Loving the Lines: Headstrong Harts series by Emily Royal

Hey there! Today, I have another Loving the Lines for you! Loving the Lines is dedicated to books with stand-out quotes that need to be shared. I’m often moved by passages and lines from the books I read, and I thought this would be a great way to show the love!! Many thanks to all the wonderful writers who inspire, empower, entertain, and make people think. Today, that author is: 

Emily Royal

I love Emily Royal’s historical romance series Headstrong Harts, which follows the Hart family as they find love. If you enjoy swoon-worthy historical romance, then you should definitely check these out! Let’s take a look at some of my favorite lines!

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Book One: What the Hart Wants

Page Length: 372

Publication Date: Sept. 29, 2020

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc

Synopsis: Five lessons in pleasure. One lesson in love.

Fraser MacGregor, thirteenth Duke Molineux, seizes the opportunity to use the title he unexpectedly inherited, to further his whisky business. He leaves his Highland home and heads for London where he’s accosted by a feisty lass, who smashes a vase over his head.

Delilah Hart should be relishing her first London season. But she’d rather be a writer than a bland society wife. Her secret occupation of writing anonymous, inflammatory articles about the notorious Molineux family, is the first step to realizing her dream.

But when the new duke makes her an offer she can’t refuse—to learn about her cause for social justice in exchange for five lessons in the art of pleasure—she begins to question her beliefs and desires. Before long, Delilah realizes that her heart, as well as her career, is at stake. 

LINKS:    My Review |  Goodreads     |      Amazon   

Favorite Lines:

“The most effective way to make a difference is to take small steps,” her sister said. “A pebble, when dropped into a lake, causes ripples which extend to every corner of the surface. And if you make a difference to a handful of lives, then for them, you have changed the world.”

“Not all weapons strike a blow to the body,” he said. “Hearts and minds can also be breached.”

A man should want me for what I am, not what he wishes me to be.

“What use is war,” Fraser said, “when disagreements can more easily be settled if the two sparring figureheads actually talked to each other rather than sent their subjects to engage in mass murder?”

Book 2: Queen of My Hart

Page Length: 421

Publication Date: Nov. 24, 2020

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing

Synopsis: Sometimes, a losing hand can be the greatest victory of all.

Born into poverty, self-made banker Dexter Hart is now one of the wealthiest men in London. His ambition is to marry a title—and who better than the daughter of his enemy Viscount Alderley, the man who once whipped him as a boy, and on whom he vowed revenge? But Dexter’s plan backfires, and he finds himself tricked into marrying Alderley’s illegitimate daughter instead.

Margaret Alder has known heartbreak and betrayal, and has lived in exile and disgrace for eight years. When her natural father rips her away from her home, he bullies her into marrying a stranger. The marriage thrusts Meggie into a world she doesn’t understand, with a bridegroom even more reluctant than she—a world of society, traditions and etiquette, where even the servants don’t hide their scorn. But she soon learns that beneath her husband’s ruthless exterior lies a passionate man who renders her breathless with his fiery kisses and skilful touch.

Meggie rises to the challenge and proves herself an intelligent and kind-hearted woman, and Dexter wonders whether Fate chose for him a better wife than he would have chosen for himself.

But when Meggie’s past returns to haunt her, she must decide whether she can trust the husband she’s growing to love—or risk losing him forever.

LINKS:   My Review |   Goodreads     |      Amazon

Favorite Lines:


Sometimes it’s the invisible injuries that give rise to the most lasting damage.

Chess is a game of strategy, and as such, it can equip us for life…It also teaches us the necessity of sacrifice.

“Most women of my acquaintance believe themselves to be masters of manipulation,” he said. “But they lack the foresight or understanding to form a strategy for success.”

“Perhaps that’s a function of your choice of female acquaintances rather than a general rule applicable to the whole of my sex.”

Those of us able to direct our lives often fail to appreciate that others are not so fortunate.

Knowledge is the most effective cure for fear.

A quest for fairness is little more than a thirst for retribution. Honor is no better, for it’s a concept used to justify vengeance.

Book 3: Hidden Hart

Publication Date: Feb. 25, 2021

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.

SynopsisA lasting friendship, a dream sacrificed, a life destroyed.

Major Devon Hart, the ultimate rake, had women flocking to his bed, until a street brawl four years ago left him scarred, inside and out. His once-handsome face now damaged beyond recognition, he remains hidden, except at night, when he dispenses his own brand of justice on the streets of London. He has nothing to live for except his friendship with Colonel Fossett, who saved his life, and his love for Lady Atalanta Grey, a woman he can only hope to admire from afar.

Lady Atalanta longs to be loved for something other than her wealth and beauty. Her life holds no excitement, until the night she’s set upon by thieves. The masked stranger who comes to her aid stirs delicious passions with tender words and scorching kisses, but he disappears before she can identify him.

Devon believes that Atalanta could never love the scarred, bitter man he’s become. But when Fossett asks for Devon’s help in wooing her, Devon must choose between sacrificing his dream of happiness, or betraying the man to whom he owes everything.

When a man has little to live for, will he sacrifice his dreams for the sake of a friend?

LINKS:   My Review |    Goodreads     |      Amazon    

Favorite Lines:

Pity is an emotion a man feels to assuage his guilt at harboring contempt for a lesser creature. I have no desire to be subjected to any man’s pity.

We all look into the worlds of others with envious eyes. But the glass through which we peer at another world can distort the images and deceive us into believing that the world outside that in which we live is better.

Friends- true friends, love every part of you-your past indiscretions, your present afflictions, and your future fears.

I saw your soul the first time I laid eyes on you, and you have been in my dreams ever since.

Admiration from afar is not love. True love is a meeting of minds and souls.

Certainty has it’s rewards, but it can also destroy a man’s hopes and dreams. And with you – hopes and dreams are all I have.

You won’t seize the opportunity for happiness, for fear that you’ll fail or that others will fail you. But if you never take that leap of faith, then you will forever be a failure.

A man’s true nature is not defined by what he’s recognized for – but for what goes unnoticed.

You fear a cage – a cage fashioned by the expectations of your rank. And if I was worthy, I would open that cage and let you fly.

Aren’t the quotes great? I’m so enjoying this series and can’t wait for the next one to come out!! Which line is your favorite? Comment below!!

11 thoughts on “Loving the Lines: Headstrong Harts series by Emily Royal

  1. I love all of these, but there is one that I totally loved. There is a story about a person walking on the beach and seeing all kinds or starfish on the stand. He/she starts picking them up and throwing them back in the sea. Another person asks if he/she thinks they are really making a difference to which he/she responds, after throwing one in, “I made a difference to that one.”

    From that story, I’m sure you can tell which quote is my favourite.
    “The most effective way to make a difference is to take small steps,” her sister said. “A pebble, when dropped into a lake, causes ripples which extend to every corner of the surface. And if you make a difference to a handful of lives, then for them, you have changed the world.”

    1. I think I do one every week or every other week. I don’t really have a set schedule. I created it at the start of the year, and you can totally participate!!

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