Guest & Contest: Susanna Carr

In Suddenly Sexy, my Harlequin Blaze, Julie loves to read espionage novels. She longs for adventure and wants to become a mysterious femme fatale. Julie would do anything to work on a case with Eric, a special agent and the star of her forbidden fantasies. But Julie doesn’t want a desk assignment. Oh, no, no, no. If she gets her dream job, she’s going to face danger head-on and Eric will be the sidekick.

As much as I like James Bond and Jason Bourne, I wouldn’t want them as my sidekick. Not only do people have a tendency to die around them, but they are traumatized loners. I’d much rather fight crime with someone who value relationships and can work as a member of a team.

So which fictional or literary spy would I want as my sidekick? I managed to narrow it down to three. They are:

Becca Winstone in Missing: Ashley Judd plays a single mom searching for her kidnapped son. Despite retiring from the CIA a decade ago, her skills remain razor sharp. She’s a flawed woman and that’s what makes her so interesting. After growing up in the foster care system, family is her priority. She’s made mistakes but she takes care of her loved ones. Becca also doesn’t let rules or bureaucracy get in her way. I like her to be my sidekick because this woman knows how to travel and has some serious problem-solving abilities.

Fiona Glennane in Burn Notice. Okay, Gabrielle Anwar’s character really isn’t a spy, but I think of her as one since she does a lot of special ops and espionage work all the time. (In other words, she’s trigger-happy and likes to blow stuff up.) Fiona is extremely loyal to her friends and has a soft spot for children in jeopardy. Her feelings for her on-again, off-again boyfriend Michael could get annoying, but she makes up for that with her brash attitude and style. This is the kind of woman I want at my side through adversity or when I need to hear the cold, hard facts.

Sarah Walker in Chuck. Sarah Walker, played by Yvonne Strahovski, is fearless, smart and very handy with a knife. She longs for family and friends but the spy world is all she knows. Sarah falls for the sweet and nerdy guy she’s assigned to keep safe. She tries to protect him from the bad guys, the government’s agenda, and eventually the spy world that would change him. Sarah is someone you’d want on your speed dial when you’re taking down evil geniuses or when you want to enjoy a girls’ night out.

I didn’t think my sidekick choices would all be women. I may not be able to wear their killer shoes or keep up with them as they run for their lives, but I admire the qualities they possess: strong, protective and experts in their fields.

Which fictional or literary spy would you want as your sidekick? Bond? MacGyver? Nikita?

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Susanna Carr has been an avid romance reader since she read her first Harlequin at the age of 10. She has written sexy contemporary romances for several publishers and her work has been honored with awards for contemporary and sensual romance.

Susanna Carr lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she isn’t writing, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.

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51 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Susanna Carr

  1. Maureen says:

    Bond, James Bond I presume. He always gets to go to different places whether it is Aspen, the Carribean, there are always glitzy parties. And he has access to all the cool gadgets. Knowing he always wins who wouldnt want him on their side?

    • I love the glitzy settings Bond goes to, but I’ll steer clear of the cool gadgets. Knowing me, I’d break it or accidentally use it on myself. 🙂

  2. Crystal Newman says:

    I loved Sarah in Chuck and I really hated it when they took it off. They always take off the good shows. Well anyway thanks for sharing some things about your book and I really do like the cover.

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m a huge Alias fan so I guess I would pick Sydney Bristow or wait nope make that Vaughn! 🙂

  4. Mary Preston says:

    I have to choose MacGyver. He always finds the least violent way to get out of a jam & I think he could basically save the world using just a paperclip.

  5. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I’d have to 2nd the MacGyver nomination. I’ve always had a wee crush on RD Anderson and his character was so handy!

  6. Maureen says:

    I would pick MacGyver since it is a running joke in our house that we always need to pull a MacGyver to fix things around the house.

  7. Oh wow the cover model is so yummy! He reminds me of Decker from Primeval.

    Mmm I would love Bond as my sidekick! He would definitely make things interesting 🙂 And a female choice would be Sydney from Alias.

  8. Maria D. says:

    For a female sidekick I would want Becca Wistone too…..she has no problem with kicking butt and taking names ….for a male sidekick I would want James Bond as played by Daniel Craig because in my opinion his is the most like the James Bond in the books……Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. Jen B. says:

    Nikita is totally kickass but she might knife you if you ticked her off. I think I would choose Sarah Walker.

  10. June says:

    I guess I would probably have to go with the characters Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I really loved that movie and the funny situations that they got into, and how they had all sorts of fun weapons to shoot or blow stuff up stashed everywhere.

    I do love the show The Missing with Ashley Judd as Becca Winstone. I am really looking forward to the next season.
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    (it is a j after the _)

  11. Cindy McCune says:

    I’d like Aaron Hotchner from Criminal Minds…he’s a looker, he takes no crap from anyone and he deffinately has your back!

  12. Evie says:

    I would like to have Jason Bourne as my sidekick. He’s smart and he really knows how to fight.

    • Jason Bourne is a very smart spy! I enjoyed all the twists and turns in the movies and I’m looking forward to the next one starring Jeremy Renner

  13. Anne says:

    I was really surprised to see all your choices were women too. Srah Walker is definitely a good choice because she’s got great skills. For a male partner, I’d go with Jason Bourne or Michael Vartan’s character from Alias. They seem to have more actual skills than Bond.

    • I would pay to see Bond and Bourne compete during an assignment. But I think you’re right — Bond may have more gadgets but Bourne has more skills.

  14. JOYE says:

    I would like for my sidekick to be Mark Harmon from NCIS I think he is hot- and oh so evasive.

  15. Jackie Wisherd says:

    Fiona kicks butt …I would want her as a sidekick…if I had a good looking sidekick like Castle I think I’d be too distracted.

  16. Fantasizesg says:

    Nikita would be kickass but of course i would want a hot alpha male kind of sidekick…h mmm 😉

  17. It should be a male, because the male/female balance works so well in spy stories. Preferably someone with great reflexes and a killer sense of humor. Now where does one find such a gem?

  18. Carol L says:

    If Roarke from the In Death series by JD Robb was a spy he’s be my choice. 🙂 I’ll go with James Bond played by Roger Moore. I loved him in that role.
    Happy Memorial Day.
    Carol L
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  19. So many great spies…let’s see who I would like. maybe Sidney Bristow would be a good choice if I wanted to stay alive, but I think I would have the most fun and become friends with Veronica Mars 😀 I love Kristen Bell! 🙂

    Thank you for the chance and congrats on the release Susanna! 🙂

  20. Jen @ RtB says:

    A big thank you to everyone who stopped by for Susanna. Y’all had some great suggestions!

    Our contest winner is Rosie. An email is on it’s way to her with directions on how to claim her prize.


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