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Question: Do You Ever Crave A Little “Where Are They Now”?


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I think this week’s question is more geared towards Contemporary Romance readers than Urban Fantasy ones, but seeing how this is my first question post since I got back from my honeymoon I figured that I couldn’t very well pass this one off on Jessica. She has done the last four after all. LOL It does however somewhat apply to Paranormal Romance, so my answer won’t be a complete shot in the dark.

The first couple that came to mind was Clay Danvers and Elena Michaels from Kelley Armstrong’s WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD books which just so happens to be an UF series—I’m contradicting myself already! Anyway, I realize that the author did give readers some closure because these characters do get their HEA in FROSTBITTEN, the 10th WOTO installment, but I will always and forever want more which means the question of “where are they now” will never truly leave me.

Another couple that popped into my head was Miranda Ellis and Benjamin Archer from Kristen Callihan’s novel, FIRELIGHT. Now this duo makes a bit more sense seeing how their story wrapped up after just one book, and although the DARKEST LONDON series is still ongoing the author only mentions previous characters in passing so I can’t help but speculate. Same goes for Rowland Warbrook and Sarah Bingham who got their HEA in the first installment of Dianne Duvall’s IMMORTAL GUARDIANS series. They were by far my fav and I really hope that the author revisits them sometime down the road.

And, although Jeaniene Frost’s NIGHT HUNTRESS series just ended in January; I’m already wondering what Cat and Bones are up to. I was satisfied with the finale however, after following these two for so many years I can’t help but periodically think of them and wonder… Here’s hoping they make a cameo appearance in BOUND BY FLAMES!

I think I did alright all things considered with my two UF couples and two PNR ones. And yes, wedding pics are forthcoming! 😀


Do You Ever Crave A Little “Where Are They Now”?



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  1. YES, absolutely I crave a little “Where are they now,” and the couple I most crave is Clay and Elena. And while it’s not the same, Armstrong is pretty good about putting out novellas, so hopefully we’ll still see them occasionally. I also crave more of Jack and George from the Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series. We’re getting tiny peeks of them (as well as Gaston) in the new installments of their online serial, but I want WHOLE BOOKS. Hell, I want Jack and Lark to get married. When’s that going to happen, huh?

    And I like the weekly questions 😉 SO glad you’re back though!

    • Oh yes, I forgot about George and Jack! I was thinking more along the lines of romantic couples, but they are definitely on my list too.

      Hehe fair enough. Maybe we can start alternating?

    • I would love more of Jack and George!!! But wait…new online serial? Are they making an appearance in Clean Sweep or do they have another serial that I’m somehow missing?
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      • The new installment—Sweep in Peace. We’re up to chapter 4 now!! 😀 😀 😀

      • Trust Jessica to be up to date on all things Ilona Andrews. LOL

  2. I always wonder about couples I’ve grown attached to even if they get their HEA. One of those couples was Sam and Sookie. I know, I know, not everyone was happy with that duo but I wonder if they had kids and if they were shifters or “special”.
    Some of the couples featured in Iris Johansen’s books also make me wonder. Not Eve, I’ve had enough of Eve but Sarah and John Logan.
    I was trying not to name the obvious ones in very current books. LOL
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  3. This easily happens for open endings. But I think this happens for most of our favorite characters, whether they be from a series or a standalone. Even if they get their HEA, we’ll always wonder what happens to them. Sometimes a short cameo in a totally different book makes me happy already. This happens a lot with contemporary, which I read a lot. And it’s so easy to wonder, especially for YA books where the characters have a whole life ahead of them. You can’t help but wonder if they did stay together after their supposed HEA. But most of the time, we don’t really get our answers, do we?
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    • You bring up a good point with YA; I don’t read much of it, but you’re right about the age / long life thing.

  4. Definitely! Especially when I ended up absolutely loving a couple. Like with the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi I constantly wonder how Juliet and (spoiler! just in case people haven’t read it yet ;)) is up to and I sometimes wish for a novella of some sort just to know how they are. The same goes with Kresley Cole’s IAD couples, and that’s a lot! I mean, I see them in each others books from time to time, but my favorite characters and couples..I sometimw wish I can get in their heads again and find out exactly being happy together feel like.

