Rice, Heidi, The Tycoon’s Very Personal Assistant, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2008).
Title: The Tycoon’s Very Personal Assistant
Author: Heidi Rice
Imprint: Modern Heat
Issues: Child Abandonment; Gambling
It was mortifying!
How had Kate ended up in hotel tycoon Zack Boudreaux’s office in nothing but her underwear? Zack appeared to assume the worst and Kate could hardly blame him. But she had no clothes, passport or plane ticket home. She would have to hope Zack could help her….And he did. First with a bathrobe, and then with a job. She’d be at his beck and call as his very personal assistant…
With Mills & Boon celebrating their centenary this year, I wanted a really special love story for my first book of 2008. While it didn’t take me quite 100 years to create Zack and Kate’s story, it seems the two of them have been waiting to have their story told for almost as long.
It all began four and a half years ago, when my best mate Catri and I were on one of our biannual road trips to America. We were staying at the fabulous Flamingo Hotel in Vegas when I got the inspiration for Zack Boudreaux. A gorgeous ex-gambler turned hotel tycoon, Zack was a guy who knew something was missing from his life, only he didn’t know what-and it was frustrating the hell out of him. Unfortunately, it frustrated the hell out of me, trying to think up a heroine for Zack, so he got left to brood alone for several years.
Then last year Catri and I started planning a trip to California, and I discovered Big Sur. Its raw, timeless, elemental beauty captivated me, and had Kate Denton popping into my head. Smart, sassy, impulsive and fiercely independent, she was the perfect woman to captivate Zack, show him what he was missing-and then drive him nuts while he tried to grab hold of it.
After finally finishing Zack and Kate’s story, I went to Big Sur and watched the sun set over the Pacific. It lived up to all my expectations. I hope this story does the same for you-and helps to keep Mills & Boon’s torch burning bright into their next century.
I love to hear from readers, so if you want to chat about Big Sur, or Vegas, or even my latest book, you can contact me through my website at www.heidi-rice.com