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It seems an odd idea, life being centered around pleasure." "What is life supposed to be, then?" "It's about duty, and sacrificing for others. And if we've been good, our pleasure comes later when we're rewarded in the hereafter." "I'll take my rewards now. -- Lisa Kleypas
Isn't it too late at night to begin something like this?"
"Not when one has a dire case of imagine-somnia. -- Lisa Kleypas
I've won his heart, but it's like owning a house in which most of the doors are permanently locked. He wants to shield me from all unpleasantness. And it's not really marriage - not like the marriage you have with Cam - until he's willing to share the worst of himself as well as the best of himself. -- Lisa Kleypas
My guardian angel," he said, the words beginning to slur. "I don't think I ever had one until now." "If you did," she said, "you probably ran too fast for her to keep up with you." He made a quiet sound of amusement.
- Leo & Catherine -- Lisa Kleypas
My sweet, there are altogether too many respectable ladies in the world. The supply has far exceeded the demand. But there's an appalling shortage of attractive pirates, and you do seem to have a gift for plundering and ravishing. I think we've found your true calling. -- Lisa Kleypas
I heard your guts had been blasted out," he said to Sebastian. "But since you don't look to be a ghost, I suppose the story was false."
"Actually, it's true," Sebastian replied, his gaze chilling. "But the devil wouldn't have me. -- Lisa Kleypas
You think you want me now. But you'll change. Someday you'll find it damned easy to forget about me. I'm a bastard. A servant, and not even an upper servant at that
"You're the other half of me." (Again The Magic) -- Lisa Kleypas
The span of three or four minutes is pretty insignificant in the scheme of things. People lose hundreds of minutes everyday, squandering them on trivial things. But sometimes in those fragments of time, something can happen you'll remember the rest of your life. -- Lisa Kleypas
Men love to be forgiven. It makes us feel better about our inability to learn from our mistakes." Leo Hathaway -- Lisa Kleypas
Kev wasn't certain if he was surrendering to Win or to his own passion for her. Only that there was no more holding back. He would take her. And he would give her everything he had, every part of his soul, even the broken pieces. -- Lisa Kleypas
No marriage stays in the same pattern forever. It is both the best feature of marriage and the worst, that it inevitably changes. -- Lisa Kleypas
She had made Matthew want to smile. With her luminous skin, her exotic cinnamon-colored eyes and quicksilver expressions, Daisy Bowman seemed to have come from an enchanted forest populated with mythical creatures. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's drugs, isn't it? Tara was so innocent. She got pulled into that glamorous lifestyle with all her rich friends ... all that cocaine dust floating around, she probably inhaled some by accident, and then -'
'There's no such thing as secondhand cocaine snorting, Mom. -- Lisa Kleypas
One of the blessings human beings take for granted is the ability to remember pain without re-feeling it. The pain of the physical wounds is long gone ... and the other kind of hurt, the damage done to our spirits, has been healed. We are careful with those scarred places in each other. -- Lisa Kleypas
A toast to the engagement on your former fiance and your former best friend. Tell me, how hard did you have to grit your teeth?"
As Lucy refused to answer, he laughed softly. "Forgive me. I don't mean to detract from your noble gesture. -- Lisa Kleypas
Think of it this way-going to bed naked is better for the environment."
"Oh, shut up."
"Come on, Ella. Sleep green. -- Lisa Kleypas
He took his mouth from hers and stared down at her with eyes so dark they no longer looked blue. "Amanda, do you trust me?"
"Of course not," she said. "I don't know the first thing about you."
Laughter rustled from his chest. "Sensible woman. -- Lisa Kleypas
Daisy glanced up into her husband's sparkling eyes. "You're being scandalous, Mr. Swift," she whispered. "This is nothing," Matthew replied in an undertone, his expression soft with love. "I'm saving my worst behavior for tonight. -- Lisa Kleypas
It might do wonders for your marriage," Amelia continued. "It's lovely to talk to your husband after you've been to bed together. They just lie there feeling grateful and say yes to everything." - Amelia to Poppy -- Lisa Kleypas
She was everything he'd ever wanted, beauty and fire arching against
his despoiling hands. -- Lisa Kleypas
In my entire life, I've never managed to do anything that I've truly been ashamed of. -- Lisa Kleypas
Hunt immediately adjusted his hold, bracing her easily. "I thought you looked pale," he remarked, gently stroking back a lock of hair that had fallen over her damp face. "What's the matter, sweetheart? Is it just your stomach, or do you hurt somewhere else? -- Lisa Kleypas
It took the combined efforts of Cam and George to load the grumbling, protesting Leo into the carriage. "It's like hauling five sacks of potatoes all at once," the footman said breathlessly, pushing Leo's foot safely inside the vehicle.
"The potatoes would be quieter," Cam said. -- Lisa Kleypas
To Christopher's amazement, Albert didn't move. A dog who thought nothing of running through gunfire was completely cowed by Beatrix Hathaway. -- Lisa Kleypas
Given the choice between eating this cupcake or watching Ryan Gosling and Jon Hamm wrestle each other for the privilege of having sex with me, I'd choose the cupcake. -- Lisa Kleypas
Don't ever trust men with good intentions. They'll always disappoint you.
Leo -- Lisa Kleypas
It required a great deal of Cam's willpower - and he had a considerable supply - not to skewer Christopher Frost with a dining utensil. He wanted her attention. All of it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Some things are better when it's raining. Like reading. Or sleeping. Or this."
"Lying in bed with me? -- Lisa Kleypas
She wanted him to stop, but more than that, she wanted him to go on forever. -- Lisa Kleypas
His quiet certainty made the ground beneath my feet feel solid. Like someday everything might actually be okay. -- Lisa Kleypas
They had known each other intimately, as husband and wife, countless times, He had held her with tenderness and passion, but never with such rampant wildness. -- Lisa Kleypas
From what I was able to hear," Dane said, "Tara dumped off a surprise baby with your mother, who's planning to sell it on eBay."
"Social Services," I said. "She hasn't thought of eBay yet. -- Lisa Kleypas
I would rather have died in your arms, Simon, than face a lifetime without you. All those endless years ... all those winters, summers ... a hundred seasons of wanting you and never having you. Growing old, while you stayed eternally young in my memories. -- Lisa Kleypas
We'll continue our discussion
later. Right now I intend to escort Miss Peyton to her room."
"That is not a wise idea, in my opinion," the earl said.
"I'm glad I didn't ask for it, then," Simon returned pleasantly -- Lisa Kleypas
Breakfast," he muttered. "And I wouldnt care to make you choose between lovingmaking or a hot meal, as the answer would likely be unflattering. Put on your gown, while I got to the door. -- Lisa Kleypas
My feet ached in my Cinderella shoes. I shifted my weight and wiggled my toes beneath the cutting Lucite straps. My Prince Charming had finally showed up, I thought wretchedly, and he was too damn late. -- Lisa Kleypas
Don't you dare send me away, you c-coward. Who else would love my freckles? Who
else would care that my feet were cold? Who else would ravish me in the billiards
room? -- Lisa Kleypas
Yes.' Cam paused. 'The Rom would say you were a man who grieved too much. You trapped your
beloved's soul in the in-between.'
'Either that, or I went mad.'
'Love is a form of madness, isn't it?' Cam asked prosaically. -- Lisa Kleypas
Nonconformity is nothing but self-interest in disguise. -- Lisa Kleypas
I told him I had always kept my inner Martha Stewart chained in the basement, but for his sake I would set her loose."
~ Haven Travis -- Lisa Kleypas
A good conversation always involves a certain amount of complaining. I like to bond over mutual hatreds and petty grievances. -- Lisa Kleypas
Dane picked up on the second ring. "How's Operation Baby Rescue going?"
"I've rescued the baby. Now I'd like someone to rescue me."
"Miss Independent never needs to be rescued."
I felt the hint of a genuine smile appear on my face, like a crack in the winter ice. "Oh, right. I forgot. -- Lisa Kleypas
I respect you," he murmured. "and your views. I think of you as an equal. I respect your brains, and all those big words you like to use. But I also want to rip your clothes off and have sex with you until you scream and cry and see God." -Jack Travis (Smooth Talking Stranger) -- Lisa Kleypas
Now he knew that it was only love when you knew there could be no end to it. When it was as inevitable as gravity. Falling in love, a helpless descent in which the only way to avoid being hurt was to keep going. Keep falling. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's the perfect solution. We argue all the time. We can't stand each other. It's like we're already married. -- Lisa Kleypas
Poppy, this is London society, where the truth can get you into trouble. If you tell one truth, you'll have to tell another truth, and another, to keep covering up. -- Lisa Kleypas
I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses ... the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life ... to lie in your arms as I take my last breath. -- Lisa Kleypas
The question, love, is whether you want me enough to take the risk. -- Lisa Kleypas
Fate is the malevolent little jester sitting up in the heavens and pondering over how ridiculous we humans are and he does his best to make fools out of all of us. And sooner or later he succeeds. -- Lisa Kleypas
She understood the risks, the limits, the possible consequences, and she was willing to accept all of that in return for the sheer joy of being with him. One night with him ... one hundred ... whatever fate allowed her, she would take. -- Lisa Kleypas
I never talked about you much. I said to Hardy. My voice sounded odd to my own ears.
Hardy stared into my eyes and nodded, understanding that some things mean too
much to be expressed easily. -- Lisa Kleypas
She smiled at him, though her hazel-green eyes were wary beneath the brim of a sodden hat. Right at that moment, staring at her across the hall, Gideon Shaw, cynic, hedonist, drunkard, libertine, fell hopelessly in love. -- Lisa Kleypas
He looked like a fallen angel, replete with all the dangerous male beauty that Lucifer could devise. -- Lisa Kleypas
You deserve someone better than me. Someone young and idealistic ... someone who can experience things for the first time along with you. I'm not always kind, and I have more faults than I'd care to name. All I can promise is that I'll want you until my last breath. -- Lisa Kleypas
Every time you look at me, you'll remember that I'm half his."
"No." His hand came to the side of her face, his thumb wiping her tears. "You're all mine." His voice was deep and shaken. "Every hair on your head. Every part of you was made to be loved by me. -- Lisa Kleypas
His hand passed repeatedly over her hair in the gentlest of caresses, and she heard him murmur in his dark-angel voice, Rest, my love. I'm watching over you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Her voice was so soothing and gentle that it would have caused an assortment of cobras, tigers, wolverines, and badgers to all snuggle together and take a group nap. -- Lisa Kleypas
I didn't know how to stop wanting him. It wasn't that I had any hope - I knew I'd never see him again. But that didn't stop me from comparing every other man to Hardy and finding them all lacking. I had exhausted myself loving him. -- Lisa Kleypas
Does he behave in rude or improper ways?"
"He's a Bowman. We don't know any better. -- Lisa Kleypas
Of all the things he wants," Liberty said, "money's the easiest to get. -- Lisa Kleypas
You aristocratic ladies and your gold-plated twats. You always think it's such a honor for me to touch you." He surveyed her with mocking green eyes. "You think you're the first high-kick wench I've ever had? I used to have blue-blooded bitches like you pay me to do this. You've gotten it for free. -- Lisa Kleypas
Matthew wanted hours, days, weeks alone with her ... he wanted all her thoughts and smiles and secrets. The freedom to lay his soul bare before her. -- Lisa Kleypas
Theirs had been a complex relationship, two people who had been bound by disappointments and resentments the way others were bound by love. Helen -- Lisa Kleypas
She felt tears slip from beneath her lashes, no matter how she tried to blink them back. Her heart was ablaze. It seemed that her entire life had led to this man, this moment of unexpressed love. -- Lisa Kleypas
Come in, Phelan,' Leo said easily. 'We love silent guests -- it allows us to talk all the more. By all means, sit and say nothing.'
