Take one arrogant Spanish banking and property billionaire, dress him up in smelly rubber boots, then splatter him with manure when he’s not looking. Then acquire one English farmer’s daughter, make her over with designer clothes and jewels before throwing her to a pack of camera-brandishing paparazzi in Ibiza town. Yeah, why not …?
One of the great pleasures of being an author is making things up as you go along and having some fun with your characters. Certain themes or tropes in a romance also add a certain spice to the mischief making – take different worlds or a fish out of water theme as a starting point and you have a perfect way to get the hero and heroine sparking off each other nicely from the very start of the book. Fun, huh? I think so, and then I can make their developing relationship still more explosive by upping the stakes and conflicts even more.
If the hero and heroine come from completely different worlds, they’re going to have natural obstacles to overcome when I throw them together. There’s rich potential for misunderstandings and distrust. There may be a language barrier. Society itself may even decree that these two people can’t be together, and yet somehow they must have a happy ending all of their own because it’s a romance novel. It’s my job to make that happen, whatever it takes, and I just love being able to do that day after day.
In The Spanish Billionaire’s Hired Bride I tried to push billionaire playboy Ricardo to the limits of his endurance and patience with his sham bride, Helen. She makes him do things he would never dream of doing normally, like eating a messy paper-wrapped kebab in the street and other much naughtier things …
Want to know exactly what Helen and Ricardo get up to? Well, here’s your chance: one lucky commenter will win a free eBook copy of The Spanish Billionaire’s Hired Bride on Monday November 5th. All you have to do is to put a ‘fish out of water’ for me by the end of Sunday 4th November. Give me a hero or heroine and make life difficult for them. For example: ‘Diamond merchant millionaire, Aristotle, is forced to wear flip-flops and catch a bus to an important meeting.’ Why, how or when, it doesn’t matter – the comment that makes me laugh the most wins. Easy! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
He bought her with cold, hard cash, but can she stop him from stealing her heart?
Blackmailed to marry against his will, Ricardo Almanza needs a wife before he’s thirty, and time is running out. A notorious playboy, marriage is the last thing he wants, but his stepmother’s sexy, debt-ridden personal assistant is the perfect solution. He makes her a business deal she can’t refuse—one million euros for three months as his wife. He might even enjoy being married to her … if she doesn’t kick the crap out of him again.
Helen Marshall can’t believe she’s considering Almanza’s outrageous proposal, but she must help clear her parents’ debts or they face financial ruin. The small print on the marriage contract changes to read three months as his wife in every way—including in the bedroom. Has she gotten in too deep, or will she need a new contract addendum, extending their marriage forever?