I mean, why wouldn't she? A woman like that doesn't come along every day, and although some men might be intimidated by a Venator like Victoria...many other men would find her confidence, intelligence and wit fascinating. It's only realistic that that would be the case.
So as the first book went on and the love interests kept popping up and making their interest in Victoria known, I went with it.
And that's when I realized I am a total sucker for a love triangle.
To me, a love triangle isn't necessarily a love triangle--ie, a path that goes from point one to point two to point three and back. To me a love triangle is, more often than not, one woman with a choice of two equally wonderful men. Note that the woman is the focal point because, well, after all, I am a woman and I tend to see things from a female perspective.
One of my favorite love triangles, which won't be a surprise to many of you, is that of The Phantom of the Opera--the Andrew Lloyd Webber (or Colette Gale) version. Christine Daae has two equally hawt men in love (or obsessed) with her...which one will she choose?
I always voted for the Phantom. And I was so ticked off at her when she left with Raoul at the end of the play/movie.
And then there's the infamous Stephanie Plum triangle: Morelli or Ranger. Me? I'm a cupcake, through and through. Ranger's hot and dark and mysterious, but Morelli really seems to care for Steph.
How about Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Angel or Spike? That one's much much tougher for me....but I think I'd pick Angel for the Buffster...and keep bad-boy Spike for me.
What about LaVyrle Spencer's Vows? Anyone remember that book? A wonderful love triangle, with the hero very obvious...and definitely the right choice (and obvious from the beginning, so that example doesn't really fit here...but I love the book anyway. Emily chooses the brash, flirtatious guy as opposed to the serious, steady one.)
Has anyone read Phyllis A. Whitney's Step to the Music besides me? A YA romance set during the Civil War, published eons ago (I first read it when I was young).
Abigail, the main character, is a girl in New York State who is in love with the brother of a family--and that brother (the handsome blond) goes off to fight for the South. Meanwhile, his younger, more serious, arrogant, and cutting brother stays behind and helps the North. It takes Abigail the whole book to realize he's the one for her...not the hot-headed blond one.
And...what about you? What are your favorite love triangles? Do you find yourself always picking the same kind of guy or not? Why do you think we like love triangles?