Hunter, Kelly, Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate (Hot Bed of Scandal, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).
Title: Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate (Hot Bed of Scandal, Book 1)
Author: Kelly Hunter
Imprint: Presents (Modern)
Issues: Bereavement; Emotional Abuse
Seven years ago Gabrielle was the housekeeper’s daughter, and Luc Duvalier, as the heir to a vast fortune, was forbidden! One hot kiss got Gaby banished, but she’s returned home determined to face Luc as an equal – in every way!
The heat between them is all-consuming, and they both know it is only a matter of time before they give in – despite the scandal this will cause. But this maverick magnate doesn’t care – he aims to keep Gaby so busy that she never leaves again!
I found the setting for this story on my way back from the Netherlands to France via the back roads. The history of this part of Europe captivated me: the castles and the caves, the churches and the cafés…My stepsisters, born and raised in this part of the world, delighted in bringing the cultural details alive for me. I had my setting. I had my characters. I had a smart, sophisticated tale of true love all lined up.
I never dreamed that when I returned to Australia and finally began to write out would pour a simple coming home story. Oh, I love coming home stories-don’t get me wrong, Barbara Samuel’s superbly written No Place Like Home saw to that. But where was my smart, sophisticated tale, rich in all those cultural details I’d collected? Could it really be that the most joyous moment of a fascinating trip came at the very end, when I walked through the doorway of my home and into the arms of my family?
Yes. Yes, it could.
Write what you know. I’ve heard that before. Not always practical when writing about heiresses and princes and billionaire tycoons. Not always practical when your childhood was wonderfully ordinary and life is better than fine. Sometimes what you know simply isn’t enough, and you have to imagine the rest. I imagined plenty when it came to writing this story, but there was one truth I clung to-one vivid and powerful emotion that made this story real for me. I wanted my heroine to find her way home.