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!