When I read the first Chicagoland Vampires book, Some Girls Bite, Ethan Sullivan was not my favorite of the guys in the book. It’s hard to believe now, when Mr. Green Eyes is making our Top 10 Swoon-Worthy Heroes for 2011. Still, in the first book I had eyes for Catcher Bell. While Ethan had the alpha mentality readers often go for, Catcher is this blend of powerful and funny that’s just charming. Also, the series’ heroine Merit isn’t interested in him at all. He ends up dating her best friend, and she’s just fine with that.
Has this happened to you? While reading a novel you’re attracted to the hero, sure, but another character — be it a beta-type guy, a sidekick or even the villain — is the one you want to know more about. I know of many people, including our new reviewer Candace, who would fall over themselves for some alone time with Vlad from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series (and soon his own spin-off Once Burned).
It makes sense for this to happen in series romance where each book has a different hero and heroine, like the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. But what about stand-alone novels or series with the same heroine throughout?
I would love to know just which supporting characters catch your attention, and would you want them to get their own spin-off series like Vlad?