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Friday, May 15, 2015

Favorite Character Friday

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters!

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell everyone who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female!

Be sure to link back to Adria's Romance Reviews and share the link via the linky widget below.

Favorite Character: Gemma Flynn



Book Title & Author: The Widow Wager by Jess Michaels

Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? Gemma is a rarity in historical romance. She was sexually liberated. While society at the time frowned upon educated, happy women Gemma was battling the fact that she liked what went on between men and women behind closed doors. She enjoyed it; she had no problem initiating sex once it was clear that her new husband wasn’t like her previous one. I loved how daring she could be. She was a widow true but sometimes, in romance novels, widows revert to being virginal, simpering weenies. Gemma wasn’t like that, she wasn’t a sexual know-it-all but it was her enjoyment of an act most women in her time feared and saw as merely a duty.

Her circumstances should have terrified her but they didn’t. They caused concern of course but not this paralyzing fear that seems to be hard wired into female characters in historical romance. It was that back bone forged from her previous hardships that made me admire her and love her as a character. She may have been limited in what she could and couldn’t do as a woman in her time but that didn’t mean she had to surrender her intellect and common sense too.

Book Cover/Blurb:
Crispin Flynn has been on a downward spiral ever since he lost the woman he loved and watched his brother forced into a life he never would have chosen. His response has been drinking and gambling his way to utter ruin. One night, deep in his cups, he places a dangerous bet that results in him being forced to marry Gemma, the widow of the Earl of Laurelcross.

Gemma once had a passionate side, but has been hiding it ever since her much older husband died during the act of making love. Now she finds herself the much unwanted wife of one of the biggest libertines in London and the subject of even more gossip than ever.

Once they determine they cannot escape the marriage, the two begin a slow circling of each other. Passion is easy, but can they overcome mistrust and secrets in order to make the worst night of their lives one of their best? Or are they bound to lose each other before their love can take root?

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To make things simpler, I'm taking a page from Brazen Babe's blog who took a page from Talk Supe's blog and asking that when you link up, link up with your tag link. For example, I always tag this meme as "favorite character friday" and so my tag link looks like this:

http://adriasromancereviews.blogspot.com/search/label/favorite%20character%20friday

That way, you can just leave a comment every week and others can just click on your link to see your latest FCF! Easy right?



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