Landon, Juliet, The Rake’s Unconventional Mistress (Ladies of Paradise Roade, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).
Title: The Rake’s Unconventional Mistress (Ladies of Paradise Roade, Book 3)
Author: Juliet Landon
Issues: Class Differences; Gendered Expectations (Women)
Miss Letitia Boyce didn’t begrudge her sisters their fun with the pick of London’s available bachelors. She’d chosen her path and knew book-learning and marriage rarely mixed. Her proof was Lord Seton Rayne, who had made it abundantly clear that an unmarried schoolma’am was of no interest to him–no matter her good connections.
Wealthy and titled, one of the most notorious rakehells in town, Seton had every heiress hurling herself at him. So his sudden kissing of captivating, unconventional Letitia took them both by surprise…
If you take a peep at the first pages of any Mills & Boon book you’ll see (perhaps with a smile) that the address in England really is medieval palace stood beside the River Thames. So I made this romantic address the setting for my Regency trilogy, of which this story is the third part, because I felt such an appropriate name ought to be celebrated for the 100th Anniversary. There is, in fact, a previous story – One Night in Paradise – concerning the distant ancestors of my Regency characters, set in Elizabethan times when the palace was still in use.
What do my Mills & Boon editors think about my using their address for such a romantic purpose? Well, I know that if I were to set a story around the royal manor of Shene (the original name for Richmond) in Anglo-Saxon times, they’d be as enthusiastic about the eleventh century as they have been about all the other periods. They are, of course, as unashamedly romantic and imaginative as their writers and readers – just one of the reasons why working with them is such a joy.
Happy Anniversary, Mills & Boon!