'But if you can manage it,' Catherine added with a smile, 'try to look impressed by our wit and intelligence. -- Lisa Kleypas
I realized that my kisses with Dane had become a form of punctuation, the quotations or the hasty dash at the end of a conversation -- Lisa Kleypas
You're mine now."
-Marcus to Lillian -- Lisa Kleypas
He approached her with great care. Sinking to his haunches, he contemplated her with immeasurable tenderness and concern. One of his big hands moved, shoving aside some of the books until the space between their bodies was clear. "It's me, love," he said softly. "Everything's all right. -- Lisa Kleypas
This is how we court girls in America. We grab them and kiss them. And if they don't like it, we do it again, harder and longer, until they surrender. It saves us hours of witty repartee. -- Lisa Kleypas
With each step Amelia put between them, she should have felt safer, but the sense of disquiet remained. And then, she heard him murmur something, his voice shadowed with amusement, and it sounded as if he had said, Some midnight ... -- Lisa Kleypas
No more Dane," he eventually said with unnerving finality.
I tried to be funny. "I can't decide if that means you don't want me to see him again or if you're planning to kill him."
"It means if the first thing happens, the second thing is likely to follow. -- Lisa Kleypas
A book had always been a door to another world ... a world much more interesting and fantastical than reality. But she had finally discovered that life could be even more wonderful than fantasy.
And that love could fill the real world with magic. -- Lisa Kleypas
Evie," he whispered, "you're so warm, so lovely ... oh, hell. I've got two months, thirteen days and six hours before I can take you to my bed. Little she-devil. This is going to be the death of me. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm waging war, love. And the only way to win this kind of war is to make you want to lose. -- Lisa Kleypas
A rush of love and agonized worry filled her at the sight of her brother. He was filthy, battered, and grinning unrepentantly. -- Lisa Kleypas
Bad divorce?" Hardy asked, his gaze falling to my hands. I realized I was clutching my purse in a death grip.
"No, the divorce was great," I said. "It was the marriage that sucked. -- Lisa Kleypas
You're not suited for this Merripen. You can't hold your liquor worth a damn. And unlike people such as me, who become quite amicable when they drink, you turn into a vile-tempered troll." Leo paused considering how best to provoke him. "Liquor brings out one's true inner nature, they say. -- Lisa Kleypas
For thousands of nights I dreamed of making love to you. No man on earth has ever hated sunrise as I do. -- Lisa Kleypas
Cam has been an outsider for his entire life. Even when he lived with the Rom. I think he's always secretly hoped he could someday find a place where he would belong. But until he met you, it didn't occur to him that it might not be a place he was looking for, but a person. -- Lisa Kleypas
[ ... ] I always wondered how love could translate into an emergency room visit. -- Lisa Kleypas
Cam leaned over the bedside, clasping Jenner's hands in his just as Evie had done. "Father of my heart," the young Gypsy said softly, "be at peace with every soul you leave behind. And know that God will open your way in the new life. -- Lisa Kleypas
I think the busiest people are often the loneliest. -- Lisa Kleypas
When I fell in love with you ... It was nothing like I'd ever known before. It was nearly instant. I think I started falling for you, the moment you shook my hand ... It was so powerful. I knew it was wrong, but it was addicting. - Jack Travis -- Lisa Kleypas
Men are like dogs, Stacy was fond of saying. And she usually went on to add that, like dogs, they all took up too much space on the bed, and they always went for the crotch. -- Lisa Kleypas
The passionate interest being shown to a man of Kendall's timid demeanor proved that there was no aphrodisiac more effective than end-of-season bachelorhood. -- Lisa Kleypas
Beatrix had met Christopher Phelan on two occasions, the first at a local dance, where she had judged him to be the most arrogant man in Hampshire. The next time she had met him was at a picnic, where she had revised her opinion: he was the most arrogant man in the entire world. -- Lisa Kleypas
I won't apologize for my past. A man is supposed to have experience."
"From all indications, you've acquired enough for ten men. -- Lisa Kleypas
Did Llandrindon kiss you?" She nodded slowly in the framework of his hands. "Just once." Jealousy entered his voice. "Did you like it?" "I wanted to. I tried to." She closed her eyes and turned her cheek into his palm. "But it wasn't at all like your kisses. -- Lisa Kleypas
But if I spend [all] my time *reading* about adventures, I won't actually be *having* them. -- Lisa Kleypas
Sleep," she heard him whisper. "And if you have any more nightmares ... I'll kiss them all away. -- Lisa Kleypas
Haven, don't ask me to define the boundaries of normal. You know how I was raised. My father once struck strands of his own pubic hair onto a painting and sold it for a million dollars. -- Lisa Kleypas
I've always enjoyed a comfortable life without having to perform a single day of honest labor. Now I have responsibilities. -- Lisa Kleypas
The purpose of society is to prevent natural behavior. -- Lisa Kleypas
I've never been convinced that everything in a relationship needs to be talked about. Some things can't be fixed by a conversation -- Lisa Kleypas
Helen spent three days in Rhys Winterbournes's room babbling incessantly while he lay there feverish and mostly silent. She became heartily tired of the sound of her own voice, and said something to that effect near the end of the second day.
"I'm not," he said shortly. "Keep talking. -- Lisa Kleypas
Once again Matthew was taken unaware by the extent of the feelings she inspired in him, his own limitless desire to fill her with happiness. "Whatever you need," he whispered, "Whatever you want, I'll get it for you. Just tell me. -- Lisa Kleypas
As it turned out, Welcome was where I lost everything, and gained everything. Welcome was the place where my life was guided from one track to another, ending me to places I'd never thought of going. -- Lisa Kleypas
His lips pressed against her forehead and she felt him smile against her skin. "Believe me ... the only place in the world I want to be is wherever you are."
-Grant Morgan -- Lisa Kleypas
From the very first time she'd been able to find the chinks in his armor -- Lisa Kleypas
The guy who broke up with me ... he was exactly like you, in the beginning. Charming, and nice. They're all like you in the beginning. But I always end up like this. And I can't do it anymore. -- Lisa Kleypas
We men had a meeting a long time ago, and we all decided, 'It's trousers'. And that's what we've worn ever since. -- Lisa Kleypas
Roy received my comments with a forced
smile. "Hardy, didn't I warn you not to date a woman who reads?"
Hardy seemed amused by my outspokenness. "Keeps the arguing to a minimum," he replied. "No point in trying when I know she's going to win. -- Lisa Kleypas
I spent most of my youth hauling sides of beef and pork to my father's shop. Carrying you is far more enjoyable."
"How sweet," Annabelle mumbled sickly, her eyes closed. "Every woman dreams of being told that she's preferable to a dead cow. -- Lisa Kleypas
You're still our sister," Pandora said. "It doesn't matter to me whether you were sired by our old terrible father, or your new terrible father."
"I didn't need the extra one," Helen said glumly. -- Lisa Kleypas
Daisy gave her a speaking glance, and her sister grinned. "Never fear," Lillian continued, "eventually we will succeed in infiltrating London society, and then we'll marry Lord Heavydebts and Lord Shallowpockets, and finally assume our places as ladies of the manor. -- Lisa Kleypas
But we have to find ways of compromising when we disagree on something. You know what compromise is, right?"
"Uh-huh. It's when you don't get to have everything your way and I don't get to have everything my way, and no one's happy. -- Lisa Kleypas
He cradled my face in his hands and smiled into my streaming eyes. "Because I know you, Liberty Jones. Don't cry, sweetheart, you're killing me." "I'll make it up to you, I swear - " "Shut up," Gage said tenderly, and kissed me with a blistering heat that made my knees buckle. -- Lisa Kleypas
We're hideously rich, Annabelle - and I've got three older brothers, all unmarried. Would you possibly consider one of them? If you like, I'll have one shipped across the Atlantic for your inspection. -- Lisa Kleypas
Leo," Amelia asked suspiciously, "what are you planning to do to her?" "Why do you always insist on asking questions when you know you won't like the answers?" "Because, being an optimist," she said tartly, "I always hope I'm wrong."
- Amelia & Leo -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm going to kiss you as long and as often as I like, and you're not to utter a word of protest. -- Lisa Kleypas
Win told me that one isn't improved by being at the top of the mountain, one is improved by the climb. -- Lisa Kleypas
A gleam of humor flickered in those obsidian eyes. I should warn you, Hannah: when we meet at Stony Cross Park, take care to avoid the mistletoe. For both our sakes. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's like trying to describe a color you've never seen before. Words can't make you understand what real love is like. But until you've felt it ... you haven't really lived. -- Lisa Kleypas
How did he break the chair? Does he have a foul temper? Did he throw it?" "He broke it by sitting on it," Lillian said with a scowl. "Cousin Eustace is rather l-large boned," Evie admitted. -- Lisa Kleypas
My family has always believed that when we are faced with large and apparently impossible problems, the best solutions are found by the insane people, not the sensible ones. -- Lisa Kleypas
I want you any way I can get you. Not because you're beautiful or clever or kind or adorable, although devil knows you're all those things. I want you because there's no one else like you, and I don't ever want to start a day without seeing you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Amelia tried to imagine it, lying undefended on the hard ground, at the mercy of every creature that crawled, crept, or flew. "I don't think I could fall asleep that way."
She felt his hand playing slowly in the loose locks of her hair. "You could." His voice was soft. "I would help you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Hardy was every loose-limbed cowboy in warn denim, every pair of blue eyes, every battered pickup, every hot cloudless day. -Liberty -- Lisa Kleypas
I wanted a footman with twinkly eyes like Father Christmas, not the eyes of a Viking mercenary. Footmen are supposed to be clean-shaven and pleasant-looking, and have nice names like Peter or George. But mine is scowly and growly, and his name is Drago and he has a black beard. -- Lisa Kleypas
Are you a lefty?" he asked with amiable interest.
"No. But if this hand gets bitten off, I'll still have my good one to write with. -- Lisa Kleypas
Obviously, you want me to kiss you. And I'll be happy to oblige, when the time is right. But not yet." "Mr. Hunt, you are the most - " "Yes, I know," he said with a grin. "You may as well spare yourself the effort of hurling adjectives at me, as I've heard them all before. -- Lisa Kleypas
But one wrong half turn of a steering wheel, one patch of wet road, one out of control moment, and the amount of life measured out to Victoria Nolan had run cruelly short. -- Lisa Kleypas
I want you to admit just once what you feel
for me. I want to know if you'll miss me even
a little. If you'll remember me. If you're sorry
for anything. -- Lisa Kleypas
I've lost someone, too. And there were no rules for how to deal with the death of someone you loved. You had to accept that the loss would always stay with you, like a reminder note pinned to the inside of your jacket. But there were still opportunities for happiness. Even joy. -- Lisa Kleypas
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
a busy man, Shaw, with business concerns on two continents. Obviously you agree with my statement." Shaw smiled slightly. "My lord, since my 'sexual congress' is limited exclusively to my wife, who happens to be your sister, I believe I'll have the good sense to keep my mouth shut. -- Lisa Kleypas
Very well," Beatrix said reluctantly. "But I warn you, they may be resistant to the match."
