That’s What HE Said Thursday #2


That’s What HE Said Thursday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by the lovely ladies at Chapter Break. You’re supposed to post a favourite line your book boyfriend of choice said to his heroine. You can post either one line or multiple lines. I have the best time with this ’cause I get to reread whatever book said boyfriend comes from. This Thursday, it’s Zed from Finding Sky by Joss Stirling.

Let me just give a short explanation . Finding Sky is the first of 3 books in the Benedicts Trilogy by Joss Stirling. There are 7 Benedict brothers, the eldest being Trace, followed by Uriel, Victor, Will, Xav, Yves, and last but not least, Zed. Each book in the trilogy features a Benedict brother and their journey. Finding Sky features Zed, the youngest brother and Sky; the second, Stealing Phoenix, with Yves and Phoenix; and the third book, Seeking Crystal is Xav and Crystal’s book. Not to forget, a companion novel, Misty Falls, where one of the side characters from Seeking Crystal is the lead.

  • The books do have paranormal elements in it, but it doesn’t get overwhelming, they make for great light reads.

Let the quotes begin!

“It’s difficult to explain. I’m sorry I’ve been rude to you.”

“Rude? I just thought that you had some weird allergic reaction to economy-sized English girls.”

“Is that what you are?”

“Um … yeah. Still waiting for that growth spurt Sally’s been promising since I was fourteen.”

“Your height’s perfect. I come from a family of giant redwoods; a bonsai makes a pleasant change.”

Then there’s

‘I know I can be a bit hard to talk to sometimes—like when we met at the ghost town. I’m going through … it’s tough right now. And sometimes, I just get, overwhelmed. Too much weighing on me.’

“You’re not making this up? You do something, don’t you?’

“I do a lot of things. I’d like to do some things with you, Sky, if you want to. I was wrong to rush in claiming you as my soulfinder—you need to arrive at the same place with me. After all, we’ve the rest of our lives to get this right.”

“What kind of things?”

‘Go for a ride.’

“We’ve just been doing that.”

“Then we’ve ticked the first box already. Next we might go out to the movies in Aspen, or risk the diner in Wrickenridge and have everyone stare at us all evening.”

“The movies sound nice.”

“With me?”

“I might risk it. Once. But I still don’t like you much.”


“And this soulfinder stuff—I don’t believe it. It leaves no room for choice, like some cosmic arranged marriage.”

“We’ll leave that aside for the moment then. One step. Go out with me?”

“OK, I’ll give you a chance.”

“Then it’s a date.”


“Message for me?”

“Or me. People can’t work out why we’re together.”

“Can’t work out why I’ve got the prettiest girl in the room with me? Then they’ve no imagination. You are the definition of sweet, you know that?”

“I hope that’s a compliment.”

“Meant to be. I knew it even when I gave you that warning—you know, about going out after dark. You listened, didn’t you?”

“I was full of resentment that I had to do it because of my dream—I’m still worried about that—but even then, it did filter through that you were kinda cute.”

“You never showed it.”

“I do have an image to maintain, you know. I think I might have fallen for you that day in the parking lot. Nothing sexier than an angry woman.”

“Cute and sexy? I’m not like that.”

“Sure you are. If I’m a tuning fork, you’re the perfect A, making me hum.”

“Zed, ssh!”

“What, you don’t like compliments?”

“Of course I do—I just don’t know what to do with them.”

“You just say, ‘Why thank you, Zed—that’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.'”

“Will you stop putting on that fake English accent—it so doesn’t work!”

“You are just great. You know, I can’t understand why I was slow to realize what was going on with you.”


“Sky. You’re beautiful. The furthest thing from bad that I’ve ever met.”


“Just let me hold you a moment. I’ve not had a chance just to touch you since those killers went for us.”


“Hi, there.”

“I thought we’d said hello already.”

“I said hi to both you and Zoe before. That one was just for you.”

“Oh. Hi.”

“I wasn’t joking when I said you look amazing. Where did all this come from?”

“I keep it tied back at school. It can be a nuisance.”

“I like it like this.”

“Well, you don’t have to brush the tangles out each night.”

“I’m more than happy to volunteer.”


“Yeah, oh.”


“How’s this for a first date: I’ve given you a black eye.”

“This was a date? You asked me here on, like, a date and I missed it?”

“Yeah, well, not many boys take their girls out on a duck shoot with them as the target for a first date. You have to give me points for style.”

“This was a date?”

“It was a date—I was trying to get you used to me, kinda in my natural habitat. But I can do better, I promise.”

“What? Gladiatorial combat next?”

“Now there’s an idea. Thanks for keeping a cool head out there.”

“Thanks for bringing us through it.”

Snow angels!

“Wanna make an angel?”

“You go ahead. Don’t let me stop you.”

“Come on—I know you’re going to.”

“Because you can see?”

“Nope, because I’m gonna do this.”

Selfish Zed:

“I’m going to pull over.”

“Why? What’s the matter?”

“Nothing’s wrong. I doubt if we’ll have a chance to be alone when we arrive at the house so I just wanted to kiss you.”

“Zed, is this real? You wanting to be with me?”

“It most definitely is. You are everything I want. Everything I need.”

“I still don’t understand.”

“I know you don’t. I’m trying to give you the time you need, let you get to know me enough so you trust me, trust this.”

“And the kissing?”

“I have to admit that’s for me. I’m selfish that way.”

The feels!

“Going somewhere, Sky?”


“Uh-huh. And that would be because …?”

“Everyone’s going to be looking at me!”

“That’s kinda the idea when you perform.”

“Nothing you can say will make me go out there.”




“Too right I am. Cluck-cluck.”

“OK. How about I give you another of my special boarding lessons if you do this?”


“Yeah. I’ll even promise to do a double axel and a somersault.”



“Triple axel. And there has to be hot chocolate.”

“Good grief, girl, you drive a hard bargain.”

“With marshmallows. And kisses.”

“Now you’re talking. Done.”

Zed to Sky – Finding Sky by Joss Stirling

No favourites today, ’cause I love ’em all!

That’s a wrap guys! Did you find Zed as crush-worthy as I did? Tell me in the comments! Post your That’s What HE Said Thursday link(s) and I’ll gladly check it out! Hugs!


7 thoughts on “That’s What HE Said Thursday #2

  1. analeeluvsbooks says:

    🙂 I really enjoyed this post! Nice quotes, I’m definitely adding Finding Sky to by TBR list. I did my first That’s What He Said Thursday post today. I’d love it if you checked it out! Keep up the great work! ❤

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