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Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Trish Wylie

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…

Trish Wylie

There’s something about characters who are complete opposites, that I love in a romance, and Her Man in Manhattan captures the trope perfectly:

It seems mayor’s daughter Miranda Kravitz has scored herself a new – and very dreamy! – bodyguard. Apparently the fireworks between them are scorching, but will this tabloid darling really be willing to give up her new-found taste for freedom – no matter how gorgeous Tyler Brannigan is?

Rumour has it, this maverick cop has used up all his strikes with the NYPD vice squad and now Brannigan is paying his dues with a temporary assignment as babysitter. If anyone can keep this Manhattan princess in check, surely it’s this tough-guy detective?

Hopefully handcuffs won’t be necessary… !

 

Miranda is a bit of a drama queen.  She’s a little spoilt and she’s definitely used to getting her own way.  So when she meets Tyler Brannigan, sparks end up flying!  He’s more than a match for her and the fireworks between them are caused by frustration and lust…

I love the fact that Trish isn’t afraid to embrace the opposites attract trope fully, and really develop it.  Because we soon realise that they may actually have more in common than first they realise…

Wylie’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • The Inconvenient Laws of Attraction  (When lawyer Olivia tells Blake that he’s inherited a fortune, she’s pretty stunned to see that he’s really not interested.  Or at least, he’s not interested in the money, but he’s most definitely interested in her…)
  • New York’s Finest Rebel  (Jo and Daniel grew up together, but they’ve somehow ended up being neighbours in the same New York building.  But will their past keep them apart or pull them together?)

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

She’s been working on The Passion Pact, a quartet of books, centred around a group of women who decide that their love lives need spicing up!

The first book, Only Oscar, is out now, with the prequel Mostly Married, and the second book Just Josh, due out next year:

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Callie’s intent on making dating simple, but her friends are insisting that she tries out her best friend Oscar first.  She’s far from convinced, until she realises that there’s a spark of mutual attraction between the two of them!

Oscar can’t believe that Callie’s looked beyond his geek exterior to see the guy beneath, but he’s still got secrets that he’s keeping, and will they ever come to light?

Trish Wylie was born and raised in County Antrim in the North of Ireland. Being raised on a diet of Rogers and Hammerstein movies certainly helped with her sense of romance and imagination, and then, in her teens, she was introduced to Harlequin. Her mother subscribed to the Reader Service and got the titles delivered every month. They would then be stolen from her hands by Trish.

After selling her first book in 2002, she went on to win three Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards. She lives on the border between Counties Donegal and Fermanagh with numerous four legged friends but considers New York her second home and tries to get across the pond as often as possible.

 

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

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Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Tanya Wright

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…

Tanya Wright

Tanya’s Modern Tempted book, If Only… won the 2013 So You Think You Can Write competition:

If only I hadn’t had that last drink…

It might be the toughest night of the year for Micah O’Shea, but one tequila too many and suddenly she’s seeing the world – and her best friend, firefighter Josh Taylor – in a new light! Surely a bit of Dutch courage is all she needs to see if he tastes as good as he looks…?

Why did no one tell her that the morning after is way more awkward when you’re friends with the man you threw yourself at? And that it gets more awkward when you start having X-rated dreams about him? Perhaps Micah should stop saying ‘If only…’ and start asking ‘What if…?’!

 

In part inspired by Wright’s own experiences, If Only… follows Micah, who lost her boyfriend when she was a teenager as she learns to love again.  Both her and Josh end up navigating the waters of grief and guilt, as they learn to move on from tragedy.

It’s an incredibly moving story, as well as witty and charming, and it’s really worth a read.  Especially as it delves into the complications of an ended relationship without the closure that a break-up could bring.  Brilliant.

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

She’s currently working on an inspirational romance, that we’ll hopefully hear more about in the New Year!

For years Tanya Wright filled notebooks with short stories as a way of creative release. She found her big break and graduated from spiral notebooks to paperbacks when she won So You Think You Can Write 2013.

Find out more about her and her writing on Facebook.

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Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Joss Wood

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…

Joss Wood

Choosing my favourite Joss Wood Modern Tempted book was dan near impossible, but The Last Guy She Should Call just about edged it:

She’d got his number…

For savvy antiques dealer Rowan Dunn life is good – until a passport error gets her deported back to South Africa! Stranded at the airport, Rowan can only remember two phone numbers: her parents’ (definitely not an option!) and her best friend’s brother’s. As much as she hates it, Rowan knows she has no choice.