"I'm resistant to the match," Christopher informed her. "At least we'll have that in common. -- Lisa Kleypas
Dating is like trying to make a meal out of leftovers. Some leftovers actually get better when they've had a little time to mature. But others should be thrown out right away, No matter how you try to warm them up, they're never as good as when they were new. -- Lisa Kleypas
To err is human," Amelia said, "to forgive, absolutely galling. -- Lisa Kleypas
When he had explained why investors who wanted low risk and moderate returns should put their capital into national debt shares, Daisy had interrupted him by asking, Father, wouldn't it be wonderful if hummingbirds had tea parties and we were small enough to be invited? -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm twenty-one," she said indignantly. "Really?" "Yes, why do you sound skeptical?" "I wouldn't have expected to find a woman of your age in such a predicament." "I'm almost always in a predicament." Pandora jerked as she felt a gentle pressure on her back. "Hold -- Lisa Kleypas
The only thing keeping two people together should be love. Not legalities. -- Lisa Kleypas
I had to admit the man looked amazing in jeans. The ancient denim clung lightly to his hips and followed the long lines of some remarkable thigh muscles. And although I made a point of not checking out his rear view, my peripheral vision was having a very good day." ~ Haven Travis on Hardy Cates -- Lisa Kleypas
Just a little touches her and there. He puts his hands on your arms or back, he stands close to you, getting you used to him ... it's a mating ritual. Like March of the Penguins. -- Lisa Kleypas
Oh, God," Annabelle said feelingly, and turned her face against Hunt's shoulder, as if closing her eyes would make them all disappear. Her ear tingled as Hunt bent to murmur to her, his voice threaded with amusement. "Checkmate. -- Lisa Kleypas
Something happened to you, they discovered, when you were given the unconditional love and trust of a child.
You wanted to try to deserve it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Oh, this is horriculous. -- Lisa Kleypas
Truly? You've been chaste for that long?"
"'Chaste' implies a purity of thought that I assure you does not apply. But I have been celibate. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm the guy who's right for you. I may not be what you're looking for, but I'm what you want. You've been alone long enough, honey. It's time for you to wake up with a man in your bed. Time for the kind of sex that lays you out, owns you, leaves you too shaky to pour your morning coffee. -- Lisa Kleypas
This is your punishment, Lara," he whispered. "To burn as I do."
-Hunter -- Lisa Kleypas
And it occurred to me that friendship was a lot more dependable, not to mention long-lasting, than love. -- Lisa Kleypas
Well, don't just stand there," Philippa urged. "Go and join the group and try to attract his attention." Annabelle gave her a doubtful glance. "Some of those girls look feral. I should hate to get bitten."
-Philippa & Annabelle -- Lisa Kleypas
It's just ... I'd like you to find some nice guy with no weird fuckin' baggage."
I had to laugh. My irritation vanished, and I reached over to pat his hand. "If you ever meet one," I said, "let me know. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'd do almost anything for you. I think I'd kill for you. But I'm not going to comfort you while you cry in my arms over another man. - Gage Travis -- Lisa Kleypas
Believe me, when my 'personal endowments' are being discussed, I always pay attention." ~ Cam Rohan -- Lisa Kleypas
Both of you think happiness is this thing you have to chase after, like a child with a shiny toy. It won't happen until you start finding ways to take care of other people instead of ways to please yourself. -- Lisa Kleypas
Making a shallow bow, Marcus smiled at Daisy, for whom he thought he could easily develop a brotherly affection. The slightness of her form and her sweetly exuberant spirit reminded him of Livia in her younger years. -- Lisa Kleypas
There's only one thing a bully respected: bigger bully. -- Lisa Kleypas
It was finally becoming clear to her that love wasn't about finding someone perfect to marry. Love was about seeing through to the truth of a person, and accepting all their shades of light and dark. Love was an ability. -- Lisa Kleypas
Beneath the conversations and silences and reconnecting intimacy, I tried to reconcile the adult Hardy had become with the boy I had known and longed for. It troubled me to realize they weren't the same ... but of course I wasn't the same either. -- Lisa Kleypas
He's a fascinating gentleman. Old-school. I tried to talk him into attending one of my services, but he said he wasn't finished sinning yet, and he'd let me know when he was. -- Lisa Kleypas
So you dared to walk into the lion's den."
She smiled up into his intent dark eyes. "As it turned out, there was no danger."
"No?" His voice held gently mocking note. "Look where it's led. You're in my bedroom with your dress undone. -- Lisa Kleypas
Friends are the support bras of life. -- Lisa Kleypas
In defense of geeks," Justine said, "they're great in bed. They fantasize a lot, so they're really creative. And they love to play with gadgets. -- Lisa Kleypas
As with so many other aspects of our lives, we were never prepared for
We just tried like hell to get out of the way when it came. -- Lisa Kleypas
Have you ever courted anyone, Cousin West?" Pandora asked. "Only if I was certain the lady was too intelligent ever to accept me. -- Lisa Kleypas
Marriage would change hardly anything between us, except that we would end our arguments in a much more satisfying way. And of course I would have extensive legal rights over your body, your property, and all your individual freedoms, but I don't see what's so alarming about that. -- Lisa Kleypas
I figured if I told it to myself often enough, I would start believing it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Your only value to me," he said in a low tone, "is your knowledge of Lillian Bowman's whereabouts. If I can't obtain that from you, I'll send you to the devil. Tell me, or I'll choke it from you. And believe that I have enough of my father in me to do it without a second thought. -- Lisa Kleypas
I hope it hurts," she said vehemently. "Perhaps that will teach you not to be running about on rooftops! What possessed you to do such a thing?"
Sir Ross gave her a narrow-eyed glance. "For some reason the suspect didn't want to come down to the ground so that I could catch him more easily. -- Lisa Kleypas
If you don't want to have sex, I don't want to talk about our feelings."
He scrubbed his hand through his hair, looking confused. "Well, that's for damn sure the first time a woman's ever said that to me. -- Lisa Kleypas
Without thinking, Lillian let out a few curse words that caused Evie to blanch. One of Lillian's more questionable accomplishments was the ability to swear as fluently as a sailor, acquired from much time spent with her grandmother, who had worked as a washwoman at the harbor docks. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'll tell you what I'm fighting for. Not for England, nor her allies, nor any patriotic cause. It's all come down to the hope of being with you.. -- Lisa Kleypas
I didn't know that, you take your coffee seriously, dont you?'
'Every morning, I run to the coffeemaker like a soldier returning to a lost love after the war. -- Lisa Kleypas
Perhaps only those who had loved and lost could appreciate this magic. -- Lisa Kleypas
Thunderstorms and rainbows wrapped together in a convenient pocket-sized parcel. -- Lisa Kleypas
But no one can predict of a certainty what will happen. And none of it will change how I intend to spend the rest of my life. I will live it on my terms. And you ... you can have all of me or nothing. I won't be an invalid any longer. Not even if it means losing you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Have you ever considered making at least a pretense of humility, Mr. Hunt? Just for the sake of politeness?
"I don't believe in false modesty."
"People might like you more if you did."
"Would you? -- Lisa Kleypas
Aline," he interrupted tersely, "the forces of heaven and hell combined couldn't stop me from making love to you right now."
That hardly left room for ambiguity. -- Lisa Kleypas
With all due respect," Christopher muttered, "this conversation is leading nowhere. At least one of you should point out that Beatrix deserves a better man."
"That's what I said about my wife," Leo remarked. "Which is why I married her before she could find one. -- Lisa Kleypas
Being just a little cynical will make you a much safer optimist. -- Lisa Kleypas
He doesn't prefer your kind. There are men with certain appetites that can be fulfilled only by very skilled women, and you ... ' She paused and viewed Madeline critically. 'Something tells me that your repertoire is extremely limited.'
'I don't even have a repertoire,' Madeline said gloomily. -- Lisa Kleypas
Justice may be blind but it loves the sound of money. -- Lisa Kleypas
One can't avoid the storms and calamities of life, but one can at least find the right partner to face them with. -- Lisa Kleypas
Have you ever wanted something so much that you would do anything to have it - even knowing that it was bad for you?"
"Of course," Adam replied. "All truly enjoyable things in life are invariably bad for you - and they are even better when done to excess. -- Lisa Kleypas
My lord," came Daisy's anxious voice, delaying him briefly. "You will find her, won't you?" "Yes," he said without hesitation. "And then I'm going to strangle her. -- Lisa Kleypas
Thomas Bowman's toupee, alas, was never found. He was somewhat mollified by the gift of a very fine hat from Westcliff on Christmas day. -- Lisa Kleypas
do not come to me tonight ' he said eventually,'or you end up in my bed , and I'll screw you to the stone age and back. That clear for you? -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm going to take Charity to France. I can look after her there. You can go on with your life here, and I won't be here to ... to bother anyone."
He muttered two quiet words.
"What?" she asked in bewilderment, inching forward to hear him.
"I said, try it. -- Lisa Kleypas
I think ... I could walk part of the way," she managed to say. "You wouldn't make it down the terrace steps," Hunt said flatly. "Indulge me while I demonstrate the chivalrous side of my nature. Can you put your arms around my neck? -- Lisa Kleypas
Sam was waiting for her,his gaze sweeping over her. "Looks great."
"I look like a geek," Lucy said. "I smell like a brewery. And I need a bra."
"My dream date. -- Lisa Kleypas
I knew I would replay the scene countless times in the years before me, each time thinking of different things I should have said and done.
But all I did was walk away without looking back. -- Lisa Kleypas
Rohan looked down at her, his eyes shadowed and catlike. "You'll be safer inside the vehicle."
"I have you for protection, do I not?" she pointed out.
"Sweetheart," he said with a softness that undercut the noise of the crowd, "I may be the one you most need protection from. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm sorry," he rasped, even as he knew what he was about to do. "My God. Sorry - " His mouth clamped over hers, and he began to kiss her as if his life depended on it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Oh, I have a very pure soul. It's only my private parts that have gotten me into trouble. -- Lisa Kleypas
First of all, there is no need to patronize me by implying that I'm Helen of Troy when it's clear that I'm no beauty. -- Lisa Kleypas
My God, how I want you," he whispered. -- Lisa Kleypas
He'd always preferred newness, associating old things with decay and dowdiness. -- Lisa Kleypas
He looked down with pleasure-hazed eyes, at her face so tenderly confined in the bracket of his hands, and he whispered in Romany, I am yours. -- Lisa Kleypas
No, he keeps the schedule of a cat. Long hours of slumber interrupted by brief periods of self-grooming. -- Lisa Kleypas
For the first time in his life, he was beginning to recognize that true passion was not easily satisfied, that there was a difference between the needs of his cock and the organ that resided two feet above it. It was not a welcome discovery. -- Lisa Kleypas
Amanda wrestled with him briefly, enjoying the sensation of rubbing along his brawny naked body until his erection rose hot and hard between them. "Very primitive," she said throatily, continuing to squirm until he gave a groaning laugh. -- Lisa Kleypas
Cam had once told her that the Rom believed the entire world was their home. As long as you were with your family you were home. -- Lisa Kleypas
Although the garment was beautifully designed and well made, the color, a dark velvet that captured the intense tones of a ripe plum or black cherries, would prove a jarring clash with her hair. She added ruefully, "Not with this carrot top. I'll look a fright. -- Lisa Kleypas
No matter what your profession is, it's good to scare yourself a little from time to time! It's crucial to keep challenging yourself and to learn from people who are more accomplished than you are. -- Lisa Kleypas
I love you, too.
And I think I know the secret to a long and happy marriage - just choose someone you can't live without.
For me, that would be you.
