Mills & Boon, Romance, Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted?

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.

Mills & Boon, Romance, Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted?

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.

Mills & Boon, Romance, Whatever Happened to Modern Tempted?

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.