It’s time to call Seb Hollis and ask for help…

Seb is even sexier than Rowan remembers – and just as infuriating! He’s always pushed her buttons, but at least now she knows how to push them back. Maybe it’s time to start sleeping with the enemy – even though Rowan’s sure there won’t be a whole lot of sleeping going on…!

Both Rowan and Sen have issues with their parents, and so it seems perfect to throw the two of them together.  Especially when their chemistry is as hot as it is!  Their history as antagonists also adds to the depth of their connection when they finally do give into temptation.

There’s also the ending.  I love the fact that Rowan has a successful career that takes her all over the world, and I was a little concerned that the happy ever after would take that away from her, but I was wrong to worry!  Joss Wood manages to create the perfect happy ever after, without sacrificing either of her characters’ autonomy.

Wood’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • She’s So Over Him  (It’s been ten years since Maddie saw Cale, so when he walks into her bar she has to work out just how over him she is…)
  • If You Can’t Stand the Heat…  (Pastry chef Ellie is done with guys who can’t settle down in one place, she had enough of that with her father!  But will war reporter Jack be the exception to her hard and fast rule?)
  • It Was Only a Kiss  (When Jess Sherwood walked into Luke’s office eight years ago and told him he needed to rebrand his vineyard, he dismissed her with a kiss!  But now he needs some marketing help, and she’s the perfect woman for the job…)
  • Wild About the Man  (Socialite Clem’s life couldn’t get any worse!  First she gets dumped on live television, and now she’s been dumped in a safari park, in order to keep her out of the public’s eye!  She wants out, but will Nick change her mind?)
  • Too Much of a Good Thing?  (Rugby coach Will can’t believe how gorgeous Lu is, and he’s shocked to discover that she’s been playing mother to her younger brothers for the last ten years!  Lu’s just trying to ease herself back into the dating game, and Will seems perfect…)
  • Flirting with the Forbidden  (It’s been years since Noah last had to guard diamond heiress Morgan, but now she’s back and she’s even sexier than before…  Noah managed to resist temptation last time they met, but this time Morgan’s determined to seduce him!)
  •   More than a Fling?  (Ross can’t believe that he’s just propositioned the business woman sitting opposite him, and he’s even more floored when Ally agrees…  But will they ever escape each other?)
  • Your Bed or Mine?  (Tori has terrible taste in men, and the latest Mr Wrong is the last straw.  But then she ends up in bed with her sexy new roommate Matt, who also doesn’t trust forever…)
  • The Honeymoon Arrangement  (Callie needs to get out of the country, and fast, so she agrees to be travel journalist Finn’s fake wife.  But pretending to be loved-up merges with what might turn out to be true love!)

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

She’s written two books for Mills & Boon’s Modern imprint:

  • Her Boss by Day…  (Willa’s been through the most horrific break-up, but she’s determined to get herself back on her feet.  So when Rob offers to put her up and explains that he needs a new accountant, she can’t believe her luck!  Will she be able to keep away from his bed though?)
  • One Night, Two Consequences  (Remy doesn’t believe in happy ever afters, and she’s determined to live life to the full!  She’s had a fantastic night with Bo, only then she finds herself pregnant…)

She’s also written the Pytheon Security duet:

  • Claimed by the Warrior  (Jed can think of nothing worse than being his sister’s “man of honour” – he’s allergic to anything to do with weddings – but when he meets bridal salon owner McKenna, he starts questioning everything…)
  • His Toughest Call  (When Leah is targeted by an international criminal, her ex-husband moves in to keep her safe.  Seth can’t believe how overly protective he’s being, but Leah always was his Achilles heel!)

She’s also been writing books for Mills & Boon’s Desire line:

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  • Taking the Boss to Bed  (When Ryan kisses a beautiful stranger, he doesn’t know that she’s his newest employee, or his best friend’s little sister!  Jaci’s burning up with desire for him, but can they make it last?)
  • Trapped with the Maverick Millionaire  (Trapped together on Mac’s private tropical retreat during a storm, Rory finally allows herself to think about that searing kiss they shared all those years ago…)
  • Pregnant by the Maverick Millionaire  (Matchmaker Brodie isn’t interested in a husband for herself, but she’s definitely up for a night of fun with Kade!  But when she falls pregnant, will his plan to raise their baby together develop into something more?)
  • Married to the Maverick Millionaire  (Cal needs a husband in name only, but her childhood friend Quinn is more interested in exploring the explosive chemistry between them…)

Joss has also released the first Men of Mercy novel, Inescapable, with the next book Undaunted due out next year:

Kai is reluctant to make Caswallawn Security’s headquarters in Mercy, Virginia, no matter what his partners say; he’s not interested in settling down in a kooky small town, but one look at Flick and he starts rethinking his stance…  Flick isn’t looking for a man, but she’s definitely interested in some fun!  One night of fun and they both put it behind them.

