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If I could be any heroine…

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Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #3)

Yes, I really do want to swap places with Merit.

Last week we talked about those heroines we’d never swap places with in a million years. Seriously, no one wants to take Katniss’ place. But a few of you emailed and tweeting asking who I would swap shoes with, figuratively speaking. This one is harder, actually, because I like such dark novels. So, I’ll give you one obvious choice and one where you’ll all think I’m wearing my crazy pants.

Then, I want to know which books have heroines you’d go all Freaky Friday with. Maybe we’ll do a ‘Women We Want to Be’ giveaway around Mother’s Day based on the comments here (as in the books suggested in the comments here may end up as prizes — hint hint).

The easy choice: Yasmeen a.k.a. Lady Corsair from Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel.

She’s the captain of an airship. She doesn’t let anyone — man or woman — push her around. And if you step out of line, she has no problem shaming you in front of the crew. She’s tough, edgy and can be fearless.

Basically, Yasmeen is the badass we all want to be. Screw Jack Sparrow, I want to be Lady Corsair.

The crazy pants choice: Merit from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series.

No, really. Look, I read your arguments for why you’d never want to be Merit, but I’d still swap places. Sure, she didn’t get to choose to become a vampire, but she’s a special one. She gets to be a leader, she gets to make a difference and her fighting skills continually improve.

It would be cool to live in Cadogan House. As Sentinel there would be more responsibilities, but also more freedom. I’ll work that katana, I’d seduce Ethan and plot a way to run a blade through meddling vampires from the GP. And it would rule.

Now it’s your turn. Who would you love to be? Do you think I’m insane for my desire to join Cadogan House? Hit the comments and help build our “I want to be her” reading list.

29 Responses to “If I could be any heroine…”

  1. chiara says:

    Without thinking very much, it comes to my mind, Sookie Stackhouse. She doesn’t have great powers but she always is in the middle of the action and without her and her gift, the vampires, her neighbours and friends wouldn’t get intact themselves.

  2. Hillary says:

    Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels. Loads of weird crap and tons of family baggage. But she’s phenomenal with a sword and gets to engage in verbal and, uh, non-verbal sparring with Curran. Yes, please.

  3. Lannister says:

    Agree with Hillary that I’d like to be Kate Daniels, but only for the snuggling with Curran! :D

    I’d like to be Dory Basarab. She’s tough, funny and smart. She’s had to deal with a lot of crap in her life (what with the fits & being despised by every vampire she meets), but she’s still hanging in there. Plus SHE gets to snuggle with the delectable Louis-Cesare! Also, I’d enjoying needling the smug Mircea all day long!

  4. J.N. Duncan says:

    Hmmmm, have to say Daenerys Targaryen. Attitude, compassionate, immune to fire, and 3 f-ing dragons. D-R-A-G-O-N-S!

  5. Marina says:

    Well firstly I want to be the STAR in my paranormal romance I wanna be Sienna for Hawke (in kiss of snow psy-changeling series) I wanna be Ehena for Rehv (in lover avenged BDB series) but most of all I wanna be Kate Daniels!!!!!! Not why’s no buts just the Consort of the Beast Lord (WITH the crazy and phycotic family).

  6. Sunrunner says:

    I always wanted to be Lessa from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. I’d have to sassy a more modern character I’d want to be is Anita Blake. Totally bad ass!

  7. Sunrunner says:

    I meant say, not sassy!

  8. Kristin says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Jo in Rachel Cain’s Weather Warden series…

  9. Book Huntress says:

    No question – Cat from Night Huntress series. Not only is she totally badass, but hello Bones??!!!!

  10. My choices of who I want to be besides Merit…Mac and also Kitty Katt from Gini alien series …Those are who I would want to trade with …these are all hot smexy men

  11. Amanda says:

    I really can’t make up my mind!!

    I would love to be Cat from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. She is hilarious and gets to do whatever she wants to and with Bones… ;)

    I would also love to be Shanna from Kerrelyn Sparks Millionaire Vampire series. Roman has always held a special place in my heart and there is never a dull moment in their lives.

