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Friday, March 30, 2012

Wuv...True Wuv. It's What Brings Us Together Today....

Oh, Gentle Reader, I’m in looooove.

The man I love is amusing, intelligent and devastatingly handsome, but he has a terrible problem. He is a selfish rake who thinks the world owes him something.(Specifically, something with long legs and sassy red hair.)

I’m in love with the Marquis of Dutton.

When I read the very first novel, The Courtesan’s Daughter, in Claudia Dain’s The Courtesan’sChronicles, I thought, “Hmm. Well, he’s trouble, but I think…yes, I think I like him.” As I continued to read the novels, five in total, I grew to like him more and more. The odd thing is, he becomes progressively more horrid,dissolute and bastardy (It’s a word. I just made it up.) as the series continues.

And the worse he gets, the more I fall under his spell!

From The Courtesan’s Wager:


Anne, far from looking alarmed, which he half intended, looked nearly amused. And superior. Superior looking women did not often tumble into beds, at least not with the men they were acting superior toward. What the devil had gotten intoAnne? Why, before she had gotten herself engaged to Staverton, he could raise a blush in her cheeks by simply looking at her directly for more than a few seconds.

To be blunt, she had stopped her blushing habit the moment he had kissed her in Sophia’s white salon, but he didn’t like to dwell on that. Coincidence, most likely. Make that definitely. Definitely coincidence. Anything else was unthinkable.


See? He’s terrible. I lurves him! I can’t wait until the next Courtesan Chronicle, Much Ado About Dutton, comes out. To celebrate, the lovely Claudia Dain is going to visit Lady Scribes, and I have come up with a fabulous giveaway. (More on that later, closer to the release date.)

But the point of this post, Gentle Reader, is not to gush and babble like The Ultimate Fan Girl, (Oops! Too late.) but to talk about love. Specifically, falling in love, with fictional characters.

Who is the first character you fell for? Was it a person, setting or animal?

For example, I think I love the walled-in garden in the novel A Secret Garden almost as much as I love Mary and Colin. And what little girl who read Black Beauty didn’t tumble head over heels for that valiant, heroic horse? Then there is the stone lion of the Many Colored Desert, in The Never Ending Story. My heart broke, just a little, when he turned back into a cold, hard statue every night.

So, tell me, who do you love? Who was the first character you fell for, and who tops the list at the moment? I’m always looking for love!

50 comments:

  1. Olivia,

    I think I first fell for Charlotte and Wilbur in "Charlotte's Web". My heart was absolutely broken at the end. I think it was the first book that really made me care for the characters. Then in seventh grade I read "Where the Red Fern Grows" and had my heart was broken again. I loved Little Ann and Big Dan so much. Oh, my gosh! Then there was Dallas from "The Outsiders".

    I know this blog isn't about heartbreak, but these are the books that I invested my heart into. Maybe they stand out in my memory because the endings were so sad.

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    1. Dallas Winston still gets to me.

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    2. OMG, Samantha & Catherine! I think you're right! My mind is still a mess. But there was something extra special about Dally. And then Matt Dillon played him...?!?! PERFECTION (in a tortured kind of way.)

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    3. I think your response is perfectly valid, Sam. If your heart doesn't break, just a little, are you really in love? :)

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    4. Oh, I loved Dallas from the "Outsiders!!" He was probably my very first crush as a kid. Love him! Matt Dillon is so hot.

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  2. Oh, that is a hard question. I can't narrow in on one hero, but dozens. 99% of the time my luv is replaced when I start reading a new book. Does that make me fickle or just easy? ;)

    The Courtesan series has been in my stack of TBR for so long. I need to get on that so I am up to speed when Much Ado About Dutton is released.

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    1. Jane ~ wait no longer.... Bump that series to the top of your pile NOW! (And read the first book tonight!)

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    2. I fall in love A LOT, Jane! But there are a few heroes and heroines that stick.

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  3. OMG!! Olivia ~ You just made my day! I opened your blog and found a delicious pic of Klaus and then I find a blog about the Marquis of Dutton! *Sigh* I will be useless the rest of the day.

    Like you - I love, love, love Dutton. I have loved him since he first stepped on the page in The Courtesan's Daughter. And I love Anne for tying him in knots, for not putting up with his crap, and for making him utterly miserable!

    So who did I first fall in love with in books? I have no idea. How am I supposed to concentrate on anything with a pic of Klaus and thoughts of Dutton in my head? I'm a flustered mess! *sigh*

    I won't even get work done today, I'm sure!

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    1. LMAO! I *knew* when I wrote this that you would flip, lol... And I first fell for Ash, then Dutton, then Blakesley...the list goes on. The Courtesan Chronicles are rift with delicious heroes!

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  4. To be honest Olivia I don't remember the first character I fell in love with as a child. I wasn't big into reading at the time. It wasn't until I got in high school that I really started reading and it was closer to my senior year. However, I do have a current love for a character and Ava can probably can guess who. If not, I'll be surprise cause I say how much I luv this character. This character would be... Alexander Everett, the Duke of Kelfield. I have loved him since the first book the Scandalous Series. I know I have many books since then, but no one can top him, so far.

