Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Nina Harrington

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…

Nina Harrington

Nina Harrington has a way of incorporating the best kind of food and drink into her romances, and Trouble on Her Doorstep is no exception:


Knock-knock, who’s there?

When gorgeous hotel magnate Sean Beresford arrives on the doorstep of Dee Flynn’s teashop it seems her luck’s in. Right? Wrong! Sean’s come to tell Dee he’s cancelling her latest business venture, leaving her future looking as washed out as old tea leaves.

Dee’s not about to go under without a fight, and reluctantly Sean agrees to help her find a solution. He might dress in suits that would make even 007 jealous, and those startling blue-grey eyes will certainly take some forgetting, but he sets Dee’s blood boiling – and her pulse racing! – like no one else! And that’s before he kisses her…

I hate drippy heroines.

There’s nothing less satisfying than a romance where the heroine has no drive, and is content to be sat there until the heroine appears to rescue her.  And Dee, in Trouble on Her Doorstep, couldn’t be more different.

Not only does she already own her own business – a teashop – she also imports luxury and specialist teas from all around the world, and she’s damn good at it!  So when Sean tells her that he’s cancelling her latest business venture, the last thing she’s going to do is give up without a fight.  And she’s going to challenge Seam with everything she’s got!

Harrington’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • The Last Summer of Being Single  (Ella doesn’t know why Sebastien’s come home to their sleepy French village, but soon she realises that being a single mum doesn’t mean that she can’t have fun!)
  • Her Moment in the Spotlight  (When adrenaline junkie Hal finds himself taking photos for Mimi Ryan’s debut fashion show, he soon realises that there’s there’s both substance and style to this designer…)
  • Blind Date Rivals  (Imagine being stood up on a blind date, only the guy who asks you to dance when he sees you sitting alone, is the guy standing you up?  Sara’s not sure whether to be insulted or amused!)
  • The Boy is Back in Town  (Marigold is determined to prove to Ethan Chandler that she’s not the tongue-tied, awkward girl she once was; and he’s just as determined to help her have a good time…)
  • My Greek Island Fling  (Lexi’s trying her best to get Mark to open up to her about his mother – it’s the only way the memoir she’s ghost writing is going to be any good – but he’s hiding just as much as she is!)
  • The First Crush Is the Deepest  (Concert pianist Amber needs something more from life, and so she decides to visit India, where she ends up reconnecting with Sam, the man who broke her heart…)
  • Truth-Or-Date.com  (The last thing Andromeda wants to be doing, is choosing and then cancelling her boss’s dates.  So when she meets Miles to apologise in person, she just can’t bring herself to walk away!)
  • Last-Minute Bridesmaid  (Heath needs an emergency girlfriend, and Kate is exactly who he’s got is eye on!  Kate’s just doing this in exchange for some business advice, but that crush she had on Heath at school doesn’t seem to be dissipating any time soon…)
  • Blame It on the Champagne  (Take one whirlwind champagne tasting trip round Europe, two business partners in denial, and a beautiful country estate…and soon Saskia and Rick won’t be able to blame their chemistry on the champagne!)
  • The Secret Ingredient  (Lottie can’t believe that Rob has absolutely no idea that he’s the reason she hasn’t got where she wanted to be; but when the sexy chef makes her a business proposal, she just can’t turn him down…)
  • Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boss?  (Scott really doesn’t want to be running his family company, and he wants to have his portrait painted by the quirky Toni even less!  But Toni desperately needs this commission, and she just won’t back down until she can paint the true Scott!)

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

She released a couple of romantic suspense novels:

  • Recipe for Disaster  (Centred around an exuberant Italian family, it follows Bunty Brannigan, who discovers that she’s in line to inherit the Caruso family business after someone attacks her cousin Luca…  Cue a gorgeous lawyer and you’ve got a recipe for disaster!)
  • Deadly Secrets  (When Anna Pefanis’ godmother is attacked in her home on Kefalonia, she doesn’t waste any time travelling to see her.  But when her investigation of the attack leads her from law enforcement to the most powerful family on the island, will she end up fighting for her own life?)

And she’s also been writing a number of how to guides for the discerning would-be writer, focusing on writing, self-publishing and marketing:

Nina Harrington grew up in rural Northumberland, England, and decided age eleven, that she was going to be a librarian, because then she could read all of the books in the public library whenever she wanted!

Since then she has been a community pharmacist, technical writer, university lecturer, volcano walker, and Industrial scientist, before taking a career break to realise her dream of being a fiction writer.

Since Nina’s debut romance in July 2009, her warm and witty books have been translated into 23 languages and are released in 28 countries worldwide.

When she is not creating stories which make her readers smile, without the aid of pharmaceuticals, her hobbies are cooking, eating, enjoying good wine, and talking, for which she has had specialist training.

Find out more about her and her writing on FacebookTwitter and on her website.


One thought on “Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Nina Harrington

  1. Thank you, Ali for such a great summary. Yes – I am a total foodie and can find all kinds of ways to bring it into my romance fiction. It is a delight to be featured with the talented romance authors on your list!


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