awe and hope over how a relationship could be. A love, whether romantic or platonic, should be exactly how the Musketeers treated each other; All for one, one for all!

Ask Abigail Roux a question here!

ELOISA JAMES, author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast:

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"My teenage daughter fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars, and ended up reading it aloud to me. We both agree that this is a wonderful line: it really catches the way one falls in love, "slowly, and then all at once."

Ask Eloisa James a question here!

BRENDA JACKSON, author of Irresistible Forces:

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"My favorite romantic line comes from favorite novel Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodwiss. Throughout the novel, Shanna consistently fights her love for Ruark, yet he continues to love her. That is something she doesn't understand, the depth of his love."

Ask Brenda Jackson a question here!

SHAYLA BLACK, author of Wicked Ties:

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"One of the first things that ever struck me as romantic was actually from a children's book."

Ask Shayla Black a question here!

What's the most romantic line you've ever read in a book? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Ashley (new)

Ashley "After all this time?"

message 2: by Naseem Ambar (last edited Feb 08, 2016 08:17AM) (new)

Naseem Ambar Haidry "...there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you." from A Tale of Two Cities
And of course,
"After all this time? Always." from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

message 3: by book_girlfriend (last edited Feb 08, 2016 08:40AM) (new)

book_girlfriend “There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

message 4: by Shadalis (new)

Shadalis “Just because I don't deserve her doesn't mean I won't fight to keep her.”

Elizabeth Hoyt, To Seduce a Sinner

“Fuck anyone who thinks anything on someone like you could ever be anything beautiful. You should be proud of them, baby.”
“Yes, proud. They make you powerful. Each line is a road traveled, an experience you had, whether it was good or bad. Each mark is proof of pain in the past, not the present. You are a survivor, you are a warrior. These are the scalps hanging from your fucking belt. You took the beatings and here you are, in front of me. You are fucking amazing.”

T.M. Frazier, The Dark Light of Day

I Loooove These Books!!!!

message 5: by Lin (new)

Lin Wolff I feel there must be more by Cassandra Clare in her Clockwork series but will have to read them again to find the lines! Oh, such a hard task ...

message 6: by Shima (new)

Shima Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"

Obviously :)

message 7: by Himika (new)

Himika Chakraborty "In vain I have struggled,It will not do.My feelings will not be repressed.You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice.

message 8: by Luys (new)

Luys “When he watched her sleeping, he often thought, My heart lies vulnerable outside my chest.” ― Kresley Cole, A Hunger Like No Other

message 9: by Liz (new)

Liz Gavin Wuthering Heights
'Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!'

message 10: by Luys (new)

Luys “I'm not good enough for you. But no one is. And most men, good or bad, have limits to what they would do, even for someone they love. I have none. No God, no moral code, no faith in anything. Except you. You're my religion. I would do anything you asked. I would fight, steal, kill for you."
-Kev to Win
― Lisa Kleypas, Seduce Me at Sunrise

message 11: by Caro (new)

Caro [The Book Rogue] Oh, there are several... but I'm picking this one from Beautiful Disaster

"You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for."

message 12: by Elaine (new)

Elaine “Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps . . . perhaps . . . love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”
― L.M. Montgomery

Bookishnymph *needs hea* “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
― Jane Eyre

“All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.”
― Jane Eyre

“I've never felt normal, because I'm not normal, and I don't wanna be. I've had to face death and loss and pain in your world, but I've also never felt stronger, like more real, more myself, because it's my world too. It's where I belong.”
― Eclipse

message 14: by Lee (new)

Lee Kilraine Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"


message 15: by John (new)


message 16: by Sonja (new)

Sonja Cesz wrote: "“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”City of Glass by [author..."
Love this one!!!

message 17: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Kincaid Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"


message 18: by Maya (new)

Maya “Have your vote. But know this: if you come to remove me, come in force, because if you try to separate me from him, I will kill every single one of you. My hand won't shake. My aim won't falter. My face will be the last thing you'll see before you die.”
― Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds

message 19: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Taylor I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that's true of beginnings, but it's not true of this now.
I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me. - Tris Pryor, Allegiant

I actually adapted this a little and used it in my wedding vows because I loved it so much.

message 20: by Kat (last edited Feb 08, 2016 12:15PM) (new)

Kat “I think infatuation is like a garden. If tended and cared for, it grows into love. If neglected or abused it dies. The only way to have eternal love is to never let your heart forget what it's like to live without it."
“She didn’t judge him or hate him for things that weren’t his fault. She accepted him and that was the greatest miracle of all.”
both quotes from: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Night Play

message 21: by Karen (last edited Feb 08, 2016 12:37PM) (new)

Karen He kissed her, and that was the end of it. No more pretending, no more holding back. Life changed by love, life sparkling now with its own peculiar magic. He tightened his hold and let the transformation take over. When he lifted his mouth from hers, he knew, he would be a different man.
He kissed her until the world was changed, and even that was not long enough.

from Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn

message 22: by Evelien (new)

Evelien 'I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do.'

Ridge to Sydney

Colleen, Hoover. 'Maybe Someday.' Atria Books.

message 23: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"

One of the best... So sweet!

message 24: by Hayley (new)

Hayley "If you ever leave me again," she said, her eyes stinging, "I swear to all the gods — "

Percy had the nerve to laugh. Suddenly the lump of heated emotions melted inside Annabeth.

