*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews and posts that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.*****
Holly: This post was originally published in 2008. I still love it when annoying/bad/terrible characters get their comeuppance. There’s something very satisfying about a hated character getting their just desserts.
It’s true. Nothing gets me worked up quite like a sleazy ex, or a rotten family member, or whoever. And nothing makes my day quite like when one of those sleazy people gets what’s coming to them.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is an author that excels at writing revenge-of-the-ex scenes. I remember reading Night Play for the first time several years ago and cheering out loud when Vane shows up Bride’s ex on the street. I love that. Kyrian showed up Amanda’s ex in Night Pleasures, too.
In one of the more recent In Death novels by J.D. Robb one of Roarke’s exes shows up and Eve has to put her in her place. I absolutely adored that scene. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it.
I’m an equal opportunity revenge lover, though. It’s not just exes I like to see put in their place. It’s parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, bosses, whoever. In Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie the heroine’s (Min) mom is obsessive about weight and constantly berates Min for it. My favorite scene of the book is when Cal basically tells her to shut up and leave Min alone. I still snicker when I think of it.
In a Harlequin Presents novel I read recently, the h/h’s parents had a hand in keeping them separated for several years and in the end the hero refuses to have anything to do with them. In the epilogue it’s been more than a year and he still refuses to talk to them. I love that.
So, tell me. Am I alone? Am I the only one who gets a wonderful feeling of satisfaction when a not-so-great character really gets what’s coming to them? Do you have a favorite “They got theirs” scene you’d like to share with me?
Tell me I’m not the only one…