I swear, this series should be called ‘The Many Ways of How Jared Ryel Will Make Your Heart Melt’ series. If I remember correctly, Jamie McGuire’s ‘Providence’ series is my first ever encounter with an angel/demon-themed story and it did not disappoint—huge thanks to the perfect half-angel that is Jared Ryel.
Just trust me when I say he’s simply perfect. It’s almost unbelievable how devoted he is to Nina and how unconditional his love is for her as well. Yeah he has minor flaws but every single thing he did was for Nina’s welfare and protection.
Here are a few of my favorite Jared Ryel quotes in the series, which will give you a better view of why I consider him as a book boyfriend worthy of a major swoon-fest:
“I was in love with you before you ever knew I existed. It was very difficult to be around you for hours on end and not be able to comfort you, or touch you…even speak to you. I wasn’t allowed to let you see me, but it was my job to watch your every move. That included standing by while people lied to you, betrayed you, caused you pain.”
“That’s because you kissed boys, sweetheart.”
“I literally can’t live without you. But I wouldn’t want to, even if I could.”
“I could step aside, Nina. I could step aside and let you be with whom you’re supposed to be with. If I was any less selfish…I would. But even after all of my stupid mistakes, I still think I can make you happy. If it’s what you want, I’ll step aside, but if it’s not…I’ll fight fate. I’ll fight Heaven, and Hell, and everything in between to keep you.”
“I knew that if I ever got my chance to be with you, all the waiting would be worth it. It’s as if we’ve cheated the curse, somehow. I’ve never understood how something could be considered a curse that requires me to spend every moment with you, and that grants me the mercy of leaving a world that doesn’t have you in it.”
“I exist for you. And I live for you. And I live to love you.”
“But I want you to remember two things: Cynthia feels helpless, and that’s not a feeling she deals well with, and I want to remind you that I love you, and that love is unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. If she makes you feel unworthy or unwanted in any way…know that every breath you take is precious to me.”
“Yes, and after that, for a thousand years, and then a thousand more…I will love you.”
“What can I say to you that I haven’t already said? What can I give you that I haven’t already given? Is there anything of me that isn’t yours already? My body, my mind, my heart, even my soul. Everything that is me belonged to you long before this, and it shall be yours long after this. I will follow you anywhere and everywhere you lead. I will keep you and anyone created with our love safe from all harm. From this day on, I choose you, my beloved, to be my wife. To live with you and laugh with you; to stand by your side, and sleep in your arms; to bring out the best in you always, and, for you, to be the most that I can. I promise to laugh with you in good times, to struggle with you in bad; to wipe your tears with my hands; to comfort you with my words; to mirror you with my soul; and savor every moment, happy or sad, until the end of our lives and beyond.”
“Nina, there has always been something about you that I couldn’t shake. Even when I didn’t want to love you, I was drawn to you. I couldn’t think of anything else. Now you’re my wife, and you are carrying our child. There is nothing more beautiful than that. When you’re sweaty and exhausted holding Bean, then that will be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. When I see tears fall from your eyes when we send Bean off to the first day of kindergarten…that will be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. When you comfort me each time we send our kids to training, on every one of our anniversaries, and when your hair turns gray. Every one of those moments will be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”
“If the impossible happened, and something more beautiful existed, I wouldn’t notice. You have my constant, undivided attention. You always have.”
SEE WHAT I MEAN, LADIES?