Hmm. My Favorite Character Is... (Penny Rader)
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The topic for this month is favorite literary/fiction character(s).

Well, it's going to have to be a fiction character because I don't do literary.  I like happy endings.

Anyway, I choose Eve Dallas and Roarke from J.D. Robb's In Death series.  I cannot get enough of them. Yet, I nearly missed the opportunity to meet them all because the first covers were very futuristic-y and I'm not a fan of futuristic stories.  It's me, not them.  I just have a hard time wrapping head around futuristic stories.  Just ask my cp, Jeannie.  Then one day, while working at the bookstore, I was given the job of stripping books.  (Because of the expense involved, most publishers, at least when I worked at the bookstore, just wanted the covers of paperbacks returned.)

Anyway, there I was in the backroom of B Dalton, tearing the cover off a copy of Seduction in Death.  Because I'm pretty much incapable of having a book in my hands without checking out the opening sentences, I peeked.  That first page sucked me and wouldn't let go.  I couldn't wait to read more. I had to read more.  Then I discovered Seduction in Death was the 13th book on the series.  No problem!  I have a habit of starting books in the middle of a series and then going back to book one and playing catch up.  Did it with the Little House series (The school librarian handed me The Long Winter.  I had no idea it was part of a series.)  Happened again with Stephanie Plum.  (The publisher sent an advance copy of High Five to the store.  Hooked again.  Found book one and laughed myself silly throughout the series.)

Eve and Roarke fascinate me. I want to live with them, witness their interactions, their banter, their tenderness for one another, even their irritation with each other. Watching them grow over 30+ books has been such fun and I hope there are many, many, many more Eve and Roarke stories to come.  I find Eve's befuddlement over everything involved in marriage and friendships endearing.  She's not a huggy person, but when she loves, she LOVES, even if she has a hard time admitting it.  And Roarke?  Oh my. This Irishman stole my heart immediately.  The depth of his feelings for Eve are simply, well, I can't even find the words.  He can buy and sell pretty much anything on and off this planet, yet in his pocket he carries a button from Eve's coat. {sigh}

If you haven't read the series yet, the first book is Naked in Death.  The second is Glory in Death. J.D. Robb (aka Nora) has the complete list on her website. I hope you'll love Eve and Roarke (and Peabody and Mavis and McNab and Dr Mira and Galahad and Summerset ...) as much as I do.


Do you have any favorite fiction characters? Please share in the Comments section.


Kathryn Freeman said...

I agree with you - I love these two also. But my favourite so far is Sam Starrett from Suzanne Brockmann"s Trouble shooters series. Tall, rugged, strong, funny, vulnerable. Sigh. All her SEAL heroes are wonderful, but Sam has my heart.

Ashantay said...

If we're limited to a series, then I'm a Ranger girl from the Plum books. Though I love all the werewolves in Vicki Lewis Thompson's Wild About You books. And any of Keiran Kramer or Grace Burrow's Regency heroes.

Life is too short and there are too many Alpha men to limit myself to just one! OK, I cheat at solitaire, too. Not really, but it seemed to fit. Grin.

Raven said...

I love Keysha in Keysha's Dream by Earl Sewell and Lucy in Last Change Texaco by Brent Hartlinger. I love these books. I read them a lot.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Kathryn. I will have to check out Sam. I am not familiar with the Trouble shooter series, but I always enjoy finding new ( or new to me) books to try.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Ashantay. Sorry if I gave the impression you had to choose series characters. Thanks for the recommendations -- can never have too many books to read. Oh, and I'm a Ranger girl, too. :D

Penny Rader said...

Hi Raven. I haven't read Sewell or Hartlinger. Thanks for the additions to my To Read list. :D So many great books out there! That's one of the main things I miss about the bookstore-- the exposure to so many books.