But then Kai has to return to Mercy when Sawyer’s called away, and soon he and Flick realise that they won’t be able to quench the fire they’ve started as easily as they though…

Joss Wood wrote her first book at the age of eight and has never really stopped. Her passion for putting black letters on a white screen is only matched by her love of books and traveling (especially to the wild places of Southern Africa) and, possibly, by her hatred of ironing and making school lunches.

Joss has a background in business and marketing. When she’s not writing or being a hands-on mom, Joss, fueled by coffee, works for a nonprofit organization to promote the local economic development and the collective business interests of the area where she resides. Her hobbies include coaching her young daughter’s field hockey team, meeting her friends for a before-work cappuccino and an after-work cup of tea, and reading, reading, reading. She is happiest with a rucksack on her back and an airplane ticket in her hand and has been fortunate enough to indulge her passion for travel by visiting many countries within Southern Africa, Europe and America.

Joss lives in a rural town in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, in an area surrounded by wild-game farms and stunning mountains. It is not unusual for her to see rhinoceroses and giraffes, antelope and zebras while driving to have tea with her mother in a neighboring town. Joss lives with her husband, son and daughter—and their pets—happily and chaotically, surrounded by books, family and friends.

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

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Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Avril Tremayne

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…

Avril Tremayne

Avril stormed onto the Modern Tempted scene, and into my sights with Here Comes the Bridesmaid, her entry into the So You Think You Can Write competition:

Can she make organising her friend’s wedding any harder?

Sunshine Smart has only got two months until the big day! She has to include the grouchy, surly best man Leo Quartermaine – a top chef and her complete opposite! Said best man is extremely handsome and sexy – and knows it! He has no interest in décor, flowers, clothes or shoes… but has an uninformed opinion on all four!

And just a few days in she’s already slept with him… rookie mistake…

Sunshine is bubbly and sweet and the perfect person to plan a wedding, though she wouldn’t be able to say the same for best man Leo!  But they’ve got sizzling chemistry and Leo doesn’t seem to be able to resist the aptly named Sunshine!

I also really love the fact that the wedding they’re planning is a same-sex marriage.  Tremayne doesn’t make this into a big deal, it just is, and I like that.  I think it’s handled well and is a brilliant way to challenge stereotypes and preconceptions of equal marriage!

Tremayne’s other Modern Tempted book is:

  • Turning the Good Girl Bad  (Max looks at his perfectly coiffed PA in a completely different light when he accidentally picks up the steamy romance novel that she’s been writing!  Will he be able to get her to shake loose and explores some of those fantasies with him?)

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

She wrote The Millionaire’s Proposition as part of the Sydney’s Most Eligible… quartet for Mills & Boon’s Modern imprint:

Divorce lawyer Kate really doesn’t have time for relationships, but when Scott proposes a month long fling, she sets out a contract for them both to sign!  But will she end up wanting to break her own rules?

She’s also been writing contemporary romances for Random House:

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  • Wanting Mr Wrong  (Evie’s never really been one for celebrities, so when she develops a crush on her best friend’s brother, Jackson, she goes in the opposite direction!  But Jackson’s determined not to let his movie star status put Evie off…)
  • Escaping Mr Right  (Rugby player Nick’s been head over heels for reporter Chloe since he first laid eyes on her, only she met his team mate  Marcus just moments later!  Will they be able to resist each other, and does Nick want to?)

Avril’s also releasing her first single title contemporary romance, Now You’re Mine, in January 2017:

 

Firstly, I adore this cover, particularly the way in which the smoke from the candle forms a sexy silhouette!

The novel itself follows journalist Jenna as she meets Kalan Al Talyani.  After one forgettable night in an exclusive holiday resort, she returns home to America, not expecting Kalan to follow her…  Will she dare to follow her imagination and desires wherever they’ll take her?

Avril has had a lucky life. Born into a big, chaotic, Italian/Irish family that was heavy on the laughs, if light on the money; she attended city and country universities, married a book-perfect hero, birthed a wonderful daughter, made friends all over the world. 

She’s had more than my fair share of jobs, some brilliant, not-so-brilliant – including but not limited to selling shoes (shoes are an obsession), short order cooking (food is another obsession), nursing (her Florence Nightingale complex) and teaching (that one was little scary), before settling into a globe-trotting career in aviation (which fed her biggest obsession –travel). 