    I feel like I will excessively babble if I keep giving examples but YES. I have a tendency to be overly attached to characters, so I definitely wonder where they are now. Awesome topic Carmel!

    And I’m glad your honeymoon was fantastic! I saw pics on IG 🙂
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    • Excessive babble is totally cool on discussion posts! In fact, it’s encouraged. 😀

  5. There are so many, I don’t think I have a favorite. Congratulations and welcome back.
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  6. I absolutely crave some ‘where are they now’. Clay and Elena are certainly a couple I’d want to know more about. 🙂 They are my favorite couple from that series. I wouldn’t mind seeing where Georgina and Seth are – from Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid Series. I can’t think of anyone else – my coffee hasn’t kicked in – but I DO think about couples from series that have ended. *sigh* Always sad to see it end.

    • I thought about mentioning Georgina & Seth in my post, but I tried to limit myself. Hehe

  7. I love this question and I do it all the time, even with stand alone books that I fell in love with.

    I haven’t finished the last Cat and Bones because I know I will be sad.

    Can’t wait to see pics!!
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Review: Strange Ever After by Susan Dennard

    • Pics should be ready in another week or so… Well, the ‘professional’ ones anyway. Fingers crossed that they are amazing!

  8. I wonder about this stuff all the time. My favorite couple in a finished series would have to be Logan and Silver from the Mageri series by Dannika Dark. I want another book but that’s not going to happen. So many others but that’s the one that comes to mind first.
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    • Nice! I think the first book is on sale on Amazon, maybe I’ll grab it.

  9. YAY FOR HONEYMOON! CONGRATS CARMEL =) *hugs* I hope you had a great time! Heh, I do think about this question sometimes. Whether Aria and Perry are still in their HEA bubble (or as much of a HEA as there was for them) and if Rose and Dimitri are still bantering with each other daily and kicking some strigoi butt while being at it. But the latter ones do appear in the Bloodlines series so that’s cool. But yes, I do think about this every now and then 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one 😀
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    • To quote Lewis Carroll: “We’re all mad here.” 😀

  10. Best Wishes and congrats on the marriage/wedding!

    Of course I do wonder. Because I just saw this JK Rowling news on TV, I’m now wondering how the HP world is doing post Voldemort. But I feel like that towards my favorite couples anyway.
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    • Rowling made an announcement?!? How did I miss this? Thank goodness for Google.

  11. Absolutely. Particularly the couples from any Beverly Jenkins historical novel. I’d also love to know what happened to Sheila the Great, Super Fudge, and Margaret from the Judy Blume books. And how the kids from Sideways Stories from Wayside School turned out.
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    • Nice! I’m not familiar with Jenkins novel, so it looks like I have some research shopping to do.

  12. YES. But then I hit myself on the head and remind myself that they weren’t real to begin with. Nonetheless, I wonder that quite a bit. And then feel like I need to go out more 😛

    Fab post, Carmel!
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    • Go out? What’s that? 😉 I’m perfectly content living in my fictional bubble. LOL

  13. ALL THE TIME! I would love short stories or novellas to keep us updated on our favorite couples (as long as they aren’t filled with drama).
    I’m dying to know what’s up with Georgie and Seth from the Georgina Kincaid series 🙂
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    • I think you might be on to something! I’m not a big fan of prequel novellas, but post-series ones would be awesome!

  14. Sure I’d like to check in sometimes and see how they are doing, as long as they are doing fine
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    • True! I would hate to check-in and find out that their HEA blew up. 🙁

  15. Welcome back, Carmel!

    Yes, sometimes I do wonder what has become of our favorite series couples. BTW, Night Huntress ended? Wow, I think I’ve only read two of the books but I thought that series was gonna be in it for the long long long haul. Anyway, I like cameos in other books – as long as they’re small appearances. I remember reading the spinoff duology to the Allie Beckstrom novels by Devon Monk and wondering why the hell this so called spinoff still seems to be about Allie and Zayvion. Once they have their time in the limelight, they should gracefully depart the stage, imo and let the new series shine. So yeah, I like it when I get to catch up with old characters, but keep it to a light cameo.
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    • Yup. No more Cat & Bones. Frost wanted to go out on a high note, and I think she made the right choice. Better to end on top than try to milk a dead cow.

