Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Anne Oliver

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…

Anne Oliver

Mistletoe Not Required is one of my favourite Modern Tempted novels – and it was made infamous by the photo of Vanessa Hudgens (of High School Musical fame) recommending it on Tumblr:

This Christmas Olivia Wishart is determined to throw off the shackles of her past and have fun. And nothing says fun like a glamorous Christmas party!

So, wearing a brand-new red dress and some seriously high stilettoes, nervously clutching glass of champagne, she’s finally ready to start living life to the max… Olivia had thought that pre-party nerves would be the only thing to get her heart racing… until a view even more spectacular than the glow of Sydney Harbour catches her eye.

The drop-dead-gorgeous man with the steely black eyes is everything Olivia has ever wanted—and this Christmas she’s not going to wait meekly under the mistletoe!


Christmas romances are great, and for me there’s something about lonely characters at Christmas that just screams perfect romance!  Olivia’s at a party that’s raising money for cancer survivors, to try and continue her mother’s work, and Jett’s only there because his little sister asked him to.  Both of them feel isolated and alone, and the lust that instantly hits them when they see each other seems the perfect distraction.

Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and soon they’re being thrown together again and again…

Oliver’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • Her Not-So-Secret Diary  (Sophie accidentally emails her diary to her gorgeous boss Jared…her diary detailing the saucy dreams she’s been having, and now she’s most definitely got his attention…)
  • There’s Something About a Rebel  (Lisa is having a terrible time, so why has Blake Everett – her brother’s best friend – chosen now to come brooding back into her life?!)

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

A number of Anne’s books have been rereleased in bundles with other Mills & Boon authors:

Anne Oliver was born in Adelaide, South Australia, where she’s lived all her life. She has two adult children. She holds a B.Ed with a major in science and has worked in early childhood education for nearly thirty years.

Anne began writing in 1998 and is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of New Zealand. She started entering writing contests in 1999 and was a finalist in several contests in the USA, Australia and New Zealand before being accepted by Harlequin Mills and Boon for their Modern Extra series in December 2005.

When not teaching or writing, Anne loves to escape into books. Eight years ago she began creating her own characters in paranormal and time-travel adventures before turning to writing contemporary romance.

Her other interests include animal welfare and conservation, quilting, astronomy, all things Scottish—and eating anything she doesn’t have to cook. She’s traveled to Papua/New Guinea, the west coast of America, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the UK and Holland.

Sharing her characters’ journeys with readers all over the world is a privilege and a dream come true.

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


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