books that sucker you in: the character

I went shopping at Loose Id the other day and had an epiphany.

Yeah, it’s a little weird, but this is me we’re talking about.

Anyhoo, it was a revelation about my book buying habits, particularly when it comes to certain characters.

That’s right. After God only knows how many years of being a Book Slut, I’ve suddenly realised that I’m a complete and utter sucker for stories which feature veterinarians.

See it. Want it. Buy it. The end.

Do any of you have a character you find absolutely irresistible to the point of getting every book that meanders your way?

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83 Responses to books that sucker you in: the character

  1. Veterinarians? I must say that's a first.

    I have a thing for firemen characters. Also in real life also πŸ˜‰

  2. Tam says:

    I think I'm with KB and firemen. Lately it's been anything with a horse in it. LOL

    Oh and hookers. Firemen hookers, hookers rescued by firemen on horseback, it all works.

    But I love to see me a hooker get off the streets and find twu wuv, unrealistic as it is.

    Word veri: gamin – Gamin hookers on shetland ponies. Cute as a button.

  3. MsM says:

    I can't think of any book I've read that features a veterinarian as a main or prominent character.

    Which seems odd considering all the shapeshifting and were-animal books I read- you'd think one off them would need to visit the vet occasionally! *grins*



  4. Tam, you may be my soul mate. Fireman le rowl.

    Hookers on ponies? LMAO

  5. Tam says:

    MsM: Once Upon a Vet by Drew Zachary
    On Call:Afternoon and On Call: Dancing by PD Singer (Sips)
    Man and Wolf by Kate Roman
    Wearing Death by Jamie Craig
    Gerbil Falls In Love by Diane Fox (It's in the Animal Attraction Anthology).

    Those are the only ones that came up when I searched my listings.

  6. didn't JL Langley have a book where the main hero was a vet…

    I'm a sucker for cops…gay, straight, not out of the closet – I take 'em any way I can get 'em.

  7. nichem says:

    I'm a sucker for stories about teachers. No idea why.

    And I'm with Tam on hookers.

  8. Tam says:

    You're right. With Reservations had Chay who was a vet.

    I'm not sharing my hookers with you Richelle. Pay for your own. πŸ˜›

  9. Veterinarian and Navy Seal are my poison…

    Don't really even care much about plot line…

    hookers rescued by firemen on horseback, it all works.

    What book is this – I so want to read it… Love me a good hooker story being rescued by a hot cattleman on horseback..


  10. Tam says:

    It was just a plot bunny for Wren or KZ, EH. They can arm wrestle over it. I'm sure they could do amazing things with it. *hint* *hint*

  11. Well I for one am waiting – so they both better get cracking…

    **taps feet**


  12. Ingrid says:

    A sure fire cure – Kate Steele also features a vet

    Mmm, I think I snatch most books up that have cops in them. Thrillers/ mysteries are an old fav so I like to mix that up with my new fav thing.

  13. nichem says:

    Aww, c'mon Tam– think of all the hookers we could have if we pooled our money.

  14. Tam says:

    You have a point Richelle. But you can't be too rough with them. And stay away from the ponies. πŸ™‚

  15. Kris says:

    Is it wrong of me that I've got this image of a western twinky hooker travelling pony show ala Wild Bill Hickhok??

  16. Kris says:

    Katiebabs chook: Vets are awesome. They get all the awws for caring for animals without the God complex of doctors. It's all good. πŸ™‚

    Tam: I'm blaming that image of the western twinkie pony show all on you, mate. Hookers being rescued by firemen on horseback and gamin hookers on shetland ponies?? Dear God.

    MsM: “Which seems odd considering all the shapeshifting and were-animal books I read- you'd think one off them would need to visit the vet occasionally! *grins*”

    LOL. Yes! There is a vet/doctor for the weres in SK's Dark Hunter series.

    Others have already come up with some suggestions, but I would add my recommendations to JL Langley's Without Reservations and Kate Steele's A Sure Fire Cure. I really enjoyed those especially.

  17. Kris says:

    KC: Yep, JL Langley did.

    I like a cop story too, but I'm getting a little tired of the cop in the closet theme. I know, I know. It is realistic, but I think I've been burned out by it.

    Richelle: Teachers? That's an interesting one. I like the ones where the person is a high school teacher. The college professor thing doesn't really interest me as much. Not sure why.

    Oh, and I'm leaving you and Tam to fight it out about the hooker thing. You're on your own there.

