Romance author Rachel Brimble is in suspense over how readers will react to her switch to mainstream romance.
What Belongs To Her is the third book in my Harlequin Super-romance series. The books are set in the fictional seaside town of Templeton Cove. I’m thrilled with how the first two books have been received but it is with trepidation that I await readers and reviewers’ feedback for this book.
Why? Well the first two were romantic suspense and What Belongs To Her is mainstream romance. Will readers enjoy it just as much as Finding Justice and A Man Like Him? I hope so! Will they open the book expecting murder/abduction/danger? Possibly … but I hope I have added enough tension along the way to keep them hooked without an actual crime taking place.
It wasn’t a conscious decision that I wrote two romantic suspense novels and then two mainstream romances (book 4 is a Christmas 2014 release) in the series, but more that there is only so much criminality that occurs in such a small and glorious town as Templeton Cove and remain believable.
It’s a dream come true I am able to write an ongoing series and for as long as Harlequin want the books, the more happy I am that I can stay immersed in my favourite town. Templeton Cove is a culmination of my loved UK holiday destinations from my childhood – it’s Torquay, Lyme Regis and North Wales all rolled into one!
For What Belongs To Her, I wanted to introduce two brand-new characters to my readers, but with that all-important link to characters from the previous books. In book one (Finding Justice), the town’s crime lord, Kyle Jordon, proved very popular and I loved writing about him, so an idea started to germinate in my mind of how to bring him into another book. What if he was using the town’s fairground as a legitimate cover for his underworld dealings?
Throw in a heroine (Sasha Todd) desperate to get the fairground back from Kyle and back into her Romany family where it belongs … plus a hero (John Jordon) who is Kyle’s son with a secret agenda, and voila I had a hero and heroine with entirely different ideas for the fair, but needing each other in order to reach their goals.
I loved writing this book and continue to feel passionate about a series that I started in 2011. I have favourite characters that make cameo appearances throughout the books, the best of which is Marian Cohen. She is the matriarch of Templeton Cove and an absolute gem of a woman who I hope makes an appearance in every book I write. Some characters appear on page and make the writer’s job that much easier – for me, that’s Marian!
Here’s hoping you fall in love with the residents of Templeton Cove as much as I have – happy reading!
She’s ready to take back what’s hers.
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family’s fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it’s time to act, and backing down from the man’s estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. Stopping John in his tracks — and resisting the sizzle between them — is Sasha’s best defence. But there’s more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she’ll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.
Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in England. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington – her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more. Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in south-west England. She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers.