Guest Post: Pets in Romance Novels by Brooklyn Ann + Giveaway
Aside from the (hopefully) glorious tale of the hero and heroine falling in love, romance novels also feature the characters’ relationships with their friends and family. Many also feature pets. Usually in historicals, it’s dogs or horses.
Virginia Henley’s heroines usually had gorgeous horses named “Zephyr.” Virginia Henley likes to leave little common thread “Easter eggs” in her books. There’s also often a butler or cook named “Burke,” who’s always awesome. In my novel, I gave the same name to the hero’s butler in tribute to her.
Eloisa James was the most clever with the dog plotline, referring to them as “the rats” in her Cinderella-based romance, A KISS AT MIDNIGHT. They were rat terriers that belonged to her wicked stepmother and created all kinds of mischief.
Sometimes you get something nifty like a falcon or even a tamed wolf. I freakin’ loved “Willie” in Judith McNaught’s ONCE AND ALWAYS.
But cats are rarely ever featured. As an unapologetic feline aficionado, I had to represent! My heroine, Angelica Winthrop, has a black cat named Loki. Not only is Loki mischievous, charming, and adorable, he is also a bit of a hero in the story as well.
Rats can be a problem in old, understaffed Elizabethan manors, but Loki’s totally on it. Also, he can be considered to have saved the day at a crucial moment in the story. Sorry, I can’t tell what that is.
Can any of you recommend any other romance novels featuring feline friends? I’m always on the lookout! Comment for a chance to win a copy of BITE ME, YOUR GRACE!
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