    EH: You're a vet character sucker too! Cool. πŸ™‚

    A couple of years ago I think I read every Navy Seal book that I could get my hands on. Now it's the covert operations group in general, whether if be contemp, UF, etc, etc. Tough guy heroes. I hearts them. *g*

  18. A hooker who can ride a pony well, is a skilled woman.

    And from all those western eroticas I have read, it seems possible.

  19. Kris says:

    Tam: You know that they'll eventually find out that you're plotting their next books for them, right. You're so gonna get your butt kicked.

    Ingrid: I like thrillers too. Hmmm. You've just inspired a post. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  20. Kris says:

    Katiebabs chook: You know that you have a dirty mind, right.

  21. Tam says:

    All I know is that if these books are a huge success someone better cut me in on the royalties.

  22. Lily says:

    I love firemen, cops and shifters. Big strong Alphas, which works really well with the hookers that Tam mentioned.

  23. MsM, Kiernan Kelley's “Change of Heart” featured a vet who was a werewolf.

    Me, it's highwaymen. Give me lace at the throat, boots over the thigh and the book is in my hand. Pirates make the cut too. And there are SO not enough m/m pirate books. Harem slaves are also good.

  24. Eyre says:

    Cowboys, dogs, and orphans do it for me. Put them all in the same book, and I'll definitely buy it.

    Firemen and rent-boys with hearts of gold come next in line.

    Of course, I love the Dom and the sub who needs saving . . .

    Veri word–bushi

    Hmm . . . bushi. that's something seems to be missing in my reads of late.

    Sorry for the bad joke. πŸ˜‰

  25. Natasha says:

    Athletes and Marines

    Can't seem to bypass those. It seems to be mainly porn that feature those and I'm loosing faith.


  26. Chris says:

    More vet books (via searching FW)

    Keeping Karma by Tory Temple (has ferret!)
    Catching a Second Wind by Sean Michael
    Picture Perfect by Bethany Brown & Ashlyn Kane
    Doggone Love by Deirdre O'Dare

  27. nichem says:

    Kris, I think Tam and I have it worked out with the hookers now. I just have to stay away from the ponies, which works out fine because horses kinda scare me.

    I know– teachers is a weird one, right? Maybe it all goes back to my having an incredibly hot 24 yo history teacher when I was in high school. And I like the college professor stories, especially when the other half of the pair is a college student. “Bound and Determined” comes to mind. Yum.

  28. Eyre says:

    Nichem, I have trouble with teacher stories. I always think about small-minded school boards and moral turpitude clauses in contracts. Of course, that's because I am a teacher.

    Chris, I'm surprised you didn't list stalker. Aren't you the one who loves stalker stories? πŸ˜‰

  29. Chris says:

    I'll stalker you, Eyre! :p

    Mine are the usual: firemen and cops. BORING.

  30. Teresa says:

    Lately it has been cowboys although when I searched through my books I found quite a few vets. Loved Once Upon a Vet and With Reservations.

    When the Bluebird Calls by Leiland Dale
    A Change of Heart by Kiernan Kelly
    My Only Home by Pepper Espinoza

    to name just a few more

  31. K. Z. Snow says:

    My Little Pony Slut? Tam. I mean, come on.

    Okay, I'll take the hooker part; Wren can do the horses (literarily, not literally).

    The character types I like to read about? Boy, I don't know. Droll, oddball urban, I guess. Out of the mainstream, maybe with a gritty paranormal touch. I love Frank Tuttle's Markhat, loved Belimai Sykes from Wicked Gentelmen, and I'm intrigued by Lyn Gala's Urban Shaman.

  32. Kris says:

    Tam: I'm sure that you will make gazillions. πŸ™‚

    Lily: How did I not know that you were such a slut for Alphas? LOL. The ideas must be really flowing for KZ and Wren. πŸ˜‰

    Angelia: “Me, it's highwaymen. Give me lace at the throat, boots over the thigh and the book is in my hand. Pirates make the cut too. And there are SO not enough m/m pirate books. Harem slaves are also good.”

    After I read this, I immediately thought what if Johanna Lindsey had done m/m instead? What a revolution that would have been. *g*

  33. Kris says:

    Eyre: Have you found your bushi yet? πŸ˜›

    Cowboys. I'm totally shocked. I had no idea. Such a surprise. Came totally out of left field. You didn't even give the game away. Colour me amazed.

    Okay. I'm done. πŸ™‚

    Tish: Hoo Rar. Hey, I watch NCIS.

    There was a surge of athlete characters in m/m but it seems to have dropped off. Jocks still reign supreme though. Weird.

    Chris (aka Miss Boring Cops & Firemen Bandwagon): Gee thanks for the recs. You're determined to get me to go shopping at ARe, aren't you. I will prevail!

