Those who follow VBC on Twitter may know things are stressful these days here at the VBC HQ. One of my close family members has a rare brain cancer — complete with experimental treatments. (He has the best doctors and is in great spirits.) My point in mentioning this isn’t to be a downer, but to say things kind of suck. I’m in a perpetual state of tension, but I’ve been getting a nice break from reality with great books lately. In the last few days I’ve read Sharon Page’s Blood Wicked (which we’re giving away here), Ilona Andrew’s Magic Bites and I’m about halfway through Moira Rogers’ Crux. That said, I have some re-reads planned, too.
It got me thinking; which beloved characters would make me feel better right now? Who offers the best pick-me-up? Who would distract me? And because I can’t go all bikini-in-the-yard like Sookie Stackhouse (because it’s raining and I’m too fair to tan), I give you:
1. Zsadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Z is the first character that came to mind. His story in Lover Awakened (review) and his growing protective and loving nature — especially scenes with Bella and John Matthew — just warm my heart. Also, let’s just say the scarred Brother is delicious.
2. MacKayla Lane from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series.
Painting nails. Margaritas. Possibly a beach or maybe a cake. Sure, we lost some Rainbow Girl elements over the course of the series, but Mac can make for the ultimate girls’ night companion.
3. Packard from Carolyn Crane’s Disillusionist series.
As a highcap, Packard was able to pull anxieties and fear from Justine. The man will do it for me. Right?
4. Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.
Rose can scheme. She could devise a good, get-out-of-your-mind idea for you. Or at least she’d run with you and talk about a certain Russian.
5. Katniss from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy.
It could be worse. Much worse.
6. Jenks from Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series.
Just get him all worked up and then giggle at the pixie swearing (example: “Oh for the sweet humpin’ love of Tink!”).
7. Jasper Hale from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.
(Oh shush.) Empaths do it with feeling, folks. Similar to Packard, this man could literally make you feel better. Also, hair aside, southern gentleman.
8. Dorian from Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series.
Silk ribbons. (See comic book cover for reference.)
9. Cat from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.
If we honestly wanted to talk about it, we’d sit down with Cat. Also, the bonus of having Bones around as eye candy would not hurt.
10. Phin the Unicorn from Allison Pang’s A Brush of Darkness.
If a miniature unicorn with a penchant for playing in the panty drawer and a serious love of bacon can’t cheer you up, then all hope may be lost. (Read our review to get a better understanding of A Brush of Darkness.)
That’s it. Our 10 suggestions. Now it’s your turn. Tell us who you agree with and — better yet — suggest your favorite feel good characters.