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…
There’s something about New Orleans as a setting that makes the best books hotter; and that’s definitely the case with Aimee Carson’s Don’t Tell the Wedding Planner:
The craziest wedding…
Bespoke wedding planner Callie Labeau has a reputation for embracing the crazy. The weirder the concept, the wilder the party, right? And her love of all things OTT is about to be tested – because the cyber-geek wedding Matt Paulson has asked her to organise for his brother sounds insane.
…the wildest time planning it!
ER doctor Matt has come to New Orleans to lock down the plans. And working with the gorgeous Callie is just an added bonus! But with the city engulfed in a heatwave, the chemistry between them is getting more scorching by the day…and it’s proving to be one seriously big distraction!
Matt’s had to face multiple disappointments when it comes to his brother Tommy, but he’d never given up on him. So when he came out of rehab stint number five, complete with a recovering drug addict for a fiancee, he wasn’t exactly over the moon. It had taken Tommy so many years to get this far, what if she just drags him down?
But he loves his brother, and so hires Callie to plan an epic cyber-geek wedding for him.
The interesting thing about this novel, is the fact that it dwells on those on the periphery of addiction; primarily the family. There’s been so much hardship and heartache that Matt struggles to trust his brother and his new situations; it’s all gone wrong so many times before.
So Callie, the wedding planner, is the one person he can vent to. And she’s the one who’ll help him understand and start rebuilding trust once more…
Carson’s other Modern Tempted books include:
- The Wedding Dress Diaries (Novella – Amber has been dreading seeing Parker, ever since she heard that his sister was going to be getting married… But Parker no longer sees her as the dorky teenager with a crush on him…)
- The Unexpected Wedding Guest (Reese is having a terrible day. Her fiance’s called off the wedding – on the day – and now her gorgeous ex-husband has appeared and is sending her senses and memories wild!)
- The Best Mistake of Her Life (Kate is determined to show all the gossips that she didn’t peak at high school when she turns up for their reunion, so she turns to her twin brother’s best friend, Memphis. But Memphis is determined to get good girl Kate to loosen up a little, and scandalise those gossips…)
So what’s Aimee been up to since the end of Modern Tempted?
A number of Aimee’s books have been rereleased in bundles with other Mills & Boon authors:
- Back in His Bed (includes Aimee Carson’s How to Win the Dating War)
- In Bed with the Enemy (includes Aimee Carson’s Dare She Kiss & Tell?)
- His Forbidden Conquest (includes Aimee Carson’s The Best Mistake of Her Life)
The summer she turned eleven Aimee left the children’s section of the library, entered an aisle full of Mills and Boon, and pulled out a book. That story started a love affair that has followed her from her childhood in Florida to Alaska, Seattle, and finally South Dakota.
Armed with a fantastic part-time job as a physician in the Alaskan Bush (imagine a combo of Northern Exposure and E.R., minus the beautiful mountains and George Clooney), she enjoys being home in the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota, riding her dirt bike with her three wonderful kids and beyond-patient husband.
Her motto? Life is too short to do anything less than what you absolutely love. She counts herself lucky to have two jobs she adores and incredibly blessed to be a part of Harlequin/Mills and Boon’s family of talented authors.