So if you insist on being traditional ...
- Ella -- Lisa Kleypas
I need you for a lot of things, Hardy. A lifetime's worth of things. -- Lisa Kleypas
I am running after you, and life, in desperate pursuit. My dream is that someday you will both turn and let me catch you. That dream carries me through every night ... I have enclosed a hundred kisses in this letter. You must count them out carefully and not lose any. -- Lisa Kleypas
The skin of his torso was smooth and golden, rows of hard silken muscles contracting at her timid touch. His body radiated heat, luring her like a cat to a patch of sunlight. -- Lisa Kleypas
Dutiful little wife," he whispered. "I'm going to be a terrible influence on you. Why don't you give me a kiss, and go upstairs for your bath? By the time you finish, I'll be there with you. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm scared of making the biggest mistake of my life. I'm just trying to figure out what the mistake is. -- Lisa Kleypas
Say as little as possible," Lady Berwick told the girls severely. "Remember that silence is golden." Glancing at Pandora, she added, in your case, it's platinum. -- Lisa Kleypas
Love forgives all things. You don't even need to ask. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's impossible," he snapped.
"Because I'm Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent. I can't be celibate. Everyone knows that. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'd sell my soul to have you. In my whole life, you'll always be what I wanted most."
~ Hardy Cates -- Lisa Kleypas
Have you noticed how few men in the peerage are young and nice-looking?" Lillian asked wryly. "Most of them are dull-witted, ancient, or possess the kind of face that should have a hook in its mouth. -- Lisa Kleypas
The next time you face a room full of strangers ... you might tell yourself that some of them are just friends waiting to be found. -- Lisa Kleypas
Do I have to take a knee when I ask her?" Ryan asked."No, but it's traditional." Ryan rubbed the lower half of his jaw, clearly not liking the idea. "Men used to kneel when they were being knighted," Sofia pointed out."Or beheaded," Ryan said darkly. -- Lisa Kleypas
Fairy tales are best read as entertainment," Harry said. "Not as a guide to life. -- Lisa Kleypas
You're far too prickly tempered to be a mistress. You're far better suited as a wife. -- Lisa Kleypas
I grew up being very shy, very much a bookworm, and I remember desperately wondering how to be accepted by the popular kids. -- Lisa Kleypas
Catherine went still. Her eyes closed against a sudden wet sting. 'Did you accept her proposal?'
Leo nuzzled tenderly into the hollow beneath her ear. 'Of course not, pea-goose. -- Lisa Kleypas
I feel like I've been shut in a closet, and he's on the other side, and he doesn't have the key to unlock the door. -- Lisa Kleypas
Before I write the first page of a novel, I spend a long time creating detailed backgrounds for my characters. I imagine the experiences that have formed them, what makes them happy, angry, fearful, and what they yearn for. -- Lisa Kleypas
What do ladies wear beneath their riding trousers?"
"I would think an infamous rake would already know."
"I was never infamous. In fact, I'm fairly standard as far as rakes go."
"The ones who deny it are the worst. -- Lisa Kleypas
I think you could probably thaw out a glacier, honey.
-Hardy Cates -- Lisa Kleypas
Though Sebastian wasn't looking at her, he could hear the note of childish defiance in her voice, and it caused a wrench in his heart... a heart that he always believed to be nothing more than an efficient muscle. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's a mistake, you know. You have no idea what you'll be exposed to ... the obscenities and lewd comments, the lecherous gazes, the groping and pinching ... and that's just my house. Imagine what it would be like here. -- Lisa Kleypas
Poppy was every fine, good, unselfish impulse that he would never have. She was every caring thought, loving gesture, happy moment, that he would never know. She was every minute of peaceful sleep that would forever elude him.
- Harry's thoughts -- Lisa Kleypas
sunset, a red glow westering across the leaden sky. -- Lisa Kleypas
Walking with Daisy from the dining hall, Matthew murmured, "Will I have to scale the outside wall tonight, or are you going to leave your door unlocked?"
"The door," Daisy replied succinctly.
"Thank God. -- Lisa Kleypas
I didn't think there was any way to convince
Jack that he wanted more than I had to
give, that to people who'd been damaged the
way I had been, fear and the will to survive
would always be more powerful than attachment.
I could only love in a limited way -- Lisa Kleypas
A lifetime with such a woman was not nearly enough. -- Lisa Kleypas
He was charmed out of all reason as he watched her, this sandy, disheveled, storytelling mermaid, who seemed already to belong to him and yet wanted nothing to do with him. His heart worked in strange rhythms, as if it were struggling to adjust to a brand new metronome. What was happening to him? -- Lisa Kleypas
But the absence of tears wasn't the same as an absence of feeling. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's a sin."
"How do you know?"
"Because it feels like one," she managed to say.
He laughed quietly and pulled her hips farther toward him with a decisiveness that drew a little yelp from her.
"In that case ... I never sin by half measures. -- Lisa Kleypas
Women. You'll interpret anything as love. You see a man wearing an idiotic expression, and you assume he's been struck by Cupid's arrow when in reality, he's digesting a bad turnip. -- Lisa Kleypas
Dearest Lily." Penelope took her hand and pressed it between her own. "Since I was a little girl, I've always thought of you as the most beautiful, most courageous, most everything. But not practical. Never practical. -- Lisa Kleypas
Asking an eight-year-old girl if something is a little over-the-top is like asking a Texan if there are too many jalapenos in the salsa. The answer is always no. -Liberty Jones -- Lisa Kleypas
You have no romance in your soul," Poppy told Harry at intermission. "Not in my soul, no," he replied gravely. "However, I have a great deal of it in other locations."
-Poppy & Harry -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm shocked," St. Vincent said gravely, "but I'll recover." Looking around them as if to ascertain that he wouldn't be overheard, he whispered conspiratorially, "I'm not really a gentleman, you know. -- Lisa Kleypas
It sounds like if it weren't for your boyfriend, you'd be eating meat."
"Probably," I admitted. "But I agree with Dane's take on the issues, and most of the time it's not a problem for me. Unfortunately, I'm temptable."
"I like that in a woman. It almost makes up for your conscience. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm supposed to stay away from you." He grinned at that. "Says who?" She ignored the question. "And while I'm certain that at least half the rumors about you couldn't possibly be true - " "They are," Gideon said without a trace of shame. "You're a rake, then." "The worst kind. -- Lisa Kleypas
You thought I was peculiar," she said in a muffled voice.
His mouth brushed the edge of her ear and settled against her neck. She felt that he was smiling. "Darling love ... you are. -- Lisa Kleypas
Beatrix, do you know what happens to girls who ask such naughty questions?"
"They're ravished in haylofts?" she inquired hopefully. -- Lisa Kleypas
The earl shook his head, exhibiting a degree of frosty offense that could only be achieved by an aristocrat whose wishes had just been gainsaid. "I've never heard of a man being so eager to confess to the parent of a girl he's just ruined," he said sourly. -- Lisa Kleypas
Who should I send for now?"
Using the last of his strength, Sebastian managed to drag her hand up to his mouth. "You," he whispered, holding her fingers to his lips. "Just you. -- Lisa Kleypas
No sugarcoating would be necessary," Matthew interrupted calmly. "Daisy ... that is, Miss Bowman, is entirely - " Beautiful. Desirable. Bewitching. " - acceptable. Marrying a woman like Miss Bowman would be a reward in itself. -- Lisa Kleypas
Falling hard and fast. And there didn't seem to be a thing I could do about it. -- Lisa Kleypas
You took Theo's title and his home," West continued in appalled disbelief, "and now you want his wife."
"His widow," Devon muttered.
"Have you seduced her?"
West clapped his hand to his forehead. "Christ. Don't you think she's suffered enough? -- Lisa Kleypas
Daisy, love," he whispered, "You're so soft ... so dainty ... where shall I touch you? Here? Or here ... "
"There," she sobbed, as his fingers slid to just the right spot. "Yes ... oh, there ... -- Lisa Kleypas
This doesn't have fuck-all to do with independence. You're scared because you know if you start something with me, it'll go to a place you and Dane never went. He won't stand by you
he's already proved it. He went pussy on you. And now he gets laid for that?
Jack Travis -- Lisa Kleypas
Then go find another woman," she said flatly.
"I want you. Only you. The devil knows why," Sebastien glared at her. -- Lisa Kleypas
We men face temptations. Sometimes we stray. It is the way of the world." "It's not my way," Matthew said flatly. "I stand by my word, both in business and in my personal life. If or when I promise to be faithful to a woman, I would be. No matter what. -- Lisa Kleypas
We try to conceal our defects and say the things we think the other one wants to hear. We pretend that we're always lovely and sweet-tempered and that we don't mind the other's nasty little habits. And then after the wedding, we lower the boom. -- Lisa Kleypas
I had to wait for someone special. Someone who would make my heart feel as if it's been trampled by elephants, thrown into the amazon, and eaten by piranhas. -- Lisa Kleypas
This was getting bloody ridiculous, he thought savagely. If she became any more adorable, endearing, or delectable, something was going to get broken.
Most likely his heart. -- Lisa Kleypas
A groundswell of silence moved between us.
Trouble on the surface and even deeper currents beneath. -- Lisa Kleypas
Fencing isn't really fighting. It's more like chess with the risk of puncture wounds -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Lillian, my sweet love ... you're safe now. I'll never let anything happen to you again. I swear it on my life. You're safe. -- Lisa Kleypas
There's nothing worse than breaking a promise to someone who cares about you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Christopher entered the room, having to bend his head to pass through the small medieval doorway. Straightening, he surveyed their surroundings briefly before his piercing gaze found Beatrix. He stared at her with the barely suppressed wrath of a man to whom entirely too much had happened. -- Lisa Kleypas
Will you swear on your honor to keep it in confidence?" "Of course," Devon said readily. Having no honor, he never hesitated to promise something on it. Helen -- Lisa Kleypas
The problem with chasing after happiness was that it wasn't a destination you could reach. It was something that happened along the way. -- Lisa Kleypas
I realized I wasn't going to find a man until I was willing to expose myself to possible harm, to assume the risks of rejection and betrayal and heartbreak that came along with caring about someone. Someday, I promised myself, I would be ready for that kind of risk. -- Lisa Kleypas
I've lowered my character with a great deal of unwholesome reading material. -- Lisa Kleypas
I want to make you scream and claw and faint in my arms, he whispered, his masculine bristle scraping against her skin. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's not really your land," Merripen had told him, "until you've put some of your own blood and sweat into it." "Is that all?" Leo asked sarcastically. "Only blood and sweat? I'm certain I can find one or two other bodily fluids to donate if it's that important."
- Merripen & Leo -- Lisa Kleypas
How old are you? Twelve?"
"Fourteen & three quarters."
His eyes sparkled. "You're kind of little for fourteen and three quarters."
"Am not," I replied indignantly. "I'm a sophomore this year. How old are you?"
"Seventeen and two fifths."
Hardy Cateses & Liberty Jones. -- Lisa Kleypas
I love you. I don't give a damn if your father is the devil himself. I'd let you stab a knife in my heart if it pleased you, and I'd lie there loving you until my last breath.-Rhys Winterborne's to Helen Ravenel -- Lisa Kleypas
I read," came his gravelly voice. "I walk. Occasionally I swim in the river." She was suddenly grateful for the darkness, as the thought of his unclothed body sliding through the water caused her to flush. -- Lisa Kleypas
You wouldn't have left had it been me on the foundry floor - " "I knew you were going to say that," he said in savage disgust. "Of course I wouldn't have left you. I'm the man. A man is supposed to protect his wife. -- Lisa Kleypas
You need something more nourishing than the contents of that glass, Mr. Shaw."
