- Ellora's Cave
- Release Date
- January 2014
- Book 2 of Heart's Temptation
Book two in the Heart's Temptation series.
Lady Arabella de Vere's matchmaking mother has vowed to win her a duke. But Bella secretly yearns for her brother's enigmatic American friend, Mr. Jesse Whitney, even if he's determined to treat her as nothing more than a younger sister.
A Confederate veteran adrift since the end of the Civil War, Jesse's been through the fires of hell and back. He knows he should stay away from Bella, but she sees past his façade to the wounded soldier within, and he's sorely tempted to take what can never be his.
One stolen kiss in the gardens turns into a wild passion neither can resist, despite the risks for both of them. When Jesse's past rips him away from Bella with devastating consequences, he must win back her love before he loses her forever.
BOOK INTERVIEW on February 2014
Hi Scarlett, welcome to The Romance Reviews! REBEL LOVE sounds interesting. Can't wait to hear all about it!
Q: REBEL LOVE is the second in the Heart's Temptation series. What's your inspiration for this series? What common element holds the series together? What is this series about?
This series was inspired by a book I found years ago at a library sale. I read it and became hooked on the late 19th century--it was an age of tremendous change, fascinating people and beautiful fashion. I knew I had to write a series set in that time period, and that's how Heart's Temptation was born. The common element that holds the series together is the characters. Their lives are all intertwined in one way or another. The series is about following the heart, even when it seems impossible.
Q: What's your inspiration for REBEL LOVE?
I've always been interested in the Civil War, but I'm also intrigued by what came after the war--how the country and its people were forever changed. I came up with the idea of bringing the Civil War--in a sense--to Victorian England, and when Confederate veteran Jesse Whitney popped onto the scene in A Mad Passion, I knew he had to have his own book.
Q: What is it about history or historical romance that draws you?
I love the way historical romance transports the reader to another time and place, immersing her completely in the past. No other romance genre is quite like it.
Q: What kind of research did you have to do to write this story? Please share an interesting fact that you unearthed in the course of your research.
I researched every aspect of this story, from dresses and undergarments to literature of the day to the antebellum South and post-traumatic stress disorder and so much more. During the course of researching country houses, I discovered that one of the most prominent houses of the time employed over 40 staff beneath the head gardener alone, a fact I borrowed for the host and hostess of the country house party in REBEL LOVE.
Q: Who is Lady Arabella de Vere? What kind of woman is she?
Bella is the sister of the Marquis of Thornton, the hero in A Mad Passion. She has a good heart and is equally feisty and smart. She adores books, and she isn't afraid to defy convention or society in pursuit of what she wants.
Q: What is it about Jesse that draws her in a way that a possible marriage to a duke doesn't?
She's always been drawn to Jesse, having had a secret crush on him. There's something about him and the wounded soldier within him that she can't resist.
Q: Please tell us about Jesse Whitney. As an American, what is he doing in England? What makes him a worthy hero for Arabella?
Jesse is in England visiting his friend the Marquis of Thornton, Bella's brother. The two share business ventures, and Jesse hasn't called any place home since the war's end. He's a worthy hero for Bella because he's overcome incredible obstacles to get to where he is. And he loves her desperately, even if it takes him some time to realize it.
Q: What was their first meeting like?
Their very first meeting actually happens before the book takes place. Since Jesse is an old friend of Bella's brother, she's known him and admired him from afar for years. The first time she meets him, she's reading a book in the library and hides her spectacles under her bottom. He teases her about it later, wondering if her spectacles met a bloody end beneath her bustle.
Q: LOL What about the most romantic thing Jesse did for Arabella?
Bella is a voracious reader, so when Jesse offers her a volume of poetry by Robert Browning, I think it's an especially romantic gesture. Here's an excerpt:
A hesitant smile reappeared on his lips. "I've read it often over the past few days. It's long been a favorite of mine, but something made me seek it out again."
He was exceptionally handsome this morning. Her heart hurt just looking at him. Perhaps she was foolish to think his cryptic words possessed a hidden lining like the book pockets she'd sewn into her dresses. Had she learned nothing from his repeated rejections of her?
It would seem she had not for she couldn't keep herself from asking him the question gnawing at her. "What has renewed your interest?"
He startled her again by reaching up to touch a curled tendril of hair that had intentionally been left out of her coiffure. "You," he said simply.
Q: How romantic! In your opinion, what is the most romantic scene in the book?
For me, one of the most romantic scenes in the book is when Bella and Jesse meet up in the moonlit gardens during a masque ball. There's something about that night that changes everything for them.
Q: What was your favourite scene? Why?
I love the scene where Jesse and Bella literally run into each other at Wilton House. The tension between them is simmering, and they're both on the edge of scandal.
Q: What scene in this book was most difficult to write, either because of its emotional intensity or level of technical difficulty?
One of my favorite scenes, but also one of the most difficult to write, was Jesse arriving back in Virginia for the first time since the war and confronting his past. It's such an important part of who he is, even if it was an incredibly draining scene for me.
Q: Which character in the series (so far) was the hardest to write? Why?
Jesse was very difficult to write, and he's arguably one of the most complex heroes I've ever written. His past is laden with scars, both emotional and physical, and REBEL LOVE is about his journey to healing those scars with Bella at his side.
Q: What's up next in the series? Please give us a sneak peek.
Up next in the series is Book 3, Reckless Need. It's the story of Tia, who appears in A Mad Passion and Rebel Love both—she's the sister of Cleo and friend to Bella—and the Duke of Devonshire, who also appears in Rebel Love.
Q: We can't wait! What's up next for you?
My next contemporary release, Loved Up, will be available in February. In the meantime, I'm putting the finishing touches on Reckless Need, which should be available in spring 2014 or early summer.
Thanks a lot, Scarlett, for this peek into REBEL LOVE. The series sound awesome and not to be missed!
Award-winning author Scarlett Scott writes contemporary and historical romance with heat, heart and happily ever afters. Having graduated from swiping her older sister's romance novels to read in secret, she now crafts love stories of her own with a good dose of sizzle and an equal amount of humor. She lives in the Pennsylvania countryside with her Canadian husband and is a proud mom to their adorable but occasionally evil dog with a penchant for eating everything he shouldn't.
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