You blackmailed me right back

She could see herself with Mr. Clark at some point in the future—an old married couple sitting on a porch in summer, holding hands and reminiscing over past times. Do you remember the time you blackmailed me? Yes, dear. You blackmailed me right back. It was the sweetest thing. I knew then that we were meant for each other.

— fromThe Suffragette Scandal (The Brothers Sinister #4) by Courtney Milan


Anyone can bring flowers

“I’m going to push you up… You should be able to—” But she was already in. Hyacinth Bridgerton was clearly a born athlete. Either that or a cat burglar.

“I don’t think anyone heard. Can you get up by yourself?”

“As long as the window is already open, it’s no trouble.” He was inside in under twenty seconds.

“I’m impressed,” Hyacinth said.

“You’re impressed by strange things,” he said, brushing himself off.

“Anyone can bring flowers,” she said with a shrug.

“Are you saying all a man needs to do to win your heart is scale a building?”

She looked back out the window. “Well, he’d have to do a bit more than this. Two stories, at the very least.”

— from It’s in His Kiss (Bridgertons #7) by Julia Quinn

I love, love, love the whole Bridgertons series. In #7, Hyacinth and St. Clair are both just plain great.



I wrote it down for him

Jonathan huffed. “Posey, do you see what I have to put up with? I work all day, I come home, I expect my partner to listen to me, but no, I could be standing here on fire and he still wouldn’t notice.”

“Henry, say something nice to your honey,” Posey commanded.

“Jon, you’re the best,” Henry said.

“More, please,” Jon said haughtily.

“You’re a great dresser, our house is a showplace, the food you cook is fit for the gods. You’re so understanding and compassionate, and I thank God every day that we found each other,” Henry murmured, his eyes drifting back to his book.

“Wow,” Posey said, closing her mouth. “I never knew you had it in you, bro.”

“I wrote it down for him,” Jonathan explained with an affectionate cuff to Henry’s head.

— from Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins writes cute, fun, and satisfying contemporary romance. Highly recommend!


It must be love.

“A whacking crate of books is the only thing heavier than a washtub,” Sukey grumbled good-naturedly.

“It’s not a crate. It’s a hamper with six books in the bottom. And I only brought the first volume of each.”

“Ooh, you separated the volumes?” Sukey put on a wide-eyed expression. “It must be love.”

— from Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston #1) by Rose Lerner