His hard gaze met hers. "I know what I need, you presumptuous wench. Now leave, or you're going to get a big eyeful of Gideon Shaw. -- Lisa Kleypas
A man is not entitled to be called a father merely because he once had a well-timed spasm of the loins. -- Lisa Kleypas
He loved numbers, their patterns and secrets, the way something complex could be reduced to something simple. In mathematics, unlike life, there was always a solution, a definite answer. -- Lisa Kleypas
Want to try it?" Dad offered, patting the arm of the chair. "Fifteen different kinds of massage. It analyzes your back muscles and makes recommendations. It also grabs and stretches the thigh and calf muscles."
"No, thanks. I prefer my furniture to keep its hands to itself. -- Lisa Kleypas
You look like a butterfly that's just flown in from the garden, Hunt said softly. -- Lisa Kleypas
I don't need any trinkets or pictures to remind me of my faith - all I need to do is stare out the window at the woods, and see how beautiful they are. -- Lisa Kleypas
I was..sorry that you had been in prison camp.."
"A reassuring sentiment, coming from my wife. Anything else? -- Lisa Kleypas
I've needed someone like you for a long time. Now that I have you, no one is going to take you from me.
Logan to Madeline -- Lisa Kleypas
You're unbelievable," he said in a low voice, and it wasn't a compliment. "It amazes me that there was ever a time I thought you needed toughening up."
"Would you prefer someone more ... helpless?"
Even Lucy had to admit that she had pushed him too far. -- Lisa Kleypas
Weddings are never about the bride and groom, weddings are public platforms for dysfunctional families. -- Lisa Kleypas
He's a good man.He's staightforward and he knows exactly what he wants-"
"Yes. You must favor your mother."
She smiled reluctantly at the gentle taunt. -- Lisa Kleypas
I was just thinking if the sex with you is one-tenth as fun as arguing with you. I'll be one happy bastard."
"You'll never find out. You--------"
He kissed me.
~ Jack Travis & Ella Varner -- Lisa Kleypas
Why didn't the others help you?" Daisy asked angrily, scrubbing the sleeve of her gown over her dripping face.
"They were busy saving their own skins. Although," Matthew added ruefully, "I would have thought I merited a little more importance than the horses. -- Lisa Kleypas
There are mysteries in your soul that will take a lifetime to uncover . . . and I want to know every one of them. -- Lisa Kleypas
Babies were dangerous ... they made you fall in love before you knew what was happening.
-Ella's thoughts -- Lisa Kleypas
I'd rather be insane with you than sane without you.
- Jake to Lydia -- Lisa Kleypas
Victoria was an innocent country gentlewoman who spent her time reading, teaching the local children, painting, gathering armfuls of heather in the meadow. Vivien, by contrast, was pleasure-loving and self-serving... with a moral compass that was most definitely skewed. -- Lisa Kleypas
Marks, in case you hadn't noticed, other servants don't snap out orders to their masters. So if you don't mind-"
"You're not my master," she had the never to say, glaring insolently at him.
Oh, I'd like to be, Leo thought in a quick, angry flush of arousal... -- Lisa Kleypas
I'll be a Winterborne," Helen said calmly. "They should worry about that I'll think of them. -- Lisa Kleypas
My heart only beats as an echo of yours. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm from North Wales, where we express ourselves by throwing rocks at trees. -- Lisa Kleypas
False modesty is evidence of secret pride, Mr. Winterborne -- Lisa Kleypas
I've never heard that the sexual act requires any particular intelligence. From what I've observed, many stupid people are easily able to produce children. -- Lisa Kleypas
I would have so loved to learn about the Vikings."
Lillian snorted. "Since when have you been interested in warlike pagans with silly-looking headgear?"
Daisy looked up from her book again. "Are we talking about Grandmother again? -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm doing all this for Luke's sake. And yours."
"For my sake?" Startled out of my rising anger, I gave him a round-eyed glance.
"There's not much I wouldn't do for you, Ella," he said quietly. "Haven't you figured that out yet?"
-Jack & Ella -- Lisa Kleypas
So soon? But I sup pose that is only to be expected. Lord Ramsay will want to see his estate."
"Yes, Mrs. Hunt." Leo said. "I adore bucolic settings. One can never view too many sheep. -- Lisa Kleypas
Rest against my heart. Let me watch over your dreams. And know that tomorrow morning, and every morning after that, you'll awaken next to someone who loves you. -- Lisa Kleypas
He winced suddenly, and moved to arrange her on his lap. Don't put your knee there, darling, or your plans of consummating the marriage may be thrown very much into doubt. -- Lisa Kleypas
Some are nice and some aren't. Some are smart, and others are about as bright as a wet match in a dark cave. In other words, pretty normal. -- Lisa Kleypas
And I wonder how Gage knew this is what my soul has craved. He turns me to face him, his eyes searching. It occurs to me that no one in my life has ever concerned himself so thoroughly with my happiness. -- Lisa Kleypas
Don't you understand how much even one day of loving each other is worth? Some people are separated by distances they can never cross. All they can do is dream about each other for a lifetime, never having what they want most. How foolish, how wasteful to have love within your reach and not take it! -- Lisa Kleypas
So far, I haven't been all that impressed by your flaws. You drink more than you should, you have trouble controlling your impulses, and you have a temper. All of those are practically requirements in the Hathaway family. -- Lisa Kleypas
Hell was not a pit of fire and brimstone. Hell was waking up alone, the sheets wet with your tears and your seed, knowing the woman you had dreamed of would never come back to you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Well ... I'm a wicked man who can, on occasion, be just a bit nice. And I've been searching for a nice girl who can, on occasion, be just a bit wicked.
-St. Vincent -- Lisa Kleypas
Our gazes met. It seemed an entire conversation took place in that one glance. Each of us saw what we needed to know. -- Lisa Kleypas
I suppose now I'm obliged to wish you happiness in your new life. Although happiness in the absence of indoor plumbing is a debatable concept. -- Lisa Kleypas
Have you had this place inspected?" he asked. "The house is ready to fall off its timbers. I couldn't risk coming in here without offering a quick prayer to Butyakengo."
"A Gypsy protective spirit." He smiled at her. "But now that I'm here, I'll take my chances. -- Lisa Kleypas
Heart of my heart, you need no man to give you away. Just come to me of your own free will. Love me for who I am ... just as I love you for who you are ... and our bond will last until the stars lose their shining. -- Lisa Kleypas
Nothing is worse than breaking the trust of someone who depends on your protection. -- Lisa Kleypas
If loneliness was a choice, what was the other option? To settle for second-best and try to be happy with that? And was that fair to the person you settled for? -- Lisa Kleypas
Satisfaction rang in MacPhee's voice.Before God an' these witnesses I declare ye to be married persons. Whom God hath joined let no man put asunder. That will be eighty-two pounds, three crowns, an' one shilling. -- Lisa Kleypas
If I'm to change my life for you, I've got to have some hope."
"I don't want you to change your life for me. You'll have to make the same decision every day, over and over - it must be for yourself alone. -- Lisa Kleypas
You can't love someone new without getting over the last one. -- Lisa Kleypas
I saw the animal's body tense expectantly as he saw the treat in my palm. Unfortunately, it seemed in question as to whether the attraction was the biscuit or my hand. -- Lisa Kleypas
If there's one thing every man loves to do, it's telling a woman how to do something. They -- Lisa Kleypas
Sweetheart." He let out a serrated breath. "You tempt me just by being in the same room with me. -- Lisa Kleypas
Now the line was drawn. Lucy had never thought that one of the fiercest battles of her life would be fought over a breakfast table, with quiet words carefully chosen. -- Lisa Kleypas
Oh, Daisy, it's revolting the way I want to fawn all over him. I'm afraid I'm going to do something dreadfully silly today. Burst into song or something. For God's sake, don't let me. -- Lisa Kleypas
The moment you enter the room, the earl becomes far more animated. It is obvious that he is fascinated by you. One can hardly have a conversation with him, as he is constantly straining to hear what you are saying, and watching your every movement. -- Lisa Kleypas
Virtue in a woman is like pepper in the soup. A little makes for a nice seasoning. But
overdo it, and no one wants very much of you. -- Lisa Kleypas
If you don't leave my room this instant," she heard herself say, "I'll make a scene." "Marks, there is nothing in the world I would enjoy more than watching you make a scene. In fact, I'll help you. How shall we start?"
- Catherine & Leo -- Lisa Kleypas
If I never have anything from him except this one moment I am going to take it. Take it now, or drown in regret later. -- Lisa Kleypas
I stand by my opinions when I know I'm right, Captain Phelan. Whereas you stand by yours merely because you're stubborn. -- Lisa Kleypas
Just because you don't understand or agree with something doesn't mean that it lacks merit. -- Lisa Kleypas
Another moment or two of suffocated silence, and Hunt swallowed hard before speaking in a rusty-sounding voice. I probably shouldn't ask. But what the hell are you doing? -- Lisa Kleypas
We all have regrets,' Leo said, taking a sip of brandy, letting the velvet fire slide down his throat. 'It's why I cling to my bad habits. One doesn't have to start regretting something unless one stops doing it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Aware of her uneasy gaze straying to his rampant arousal, Sebastian shot her a scornful glance.
"Pay it no mind," he said, climbing into bed with her. "From now on, I have every expectation that proximity to you will affect my private parts like a prolonged swim in a Siberian lake. -- Lisa Kleypas
His intentions were good." He kissed the top of her head. "Don't ever trust men with good intentions. They'll always disappoint you. -- Lisa Kleypas
You know," I told him on our wedding night, "I'm just as much me when I'm with you, as I am without you." And because Hardy understood what I meant, he pulled me into his arms, against his heart. -- Lisa Kleypas
Daisy, you're too damned innocent to understand the danger you're in. It's taking all the self-control I've got to keep my hands off you. Don't play games with me, sweetheart. It's too easy for you to torture me, and I'm at my limit. -- Lisa Kleypas
Maybe when you're married, you'll have a better idea of what desperate lengths you'll go to ... for your sake,I hope not. -- Lisa Kleypas
There are worse fates, my lord. A title, land, a wife ... if you can't make something of that, there is indeed no hope for you.
-Morgan -- Lisa Kleypas
There are two women inside Miss Duvall," he said stonily. "There's the one you find in that book, experienced, jaded, greedy... a perverse bitch. And then there's the one who is currently residing in my house."
"And what is she like?"
"Intelligent... sweet... gentle. Most men's fantasy. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm a wicked man who can, on occasion, be just a bit nice. And I've been searching for a nice girl who can, on occasion, be just a bit wicked.
-Sebastian St. Vincent -- Lisa Kleypas
The next time I see you," Sebastian said viciously, "no matter what the circumstances, I'm going to kill you. No law, nor weapon, nor God Himself will be able to stop it from happening. So if you value your life, don't let your path cross mine again. -- Lisa Kleypas
You're mad," he said in a low voice, "if you think I would leave you now. I'll see you safe and well no matter what it takes. -- Lisa Kleypas
Evie " came his faint whisper "I'm going to your mother see ... she's got 'em to leave a back door open ... so I can steal into 'eaven. -- Lisa Kleypas
The truth is, you can never really know a man until you've loaned him money. And you can never know a woman until you've slept in her bed. -- Lisa Kleypas
What happened to your stammer?"
