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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