    Olivia I just love your topics they are so much fun. I might have to check out your current love, but I don't know I really love Alex. ; D

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    1. Kelfield is about the most delicious thing ever. LOL.

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    2. Aww, Melody! You're so sweet. I am so glad you love Alex. I shouldn't pick favorites between my heroes, but he is my favorite too. Shh, don't tell the others! Heaven forbid they stop "talking" to me. ;)

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    3. Catherine ~ You're too sweet. :) Now between Olivia's blog and yours and Melody's praise, I'll be a mess the rest of the day. OR really arrogant (watch out consulting world.)

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    4. I know, Melody, I love Alex too! But, I think there is room for more character love, always. I bet you would be able to squeeze in a little if you tried, lol....

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    5. Ok, Marcus is up there too, I just didn't want to say anything.

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    6. LOL! Just wait to you read the words that popped out of his mouth last night, Melody! I just have to finish the whole book first. ;)

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  5. First of all, Olivia, I absolutely adore the fangirly gushing nature of this post. It speaks to me. LOL. I have to admit, I have not yet gotten to the Courtesan Chronicles in my TBR pile, but now that I know THIS about Dutton, I think I am going to have to bump the up a bit.

    So, the first character I fell in love with? Well, to be honest, it was Jo March from Little Women. Really I loved all of the March girls, but there was something extra special about Jo. Still is. :)

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    1. I think the writer in all of us identifies with Jo. :) Good pick!

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    2. Oh, yes! I love Jo. But, you know what? I really loved Amy too. She has such a great story arc- from spoiled, willful little girl to graceful, kind young woman. Oh, and my heart just broke for Laurie when Jo rejected him. And when he realized that Amy was the one for him, that was one of the best moments of the book for me. I have goosebumps now! :D

      And thank you- Claudia is so sweet. She doesn't even mind when I gush all over her in person, lol!

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    3. Great pick! Absolutely, Jo was it for me, too!

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  6. Dear Lord, that man is foine, Olivia!!! And I cannot wait to read his book. I don't know whether to be mad at Claudia or kiss her feet for reading that teaser for us.

    My first literary love...um, not sure. Almanzo Wilder or Gilbert Blythe. Movie wise, it'd have to be Han Solo. *le sigh* Then Wesley from The Princess Bride.

    Still that picture of Dutton....yummy!!!

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    1. Oh, oh, oh! Han Solo! Almanzo Wilder! WESLEY, MY LOVE! I'm literally wiggling in my seat, Marquita!
      I loved how Almanzo won Laura over by picking her up every weekend and driving her across the frozen miles to her family, so she didn't have to stay with that crazy lady and her husband. And the children would hear the sleigh bells and start calling "Miss Laura's beau is here!" SO romantic...

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    2. Ooh! I forgot about Almanzo!!! Loved him too, but I still think GB wins it for me :)

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  7. Olivia!! I'm beyond flattered! I, too, have it bad for Lord Dutton, the dastardly, devilish, (too often drunk) Lord Dutton. And you have absolutely nailed his look! That photo captures him beautifully.

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    1. Well, thank you for letting me have my Fan Girl moment...again. Lol! And truly, thank you for Dutton. The world is a more delicious, scandalous, fun place with him in it!

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  8. Hmm...I don't remember the first character I fell in love with. However, I do remember adoring Margaret from Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. I felt just like Margaret!

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    1. Haha! Yes. She was a hot mess. But so many of us felt just like that! Loved that book too.

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  9. One of my first literary loves I can remember is Laurie in Little Women. I'm happily reading along, convinced he and Jo are going to get their happy ending, only to find out he ends up with little sister Amy???!!! Yeah, not exactly the happy ending I envisioned, lol. But I still love the book! And there's also Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. I loved this line. "Gilbert Blythe wasn't used to putting himself out to make a girl look at him and meeting with failure. She should look at him, that redhaired Shirley girl with the little pointed chin and the big eyes that weren't like the eyes of any other girl in Avonlea school." ::Sigh:: Smitten from the start! :)

    My current love at the moment, and for the forseeable future ;) is Colin Sandhurt, Viscount Payne, in Tessa Dare's A Week To Be Wicked. I lurve that book, and Colin and Minerva SO MUCH!!! The way Tessa describes the two of them growing, chaning, loving, understandin, and trusting their way to their happy ending is just sigh and swoon worthy!

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    1. Oh, Lisa, I haven't gotten to A Week to Be Wicked yet- it's on my list! I'm excited, I've been hearing such good things.
      And Gilbert Blythe was always one of my loves. I was SO mad at Anne for almost letting him slip away. She broke that poor boy's heart so many times. Thank God he didn't wind up with Ruby! Did you know that Prince Edward's Island, in Canada, has a section they call Anne's Land? The farm that inspired the novel is there, including all the surrounding towns and areas. It is also on my list, my vacation list! I want to go so badly. And it's actually not crazy expensive. :)

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  10. Hehe, Can't wait for Dutton to come out.

