Rice, Heidi, Pleasure, Pregnancy and a Proposition

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Rice, Heidi, Pleasure, Pregnancy and a Proposition,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2008).

Title:  Pleasure, Pregnancy and a Proposition

Author:  Heidi Rice

Imprint:  Modern Heat

Issues:  Parenthood

Blurb:

Kidnapped and forced to admit…she’s pregnant!

Sexy millionaire aristocrat Luke Devereaux showed up at Louisa’s office, marched her to a doctor and demanded she take a pregnancy test! Much to her complete shock and horror, it was positive!

Nearly three months before, Luke had shown Louisa a night of pleasure she could never have imagined…and which would never be repeated. But the dramatic consequences meant Luke was now demanding marriage – and his proposition came with a tantalizing promise: more nights of unbelievable pleasure…

Dear Reader,

There are a few magic moments in everyone’s life that they know they’ll remember for ever.  For me, two of my most magical moments happened in the ultrasound suite at UCH hospital in London, when my husband and I saw our two sons for the first time.

A few months ago my boys and I were looking at their yellowing ultrasound photos and I had one of those ‘What if?’ moments a writer dreams of.  What if you were having that magical ultrasound moment, meeting that precious little scrap of humanity growing inside you for the first time, and you hadn’t even realised you were pregnant?  And what if the father of your precious scrap was sitting beside you, looking handsome and devastatingly sexy, but you hardly knew him – and what you did know you didn’t like?

So I had a great starting-off point for my story, but I knew my heroine would have to be someone really special to survive the emotional rollercoaster she was going to have to ride to her happy-ever-after.  One woman instantly sprang to mind.  When I wrote my second book, The Mile-High Club, the heroine’s best friend Louisa kept butting into the story.  Flirty, funny, reckless, romantic, beautiful, and with a wicked sense of humour, Louisa was brave enough to cling on during all the swoops and bumps – and big-hearted enough to forge them into something wonderful to boot.

All that was left to do was find a hero man enough to take that wild ride with Louisa – and Luke Devereaux stepped up to the plate.  I hope you take as much pleasure in reading about how they battled their way to true love.

If you want to tell me about your magic moments, or even tell me what you think of Louisa and Luke’s story, I’d love to hear from you.  Visit my website at www.heidi-rice.com or email me on heidi@heidi-rice.com

Cheers

Heidi x

Hunter, Kelly, Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy

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Hunter, Kelly, Revealed:  A Prince and a Pregnancy (Hot Bed of Scandal, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).

Title:  Revealed:  A Prince and a Pregnancy (Hot Bed of Scandal, Book 2)

Author:  Kelly Hunter

Imprint:  Modern Heat

Issues:  Parenthood

Blurb:

When pampered heiress Simone Duvalier sashays back into Rafael Alexander’s life, Rafe can’t wait for her to head back to France where she belongs and leave him to his empire-building in Australia. He’d believed in her once but not any more. Loved her once too but those days were over. All that remained were unwanted memories and a compulsion to bed her that he would not surrender too.

Simone has never forgotten Rafael, the housekeeper’s unloved, unwanted, fiercely ambitious son, or the hold he once had on her heart. Making amends isn’t easy. Gaining his trust is next to impossible, but she is making headway.

Until a princely secret threatens to destroy his fragile trust in her forever…

Dear Reader

In my last book, Exposed:  Misbehaving with the Magnate, I wrote Gabrielle and Lucien’s story, and fought hard to keep Gabrielle’s brother Rafael off the page.  Not because he was bad, but because if I’d given him any leeway whatsoever he’d have dominated the story and captured my heart – and I couldn’t have that.  It wasn’t his story.

In Revealed:  A Prince and a Pregnancy Rafe’s been allowed full rein – and reign he does.  Emerging from a cold and traumatic childhood, Rafael is an enigmatic, driven man with a clear moral compass, a closely guarded heart, and a steely determination to protect those few people he loves.