"I suppose I must feel comfortable with you. I tend to stammer less with certain people."
"No one's ever told me that I'm a comfortable sort. I'm sure I don't like it. I'll have to do something diabolical soon to correct your impression. -- Lisa Kleypas
The smarter you are, the more reasons you have to be miserable. -- Lisa Kleypas
I love you dammit,"she brushed her lips teasingly against his.
"How much?" He made a slight sound, as if the soft kiss had affected him intensely.
"Without limit. Beyond forever. -- Lisa Kleypas
What about the other guy?" My eyes half closed as I felt the heel of his hand brush the side of my breast. "He's the past," I managed to say. "You're the future." "Damn right I am. -- Lisa Kleypas
One should make the best choice possible given the circumstances, and then avoid second-guessing for the sake of one's own sanity. -- Lisa Kleypas
I scowled defensively. "My conversations don't usually include the subject of erections."
"Too bad," he said. "All the best conversations do. -- Lisa Kleypas
You were never one to moon over handsome boys, or talk about balls and parties, or dream about your future husband."
"That was because of Merripen," Win admitted. "He was all I ever wanted. -- Lisa Kleypas
You don't have to apologize for disliking me, only for being discourteous. -- Lisa Kleypas
I bet I've led a more virtuous life than you."
"First, darlin', that's not saying much. Second, getting to a higher spiritual level is like increasing your credit score. You get a lot more points for sinning and repenting than if you have no credit history at all."
-Ella & Jack -- Lisa Kleypas
Sometimes a simple question could have a complicated answer. -- Lisa Kleypas
All hat, no cattle ... doing whatever it took to keep up the appearance of wealth, when in reality he is no better off than anyone else. - Texas saying -- Lisa Kleypas
Derek.' There was an odd smile on her face. 'Your cockney is showing. -- Lisa Kleypas
I don't want you to change your life for me. You'll have to make the same decision every day, over and over - it must be for yourself alone. Otherwise you will come to resent me. -- Lisa Kleypas
You could run to the farthest corners of the earth. There's no place you could go where I wouldn't love you. Nothing you could do to stop me. -- Lisa Kleypas
You might loosen your corset strings," he advised. "It will make your journey more pleasant."
"I'm not wearing a c-corset," she said without looking at him.
"You aren't? My God." His gaze slid over her with expert assessment. -- Lisa Kleypas
You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you. -- Lisa Kleypas
I've had enough of this. if you'll excuse me, i'm going to find a tavern where i can pay an underdressed woman to sit it my lap and look very pleased with me while i drink heavily -- Lisa Kleypas
Knowing of your penchant for trouble, Miss Bowman, I have concluded that it is safer to keep you in my sight, and within arm's reach if possible. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's a house. No more and no less. There isn't a structure on earth that could last forever. But a family goes on.
-Leo -- Lisa Kleypas
When the pace of our feet matched perfectly, I felt a deep inner pang of satisfaction. I could have gone on walking like that forever, side by side with him. There had been few times in my life I had ever inhabited a moment so fully, with no loneliness lurking at the edges. -- Lisa Kleypas
I have to go back inside."
His arms loosened. "I thought you weren't worried about your reputation."
"Well, it can survive a little damage," Beatrix said reasonably. "But I'd rather not have the whole thing blown to smithereens. -- Lisa Kleypas
He stared at her steadily. If we were eating Gypsy-style, sitting before a fire, I would offer you the choicest bites of meat. The soft inside of the bread. The sweetest sections of fruit. -- Lisa Kleypas
I will admit, I once launched myself at Julie Garwood for a hug, hoping some of her magic would rub off on me ... and I have fangirl crushes on Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, and Kresley Cole, among many others. -- Lisa Kleypas
Love is always a leap into the unknown. You can try to control as many variables, and understand a situation as you can, but you're still jumping off a cliff and hoping that someone catches you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Nature had squandered an unreasonable quantity of male beauty on this undeserving creature. -- Lisa Kleypas
No miles of level desert, no jagged mountain heights, no sea of endless blue Neither words nor tears, nor silent fears will keep me from coming back to you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Win," Leo said, "you'll burn the house down, just after it's been rebuilt. Give me the bloody matchbox."
She shook her head resolutely.
Are we starting a new springtime ritual?" Leo demanded. "The annual burning-of-the-manse?" Come to your senses, Win. -- Lisa Kleypas
Mr. Bayning is not a frog," Poppy protested. "You're right," Beatrix said. "That was very unfair to frogs, who are lovely creatures." As -- Lisa Kleypas
SEEN IT ALL, HEARD IT ALL, DONE IT ALL. JUST CAN'T REMEMBER IT ALL. -- Lisa Kleypas
Can't you just tell me now?"
"No, I need someone to eat with."
A slight smile rose to my lips. "Am I supposed
to believe that I'm your only option?"
"No. But you're my favorite option. -- Lisa Kleypas
You fault me for having standards?' Sebastian countered icily.
'Not at all. I fault you for having two sets of them.'
~ Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent & Cam Rohan. -- Lisa Kleypas
But when you started dating someone, you could never be sure what you were getting into. You had to give someone a chance to show you who he really was ... and believe him when he did. -- Lisa Kleypas
Dont worry" Emma said "There are worse things than having your heart broken."
"Like What?" Zoe asked skeptically.
"Never having it broken. Never giving in to love -- Lisa Kleypas
My mistakes are usually so enjoyable that I tend to
repeat them. -- Lisa Kleypas
However, Westcliff had learned that the mysteries of attraction could not always be explained by logic. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the hinges that held them together. -- Lisa Kleypas
A woman could do that to you - reach that place in your soul where the best and worst of you was kept. And once she was there, she owned that place and never left. -- Lisa Kleypas
No, Mr. Swift's mind doesn't work that way, any more than my father's does. They're men of business. Predators. If Mr. Swift wanted me, he wouldn't stop to ask for my permission any more than a lion would stop and politely ask an antelope if he would mind being eaten for lunch. -- Lisa Kleypas
Pro medicina est dolor, dolorem qui necat."
"The pain that kills pain acts as medicine," Win translated.
"That would make sense only to a Roma," Amelia said, and Cam grinned. -- Lisa Kleypas
Amelia, if we have children ... will you mind that they're part Roma?"
"Not if you don't mind that they're part Hathaway. -- Lisa Kleypas
I know that he is not the easiest man to love. However, if you could bring yourself to meet him halfway ... perhaps even a bit more than halfway ... I believe you would never have cause to regret it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Everyone's looking," she whispered, letting him lead her to the center of the waltzing couples, several of which moved to allow them plenty of room.
"Everyone's been looking at you all night," he said wryly. "Especially me. -- Lisa Kleypas
He's a man, dear," Amelia explained kindly. "Sustained thinking is very difficult for them." "As opposed to women," Leo retorted, "who have the remarkable ability to make decisions without doing any thinking at all. -- Lisa Kleypas
The torchlit garden was redolent with the colors and scents of autumn... gold and copper foliage, thick borders of roses and dahlias, flowering grasses and beds of fresh mulch that made the air pleasantly pungent. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's damp outside, and I'm always cold. Most days I wear a cap and shawl indoors."
"I could suggest other methods to keep yourself warm. -- Lisa Kleypas
He's t-terrifying," she heard Evie breathe, and Lillian glanced at her with sudden amusement.
"He's just a man, dear. I'm sure he orders his servants to help him put his trousers on one leg at a time, like everyone else."
-Evie & Lillian -- Lisa Kleypas
I should have told you to go to hell," I muttered.
He smiled smugly. "I knew you wouldn't."
"Because women who are willing to cheat a little can always be talked into cheating a lot. -- Lisa Kleypas
Beatrix, I'm not in the mood for virginal experimentation."
She gave him a purely ingenuous look. "Neither am I. -- Lisa Kleypas
If I were an opera singer, Id have sung you an aria. If I were an artist, I would have painted your portrait. But cooking is what I'm best at. -- Lisa Kleypas
Easy, Marks,' he whispered. 'One of us has to have some self-control, and it really should be you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Hardy would never be the easiest man to have a relationship with. He was complex and strong-willed and rough-edged. But I loved those qualities about him. I was more than willing to take him exactly as he was. And it didn't hurt that he seemed equally game to take me on my own terms. -- Lisa Kleypas
There is no peace in poverty -- Lisa Kleypas
Holding himself deep inside her, he groaned, while a shiver ran across his shoulders. "You're so tight," he said hoarsely.
"I-I'm sorry - "
"No, no," he managed. "Don't be sorry. My God." His voice was slurred, as if he was drunk on pleasure. -- Lisa Kleypas
Matthew. I'm here. I'm yours. I want to do everything you've ever imagined doing with me. -- Lisa Kleypas
You won't kiss me for diamonds," he said, his voice slightly raspy, "but you will for chocolates?"
Poppy nodded. -- Lisa Kleypas
Despite his flaws, one has to admit that he is a whale-sized catch."
"I'll be thrilled when someone harpoons him," Lillian muttered, making the other two laugh. -- Lisa Kleypas
They (mothers-in-law) never leave when they say they will. When my mother-in-law visits, the mice throw themselves at the cat, begging to be eaten. -- Lisa Kleypas
McKenna was her counterpart, her compass, her sanctuary. -- Lisa Kleypas
I figured I couldn't love you as much as I do, without you feeling something for me too. -- Lisa Kleypas
My point is, when someone is hurting you, they can call it whatever the hell they want. They can even call it love. But words lie, actions don't. -- Lisa Kleypas
The world beyond the hidden garden vanished from her awareness. There was only this place, this patch of Eden, sunny and quiet and blazing with unearthly color. The mixed scents of lavender and warm male skin were all around her... too delicious... too compelling... -- Lisa Kleypas
Heath had been there to help her, letting her draw from his strength. Did she have enough strength to sustain him in the same way? -- Lisa Kleypas
I was so proud of you today," she said, smiling down at him. "And perhaps a tiny bit smug that with all the women swooning and sighing over you, I'm the one you went home with."
Arching a brow, Christopher asked, "Only a tiny bit smug?"
"Oh, very well. Enormously smug. -- Lisa Kleypas
The bargain ... " she mumbled.
"You said I could kiss you," came his gentle, wicked whisper near her ear. "But, my love ... you didn't specify where. -- Lisa Kleypas
He was my confidant, the person who was always on my side even when he wasn't taking my side. -- Lisa Kleypas
I didn't expect it was going to be easy. But hard work is a lot easier to tolerate when it's something you want to do instead of something you have no choice about. -- Lisa Kleypas
Nikki," she whispered, "are you going to visit my bed tonight?"
"Is that an invitation?"
Emma paused in her playful kissing "would you like it in writing? -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm almost always in a predicament. -- Lisa Kleypas
Only someone who had experienced such bitter despair would be able to recognize it in another. -- Lisa Kleypas
What flaw could you possibly find in his appearance?"
"His posture," Hannah muttered.
"What about it?"
"He's an American. They all slouch. The weight of their wallets drags them over. -- Lisa Kleypas
Some questions change everything. -- Lisa Kleypas
You ... you are so ... ' She couldn't even think of a suitable word.
'I know. Woefully primitive.' Laughter threaded through his voice. 'But I must be tolerated, because I'm a man and I really can't help it. -- Lisa Kleypas
No matter how old you get, you're always capable of surprising yourself. -- Lisa Kleypas
He kissed her as if he could breathe her in. Fierce kisses, hard ones, teasingly articulate ones, soft enticing ones, kiss to light bonfires and fill the sky and hold the stars aloft. -- Lisa Kleypas
Take a bath first." she implored. "You're not fit the house. I should take you out to the stables and scrub you like one of the horses, with carbolic soap and a birch brush."