  16. I do wonder where are they now after I finish up a series that I love. It makes me happy when there is a good spin off series, but sad since most of the old characters aren’t mentioned very often. *sigh* I understand why they don’t have more books, if they’re HEA, there wouldn’t be much to read about lol but I still miss it!
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    • I’m guilty of reading spin-off series’ just for the off chance of seeing old fav characters. It’s hard to not be disappointed when they don’t make an appearance.

  17. Yep, even if a series ends with a rather HEA finale and things seem like smooth sailing, I’d like to know more about what’s going on with them… kids? grandkids? But at the same time, sometimes you don’t want more books about them if that means throwing more crap and complications at them, cause a book about a peaceful quiet life doesn’t seem to sell too well, so maybe a short story here and there?
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    • I couldn’t think of a better use of novellas!

  18. Mmmm…. I know there’s a few couples I would like to know where they are now but I’m drawing a blank at the moment. Usually by the time the series wraps up I’m done with the characters. LOL
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    • So, you’re a love ’em and leave ’em kind of gal? LOL 😉

  19. Every time I finish a book I always hope there were a small epilogue that told us what happened! I ALWAYS root for a HEA. I mean I’m even happy with a novella as long as it gives me closure! But sometimes I ask for too much because the story is technically closed… Ah I guess I’m just picky. LOL.
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    • I LOVE epilogues! I always hope for one, especially in series finales.

  20. Only with a few favorites. I feel this mainly in my PNR books, which tend to focus on one couple per book. I used to love that J.R. Ward would give us little recaps of the first few couples I really loved in the BDB series (i.e. Rhage and Mary, Jane and V…and Butch…LOL) as the series continued, but lately I feel she’s totally ignored them and left me wanting. There are a few couples in the IAD series I’d like to revisit too. The one good thing about an UF vs. PNR (never thought I’d say this), is that it usually focuses on one couple throughout all the books so you don’t really get that longing feeling because you’ve had more time with the characters.
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    • I’m disappointed by Ward’s lack of older couple updates as well, especially in the more recent books. And, haha You’ve totally converted to UF, eh? It’s about freaking time! 😀

  21. I definitely crave that, yes! Especially in the Harry Potter series! I so wanted to know what happened to our gang of young wizards and witches, so it was such a delight when J.K. Rowling published a short story detailing the lives of our heroes at 34 years of age. Other than that, in other stories, especially those that I truly, truly, truly loved, I will always wonder how they would be doing 10 years in the future, which is weird considering they are fictional characters! Then again, there are fanfics ;D
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    • Harry Potter is a biggie for a lot of people. I made the mistake of watching the movies first, and now I just can’t bring myself to read the books. I should have known better!

  22. Uhhh, I always crave some “Where are they now?”, I can’t help it. If I loved the characters together, there’s always more about them I’d wanna get to see 😀 Greedy, I know!
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    • I guess this means that we are true fan girls, Livia! Hehe

  23. Oh I do ask myself this question too. The first couple that come into my mind are those two that left together at the end of Clockwork Princess (I don’t want to spoil things), but I do wonder. Great post, Carmel. Cannot wait to see pics too :))
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    • I haven’t read Cassandra Clare’s series yet, so thanks for keeping your comment spoiler free. LOL

  24. Mac and Barrons (Fever Series) and Victoria and Max (Gardella Vampire Chronicles) are two that come to mind. There’s so many awesome couples that I love-many of them are series I’m still reading: Kate and Curran and Charley and Reyes also come to mind! 🙂

    • OMG How could I have forgotten about Mac & Barrons!? It’s all of this wedding biz; it has totally fried my brain.

