half-reluctant love

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  • Bewildered and wary, Yves tensed at the very touch of Cadfael's hands on his shoulders, but as suddenly melted, and inclined a flushed and still half-reluctant cheek for the kiss, quivering.

    A River So Long

  • Many saw him go with some half-reluctant sympathy.

    His Disposition

  • Simon felt a sort of half-reluctant liking for the dark-haired Shadowhunter boy.

    City of Glass

  • Simon felt a sort of half-reluctant liking for the dark-haired Shadowhunter boy.

    Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instrument Series

  • He was about to leave the garden, followed by Roland, with half-reluctant steps.

    The Abbot

  • Barbox Brothers, still in a half-reluctant shamefaced way, “that she never sits up.”

    Mugby Junction

  • Barbox Brothers, still in a half-reluctant shamefaced way, “that she never sits up.”

    Mugby Junction

  • I kissed her half-reluctant lips, and for three years of my life thereafter — nay!

    In the Days of the Comet

  • For a while I went on working, and then almost apathetically, in a mood of half-reluctant curiosity, I started for Lowchester.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • He gave that answer in low, altered tones; and rose from his chair in a half-reluctant, half-resigned manner, which Magdalen observed with secret alarm.

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