Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sidekick Saturday [15] SHIFTER!!!

Sidekick Saturday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type
• Share a picture and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment
Arctic wolf canis lupus family canidae or plains tundra or timber wolf
(By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
I choose Ben from Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.
(gdcgraphics [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

He's awful, the most sexist character I've read where he's not the bad guy and yet he's won me over completely. I just love him. He's one of the most loyal to Adam in the pack, plus he loves Warren and Kyle. That's right, he loves them even if he'd never put it like that. He's particularly on my mind right now because I'm 2/3 through Frost Burned, the 7th book in the series (and it's so good). He hasn't had much opportunity in this installment to throw out the "c" word, but that doesn't mean he's worked through his issues.

I posed this challenge to my mom and sister. So my sister...first she suggested a shifter in the second book of her Kelly Meding series. That's how she put it, like that is information. I grilled her, she repeated herself. I told her she's fired. I bugged her about it later, but she went back to her first and only pick. I suggested Perry from the C.C. Hunter Shadow Falls series. She was real excited about that choice, but I saw the stubborn glint in her eyes. So her pick is some nameless hot shifter in the second book in a series I haven't read. (She's aware my brattiness carried over from our conversation to this post.)

My mom struggled because the only paranormal books she reads are mine. I even wrote a shifter series, but it was during my divorce and let me tell you it's bloody and the men do not fare well. Then her eyes lit up, "Does the person have to shift into an animal?" She chose someone from Soul Bender who truly shifts into something else. Can't say who without it being a spoiler.


  1. LOL It's so great that you share your Sidekick Saturday conversations with your mom and sister :) I love it!

    I have read the Mercy Thompson series (it's one of my favorite) but I can't say that Ben has really stood out to me o.O don't be mad at me!! I haven't read that series in a long time, and I think Frost Burned will be on my list of books to read next week :)

    Thanks for stopping by my Sidekick Saturday post earlier :)

    1. How could I be mad when you made me laugh out loud? I think Ben is meant to slip under the radar, or just piss off all womankind. I have messed up reactions. I do.

      It really is so much fun to share the sidekicks with my mom and sister. My mom has to get creative and my sister shouldn't. Happy Sunday!!

  2. I LOVE Ben! Especially after I read Frost Burned recently, he should get his own short story. Nice picture, fantastic pick! :D

    1. I wanted to finish Frost Burned last night, but my eyes were shot after a long day in the sun. Sadness. Ben should at least get a novella, a fun one though. I read she plans another short story, but I don't know from which POV. I haven't stalked her website in a while. Happy Sunday!!

  3. Mmm he is so pretty. I love Ryan and I think with an English accent, he would make a great Ben. I know in the beginning of the series, I didn't like Ben at all, but I must say that he's the most turned around character I think I've read. I adore him now. I haven't read Frost Burned yet so I'm really intrigued what part he plays in that one.

    I love that you grumble with your sister on her picks. I find that really funny. Great choice on your mom's part :D

    Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  4. I'll tell my mom you liked her choice. I saved Frost Burned as long as I could and now I want to read it as fast as I can because I'm enjoying it so much and my eyes won't cooperate. Grrh. Your sidekick meme has added so many books to my Goodreads shelf, Jaclyn, not just a book here and there, 11 book series, and series that have spin off series.