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…
So I’ll read any category romance – I’m not fussy at all – but I do have a couple of favourite tropes, and All’s Fair in Lust & War puts a twist on the very best:
What happens in Vegas… is even hotter in New York!
After a fling in Vegas that was so wild even she can’t believe it happened, copywriter Becky has finally got her mojo back. Time to get back to New York and win that promotion!
But things veer catastrophically off course when her new co-worker Mark saunters in… and he’s much too familiar. Worse… Mark and Becky will be competing for the promotion – and he’s just as good in the boardroom as he was in bed! So what’s a girl to do when Mr One-Night becomes Mr One-Desk-Away? Stand her ground, of course – if there’s going to be a war, she’s going to make sure she enjoys it!
I’ve read many a book where the heroine’s one night stand turns up at her work the next day, but it’s usually as her boss. And that’s great, and it can be done very very well indeed (there’s a reason that it’s one of my favourite tropes), but I love the fact that Amber Page puts a twist on this.
Mark isn’t Becky’s boss – he’s her rival! There’s even more at stake, as the two of them are both after the same promotion. It also showcases what I loved about Modern Tempted as a line; these women have careers and big dreams, and they’re not about to let anyone stand in their way. And so I like that Mark’s not immediately the guy who’s in charge of that aspect of her life, but rather challenges that side of her.
Page’s other Modern Tempted book is:
- Dating the Enemy (Jessie’s been living life to the fullest, so imagine her shock when she discovers that the guy she’s been dating is her company’s biggest rival! Nick is all about business by day, but at night he can’t help but let Jessie get under his skin…)
So what’s Amber been up to since the end of Modern Tempted?
She’s been working on a book proposal with a hunky blue-collar hero, and a heroine who’s feisty and more than a match for him; Dan and Lily have been fighting their way through her head and she’s determined to find them a home! And I can’t wait to read it when she does.
A surprising number of Amber’s favourite childhood memories involve books. The library was her favourite place. Reading was her favourite activity. And when her parents wanted to punish her? They didn’t bother grounding her. They just took away her books.
But it wasn’t until her daughter was a baby that she sat down to write her first novel. It was National Novel Writing Month, and she had 30 days to pound out a 50,000 word novel. It took her four years to finish the manuscript.
When she’s not writing, she works as (wait for it) an advertising writer (a.k.a. copywriter) in the heart of Indiana. She lives with the love of her life, their precocious daughter, and a menagerie of furry animals. She also blogs, gardens, and sometimes even manages to sneak in a few hours of sleep.