Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Bella Frances

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…

Bella Frances

Bella Frances does scandal oh so very well, and that’s never more evident, than in The Scandal Behind the Wedding:

A diamond ring to seal the deal…

Recently jilted schoolteacher Georgia Blue refuses to mope over her lousy ex – she’s taking on Dubai, one wild party at a time! But escaping a scandalous police raid so wasn’t part of her plan… not to mention her super-hot encounter with fellow party-escapee staggeringly sexy entrepreneur Danny Ryan!

Danny might be Dubai’s latest darling, but even he can’t afford to be papped leaving a hotel room with a thoroughly seduced-looking Georgia – not with the business deal of his life about to be closed! A quickie temporary marriage should let them both off the hook – except there’s nothing quick about Danny’s plans for celebrating their wedding night… !


When schoolteacher Georgia gets jilted, she’s determined to take on Dubai and every wild party she possibly can!  And there’s something quite perfect about seeing our heroine so focused on having fun and enjoying herself, especially after the tough time she’s been through.

So it seems so unfortunate when she accidentally ends up – to her horror – at an escort party, she’s desperate for a way out; she wanted a wild time, but not that wild!

Danny’s also desperate to get out of the party; he’s got a lucrative business deal in the pipeline, and he can’t afford to have a scandal like this splashed all over the papers!

The next thing they know, Georgia and Danny find themselves getting hitched to try and avert the scandal, but there’s no way that either of them are going to avert the wedding night – not when there’s been such sizzling chemistry between the two of them…

I think what I really love about this book, is the fact that both the hero and heroine are confined by rules, regulations and what they think they should do.  Georgia, in particular, seems completely thrown by spontaneity in a way that really adds depth to her narrative.  Gorgeously fun!

Frances’ other Modern Tempted books include:

  • Dressed to Thrill  (Tara’s been the poster girl for scandal, but she finds attempts at wildness completely outdone by bad boy Michael…)

So what’s Liz been up to since the end of Modern Tempted?

She’s taken up the mantle of the the Mills & Boon Modern author, with The Playboy of Argentina:

Frankie never quite got over the hurricane that was Rocco Hermida, but when she meets him once again, she’s startled to see that their passion is still there!  Rocco’s determined to close the book on Frnakie with a hot fling, but for some reason he can’t seem to get her out from under his skin…

Frances is also working on a duet for Mills & Boon Modern called Claimed by a Bilionaire.  She says:

‘I’m thrilled to be working on a duet for Harlequin Presents. Two of my favourite heroes, Dante and Marco, buddies from their childhoods in the Hamptons each meet their love match in the most unlikely of people. Dante’s brush with aristocratic Lucie, and Marco’s with bad girl gone badder, Stacey result in stories of high passion and even higher emotion. Just how I like ‘em! So hope you do too.’

Both books are due out in 2017:

  1. The Argentinian’s Virgin Conquest  (Available for pre-order; out April 2017)
  2. The Italian’s Vengeful Seduction  (Available for pre-order; out May 2017)

Bella Frances’ earliest writing memories? Forming letters with crayons, (aka graffiti) all over her brother’s reading books. Then on to her first novel, aged seven, ‘short stories for hire’ for friends who needed a homework ninja and on to dreadful poetry about unrequited love, which sadly started as a teenager and will probably never stop!

Thank goodness she discovered fairytales. Ladybird Well-Loved Tales, Grimms’ Fairy Tales and finally Mills and Boon novellas. Even with a degree in literature and exposure to a world wide web of tangled tales she always chose a happy romance over a gruesome murder, but it wasn’t until she fell into the world of the blockbuster novel that sje realised she wanted to write too. The great English novels of Henry Fielding and Thomas Hardy have to share shelf space with those of Sidney Sheldon and Judith Krantz. She loves them all.

Why? Because emotion is what drives us. She loves to be transported into a character’s world, to feel their every trial and tribulation, to ache for their goals and to glory when they finally reach them. And isn’t it much less stressful doing that from the comfort of an armchair or stretched out on a sunlounger than having to live the dramas for real?

Although she is technically responsible for two fish, two dogs and two almost grown-up cherubs, she still has an imagination inspired by Enid Blyton, Louisa May Alcott and Noel Streatfield. Lovely things happening to lovely people in lovely locations, but only after a struggle is what she dreams about and aims to write about.

Find out more about her and her writing on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.


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