Please join us in welcoming today’s Guest Chef, Beverely Kendall, as she interviews the hero from her latest novella, All’s Fair in Love and Seduction.
For Miss Elizabeth Smith, sharing her first kiss with the charming Lord Derek Creswell is nothing short of a dream come true…that is, until she is spotted by one of the most influential gossips of the ton. With scandal nipping at her heels, to avoid total social ruin, Elizabeth must present a fiancé by the end of the Season. But when the viscount proves reluctant, Elizabeth is forced to employ a seduction of a different sort…
He is determined to ruin her
Viscount Derek Creswell believes Elizabeth set out to trap him into marriage. After all, her sister attempted the very same thing with his brother six years before. Now the delectable Miss Smith expects a betrothal and a ring, while Derek finds her ruination infinitely more appealing…
But as Derek sets out to seduce only her body, Elizabeth is intent on claiming his jaded heart.
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Today, I’m sitting down with Lord Derek Creswell, my hero of All’s Fair in Love & Seduction. What’s become apparent to me over the course of this book is that Derek has trust issues. Sure, they’re probably considered normal for a man in his particular circumstance, but nonetheless, I believe they need to be explored so we can better understand him and he can better understand his true feelings for Elizabeth Smith.
Me: Derek, anyone with eyes can see that you are attracted to Elizabeth and since you are the one who ‘compromised’ her, why you are so reluctant to do the right thing by her. Why are you running?
Derek (affronted): I believe the term ‘running’ is a slight exaggeration. Yes, I readily admit that she is quite beautiful and holds a certain physical attraction to me—
Me (interrupting): Only physical?
Derek (looking slightly uncomfortable, clears his throat): Yes, only physical. How could it be anything else for a woman who not only tried to trap me into marriage but continues to lie to me?
Me: She’s lying to you? About what?
Derek: Don’t pretend you don’t know. You wrote the book. She’s lying about who she is.
Me: And who is she claiming to be and who is she really?
Derek (gives me a sharp look): She claims to be Miss Elizabeth Smith but she’s really—
Me (interrupting again): Miss Elizabeth Smith.
Derek (narrowing his gaze): You know what I mean. She’s a member of that family. She’s related to that woman who almost ruined my brother’s life.
Me (chastising): You hold her responsible for what happened between your brother and her sister six years ago?
Derek (staring at me, his expression inscrutable.): I condemn her because she’s trying to do the same to me.
Me: And if she is in fact guilty of this, what do you intend to do?
Derek (angles his head slightly toward me and is silent for long moments): I intend to make sure she gets exactly what she deserves.
Me: And what is that?
Derek: I will ruin her for real.
Me (aside to the audience): The only person who will be ruined is Derek—for any other women but Elizabeth. Men must always learn this the hard way.
Obviously, Derek, like many heroes, is a man in deep denial of his true feelings. But he will learn. What about you? Do you like a hero who fights his feelings or is pretty transparent throughout the book? Comment and enter to win a $15 eGift Card and a Grand Prize entry for the December 17th drawing for an iPad 2.
Beverley Kendall has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in Georgia with her young son. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. Readers can visit her at: www.beverleykendall.com, follow her on twitter: @beverleykendall, friend her on Facebook or on her review site and blog www.TheSeasonForRomance.com