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Swoon Staffers: Favorite Love Confessions

The title of Karole Cozzo‘s How to Say I Love You Out Loud says it all. It’s a wonderful story about finding your own voice and plucking up the courage to tell the ones you love how you really feel.

In honor of How to Say I Love You Out Loud‘s Pub Day earlier this week, a few Swoon staffers shared their favorite love confessions from other books.

Holly W.: Mine is actually three scenes spliced together for maximum effect.

Fangirl“‘Levi.’ She cut him off and looked him straight in the eye, trying to look stern despite her tears. ‘I can’t thank you enough for bringing me here. But I couldn’t mean this more: I’d like it if you left now. I don’t just kiss people. Kisses aren’t… just with me. That’s why I’ve been avoiding you. That’s why I’d like to avoid you now. Okay?’



‘What are you trying to tell me?’


‘That it wasn’t just a kiss, Cather. There was no just.’


‘No just?’





‘What are you thinking?’


What was she thinking? She wasn’t thinking. She was wondering if she could live withut her kidneys. She was holding herself up on two feet. ‘I still don’t know what all this means,’ she said.


‘It means… I really like you.’ His hand was in his hair again. Just the one. Holding it back. ‘Like, really like you. And I want that kiss to have been the start of something. Not the end.'”


— Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Liz S.: Here’s a Lust Confession.

Lailah_cover“He brushed the loose hair away from my eyes and gathered all my long strands over my shoulder. He fingered my wrist and, slipping off the elastic band, he bent down and tied my hair into a side pony.

As he leaned in, he purposefully brushed my cheek and a surge of electricity ran up the length of my body. My heart belonged to Gabriel, I knew it always had. Yet Jonah only had to touch me, ever so slightly, and my body practically convulsed, willing him to put his hands to better use.


“There you go, beautiful, “ he said.


— Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Lauren S.: *melts into a pool of mush*

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me why we don’t belong together,” he said fiercely.”


— Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Ashley W.: Here’s mine! This was the first real gesture (holding his hand) that Ari made and it doesn’t happen until literally the last page of the book.

Aristotle_and_Dante_Discover_the_Secrets_of_the_Universe_cover“As Dante and I lay on our backs in the bed of my pickup and gazed out at the summer stars, I was free. Imagine that. Aristotle Mendoza, a free man. I wasn’t afraid anymore. I thought of that look on my mother’s face when I’d told her I was ashamed. I thought of that look of love and compassion that she wore as she looked at me. “Ashamed? Of loving Dante?” I took Dante’s hand and held it. How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?”


— Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Emily S.: Best. PDA. Ever.

Hp7‘Hang on a moment!’ said Ron sharply. ‘We’ve forgotten someone!’

‘Who?’ asked Hermione.

‘The House-elves, they’ll all be down in the kitchen, won’t they?’

‘You mean we ought to get them fighting?’ asked Harry.

‘No,’ said Ron seriously. ‘I mean we should tell them to get out. We don’t want any more Dobbies, do we? We can’t order them to die for us —’

There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.

‘Is this the moment?’ Harry asked weakly, and when nothing happened except that Ron and Hermione gripped each other still more firmly and swayed on the spot, he raised his voice. ‘OI! There’s a war going on here!'”

— Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Now it’s your turn, Swooners! Share your favorite book love confessions in the comments below for a chance to win a free copy of How to Say I Love You Out Loud!

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