In 2013 Mills & Boon relaunched their RIVA line with Modern Tempted (called Harlequin KISS in the States), an imprint that held echoes of the Temptation novels of the 80s and 90s, and the sexiness of the Modern Heat series from the 00s.
Whether as RIVA or as Modern Tempted, I adored the books and was incredibly upset when the line stopped publishing two years ago.
So this month I’m taking a look back at the authors of Modern Tempted, at the books they wrote then, and what they’re up to now…
I have a huge soft spot for Ally Blake’s The Dance Off:
‘Where are your leg-warmers?’
Dancing lessons…? Hot-shot architect Ryder Fitzgerald can’t think of anything worse! But he spots a silver lining in the form of smoking-hot Nadia Kent, who’ll be teaching him his steps for his sister’s wedding – maybe this won’t be so torturous after all…
Nadia is staying well clear of Ryder – never mind how jaw-droppingly hot he is. She made the mistake of letting a guy get in the way of her ambition once before, and she’s not about to do it again. No matter how well he swivels his hips!
But, as electricity crackles in the studio, restricting their chemistry to the dance floor becomes a challenge… The only question is, who’s going to make the first move?
The Dance Off was Ally Blake’s twenty-fifth book for Mills & Boon, and I remember it particularly well because my original review for the book is quoted on her website!
I suppose a big part of my love for it is caught up in the fact that it has a dance theme. I’m a huge sucker for dancing in general, whether that’s in a nightclub with my friends, or curled up in front of the television for Strictly Come Dancing, and I adore dancing heroes and heroines.
Ryder needs to learn how to dance for his sister’s wedding, and the gorgeous Nadia is his teacher. The thing that really stuck me about this book is the drive of both of the characters; both of them are facing a past that they’re struggling to put behind them, and yet they’re yearning to move forward and make a change. I especially love the fact that Nadia’s career is a huge part of her life and the book – it’s a great foil for anyone who thinks that romance heroines are all drippy secretaries with no ambition other than to marry their boss!!
Blake’s other Modern Tempted books include:
- Her Hottest Summer Yet (It’s been ten years since New Yorker Avery was in Crescent Cove; ten years since her parents divorced and ten years since she’s been back to Australia. But everywhere she turns, gorgeous surfer Jonah is right there!)
- Faking It to Making It (Nate’s looking for a fake date to his best friend’s wedding, so his sisters don’t pounce on some poor unsuspecting woman or, even worse, him! So when he discovers that Saskia needs dating research for a website, it seems like the perfect solution…)
- The Secret Wedding Dress (Paige isn’t entirely certain how she ended up with a wedding dress of her own, but she’s determined to keep it hidden from Gabe, her latest fling!)
- The Rules of Engagement (Serial fiance Caitlyn has sworn off men for good, only for delicious Dax to enter stage right…)
- The Wedding Date (Hannah’s boss, gorgeous TV presenter Bradley, is determined to turn her sister’s wedding, back in Tasmania, into a research trip!)
So what’s Ally been up to since the end of Modern Tempted?
There’s the steamy Resisting the Musician:
It’s the first in a trilogy called Head Over Heels, written with Christine Bell and Robin Covington for Entangled’s Indulgence imprint, and follows bridal shoe company owner Lori, as her sister falls in love with a client’s fiance… Her only hope to save her company’s reputation, is to persuade the world that it was true love, and for that she turns to Dash Mills, musician extraordinaire for help…
She’s also started her own new series, called The Cinderella Project:
- Kiss Me Quick (Originally published as Second Chance Honeymoon – JJ’s escape to a holiday cruise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, really couldn’t be dreamier…especially when she meets Kane, the ship’s Fitness Director! But it’s the elderly seniors on board, who can’t stop playing cupid, that really get things kickstarted…)
- Love Me Tender (Builder Murdoch feels a little out of place when he takes a job restoring the building for a matchmaking company – especially when he meets Sera. Sera knows that they’re perfect for each other, but can she persuade him?)
The newest book in the series, Tell Me True, is out in January and available for pre-order now:
When good girl April finds herself on a fake first date with reformed bad boy Finn, will she finally find the one person she can let her hair down around?
Australian author Ally Blake has recently celebrated her tenth year in publishing.
In that time she has travelled the world with her ever-patient husband researching fabulously noveliscious locations, had three bright bumptious kids, happily represented the romance genre on The Project and A Current Affair and in New Idea as well as numerous other publications, penned a romantic adventure Facebook page – 50 Days with Rose – and eaten more M&Ms than should be medically possible.
A one-time professional cheerleader, Ally is a lover of steak dinners and red wine, the New York Yankees and the Collingwood Magpies, Ugh boots and yoga, gardenias and flamingos. She also loves writing romance novels.
An award-winning author, through Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled Publishing and Tule Publishing, she’s had more than thirty fun, fresh, flirty novels published and sold over four million copies worldwide in dozens of foreign markets.