The job she always wanted was ‘published author’, but it wasn’t until she came home to Sydney after a posting in the Middle East, that she could finally take a big enough breath to really try. 

She writes sexy, funny, modern romances, featuring strong, successful heroines who refuse to swoon, and heroes with enough alpha in them to make swooning a clear and present danger. Her hallmark is fast-paced, witty banter, which can tend toward the screwball, delivered with a strong emotional punch.

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

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Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Heidi Rice

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…

Heidi Rice

Heidi Rice is entirely to blame for my addiction to Modern Tempted books, from the very first that I picked up (in its RIVA incarnation) Cupcakes and Killer Heels:

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Ruby Delisantro is the queen of cupcakes and salsa 

She is in charge, with a great repertoire of quick retorts and snappy one-liners, and even sharper moves on the dance floor. And then Callum Westmore comes crashing into her life. One glance from those infuriatingly luscious bedroom eyes and she’s close to losing ­control.

Something tells her that Callum sees straight through the tough attitude to her soft-as-buttercream heart beneath. Is Ruby in danger of falling for him and – worse still – of liking it?

This is the perfect example of why I loved the Modern Tempted line.  Ruby is smart and sassy, she’s got a good career and she gives as good as she gets when she meets Callum.  And Rice’s voice shines through.

This is witty and clever and kind hearted – everything I want from a romance.  Additionally, it’s got outstanding character development, which is emphasised through the conflict and also through the secondary characters.  Adored it, and it’s no wonder that I was hooked from then on!

Rice’s other Modern Tempted books include:

  • The Good, the Bad and the Wild  (Nick is renowned for both his scripts and his bad boy ways…but when he meets quiet, shy Eva, he can’t get her out of his mind!)
  • On the First Night of Christmas  (When Cassie decides to let her hair down, she decides that Jace would be the perfect Christmas fling!  Only, what will happen once she’s unwrapped him?)
  • Maid of Dishonour  (It’s been years since the night that Gina slept with her best friend’s brother, but when they meet at a wedding, she can’t help but be drawn to Carter once more…)
  • Beach Bar Baby  (Coop never flirts with tourists, let alone anything else, but when he meets sweet Ella, he can’t get her out of his head!  Only when he visits her after her holiday is over, he finds her much curvier than he expected!)

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

She wrote a duet for Cosmopolitan’s Red-Hot Reads series with Mills & Boon:

  • 10 Ways to Handle the Best Man  (Sabrina’s the maid of honour for her best friend’s wedding, and she’s got the to-do lists and spreadsheets to prove it!  But best man Connor’s intent on loosening her up…)
  • 10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date  (Tally’s been having the worst spate of first dates, and she’s been tweeting all about them to her sizeable following!  But when she sleeps with #EpicHotLover Brent, how will she disentangle herself from her social media nightmare?)

She’s also written two contemporary romances for Tule Publishing:

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  • Tempting the Knight  (In this rewriting of Rapunzel, Zelda is the ultimate wild child!  But when she finds herself in a police station, she turns toTyrone Sullivan, her schoolfriend’s older brother.  He agrees to bail her out and let her stay, as long as she doesn’t stick around forever…)
  • Daring the Bad Boy  (Both Rosie and Caleb are allergic to Valentine’s Day, so when they hook-up in an attempt to avoid the saccharine holiday, they couldn’t expect to become close!)

Heidi’s also published her first single title contemporary romance, So Now You’re Back:

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Halle is the perfect television baker, and she’s incredibly proud of everything she’s done since her ex walked out on her and her two year old daughter Lizzie all those years ago.  Only now he’s a famous journalist and is planning on writing a tell-all book!  In So Now You’re Back, she hightails it across the globe in an attempt to persuade him to keep their private life private!

It also focuses on her teenage daughter Lizzie, and her blossoming romance with her ten year-old brother’s au pair Trey; something that I thought was as gorgeously written as the main romance!

She’s also got a book being published with Mills & Boon’s Modern imprint, Vows They Can’t Escape, which is due out in January 2017 (and having had an advance copy, I can definitely recommend!):

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Xanthe can’t believe that she’s actually still married to her ex, and she’s determined to put that to rights before he realises that he can take half of her business!  Dane’s just as shocked as Xanthe when she walks back into his life tells him that she wants a divorce, but soon they’ll both realise that they’ve been hiding secrets from each other for all these years…

Author Heidi Rice’s first love was watching movies so, not surprisingly, her first proper job was as a film journalist. But after spending years sneaking off to read romantic fiction when she was being paid to watch some crappy B-movie or other, she decided to try writing a novel of her own.