"Consider me warned," Percy said. "I missed you, too."

- The Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan

message 25: by Risa Ann (last edited Feb 08, 2016 01:31PM) (new)

Risa Ann “I’ll be yours every second if that’s what you want. You just have to tell me, Plum.”
Beautiful Player Christina Lauren

laura (bookies & cookies) I was going to comment the line from Persuasion "You pierce my soul, I am half agony, half hope," too, but I'm so glad Nalini Singh beat me to it! That line has permanently engraved itself in my brain.

message 27: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"

Perfect! :)

message 28: by Ami (last edited Feb 08, 2016 01:49PM) (new)

Ami Ho yeah, I agree with the Harry Potter one. But I also loved, LOVED this one

—Except I never had a prayer when it came to you. You‘re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love‘s not a strong enough word— you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It‘ll never be enough. I want eternity.

(Hawke to Sienna, Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh)

message 29: by Pamela(AllHoney) (new)

Pamela(AllHoney) “My soul will find yours.” ― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

“And if you ever - and I do mean ever - try to leave me, I’m goin’ with you.” ― Catherine Anderson, Cherish

“Nothing in my life would mean anything if you weren't here to share it. There'd be no reason to get up in the morning without you to light the sun with your smile.” ― Maggie Osborne, Silver Lining

“Every man has a weakness!” he patiently explained. “I'll find theirs, I promise you.”
“Every man?”
“Yes,” he answered emphatically. ...
“What is your weakness, Brodick?” she asked.
“You.” ― Julie Garwood, Ransom

“I didn't mean to send love letters, but that is what they became. On their way to you, my words turned into heartbeats on the page.” ― Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon

message 30: by Gemma (new)

Gemma Swan “As you wish...”

The Princess Bride

message 31: by Annie (new)

Annie Kaye Jane Eyre "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you."

message 32: by Talia (new)

Talia “If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you.”

Vampire Academy

message 33: by Talia (new)

Talia “Relax, having kids is years away. But can you imagine? Your brains, my charm, our collective good looks... then add in the usual physical abilities dhampirs get.

It's really not even fair to everyone else.”

The Fiery Heart

message 34: by Talia (new)

Talia “You've always been my equal, Roza.”

Last Sacrifice

message 35: by Talia (new)

Talia “Ah, those two. In a fight, they’re lethal. Around each other, they melt.”

The Golden Lily

Okay, my Richelle Mead quote binge is over :)

message 36: by Maitha (new)

Maitha Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"

This will ALWAYS be my favorite romantic line in a book.

message 37: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante "As you wish..."

message 38: by JJ - (new)

JJ - Life knows.

Life is trying to tell ne

That the girl I love

The girl I fell

So hard for?

There's room for her in first.

I'm putting her first.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

message 39: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Maya wrote: "“Have your vote. But know this: if you come to remove me, come in force, because if you try to separate me from him, I will kill every single one of you. My hand won't shake. My aim won't falter. My face will be the last thing you'll see before you die.”
― Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds "

Oh, my gods, yes! This made me cheer!

message 40: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn “I'll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you... We'll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams... And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont' just be able to take one, they'll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we'll be joined so tight...”
― Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

message 41: by Lara (new)

Lara "You loved me - what right had you to leave me? What right - answer me - for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation, and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will did it. I have not broken your heart - you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you - Oh, God! would you like to lie with your soul in the grave?”
― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

message 42: by sunshine (new)

sunshine so there are so many but i'll post two:

Sometimes love isn't forever, sometimes it's just moments in your life that teach you. If it's the forever after kine of love, it'll find you again. If it isn't , don't let a broken heart break you. let it make you love harder. Love is a mistake worth making

Hawthorne & Heathcliff

message 43: by Rashida (new)

Rashida "She loves me. Not like the others." - Gideon
"You didn't allow the others to love you. " - Arnoldo
"I couldn't. I was waiting for her. " - Gideon
Captivated by You

Loved this line so much! Really it's every word of a Sylvia Day novel, but this will do for now.

message 44: by sunshine (new)

sunshine can i just say Ian's letter to Sparrow???

True Love Story

message 45: by bee (new)

bee "It was like driving up north to see the colors." Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

message 46: by Silvana (new)

Silvana There are so many by Colleen Hoover, but this is one of my favorites:
"If lies were written, I would erase them
But they are spoken; etched within
With convalesced truth, I scream out my atonement
Let me repent against your skin."
November 9Colleen Hoover

message 47: by Allie (new)

Allie Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"


message 48: by Hoba (new)

Hoba Muhammad Cleopatra

If you say you love me, then say to me how much


There's beggary in the love that can be measured

Anthony and Cleopatra / Cymbeline
I'll set a mark that no one else can touch


Needs find new heavens, new earth to act upon our pleasure

message 49: by Danica (new)

Danica Risa wrote: "“I’ll be yours every second if that’s what you want. You just have to tell me, Plum.”
Beautiful Player Christina Lauren"

Love this book and this line.... I think I may re-read it again soon.

message 50: by Kate (last edited Feb 08, 2016 06:12PM) (new)

Kate Kimaya wrote: "Ashley wrote: ""After all this time?"

Oh my God, yes!!!!"

Five people have quoted this. Which book is it from?

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