Round Robin — Intrusive Secondary Characters

So, I had this lovely post written and, in true internet fashion, it was eaten. So, I’m starting over on the topic. This month we address secondary characters. The question is: Have you ever read or written a story that had a secondary character take over a story? Of course. What writer/reader hasn’t? I have a current WIP titled “The Whispering House.” (In case the title doesn’t give it away, it’s a paranormal. 😀 Well, an erotic paranormal romance.) The intrusive secondary character was a love interest. I liked the tension he added, but the plot took a turn, and I couldn’t see how he fit in. As I wrote the earlier post, my mind started churning and I realized he needed to be put back in. (grin) But maybe he’s not intrusive. You won’t find his own POV, though. So, maybe he’s not so intrusive. Hm… I’ll have to think on that. I hope I still have all of my drafts… Whether in a suspense, thriller, horror, or romance, I do not like intrusive secondary characters. For me, in all of these instances, they drag the plot down, kill the pace, and distance me from the protagonist. Several years ago, I was reading a romance. With may 30 pages left in the book, the heroine’s best friend suddenly had her own POV, and the next 20 pages were devoted to the best friend and her love interest. Wait a minute! What happened to Harry and Maude? I liked Harry and Maude. They were about to get together, but now I’m reading about Sally and John? ARGH! Or take...