    Aside from wanting to have my own dragon from Pern or my own talking white horse from Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar, my current obsession is Chris O'Donnell in NCIS:LA. Yeah, I tend to obsess over certain guys from TV shows. In high school, it was Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street. (Noticing a trend with the undercover cops?) I can't think of any others right now but there have been quite a few....

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    1. I love Chris O'Donnell, but he will always be Robin to me, lol! I fell hard for Johnny Depp in Crybaby. Oh, my gosh. I loved him in that cheesy movie.

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  11. Ah, Dutton! He's the ultimate Bad Boy! Sigh.

    I lost my heart repeatedly to fictional characters. Still do! I think my first obsession, though, was with all the horses in Marquerite Henry's books. Misty, Stormy, King of the Wind...It was little girl horse love! I still want to go to Chincoteaque for Pony Penning Day.

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    1. I haven't read that series! I'll have to check it out.
      I loved the whole world/setting from Indian in the Cupboard. I must have read that first book at least twenty or thirty times. the idea was so hypnotic, that this little figurine was whisked away from his true life through some sort of time warp and brought to life as a boy's toy. And then when the boy squeezed into the cupboard and went back in time. That creeped me out, actually- thinking of his lifeless, frozen body stuffed in a cupboard. :D

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    2. I still have my copy of Misty, Deb! I would love to travel to Chincoteague. Can't ait to share that book with my daughter when she is old enough.

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    3. I tried to get my boys into them, Lily, but no go! Ah well, I bought a few at a book fair and enjoyed them once again myself, then I donated them to a classroom library and I know lots more girls are falling in love!

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  12. MY absolute favorite, my very first love affair was with Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and to this day I am absolutely head over heels in love with him. I did a book report on Gone with the Wind when I was just nine years old and got an A+ on it. My teacher couldn't believe I had read such a book at that age lol. But I loved to read and had my nose stuck in a book all the time.

    I had a huge thing for James Mallory in Johanna Lindsey's Mallory series. Oh, he was my first romance novel love and I've yet to meet another quite like him. Love him. Great post. I have to pick up the Courtesan Chronicles and meet this Dutton after all the fuss.

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    1. Suzie,

      I am right there with you on Rhett Butler. He did pop in my mind when reading the post, but since I didn't actually "read" the book, I didn't think he qualified. I will never understand Scarlett's desire for Ashley. Never made sense to me, not when there was Rhett.
      Also, I can't believe I forgot about James Mallory. I do remember falling in love with him.

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    2. I'm sure you're all going to freak out, buuuut...I have not read OR seen Gone with the Wind. I don't know why, but it just never really appealed to me.
      I do agree about James Mallory. He reminds me a little of Stephanie Lauren's heroes, but Mallory was written first, right? IDK, but I did love him, big, brash and bold! :)

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  13. Add me to the list of those who fell for Laurie in Little Women, only to be crushed, absolutely crushed, when Jo turned him down. I also fell in love with Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, to the point that I was nearly sick when the Anne of Avonlea tv series came out and they changed the plot line. :)

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    1. I never saw the TV show, thank goodness! That would have just killed me. I used to daydream about Gilbert when I was a tween...

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  14. Oh, that pic is scrumptious. :)

    As to first character I fell in love with... Kendrick from Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn Kurland, way back in 1996. Adorable. I just think he's so well written. I love the heroine in that one too.

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    1. I haven't read Stardust! I'm going to find it. Is it the same one they based the movie on? Or was that a different novel? Because I loved that movie, with Claire Dane and Michelle Pheiffer.

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    2. That's a different one. I think Neil Gaiman wrote that one? (???) Kurland writers these ghosty, time travely historical books. They're pretty light, usually. I haven't read her in a while, though. But Stardust of Yesterday was a big fave of mine in my early historical reading days.

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  15. The first time I fell for a character was Jericho Barrons, the star bastard (swoon) in Karen Marie Monings Fever series. The nastier he was to the heroine the more I loved him. Hmmm, I must have either a severe mental disorder or very low self-esteem. But I'm down with either because he's blasphemy worthy fine. :}

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    1. I haven't read that series either! Is it romance? I'll have to check it out. So many great recommendations, you guys! Thanks...

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    2. It isn't a romance, it's a love story hidden within an urban fantasy. It's awesome. :)

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  16. I'm two days late, but I have to share my first literary love…Gilbert Blythe, from Anne of Green Gables. OMG! LOVED him!

    Great blog, btw. I know I MUST read Ms. Dain's Courtesan series…I'm way behind! And what a great pic of Klaus!! :)

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  17. Olivia, do you know when "Much ado about Dutton" will be released? I've been anxious to put my hands on him, if you my meaning. ;)

    Since the talking is about Claudia Dain's men, I have to say - I love, love, love, love Calbourne and Penrith. And George Grey. And Ruan - and Edenham too. And all the others. *sigh*

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