"Oh, you nuaghty girl. . .yes, let's do that. -- Lisa Kleypas
Too much thinking will excite the sparks of vice. -- Lisa Kleypas
Tell me everything, I would say. All about the blues, and the time your heart was broken, and what scares you the most, and the thing you've always wanted to do but haven 't yet. -- Lisa Kleypas
One could pick apart love, examine every filament of attraction, and still it would never be fully explained.
It simply was. -- Lisa Kleypas
Sebastian smiled lazily as he came to her. Taking her shoulders in his hands, he slid an appraising
glance along her half-clad body. Don't remove a single freckle, sweet. I found some in the most
enchanting places. I already have my favorites ... shall I tell you where they are? -- Lisa Kleypas
I've been exactly that lonly. You're not connected to anything. Some nights it feels like you're dying by the hour. You're so desperate you can't even attract the kind of person you once swore you'd never settle for. -- Lisa Kleypas
Because you need me," he said, drawing in his breath as she squirmed against him. "Just as I need you." He crushed his mouth to hers. "I've needed you for years." Another kiss, this one deep and drugging, his tongue searching her intimately -- Lisa Kleypas
It was more than a kiss ... it was a sentence of unbroken kisses, the hot sweet syllables of lips and tongue making her drunk on sensation. -- Lisa Kleypas
With one behind, you cannot sit on two horses. -- Lisa Kleypas
Start behaving like the mature woman you are, and acknowledge the fact that you have flaws. And give the poor devil a chance to prove that he can love you regardless. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's a strange life, isn't it? ... A Rom with no tribe. No matter how hard you look, you can never find a home. Because to us, home is not a building or a tent or a vardo ... home is a family. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm agnostic," I told him. "I'd be an atheist, except I believe in hedging my bets. -- Lisa Kleypas
Good God. I don't believe St. Vincent and the word 'celibacy' have ever been mentioned in the same sentence before. -- Lisa Kleypas
He looked down at her, finding it difficult to resist the urge to climb over her prone body and kiss her senseless. "Would you mind telling me why you were drinking pear brandy in the middle of the afternoon?"
"Because I couldn' open the sherry."
His lips twitched.
-Marcus & Lillian -- Lisa Kleypas
Writing books about whores ... I'll bet you newer ... joined giblets wiv a man in your lily-white life.'
Dr. Hindley and Worthy began to reprove him, but Sara smiled quizzically. ' "Joined giblets?" ... I've never heard it put that way before. -- Lisa Kleypas
I learned that a sense of privacy doesn't have to depend on walls and doors. At least not external ones. Two people could sit in a room and read or work separately without ever breaking the silence. It's an ability to put up walls in your mind, so no one can get through. -- Lisa Kleypas
Leo knew next to nothing about governesses, save for the drab creatures in novels, who tended to fall in love with the lord of the manor, always with bad results. -- Lisa Kleypas
Be happy, honey. No
one deserves it more. But don't forget ... I'm
keeping one little piece of your heart for myself.
And if you ever want it back..you know
where to find it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Lord St. Vincent sees to it that his wife is dressed like a queen. I'll tell thee summat: if she wanted the moon for her looking glass, he'd find a way to pull it down for her. -- Lisa Kleypas
Because letting someone in close meant they could hurt you. I knew all about that kind of fear. I lived with it. -- Lisa Kleypas
This isn't the medieval era, my lord. I'll be damned if I need to put on a dog-and-pony show with a peer as part of a business deal."
"Speaking as the other half of the dog-and-pony show," Westcliff said sardonically, "I'm not fond of the idea either. -- Lisa Kleypas
I think I know the secret to a long and happy marriage - just choose someone you can't live without. -- Lisa Kleypas
I still don't get why I have to eat breakfast if you don't," Josie muttered.
"Because you have to be a certain age to earn the right to ruin your own life. -- Lisa Kleypas
Lucy waited patiently, knowing that he did want to talk, or he wouldn't have put on such a performance when he came in. Heath's door slamming was always an announcement that a conversation was in order. -- Lisa Kleypas
We're individuals bound by a pattern of reciprocal obligation," I said. "If a group of chimps in the Amazon can be called a family, I think the Varners qualify."
-Ella -- Lisa Kleypas
His kisses tapped into deep mines of memory, and the years that had separated us fell away as if they were nothing. -- Lisa Kleypas
If it's grouse season," Gabriel pointed out acidly, "and you're keeping company with a flock of grouse on a grouse-moor, it's a bit disingenuous to ask a sportsman to pretend you're not a grouse. -- Lisa Kleypas
I love you," she said wretchedly. "And if I were well, no power on earth could keep me away from you. If I were well, I would take you to my bed, and I would show you as much passion as any woman could. -- Lisa Kleypas
Let us don our armor of control."-Lady Berwick -- Lisa Kleypas
If I had the right, I would forbid you to go anywhere without me. Not out of selfishness, but because being apart from you is like trying to live without breathing. -- Lisa Kleypas
Mr. Valentine ... " "Yes, ma'am?" "You do think he'll follow me, don't you?" "Only to the ends of the earth," he said gravely. That drew a smile from her, and she turned to climb into the carriage.
- Poppy & Mr.Valentine -- Lisa Kleypas
Neither of us seemed able to be close to
anyone. Not even each other. Closeness
meant the one you loved the most would
cause you the most damage. How did you
unlearn that? It was woven deep between
every fiber and vessel. You couldn't cut it
out. -- Lisa Kleypas
The feelings cut too deep for them to be put on display. -- Lisa Kleypas
Do not mistake my compassion for injured creatures as any kind of personal interest, Mr. Devlin. I once bandaged the paw of a stray dog I found in the village. I would place you in the same category as he."
"My angel of mercy. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm one of those people who was meant to have a very ordinary life. I have no special talent, no great beauty, nothing that distinguishes me from a hundred, thousand other girls. But I can't go through an entire lifetime without at least one night of magic. -- Lisa Kleypas
I would become anyone, anything for you. I would lie, steal, beg, kill for you. I'm not sorry for what I did in the past few months. My life would have been nothing without them. -- Lisa Kleypas
Some people there's no getting over. -- Lisa Kleypas
My theory about meeting people,' he said,'is that it's better not to make a really good first impression. Because it's all downhill from there. You're always having to live up to that first impression, which was just an illusion. -- Lisa Kleypas
Dad," I said hesitantly, "I wish you could be there for me even when I'm doing the wrong thing. I wish you could love me even when I'm screwing up. -- Lisa Kleypas
Why isn't it enough that I'm willing to submit to you?' Poppy asked, her own temper flaring. 'Why must I be eager to lie with you, when you're not the husband I wanted? -- Lisa Kleypas
Was parenting ever going to get easier? Did you ever reach a point where you could stop worrying? -- Lisa Kleypas
But I hadn't known what love was. And I wondered how you could ever be sure, when you thought you loved someone, if you really did. -- Lisa Kleypas
I closed my eyes, thinking, Let me love you, Hardy, just let me. -- Lisa Kleypas
Do you think I should stay away from him?"
I asked in a scratchy voice.
Todd took a long time to answer. "My advice is, if you're inclined in that direction, go with your eyes open. It's okay to let someone play you, Haven, as long as you know what's going on. -- Lisa Kleypas
There is no happiness for any individual, man or woman, who does not dwell within the broad zone of average. Pandora -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm used to wild creatures who don't like to be approached from behind."
He shot her a baleful glance. "How fortunate that your experience with animals has turned out to be such good preparation for marriage to me. -- Lisa Kleypas
She had always maintained a cynical facade, using it as a defence against embarrassment, fear, loneliness ... but at the moment she felt unusually vulnerable. -- Lisa Kleypas
He experienced a strange reaction to the sight, a nearly overwhelming urge to go over to her, shove her back on the bed, and take her without preliminaries. To dominate her, and force her to admit his ownership. -- Lisa Kleypas
How long do you intend for us to wait? Obviously you're not perfect, but--"
"'Not perfect' is having a bald spot or pockmarks. My problems are a bit more significant than that. -- Lisa Kleypas
A butterfly symbolized acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed. -- Lisa Kleypas
Inwardly she argued with herself, reflecting that it never ended well when one did something morally questionable for the right reasons. -- Lisa Kleypas
Everyone striving to be witty and sought-after, everyone talking and no one listening ... -- Lisa Kleypas
Standing before the worn books and dusty shelves, she seemed like a ray of light in the windowless room. -- Lisa Kleypas
Something else is bothering you. Tell me what it is and I'll fix it." "You can't." "Try me. -- Lisa Kleypas
Husband and wives are never completely honest with each other - no marriage could survive it. -- Lisa Kleypas
The house is big and sturdy and charming. I know without being told that children have been born here and couples have married here, and families have argued and loved and laughed beneath the gabled roof. It's a place to feel safe in. A home. -- Lisa Kleypas
His golden-amber hair seemed to absorb the sunlight. His coloring was unquestionably Anglo-Saxon, but the dramatic lines of his cheekbones, angled at a rather tigerish slant, and the sensuous fullness of his wide mouth gave him a singularly exotic appeal. -- Lisa Kleypas
Rather than list all the things I don't like about him," Daisy said finally, "it's far easier to say there is no reason why I should like him. -- Lisa Kleypas
Never apologize to women. It only confirms that you were wrong, and incenses them further. -- Lisa Kleypas
Derek cuddled his daughter against his shoulder and spoke in a mixture of baby words and cockney, a language only she seemed to understand. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'd agree with you, except that agreeing with you probably means I'm on the wrong side of the argument."
"-Cam Rohan -- Lisa Kleypas
It was unfair that people who longed for love the most, searched the hardest for it, found it so elusive. -- Lisa Kleypas
His thumb caressed the scarlet surface of her cheek. "From now on, Hannah, no matter what you say or do, I'm going to look at your mouth and remember how sweet you taste." A self-mocking smile curved his lips as he added quietly, "Damn it. -- Lisa Kleypas
Hard work often produces better results than talent. -- Lisa Kleypas
I can't go back to who I was before the war," he eventually said. "And I can't be who I was during the war. And if I'm not either of those men, I'm not sure what I'm left with. -- Lisa Kleypas
Daisy had no idea how to put herself to rights again. But she thought it would be a good thing to stop thinking about herself and do something for someone else. -- Lisa Kleypas
She could love him, if she let it happen. Deeply, passionately, ruinously. -- Lisa Kleypas
Fear you?" she said without thinking. "Good God, I would never do that."
Easing her head back, Westcliff looked at her while a slow smile spread across his face. "No, you wouldn't," he agreed. "You'd spit in the devil's eye if it suited you. -- Lisa Kleypas
I have always been an obsessive reader - I remember going back and forth to the local library with stacks of books taller than I was. -- Lisa Kleypas
If my wife finds comfort in trite Gispy homilies, I have no objection to your offering them. However, if you ever kiss her again, no matter how platonic the fashion, I'll make a eunuch of you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Before you marry, you have to get shot by an arrow and fall in love," the boy explained. He paused thoughtfully. "But I don't think the rest of it hurts as much as the beginning. -- Lisa Kleypas
He looked disheveled and disreputable, like an outlaw on the run. A smile came to his lips, while he stared at her intently. "It seems I can't stay away from you," he said. -- Lisa Kleypas
Her heart beat hard in her chest, until she felt the echo of its pounding in every part of her. -- Lisa Kleypas
One can be alone without being lonely. And lonely without being alone. (Rosemary) -- Lisa Kleypas
Cam hadn't been this entertained in a long time. No sensual depravities, no skilled courtesan, not even a room full of unclothed women, could have interested him half as much as Miss Amelia Hathaway and her red ribbons. -- Lisa Kleypas
My companion doesn't like you, and my sister Amelia says she doesn't know you well enough to decide, but she's inclined not to like you.
