Sunday, March 05, 2006

And the Best Supporting Love Story Is...

One of my favorite secondary love stories in a romance is from Claudia Dain's "The Fall." A knight errant and the sis of the heroine snipe at each other until everything combusts in a very hot near-capitulation scene. Not annoying TOTS (Taming of the Shrew) sniping, but strung-out, they-had-so-better-end-up-together friction.

What's your favorite secondary love story from a romance?

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14 comments:

rachd said...

(stunned and speechless silence!)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Inappropriately cutting into that silence by LOL.

Amanda said...

Good Morning, indeed! LOL!

(Pauses to recover from bout of lust.)

Favorite secondary love story of the past few years is Esme and Bonnington in Eloisa James Duchess in Love series...

Another favorite is Bertie Trent and Charity Graves in Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels...

And Hal Beaumont and Blanche in Jo Beverly's Company of Rogues...

And Jamie and Katrina in Patricia Veryan's League of Jewelled Men series...

And Brianna and Roger in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

That's about it for now;)

amy*skf said...

I'm too snaxy for my bath, too snaxy for my bath... No, seriously.
Does he have perfect lips? Perfect.

Mandacoll, I am speachless that you remember all these secondary characters' names--I have a hard enough time with my own family.

I love the secondary love stories in the Brenda Joyce "Deadly" series. And in any series I love trying to figure out who will be the love story for the next book.

rachd said...

Okay, now that I have sufficiently recovered from my speechless attack at being faced with so much snaxiness so early in the morning, I can give a little more thought to the question.

I'm with Mandacoll on the Esme/Bonnington story. Even if I hadn't wanted to read all the rest of the stories in the series for their sake, I would have read them to find out what happend with Esme and Simon!

amy*skf said...

I just realized I have Esme and Simon's book. I think. Is it Fool For Love? I know I'm not on track Michelle--how can I concentrate with Mr. Kamp's face staring at me.

Lucy Monroe said...

The two that leaped immediately to mind were the mom and dad of the hero in SEP's "Nobody's Baby but Mine" and the brother and his secrectary in SEP's "Dream a Little Dream." I loved those secondary stories because SEP really developed them. She didn't let them take the books over, but she made sure the reader went on a full emotional journey with each one...and she cleverly connected them to the main plot so she could give them the screen time to do that. Just remembering is making me want to go back and re-read my favorite scenes...no time though. Today I MUST work.

Hugs,
Lucy :)

AnneG said...

OMG Is he sexy or what! He is a perfect Valerius from the DH series. My mind has gone blank and my body has taken over. Whoa!!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Um, AnneG? Do you think you've become a little consumed with Valerius now? Actually, I can see Nathan as Val, too.

Rachd said we could borrow her term, "snaxy" to describe Nathan ad nauseum. Ooh, Latin phrase. Consider it a nod to our boy Val.

Now, you gotta hep me here, Lucy. SEP? I'm no expert, so please clue me in on details. And, yes yes, I agree that secondaries who add to the plot are the best. I must confess that I like the ones I mentioned cause the capit scene is really hot, but I don't think they moved the story much as characters.

You know, Bellas: I'm kinda happy that you're feeling you wanna go back and read favorites. Now you know how I feel every time one of you turns me on to a new author or book and I feel like I have to read it to be well versed.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Amy: love the disco tune! And, I am with Amy, Amanda. How the heck do you remember all those names? I have to double-edit my copy to make sure I got the author's name right. Can you dig how pathetic my memory is?

I love that you all appreciate the supporting characters authors take the time to create.

Stacy~ said...

Okay, wow, like I've only seen this picture a couple dozen (hundred) times and each time it leaves me spellbound. I love the water....doesn't he look really kissable in that picture?

Um, yeah, secondary...people.

-Peabody & McNabb in the In Death series

-Ashley & Quint in Lori Foster's Jude's Law (they'll appear in Murphy's Law - yay!)

-Jerry & Cat from Erin McCarthy's Mouth to Mouth

That's really all the ones I can think of right now...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Kissable's one way to put it, Stacy. But when I look at it, I can't help but think: what makes him tick? What are his politics? Does he favor Jung or Freud?

I'm joshin, of course. It's been my experience that fabulous-looking people in the arts, etc., are so often very bright. They have to be to take the pressure, stand up to the hangers-on, and maneuver their careers to success.

And while there may be something to be said for strapping, handsome , and dizzy, nobody can look that sexy and not know what he's about. It takes brains to be sensual.

Amanda said...

I have one of those memories where I can remember things like secondary characters but not how long it's been since I changed my oil, LOL! Or my email password...

Amy*skf, Esme and Bonnington's story takes place across the Duchess in Love series so it starts with DIL, goes on to Fool for Love, then is mostly resolved in A Wild Pursuit, though they make an appearance in Your Wicked Ways...(I'm like a Star Wars nerd for Eloisa James books.)

Keep the eye candy coming, Michelle;)

Okay, that sounded dirty--but the alternative: Keep up the eye candy sounds dirty too:(

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

LOL, Amanda. Gosh, I don't know if you were around then, but at one point we were gonna be All Clive, All the Time. La donna e mobile!(chicks tend to change their minds a lot).