Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feature & Follow [12]

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Q: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.

A:    This was a difficult question for me, because I am much more likely to start out not liking a character and then learning to like or appreciate that character over the course of a series.  It took me a very long time to think of an answer.  My answer tonight is about characters in J. A. Saare's Rhiannon's Law series.  

The character that I started out liking was Paine.  Paine began this series as the second-in-command to head vamp, and Rhiannon's love interest, Disco (aka Gabriel).   Disco is the tall, powerful and sexy-as-hell vampire.  I admit, he is one of the leading men in my personal book harem.  Paine is handsome in his own right, but begins the series as quiet, mysterious and introverted. As Disco's second in command, he is expected to protect Rhiannon at all costs.  I admired his loyalty to Disco and his willingness to sacrifice himself for those whom he loves most.

 In The Renfield Syndrome, we see a different side of Paine.  When we first see Paine, he is confident, sexy and has a one-track mind for protecting and having Rhiannon.  I was actually quite taken with his new alpha qualities.  And then it all went to hell in a hand basket.  Paine is near-obsessed with Rhiannon.  He cannot stop touching her.  Once Paine gets Rhiannon alone, he proceeds to talk her into doing something she's not quite ready to do.  I feel very strongly that Paine manipulates Rhiannon and does so for selfish reasons.  He knows that Rhiannon is not ready to move forward.  

Paine is one character that I cannot even stomach to read about any longer.  I feel that he went from a loyal, yet introverted, friend to a betraying, selfish manipulator.  I dislike this character so much, that I am fearful of the next book in this series because I don't want to harm anyone by throwing my Kindle across the room.  

But then again, I am in the minority here.  And really, isn't this the kind of story that we all love?  The type of story that makes you feel so strongly about something that you want to strangle a fictional character?  I thought so ;-)

So, have you ever broken up with a character you once loved?  
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Shelley Romano said...

I love how much time you put into your answer Jamie! Excellent job :O)

Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I have not read this series. Is it worth it? I was afraid to read your answer in case it is a series I should read and I would see this and think

Anyways old follower. But a new FF hopper!

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

Do not read the series Sawesome!! I don't recommend it!!

Great answer Jamie, I couldn't agree with you more!!

Kah Cherub said...

It's the first I hear of this series. But I get why you were disappointed in Paine. :)

Goldilox said...

Uggghhh... I need to get to this series already! I have BOTH the books on my kindle!

<3 Goldilox

TheReadingPenguin said...

I honestly haven't heard of this series. But oh boy, I hate betrayal in books. I always take it personally. Old follower! My Follow

Ems said...

I hate it when that happens, because not only is the other guy betrayed, but WE ARE TOO. Hate that.


The Brunette Librarian said...

:) Gotta agree! Those are the best books - some of the best books have the craaaaziest characters!

Happy Follow Friday!

kimba88 said...

I tend to be like you..i start out not liking a character and then end up loving them...i still haven't thought of one

Sharon ObsessionwithBooks said...

I couldn't agree more! I was really disappointed in the Renfield Syndrome.

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Have a nice weekend, Sharon

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I haven't heard of that series. I'll have to look it up even though it disappointed.
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avry15 said...

I haven't heard of the series but the cover looks interesting (what with the hair?)

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Patricia said...

Same here! I found that most of the times I dislike characters and then start to like them.. *sigh*

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Jamie said...

I just want to put it out there that I personally take Paine's actions as nothing more than betrayal and manipulation. MANY others view it differently.

I will respond to all of your comments tonight or tomorrow :) Thanks so much everyone for stopping by!

adkwriter15 said...

I've never heard of these books! I can't ever say that I've ever disliked a character and then started liking them ... I think. :P

New GFC Follower!


Priscilla TheGreat said...

No, don't throw your kindle across the room! Read it in paperback, it'll be safer!

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Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

I haven't heard of this series. I'm usually the same way though and usually start out not liking a character and then begin to like them or even start out neutral and then don't like them. It's rarely been the other way around except for the one guy I shared on My FF! Old follower!

Chelsea / Vampire Book Club said...

How weird. I didn't take Paine's behavior that way at all. We have to remember in the second book, Disco isn't there. It's been a VERY long time since he was even alive. I took him being conflicted about it, but overwhelmed by his feeling for Rhiannon.

Then again, I'm one of the few who really reads the Rhiannon's Law books for the heroine. She's what makes the series for me. Her emotional struggles, especially in the second book, tug at me.

Chelsea / Vampire Book Club

Tribute Books Mama said...

Haven't heard of that series, hopping by.

Melliane said...

I haven't read this series yet but I confess it's on the top of my wishlist. I'm curious to know if it will the same for me now.

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Jamie said...

@Chelsea - We also have to remember that Paine said "He wanted this for us. The two people he loved most. He wouldn't want you to be alone....He always knew." Because, you know, any guy would want his best friend to get with his girl.

And Disco might have been gone a long time for Paine, but certainly not for Rhiannon.

And we also have to remember that while this was happening, Rhiannon was thinking only of Disco, and Paine knew this because he could read her thoughts, and did it with her anyways. That's pretty low for anyone.

I love Rhiannon - that's why I didn't answer the FF question about her. And to be quite honest, Rhiannon screwed up too, seeing as that she was only doing this with Paine because she felt so bad for him and his years of suffering.

Chelsey Lynn said...

Great answer! I love your blog! Come by and see me if you get a chance :)

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