Maxon’s apology to America, THE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
This scene is definitely not the only romantic moment in the, and admittedly, many of them are based on letters written to one character, but the interaction between the characters is what I find most fulfilling.
In a pivotal and dangerous moment in the book, Maxon is hurt, and although he ended up making his choice due to his pride and anger and emotional pain, in this life or death situation, he finally realizes that he cannot help but say what he truly feels about America. It might be painful to read, but it’s also just to romantic to not include.
“No, I’m sorry,” he said. “I was about to ruin both our lives.”
“Don’t talk right now. Just focus, okay?”
“Look at me, America.”
I blinked a few times and pulled my gaze up to his eyes. Through the pain, he smiled at me.
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
“Shhh,” I urged.
“I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.”
“Please don’t,” I choked.
He took his hand off mine and laced it through my hair. The pressure was light, but it was enough for me to know what he wanted. I bent to kiss him. It was every kiss we’d ever had, all the uncertainty, all the hope.
“Don’t give up, Maxon. I love you; please don’t give up.”