The last person he wants to see at his sister’s wedding is bridesmaid Simone Duvalier, who witnessed so much of his childhood humiliation and broke his heart as a young man.  But Simone brings acceptance and understanding with her, along with revelations guaranteed to turn Rafael’s world upside down.

Simone and I gave Rafael a very hard time.  There’s no denying that.  We shattered his present.  We forced him to re-examine his past.  We forced upon him a future he wasn’t ready for.  But we also lost our hearts to him in the process, and I hope you will too.

Warm wishes,

Kelly Hunter

Rice, Heidi, The Tycoon’s Very Personal Assistant

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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

Blurb:

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…

Dear Reader,

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

Cheers

Heidi x

Rice, Heidi, Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger

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Rice, Heidi, Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger (Brothers & Sisters, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2010).

Title:  Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger (Brothers & Sisters, Book 1)

Author:  Heidi Rice

Imprint:  Modern Heat

Issues:   Impotence; Injury

Blurb:

Honed, handsome, and needing the kiss of life!

Millionaire entrepreneur Ryan King is mortified: he’s just been pulled from the ocean by a pretty female lifeguard! Why, after months recovering from a horrific motorbike accident, did he get back on his surfboard? For the same reason he wants a hot, wild woman back in his bed – to prove he’s the same man he was before…

Maddy is shocked to find that this half-drowned, totally gorgeous surfer has her body humming! She always ends up getting used – maybe this time it’s her turn to do the using? It’s the short, sizzling affair they both need – until their dangerously addictive liaison careers out of control.

 

Rice, Heidi, Public Affair, Secretly Expecting

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Rice, Heidi, Public Affair, Secretly Expecting (Brody Brothers, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited, 2009).

Title:  Public Affair, Secretly Expecting (Brody Brothers, Book 2)

Author:  Heidi Rice

Imprint:  Modern Heat

Issues:   Estrangement; Foster Care

Blurb:

The shop assistant and the superstar…

Mac Brody’s Hollywood life is far removed from his turbulent youth — and that’s how he likes it. The legendary bad boy refuses to be judged by Juno Delamare for declining his brother’s wedding invitation …

… and a scorching L.A. affair!

But he can’t get feisty Juno out of his head! So he goes to the wedding — to strip away her defences and her sexy bridesmaid dress. When their steamy night hits the headlines, Mac sweeps Juno away for a two-week affair … Soon Juno realizes she has more than memories to hold dear!

Dear Reader,

I love it when I’m in the process of writing a book and a secondary character yells, ‘Hey, what about me?  Don’t I deserve a story of my own?’  So I was chuffed to bits when Juno Delamare did exactly that as I was writing her best mate Daisy’s story in Hot-Shot Tycoon, Indecent Proposal.

At the time, Juno didn’t even have a second name; she was just Daisy’s cautious, earnest, tomboy friend.  Juno had been hurt badly once, and it had made her prickly and pessimistic and extremely wary of good-looking men.  But her honesty, her fortitude and her emotional integrity instantly engaged me.  And so, as Daisy’s story unfolded, Juno began to insist I find her a man of her own who could coax her out of her cocoon.

Then, lo and behold, Connor Brody-Daisy’s hero-mentioned he had a long-lost brother.  Now, while at first this seemed a remarkably lucky coincidence, I quickly realised Juno had not had a man as dangerous as Mac Brody in mind when she had asked me to find her one true love.  Would she be able to cope with this brooding Irish bad-boy-turned-Hollywood-star who had sealed off his heart at an early age and seduced women only to discard them the instant things got serious?  And then I thought, What the hell?  I’m the author here-not her.  I’ll chuck Juno in at the deep end and see if she floats.

I hope you get the same kick out of watching her-and indeed Mac-struggle to survive the emotional tidal wave that promptly knocks them both flat.  Feel free to let me know on heidi@heidi-rice.com

Cheers

Heidi