Two men, one is her lover, the other, her husband of convenience. Whom will she choose?

Mollie Belloc is a student at Oxford, who is dating someone in secret. When her mysterious lover comes up with an elaborate plan for her to marry wealthy Zac Sorensen for money, in exchange for helping him win the approval of the Board of Directors of his father’s business, she refuses.

However, the manipulative lover finally convinces her to relent.

Mollie proposes the plan to Zac, to become his hired wife for three years, and he accepts; believing it is entirely her idea.

What they hadn’t counted on, was falling in love. And what they didn’t know, the manipulative man has a much darker plan in mind for Zac.

Publisher’s note: This contemporary romance contains sexual scenes and a theme of power exchange.

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Author Interview

Do you have an all-time favourite novel?

I have a few favourite novels that I reread every so often, when the mood takes me. One in particular:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The novel begins with one of its most quoted lines: ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ 

The novel is a great classic of literature published in 1878. It deals with themes of betrayal, fidelity, adultery, desire, jealousy, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, rural versus city life. 

Not forgetting key train scenes!

The plot centres on a married woman, Anna Karenina, and her affair with the dashing cavalry officer Count Alexei Vronsky. This passionate romance scandalises St Petersburg’s influential society, and forces the lovers to flee to Italy in a fruitless attempt to search for happiness. Anna pays a top price for the pursuit of love with Count Vronsky, with ultimately tragic consequences.

This novel evokes all sort of emotions in me. I love it. Fabulous!

Who are some of your favourite authors?

I have several favourite authors but to mention a few: 

  • Leo Tolstoy with his epic novels: Anna Karenina and War and Peace.
  • Daphne du Maurier with her suspense novels: Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Jamaica In and The Scapegoat, my preferred ones, but I love all of them.
  • Henry James: his prose is often complex but his stories are so modern even over a century later.

What genres do you write in?

I write romance novels with a twist of suspense, spicy and sexy in the midst. I love strong heroines with complex relationships with their alpha heroes; I like when sparks fly between them.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee! Though I have the occasional mug of tea. I love a good cup of coffee, in particular when there is a slice of cheesecake to go with it.

It keeps me going when I write.

Do you prefer libraries or bookstores?

Bookstores! 

I used to spend a lot of time in the library when I was younger, so I associate libraries more with studies than reading for pleasure. I know this is not the case… but habits die hard.

My local bookstore is always welcoming, it has an amazing selection of books, and expert advice on new releases. The staff cannot do enough for you. I love looking through the shelves. I enjoy the thrill of buying a new book and keep it forever! 

Five Fun Facts

  • I enjoy baking and my delicious baked ricotta cheesecake is legendary!
  • I love pizza! My favourite is with gorgonzola and pears. I could eat it every day!
  • My favourite colour is pink. Anything pink, I like by default.
  • I like music and I play the piano, but I cannot sing a note to save my life! 
  • My favourite place in the universe is Lake Como in Italy. There is something so special about this enormous lake set at the foothills of the Italian Alpes. A magical place that inspires me. 

Excerpt

“Do you mind if I dance with my fiancée?” Zac asked with a hand on the young man’s shoulders, suddenly appearing at her side, thus interrupting her dancing in the middle of the ballroom.

“No. Of course, not,” the young lad responded, but a flush crept up on the officer’s neck. Then, he kissed Mollie’s hand and left them with a swift bow of his head.

That evening, Zac had attempted to smile. But Mollie sensed it looked more like a scowl when he took over the dancing.

“Were you enjoying the young man?” Zac asked her in a whisper close to her ear. His arm circled her waist and pulled her close to him, while they started moving to the rhythm of the music.

“Oh?” She squared her shoulders when his words hit home. She shifted from one foot to the other, missing her dancing step.

“Were you?” he repeated, dead calm and tightening his arm around her waist.

“We just danced. Kurt is a good dancer,” Mollie mumbled.

“Kurt? Kurt, is he?” he asked but went on, “I bet he is, but if you dance with him one more time, I’ll spank your sweet little ass.” He’d whispered the peremptory words with a rawness in his voice that left her no doubt about his command.

No more dancing with Kurt.

A shiver ran through her.

It took her by surprise. She was not expecting him to be possessive, since it was all a pretence, a fake relationship. She stared at him with wide eyes. But he gave her a roguish smile and leaned forward and kissed her. A public kiss for the cameras. She couldn’t avoid it. But she kissed him back. With his possessive words still ringing in her ear, and his kiss ravaging her mouth, she felt a warmth engulfing her in a way that she felt weak at the knees.

That surprising evening had stayed in her mind.

On one hand, Zac’s possessiveness pleased her no end. On the other, he made it clear he didn’t like to share her, pretend romance or not. His words made her belly flutter, a tiny bolt struck at her core. She felt wanted, desired.

And she liked the emotion.

The complete opposite of my ex-lover, who, on the contrary, has been lax and casual towards me. Shame on him, the weasel! Her ex had no qualms sharing her with another man. Blasted man! She concluded her ex-lover was a bastard, a scoundrel, a brute.

But she couldn’t share that sentiment with anyone. At least, not yet! Not for now. It had to remain her secret!