  25. That’s right I wonder too. You know what though I love having that closure and just imagining. I know it’s nice to see them if they have cameos in other things but I’d almost rather not see them again you know? Though I’m sure we all can’t help but wander about Clayton hehe
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    • I probably thing about Clay at least once a week! LOL Is that weird? 😉

  26. For sure! I often wonder about characters I loved. And then I get mad at the author for keeping them locked in his/her head all to themselves. Not fair. 😀
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  27. Yes I do! I was so glad to see Cat & Bones get their HEA but I do hope they make a cameo. I’m glad Dimitri and Rose from VA make regular cameos in the spin-off series, it’s a nice way to relive the couple in their heyday. I haven’t read JK Rowling’s “10 years later” update on Harry Potter yet, but no doubt it’d satisfy this craving!
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    • I do enjoy a good cameo, just so long as they don’t take over the story. Short & sweet is best.

  28. I feel like if you really love a series.. you always want to know where they are now. OKOK I am about to talk about a really known one.. but Harry Potter. I would really love to read about their futures. I just can’t help it. I loved the characters so much. I will say a time when this failed was when Charlaine Harris didn’t leave the Sookie series alone and came back with the book After Dead. Fail.
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    • Harry Potter seems to be the most popular answer, but I heard all about Charlaine Harris’ snafu with her finale. Makes me kind of glad I never started that series!

  29. This always happens to me in stand alone novels. Although, I’m glad that they are in a better place now, I still have this desire to know what they’re doing, how they’re faring, and such. I have yet to know some of the characters you mentioned (I sucked, I know) but the first thing that popped into my mind was my beloved Harry Potter characters. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of characters you have grown to love. Also, I got reminded of Akiva and Karou from the Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. The story just ended but it was an open ending and it’s just makes me crazy that after rooting for them to be together in three books, we only had this little glimpse of what their life could be together. There’s even no epilogue! I still love the ending, though. But I can’t help but want moooore!
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    • URGH Open-ended conclusions are just plain mean!! I don’t read very many stand-alones, but I can can see how saying goodbye after only one book would be difficult.

  30. Hmm, I never thought about it that way. I always miss my fav characters from ended series, but now you have me thinking “Where are they now?”
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    • Hehe you have a day to think about it, and come back with your answer. 😉

  31. ALL THE TIME!!! And I’m with you about Jack and George!!! I love those two!!!!! Like ALOT and I would love to find out who George ends up with!!! Not to mention that Jack must end up with Lark!!! Lol
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    • Do they show up in the last book too? I haven’t read it yet, and have no idea who Lark is. Damn it, now I’m curious. LOL

  32. Oh yes, definitely! But I have kids jabbering at me and I can’t think of any examples of couples I want to see!
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  33. I think this happens a lot with romance series because the couples usually only get one book together. Even when a long term series ends it can still be sad to not have any new stories of the couples’ adventures and love.
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    • I’m come to the conclusion that it’s pretty much unavoidable regardless of the genre you read.

  34. Congrats again Carmel!

    A great question! I find as long as a couple gets a HEA in the book/series then I’m usually satisfied but in saying that there are a few couples that I wish had their own novella just so I can see where they now are.
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    • Secondary characters are a good example of this. I’m so happy that Chloe Neill gave Jeff & Fallon a HEA in Howling For You, even if it was only a novella.

  35. Hmm good question. Sometimes I do wonder how things are going for a couple in a series, but if they got their HEA in a book, I’ll leave it at that. I wonder more if they didn’t get an HEA lol. Or if the ending was ambiguous.
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    • I think I’m a little too bitter after a non-HEA to wonder. LOL

  36. Excellent question. Usually I think that’s for the epilogue… but there are some books out there who simply stick with open ended endings, which I so famously categorize as cliffhangers.

    Anyhoo, yes, I always wonder. Like, what are you up to?

    Never hurts to let my imagination run away though! 😉
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    • I’ve read one too many open-ended series finales this year that desperately needed epilogues, so wondering is ALL I’m doing. o_O

  37. Ahh! I have so many couples in mind that have to do with this question. SO MANY. Clary and Jace in the future? PLEASSSEEEE TELL ME CASSIE CLARE. I would be here forever if I’d have to list everyone. Meh.
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