After several false starts, her first book, Bedded by a Bad Boy, was published by Harlequin Mills & Boon in 2007 (try telling that title to your mother with a straight face!). Nine years and 23 published novels, novellas and short stories later, and she has nabbed a couple of RITA nominations, had her work translated into over twenty languages, become a USA Today bestseller and sold almost two million copies of her books worldwide. In 2016, she’s particularly excited about the release of her first full-length women’s fiction novel with Harlequin Mira UK, So Now You’re Back and the fact her books now have titles people don’t laugh at unless they’re meant to.

As you can probably tell, she loves her job, because it involves sitting down at her computer each day and getting swept up in a world of high emotions, sensual excitement, funny flawed women, sexy tortured men and glamourous locations where laundry doesn’t exist.

She lives in London with her husband and two sons, and lots of other gorgeous men who are entirely in her imagination (unlike the laundry, unfortunately).

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

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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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Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted? A Spotlight on…Charlotte Phillips

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…

Charlotte Phillips

Not all women are confident when it comes to dating and relationships, and Charlotte Phillips shows this perfectly in All Bets Are On:

Ask Alice Ford to shine in the boardroom and it’s a done deal. Ask her to go on a first date, however, and she’s a quivering mess! So, discovering that she’s the target of an office bet? To get her into bed? It’s her professional nightmare!

Office legend Harry Stephens is her unlikely saviour. He even volunteers to teach her just how to avoid a heartbreaker. After all, it takes one to know one… But what is Harry really after?

And when his kisses throw a curve ball into the situation, is Alice ready to gamble everything for love?

Alice is amazing at her job, but she gets terribly nervous and scared on first dates and when it comes to relationships.  So when she discovers that she’s the target of an office bet, she’s absolutely gutted, but she decides to try and use the office lothario in order to boost her confidence.

I think what makes this really different, is that Harry is actually part of the bet to try and get Alice into bed, but I was delighted to see that Philllips makes him relatable despite this!  We come to understand his history of relationships, and I love the fact that Alice brings out a different side to him.

Phillips’ other Modern Tempted books include:

  • Secrets of the Rich & Famous  (Jen’s trying to infiltrate the Chelsea elite for her next article, but when she meets film director Alex, will she find herself faking it less and less…?)
  • The Proposal Plan  (Gabriel’s not entirely certain how he’s managed to be roped into helping Lucy proposal to her boyfriend, but he definitely wishes that she was proposing to him!)
  • Sleeping with the Soldier  (Lara’s fed up of the guy living above her keeping her up all night with his nocturnal activities, but she can’t help but be attracted to him!  Alex hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since he returned from active duty, but will he be able to hide this fact from Lara?)
  • Man vs. Socialite  (Take one bad-boy ex-soldier,  mix with a socialite fashionista, and pop them in front of some television cameras…and watch the sparks fly!)

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

She’s just finished the Do Not Disturb series, set in the Lavington hotel:

do-not-disturb

  • Your Room or Mine?  (Izzy’s treating herself to a weekend away at a gorgeous boutique hotel – it’s the least she deserves after having put up with her cheating ex!  So when she has a one night stand with a gorgeous stranger, will it be a holiday fling only?)
  • Did Someone Order Room Service?  (Tennis Pro Matt has a bit of a reputation for being a playboy, and he’s more than met his match in sensible hotel employee Layla…)
  • Kiss Me on This Cold December Night  (The last person Ella expects to see when she checks into her hotel for the weekend, is Tom Henley, the guy whose room she slipped out of after the most incredible night five years ago.  But Tom’s delighted to see her, and doesn’t want to let her slip away again!)
  • Access All Areas  (When Head of Security, Joe, catches photographer Anna trying to take some photos of celebrity guests, he has to step in.  But will he want to let her go?)
  • Meet Me at the Honeymoon Suite  (Amy can’t believe that her first wedding as wedding planner at The Lavington has her ex-boyfriend as the groom!  And then she goes and sleeps with best man Owen, but Owen seems to be the perfect distraction…)

Charlotte’s writing career so far has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, during which she’s made masses of head-crashing-on-desk mistakes and also learned tons, and she’s documented the whole journey in her blog (should anyone be crazy enough to want to read it).

Her writing is fuelled by lots of coffee and years of daydreaming during her past life in a string of office jobs. She lives in Wiltshire, England, where she squashes her writing in between looking after two teenagers, a six year old, a dachshund with an attitude (see below), and an amazing husband who doesn’t notice that the housework is never done. She also has a bit of an addiction to American TV shows and social media and really it’s a miracle she gets anything done at all.

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