And speaking of book quotes, I am once again THRILLED by the book quotes people are highlighting on their Kindles. Knowing which words move my readers connects me to them in a way that wouldn't be possible otherwise. Currently the most highlighted quote is:
"Sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zones. We have to break the rules. And we have to discover the sensuality of fear. We need to face it, challenge it, dance with it."To me this quote says so much about Robert, it speaks to both his dangerous nature and his seductive powers. Robert pulls Kasie out of her comfort zone in rather alarming ways but anyone who highlighted this quote understands why she allows him to do so. The way this man frames the issues, the way he defines his life and the life he would create...it may be wrong, but it's delectable.
Another quote that's getting a lot of attention is this:
"Because disobedience was scary. It's always safer to do what you're told rather than blaze your own path. People find it comforting to follow other people's rules; they'll choose certain destruction over a risk that might lead to possible salvation. They cling to this idea that it could be worse and they're more terrified of that than they are attracted to the idea that it might be better."This is another one from Robert and again, it speaks to why Kasie allows him to lead her on a dangerous path. Because the thing is, quite often, Robert Dade is right. Everything he says here is absolutely true. People do follow others into destruction rather than take risks that might lead to salvation. For many people, branching out on their own is the most terrifying thing they can think of so they stay in abusive relationships, horrible jobs and follow rules they know are immoral; all because they're more afraid of the possible horror of the unknown than they are of the certain horror of their current reality. Ironically if Kasie really understood the essence of what Robert was saying she'd know that, by his reasoning, she shouldn't be following his lead either. But it's confusing for students when a wise and beloved teacher points them toward the wrong path.
And then there's this quote from Simone:
"All men are rabbits," she retorts, her eyes flying open. "They sniff around, fuck whatever's available and then they run off. Fucking rabbits. And we're Elmer Fudd, inadvertently blowing up our own lives while obsessively trying to hunt one down."Okay, I LOVE that you're highlighting this because it means you share my humor. It's cliché to say it, but the best jokes are the ones that have some truth to them. Simone may be adventurous and enjoy sexual fantasies (and occasionally living them out) but she doesn't see the world through rose-colored glasses. She's a let's-call-a-spade-a-spade kinda girl.
The last two most highlighted quotes just make me happy. One being the following:
"Perhaps he's the moon and I'm the ocean, my tides being pulled to new heights by the force of his presence."This represents the main motif of the book. Kasie comes to think of Robert as her moon, a man who can rise her tides, move her one way or another whether she wants him to or not...but while the ocean can't help but be directed by the moon it's the ocean that has the power. Native islanders may worship the moon but they fear and respect the ocean. Which leads us to one more frequently highlighted quote:
"A woman can have anything if she knows how to use what God gave her."And that's the quintessence of the whole story. Kasie has the power now. The fact that so much of that power is a gift from Robert is less important than how Kasie eventually decides to wield it.
I do hope you'll read the JUST ONE NIGHT trilogy to find out!