Valentine’s Day is just about here, so if you haven’t yet crafted or purchased a gift for the one you love, you better get on it. While cards, candy and flowers are tried and true ways to show you care, nothing is stronger than the power of words.

Set the mood this Valentine’s Day with a little help from E. L. James, the author of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels. The books hit shelves in 2011, shocking readers with their steamy and captivating storylines. They have since been adapted for the big screen, where they draw large crowds of both singles and couples.

“Fifty Shades Darker” hit theaters on Friday, with “Fifty Shades Freed” set to follow in 2018. If the revenue report from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” release is any indication, “Fifty Shades Darker” should be a major success. The first of the three films brought in $571 million at the box office.

While we await the release of “Fifty Shades Darker,” here a few quotes from the book franchise guaranteed to heat up your Valentine’s Day:

“Fifty Shades of Grey”

  1. “You beguile me, Christian. Completely overwhelm me. I feel like Icarus flying too close to the sun.” 
  2. “I like my women sentient and receptive.” 
  3. “I found some baby oil. Let me rub it on your behind.” 
  4. “I thought it was chocolate hot fudge brownie sex that we had, with a cherry on top. But hey, what do I know?” 
  5. “We aim to please.” 
  6. “You are not just a pretty face. You’ve had six orgasms so far and all of them belong to me.” 
  7. “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.” 
  8. “I don’t remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible.”
  9. “I want you. And the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twist in my dark soul.”
  10. “I want you sore, baby.” 
  11. “Every time you move tomorrow, I want you to be reminded that I’ve been here. Only me. You are mine.”

“Fifty Shades Darker”

  1. “From his inside jacket pocket he produces a ring and gazes up at me, his eyes bright gray and raw, full of emotion. ‘Anastasia Steele, I love you. I want to love, cherish and protect you for the rest of my life. Be mine. Always. Share my life with me. Marry me.’” 
  2. “His magic is powerful, intoxicating. I’m a butterfly caught in his net, unable and unwilling to escape. I’m his ... totally his.”
  3. “And soon you will be my wife to have and to hold ... To love and to cherish ... ‘With my body I will worship you.’” 
  4. “I gasp, and his mouth swoops down. He’s kissing me, violently. Briefly our teeth clash, then his tongue is in my mouth. Desire explodes like the Fourth of July throughout my body, and I’m kissing him back, matching his fervor, my hands knotting in his hair, pulling it, hard.” 
  5. “He is gloriously naked, My inner goddess is doing a triple axel dismount off the uneven bars.” 
  6. “He takes hold of my chin and kisses me hard. A passionate, beseeching kiss, asking for what? I don’t know. It leaves me breathless.” 
  7. “‘Do you know how much you mean to me?’ he breathes against my ear. ‘No,’ I gasp. He smiles against my neck, and his fingers curl around my jaw and throat, holding me fast for a moment. ‘Yes, you do. I’m not going to let you go.’” 
  8. “I glower at him and he glowers back, two angry stubborn fools glaring at each other. And I feel it, the pull — the electricity between us — tangible, drawing us together. Suddenly he grabs me and pushes me up against the door.” 
  9. “I pull against my restraints and the bed creaks ominously, but I don’t care — I’m burning with desire, it’s consuming me.” 
  10. “‘Wouldn’t dream of it, baby, but I do want to mess with you and these sheets.’ My body practically convulses.”
  11. “‘I think you’re up to no good, Miss Steele,’ he accuses but his smile remains. ‘I like being up to no good near you.’”
  12. “‘I’ve never felt the way I felt when you left, Anastasia. I would move heaven and Earth to avoid feeling like that again.’” 
  13. “He really is beyond beautiful. He has a physique drawn on classical lines: broad muscular shoulders, narrow hips, the inverted triangle. He obviously works out. I could look at him all day.”

“Fifty Shades Freed”

  1. “That car chase was exciting. Too exciting. Terrifying ... and the fear has jump-started my libido. ‘I want you. Now.’” 
  2. “He makes me graceful, that’s his skill. He makes me sexy, because that’s what he is. He makes me feel loved, because in spite of his Fifty Shades, he has a wealth of love to give.” 
  3. “My inner goddess has her sequins on and is warming up to dance the rumba.” 
  4. “This is it. This is what I want. This is what I need.”
  5. “Life is never going to be boring with Christian, and I’m in this for the long haul. I love this man: my husband, my lover, father of my child, my sometimes Dominant……my Fifty Shades.” 
  6. “‘You should always be in satin or silk.’ He runs his hands up and down my hips then jerks me forward pressing his mouth against my belly.” 
  7. “I always want more, with you.” 
  8. “Anatasia you are my more, my love, my life.” 
  9. “I think you can only be truly mad at someone you really love.” 
  10. “Christian, you are the state lottery, the cure for cancer, and the three wishes from Aladdin’s lamp all rolled into one” 
  11. “You smell heavenly. I slept on your side of your side of the bed because your pillow smells of you.” 
  12. “Just remember that men are from a different planet, and you’ll be fine.”
  13. “I want your world to begin and end with me.”​