| Quote #22
[Bella to Edward:] "Of course not." I flushed. "I told you I've never felt like this about anyone before, not even close." (14.279)
This is both Edward and Bella's first romantic relationship.
| Quote #23
[Edward to Bella:] "I know. It's just that I know other people's thoughts. I know love and lust don't always keep the same company." (14.280)
Edward knows sex and love don't always go together. In this case, Edward and Bella have love without sex.
| Quote #24
[Bella:] "Your human instincts…" I began. He waited. "Well, do you find me attractive, in that way, at all?"
Bella wonders if Edward is sexually attracted to her. She doesn't want to only be appealing to Edward's "vampire instincts" (smelling delicious).