  34. Emilie says:

    There are far too many books with these sorts of characters for me to buy them all, but I love veteran-coming-back-from-a-war stories. I like historicals, so I'm quite good with “veteran coming back from the Napoleonic Wars” stories. I think my interest started with some of Jayne Ann Krentz's early books with alpha male Vietnam veterans. Some were a little scarred up, but mostly they just had a rather military approach to life.

  35. Kris says:

    Richelle: Not totally weird. Caught Running was friggin' awesome. πŸ™‚

    Something about the college prof/student thing squicks me. I know the student is older, but still…

    Teresa: All these recommendations about A Change of Heart. I'm definitely going to have to try it. Thanks. *g*

    Another cowboy girl. So do you like historical or contemporary cowboys? I prefer contemp ones myself, but that's me.

  36. Sean Kennedy says:

    Librarians. There aren't enough stories involving them. Hmm…

  37. Kris says:

    KZ: I can't believe you brought up bestiality on my blog! I run a clean place here.

    “The character types I like to read about? Boy, I don't know. Droll, oddball urban, I guess. Out of the mainstream, maybe with a gritty paranormal touch.”

    So you like to read the characters that you like to create too? πŸ™‚

    Speaking of paranormal… I feel like it's been forever since one of those has come our way from you. Anything in the works??

    Emilie: I actually enjoy the veteran books much more than I do the full on military stories. I took read – still read – a lot of Jayne Ann Krentz as well as Linda Howard and really liked seeing the heroes adjust to RL, scars and all.

  38. Kris says:

    Sean: Librarians?? Gee, I wonder where that one is coming from.

  39. Chris says:

    Hey, that super steamy free Sloan Parker short had a librarian (sort of) in it! πŸ˜‰

  40. Eyre says:

    Ah . . . love in the library . . .

    Kris, I haven't gone searching for any bushi. I have, though, been gazing longingly at some cookies I found during my “research.”

    Shocked you with the cowboy lovin'? Yeah, I'm really subtle about that one!;)

  41. Sean Kennedy says:

    I'm sure it's coming from a perfectly innocent source material.

  42. What a lively discussion!

    KZ – do you think we've been adopted?

    I get the horses? It would have to be horses, not ponies. Ponies are sort of like the kids, and I don't do ponyphelia.

    My question is how do you get the hooker to the ranch to be with the cowboy? Or does the cowboy/fireman save the hooker from a fire at the ho-house? Or is the hooker a shifter who goes out on ranchlands for a run?

    Tam: Shouldn't you be writing about cirqe de so gay?

    Chris: Maybe the cowboy could be stalking the hooker?

    Kris: You've done it again!

    I think I have to go read about Sloan's librarian again!

  43. Kris says:

    Chris: Don't encourage him.

    Eyre: Awww, research cookies. How I love thee. I hope you will be sharing your discoveries with the rest of the class, Eyre. I know I at least deserve it. Chris though…

    Sean: You're about as subtle as Eyre with her cowboys. πŸ˜›

  44. Kris says:

    Wren: What made you ramble? Was that what you were getting at, Wren? πŸ˜›

    The hooker could be going into protective custody and gets hidden at the cowboy's ranch, who just happens to be former FBI and the best mate of the dude organising the protecting. Then you could get that really cool city/country thing going, the cowboy's not hugely open about his sexuality, blah, blah.

    Wow. I'd read that. πŸ™‚

    May 8, 2010 10:06 AM

  45. Eyre says:

    Kris, I always share my cookies.

    Has Chris done something to be unworthy of cookies? Perhaps we can at least let her have the crumbs.

  46. Chris says:

    Eyre: Heh, just trying to sucker her into the ARe sale… And apparently encouraging Sean with librarian smexin'…

  47. Tam says:

    Hey, I have an outline for that story Wren. Which more than I've ever done before. I was busy writing a shifter hamster story for Wave and I actually have something with a teacher in it happening.

    Pony porn. Unfortunately there are far too many website devoted to that. But this is … interesting.

    I like the idea of the fireman riding on their horses to the rescue at the ho-house. Your story didn't have fireman Kris, unless the cowboy is a volunteer firefighter. That might work.

  48. Tam says:

    Oh those links aren't anything nasty, just odd.

  49. Is the hooker a twink? And the cowboy an alpha?

  50. Sean Kennedy says:

    Why, Kris, I have no idea what you mean.

    As much as I would love to think that the life of a librarian is like this:, I suspect that it is actually more like this:

    And now that I've written all this, I've just realised that I wrote a librarian character already. Duh. *facepalm*

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