Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Jennifer Rae

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…

Jennifer Rae

A number of romances place a hero and heroine in front of the camera together; but Who’s Calling the Shots? is a perfect example of when one of them is behind the camera:

Lights… Camera… Sizzling attraction!

Contestant Brooke Wright’s idea of fun is not a dating reality show! But it’s an incredible chance to promote her family’s sports brand if only she could ignore the maddeningly hot director, Jack Douglas!

When the cameras stop rolling, how long will they be able to keep their eyes on the prize… and their hands off each other… ?


Brooke isn’t a massive fan of being in the spotlight, and she certainly wouldn’t choose to be on a dating reality show, but she’s trying to promote her family’s business!  I really like the fact that she’s in a situation that she’s not comfortable in, because it helps bring out her feisty character!

And then there’s Jack, the director.  He’s quite delicious, but he’s also struggling to make a name for himself – especially as his father keeps stepping in and trying to takeover production.

I think it’s great to see the two of them come together, both on the page and off camera!

Rae’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • Sex, Lies and Her Impossible Boss  (When Faith’s new boss threatens to cancel her sex and relationships TV segment, she’s determined to prove that sex certainly has a place in his life, and on the channel!)
  • Confessions of a Bad Bridesmaid  (There’s nothing about Livvie that fits in with her best friend’s glam society wedding; nothing, that is, aside from best man Edward Winchester…)

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

She’s published The Hotel Magnate’s Demand as part of the Sydney’s Most Eligible… series for Mills & Boon’s Modern imprint:

Property tycoon Luke’s just wrapped up the deal of his career, and he’s back in Sydney looking for distraction…  So when he bumps into Amy McCarthy, his sister’s friend, he can’t quite believe how much she’s grown up!  And Amy’s determined to prove to Luke that she’s exactly what he needs…

Being raised on a farm in Central NSW by salt-of-the-earth farming parents, there were two career options acceptable for Jennifer Rae – teacher or nurse. 

Rather disappointingly for her poor old dad, she became neither.  All she wanted to do was write. But she didn’t yet have the confidence to share her stories with the world, so she did the next best thing and forged a career in marketing and PR – after all marketers and PR spinners are the greatest story tellers of our time. 

But several years ago now she was fortunate enough to have an early mid life crisis and have since retrained to become a proper journalist. After a stint working for a country newspaper and a rural lifestyle magazine, she has somehow managed to forge a semi-successful career as a freelance writer which she absolutely loves. 

Romance is relevant. And exciting and exhilerating and makes her feel. Which is what good movies do or good conversations with friends. They make you feel. So after spending years writing short stories that ended in the middle of a thought, she sat down and started to write a romance. With a beginning, a middle and an end. With an alpha hero and a fish-out-of-water heroine.

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


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