    It would also be pretty sweet to be Jane Jameson from Molly Harper’s Nice Girls series. She has it all – including her hottie hubby Gabriel.

    Jackie Brighton from Jill Myles’s Succubus Diaries is also another one I would totally trade places with. Although I wouldn’t have nearly as much trouble choosing between the angel, Noah and vampire, Zane…

  12. erinf1 says:

    LOL… I can’t pick just one either! Jo from Rachel Caine’s Weather Wardens, Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep’s spider assassin series, Kitt Katt from Gini Koch’s or Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb. And Lady Cosair is an excellent choice too!

  13. Chelsea Hornbacher says:

    LOL! I thought about Merit too!!! It would be awesome to be such a kick butt strong woman like her. I also like Cat from the Night huntress world!! It would be sweet!

  14. erinf1 says:

    LOL…great choices! I can’t pick just one either! Jo from Rachel Caine’s Weather Wardens, Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep’s spider assassin series, Kitt Katt from Gini Koch’s or Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb. And Lady Cosair is an excellent choice too!

  15. Chloe Neill says:

    Thanks for including Merit! I second the vote for Eve Dallas, minus the original trauma, I suppose. :)

  16. Erin says:

    Um, you guys, Mac lands Barrons. All other arguments are invalid.

  17. Julie says:

    It’s a hard choice between Cat from the Night Huntress world and Kate Daniels. They’re both kick-ass and both have AMAZING men in their lives. Kate gets points for being an amazing fighter even before the series starts. But I think I’m going to have to pick Cat and my reason can be summed up in two words – Chapter 32. ‘Nuff said!

  18. Kim says:

    MacKayla Lane from the Fever Series. Oh I would LOVE to be her. If only to get into Barrons’ pants. :)

  19. Amanda says:

    I think I’m a little undecided. I would love to be Merit because she has Ethan. And I love me some Ethan. The drama is a little crazy, but that’s just Merit. Gotta Love her. So, no I don’t think your insane, I think you’re in love with Ethan too. :)
    But, I think I might have to go with Diana Bishop from “A Discovery of Witches”. Diana is barely getting to know herself and her powers, but she never backs down and is only getting stronger, plus, I would love to have Matthew Clairmont on my side.

  20. Stephanie says:

    I would love to be Merit, hands-down. She’s strong, sexy, snarky… And while I love Cat from the Night Huntress series, I think I would choose Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series as a very close second to Merit.

  21. cindyg says:

    Merit or Cat…Both are kick ass females!!

  22. Keira says:

    Kate Daniels, without a doubt. Sure, she had to go through tons of crap, the skeletons in her family’s closet, and getting beaten down, but if it ends with Curran…Worth it, definitely worth it. And she has a big ass sword. I want a big ass sword.
    In addition, I’d have badass fighting skills, snark to boot, and be surrounded by other hilarious/sexy people. Worth it in the end.

  23. Joanna says:

    You guys crack me up! Are we chosing who we want to be based on who the woman is or who has the woman? Kate Daniels for who she is. Magic and mad fighting skills. MacKayla Lane for Barrons. Not saying anything is wrong with Curran, I like him too. But there is a reason JZB won Alpha;)

  24. Katie says:

    Mac = Barrons…. enough said.

  25. Marielle says:

    Without vamps: Also a vote for Eve Dallas (without the trauma, but you have to wonder, would she be as cool without it… hmmm)

    With vamps: has got to be Cat (even without bones) she kicks ass and I always wanted to be a red head.

  26. Ashley says:

    to be honest, I absolutely understand why you would want to trade places with Merit. I’d do it,too. I’d work that katana like a pro, seduce Ethan, and Kick so GP butt. & why the heck wouldn’t you want to trade places with her? Honestly, Merit is a badass!

  27. Elisabeth Jaeger says:

    I would love to be Mercedes Thompson. She is a real hero. She stands up for everyone, even people she doesn’t personally know. She risks everything, sometimes when there is little to no gain for herself. She is so selfless. I really admire her. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s married to Adam.

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