Book hopping characters
One of my favorite little things about romance novels are interconnected books and characters that make appearances in multiple stories. It’s like visiting old friends every time I encounter them. I got to thinking about this after writing a scene in which each and every one of my heroes made an appearance (They’re all hanging out at White’s. Surprise.) It’s the first time they’re all together, but not the first time they show up in each other’s books. Here’s a list of some my book hopping characters:
The oh-so rakish Lord Roxbury flirts with Emilia Highhart in The Heir and the Spare before playing the role of hero’s best friend in A Groom of One’s Own. He’s finally the hero in A Tale of Two Lovers. I have loved him for a while
Lady Roxbury (married to Lord Roxbury), formerly known as Lady Somerset, popularly known as The London Weekly’s Lady of Distinction and Gossip columnist, witnesses quite a scene in Seducing The Single Lady. It is very useful having a character who is a gossip columnist. I highly recommend them to any fellow novelists.
Lord Dudley, a horrid and armed party guest in Three Schemes and a Scandal, reprises his role as the villain in The Wicked Wallflower and plagues the heroines in subsequent wallflower novels. We don’t call him Despicable Dudley for nothing.
Lady Charlotte’s shy, retiring best friend, Miss Harriet Dawkins, attends a house party with Lady Emma and Ashbrooke in The Wicked Wallflower and is involved in an absolute disaster with Emma. Speaking of Lady Charlotte—she has appeared in the first three Writing Girl novels in addition to starring in Three Schemes and a Scandal. She is quite the novel crasher.
Perhaps my favorite instance of book hopping involves Mr. Knightly. Not only does he play a pivotal role in all my Writing Girl novels (especially Seducing Mr. Knightly, obvs), he also shows up in Katharine Ashe’s novella, How to Marry a Highlander.
What are some of your favorite book hopping characters?
Maya is the author of smart and sassy historical romance novels.