"What about Beatrix?"
"She likes you. But then she likes lizards and snakes. -- Lisa Kleypas
Morality is only for the middle class, sweet. The lower class can't afford it, and the upper classes have entirely too much leisure time to fill -- Lisa Kleypas
If I ever get arrested," I said, "you will be my one phone call. Bail me out - that's what you can do." "If you ever get arrested," Sofia said, "I'll already be in jail as your accomplice. -- Lisa Kleypas
Thank God, she thought fervently ... thank God for not granting certain wishes, and for guiding her to a far sweeter fate. -- Lisa Kleypas
You'll have me," Cam whispered. "You'll have me, hummingbird. I'm your fate - even if you won't admit it yet. -- Lisa Kleypas
Evie," Lillian interupted impatiently, "men expect to be deceived in these matters. They're happiest that way. If one were straightforward with them the whole prospect of marriage would be too alarming, and none of them would ever do it. -- Lisa Kleypas
The Rom believe you should take the road that calls to you, and never turn back. Because you never know what adventures await." ... "So we're going to take this road," he murmured, "and see where it leads. -- Lisa Kleypas
Merripen?" Her voice was strained.
"You should probably know that if my brother hasn't already managed to kill himself, I plan to shoot him when we find him."
"I'll hand you the pistol. -- Lisa Kleypas
... do you truly expect that the two of us are going to share a bed tonight- and tomorrow night- as chastely as a pair of nuns on holiday?"
"That will pose no difficulty for me," Evie said gingerly, conscious that she was delivering an insult of the highest order. -- Lisa Kleypas
Then, as now, there were always girls who were overlooked and ignored by gentlemen who really should have known better. -- Lisa Kleypas
I carry thoughts of you like my own personal constellation. How far away you are, my dearest friend, but no farther than those fixed stars in my soul. -- Lisa Kleypas
He'll survive," he answered her. "Just as he's survived everything else in his life. But he'll never be the same. -- Lisa Kleypas
When you are in love' hypocrisy won over principle. -- Lisa Kleypas
Sometimes life has a cruel sense of humor, giving you the thing you always wanted at the worst time possible. -- Lisa Kleypas
I discovered life sometimes has a way of giving you what you need, but not in the form you expect. -- Lisa Kleypas
A couple of times in your life, it happens like that. You meet a stranger, and all you know is that you need to know everything about him. -- Lisa Kleypas
You're so full of it, darlin'. -- Lisa Kleypas
Most men don't seem to get that telling a pissed-off woman to calm down is like throwing gunpowder on a fire."
~ Liberty Jones -- Lisa Kleypas
I looked down at the brochure nearest me."We're going to Nigeria," I threatened. "I hope you like elephant polo."
-Liberty Jones -- Lisa Kleypas
Alone-sex didn't count. It's like the difference between thinking to yourself or having a good conversation with someone
the pleasure is in the exchange.
-Liberty Jones -- Lisa Kleypas
I've always thought it was about finding the right person. But it's about choosing the right person, isn't it? -- Lisa Kleypas
Here's your hat, and by the way, I'm a virgin -- Lisa Kleypas
God knows you can stand to be mine. You could say that you're not attracted to me, but we both know that you'd be lying. Tell me your price, Annabelle. Any sum you'd care to name. Do you want a house of your own? A yacht? Done. Let's get this over with - I've had enough of waiting for you. -- Lisa Kleypas
I like that word," Pandora mused. "Strumpet. It sounds like a saucy musical instrument." "It -- Lisa Kleypas
But sometimes normal just isn't happening. Sometimes crazy feels too good to resist. -- Lisa Kleypas
Come on, Ella. Sleep green.'
Ignoring him, I got into bed wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts printed with penguins. I reached over to the nightstand and flipped off the lamp.
A moment of silence, and then I heard a lecherous murmur. 'I like your penguins. -- Lisa Kleypas
My God, I left to attend to one private case, and I've come back to find the entire damned public office falling apart!
-Nick -- Lisa Kleypas
So are you bisexual?" I had asked, and Todd had laughed at my insistence on label.
"I guess I'm bipossible," he had said. -- Lisa Kleypas
My peer would have to be dark-haired and handsome, a wonderful dancer ... and he would never ask permission before he kissed me. -Lillian Bowman -- Lisa Kleypas
If you pretend
everything's fine long enough,
everything eventually becomes fine. -- Lisa Kleypas
You wouldn't have taken Rose to such a place, would you?"
"Of course not, but she is a little girl, and I'm-"
"My life", he interrupted quietly. "You're my entire life. If anything ever happens to you, Holly, there is nothing left for me. -- Lisa Kleypas
Yes, something [book] to transport your mind from where and who and what you are. Everyone needs that. A time or two in my past, it seemed that a book was the only thing that stood between me and near insanity. -- Lisa Kleypas
I reflected that for all the people you lost touch with or couldn't hold on to, life occasionally made up for it by giving you the right person at the right time. -- Lisa Kleypas
Justine reached for a fresh tissue and clamped it to Lucy's nose as if she was a child. Friends are the support bras of life. We don't let each other down. Right? -- Lisa Kleypas
In all my longing for a family and a home, I'd never quite been able to decide what they should have looked like. But this house looks and feels so right, so perfect, it seems impossible any other place would suit me half so well. -- Lisa Kleypas
Daisy," he whispered, turning until she was tucked beneath him once more. "I didn't mean for this to happen." His fingers investigated the fragile angles of her face, the smiling curve of her lips. "But now it seems impossible that I held out as long as I did. -- Lisa Kleypas
I have always hated flying. The idea of it is an affront to nature. People are meant to stay on the ground. -- Lisa Kleypas
Safe men are for marrying. Dangerous men are for pleasure. -- Lisa Kleypas
I wish you were a mind-reader. I want you to know everything but I don't want to have to tell you. Because there are some things I don't want to say out loud. -- Lisa Kleypas
Without a doubt ... the worst part of being a single woman was having to take care of your own car. -- Lisa Kleypas
It's all right," the boy murmured as he felt her trembling. "My grandmother always told me 'Never try to turn back on a new road - you don't know what adventures await you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Authors," he murmured with a grin. "You all think your work is flawless, and anyone who tries to change a single word is an idiot."
"And editors consider themselves the most intelligent people they know," Amanda shot back. -- Lisa Kleypas
Was she terribly ravishing in her underclothes?" Livia asked craftily. "Yes," Marcus said without thinking, and then scowled. "I mean, no. That is, I didn't look at her long enough to make an assessment of her charms. If she has any. -- Lisa Kleypas
A slow smile had curved St. Vincent's lips. 'Wives are a different case altogether. They require a great deal of effort but the rewards are substantial. I highly recommend wives. Especially one's own. -- Lisa Kleypas
Wow," I remarked to an older man who
had just turned away from a group. "That's
what I call a birthday cake. You think
someone's going to jump out of that thing?"
"Hope not," he said in a gravelly voice.
"They might catch fire from all the candles. -- Lisa Kleypas
You're so sweet ... Cinda ... I knew you would feel like this ... I knew it would be this way. Put your arms around me ... ah, Cin ... -- Lisa Kleypas
You look like a little girl when you sleep," he murmured. "It makes me want to guard you every minute. -- Lisa Kleypas
In the fairy tale you mentioned last night, I would probably be the villain. But it's possible the villain would treat you far better than the prince would have. -- Lisa Kleypas
I know many scientific facts about the human heart- not the least of which is that it's far easier to make a heart stop beating entirely than to keep it from loving the wrong person. -- Lisa Kleypas
Gasping, St. Vincent lifted his head to stare at her as if she were a variety of creature he had never seen before. "Good Lord," he whispered, his expression not one of gratification, but of something close to alarm. -- Lisa Kleypas
She blames me for taking you away from her."
"I was never hers in the first place. And this isn't some game of pass-the-parcel."
That made her grin. "If you're the parcel," she said, giving him a suggestive glance, "I would like to unwrap you. -- Lisa Kleypas
You can never be truly happy in a life unless you have known a sorrow. All terrible things we have gone through in life have created spaces inside us where happiness can live Not to mention love. -- Lisa Kleypas
My dear ... " he said almost tenderly, "you haven't begun to learn the worst of me. -- Lisa Kleypas
I'm not kind, darling. I'm only nice to people when I'm planning to take advantage of them." Lillian responded with a carefree grin, daring to ask, "Am I in danger from you, my lord?" Though his expression remained relaxed with good humor, his eyes were disturbingly intent. "I'm afraid so. -- Lisa Kleypas
We are hidiously rich Annabelle
and I've got three older brothers, all unmarried. Would you consider one of them? If you like, I'll have one shipped across the Atlantic for your inspection. -Lillian Bowman -- Lisa Kleypas
He's not going to die, you know. It's only nice, saintly people who suffer untimely deaths." She gave a quiet laugh. "Whereas selfish bastards like St. Vincent live to torment other people for decades. -- Lisa Kleypas
The next day I woke up in a sullen simmer, as if sleep had catalyzed my depression into a general state of pissed-offedness. -- Lisa Kleypas
When you're walking through the darkness, you can't depend on anything or anyone else to light your way. You have to rely on whatever sparks you've got inside you. Or you're going to get lost. -- Lisa Kleypas
It was better to answer, no matter how ineptly, thank to withhold a reply. Because sometimes silence could wound someone nearly as badly as a bullet. -- Lisa Kleypas
You shouldn't rule out second chances. Sometimes they come with interesting bonus features. -- Lisa Kleypas
This was never making love before..not before you.I knew how different it was going to be with you the first time we kissed."
"You knew that ... just from a kiss?"
"I'll have to remind you about the kiss. -- Lisa Kleypas
The Ravenels have always been known for their volatile temperaments."
"Thank you," Gabriel said sourly. "Now I won't be surprised when my future offspring emerge with horns and tails. -- Lisa Kleypas
Christopher heard a pair of women gossiping nearby, whispering in disapproving undertones.
" ... Ramsey was found flirting in a corner with a woman. They had to drag him away from her."
"Who was it?"
"His own wife."
"Oh, dear. -- Lisa Kleypas
St. Vincent was far too clever to rely on physical violence when a few well-chosen words would skewer someone with a minimum of fuss. -- Lisa Kleypas
Gossip has nowhere to go except in circles. -- Lisa Kleypas
For God's sake, Marks, do you think anyone really wants a glance at those dried-up matchsticks you call legs? -- Lisa Kleypas
Have you ever had an itch so awful that you must scratch it or die? And yet you can't?"
His lips twitched. "Yes. Usually in one's army boot, while standing in knee-deep water in a trench. While people are shooting. That absolutely guarantees an unreachable itch. -- Lisa Kleypas
I like pessimists. They're always the ones who bring life jackets for the boat. -- Lisa Kleypas
There are some experiences in life they haven't invented the right words for. -- Lisa Kleypas
Helen if you continue to fondle the bastard right in front of me, I'll have to dislocate his other shoulder. -- Lisa Kleypas
Take too much time, and time will take you. -- Lisa Kleypas
Guilt often takes the form of anger. -- Lisa Kleypas