By Karina Bliss
One of the toughest jobs when you're writing a romance is getting the declaration of love right. It's got to pack an emotional punch and it's got to be true to this couple and this story, it's got to carry the theme and it's got to convince readers that these two will be together forever.
All my favourite romances do this brilliantly. I challenge you to read any one of these without giving a happy sigh...
“Look at what's happened to me, facing this and telling you – I'm a shambles; Jesus, I feel like I'll be crying for the next century.” He bent his head, pressed his tear-wet cheek to her dry, cold skin. ”But I'm here. I'm not hiding anymore. Princess-I'm asking you. Come back to me. You're my life.” Laura Kinsale, Seize the Fire.
“You feel this, don't you?”
“Desire? It is fire and madness in me. I want you very much.”
He shook his head impatiently. “I don't mean that.”
Abruptly he brought his hands up into her hair. His long, clever, lock-picking fingers held her face as if she were infinitely precious. He kissed, once, just upon the threshold of her mouth. “We got a rare amount of wanting between us. That's fine. That's good. I want you more than I've every wanted anything in this world.”
She would have looked away if she had not been held so closely. When a man so hard and secret opens his heart, there is no way to reply except with honesty. “I have never wanted anyone else.”
“But it's never been just wanting, has it? Not even the first time.” He shook his head impatiently. “Tis' the rest of it. You and me, we belong together. We always have.”
Joanna Bourne – The Black Hawk
His expression would have made most men back up a few steps but Mary crossed her arms. “I'm not marrying someone who doesn't love me.”
“Hellfire!” he roared and jerked her up against him. “Not love you? Damn, woman, you've been wrapping me around your little finger since the first time I set eyes on you! I'd have killed Bobby Lancaster in a heartbeat for you, so don't you ever say I don't love you!”
As a declaration of love cum marriage proposal it wasn't excactly romantic, but it was certainly exciting. Mary smiled up at him and went on tiptoe to loop her arms around his neck. “I love you, too.” Linda Howard, McKenzie's Mountain.
She kissed him. “Now I want you to say something wonderful to me right before you tear this shirt off my body.”
He rolled her onto her back and, looking into her eyes, said, “Mel, you're the best thing that's ever happened to me. I'm going to make you so happy, you won't be able to stand it. You're going to wake up singing every morning.”
Robyn Carr, Virgin River
Davy bent and kissed her, all that heat on her mouth, in her mouth, everything she was afraid she'd never have again and she grabbed onto his shirt and said, “Don't leave me.”
“I'm not going to.” He bent to kiss her again, and she grabbed his shirt tighter.
“I mean ever, don't ever leave me.” She tried to swallow some of her desperation. “I'm sorry, I know this is a huge turnoff-”
“Yeah,” Davy said close to her mouth. “I hate it when women want me.”
“-but I really need you forever, the whole thing, for always-”
“You got me,” Davy said and kissed her again.
Jennifer Crusie, Faking It.