The Greatest Lover Ever

Greatest Lover Ever, the (revised)Hi Bandita Buddies! I’m thrilled to announce that THE GREATEST LOVER EVER is in stores now! Here’s the blurb:

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable—and as implacable as ever…

Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing—when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

When my editor first told me the title she’d come up with for this book–it’s a doozy, isn’t it?–I thought, wow, that is a lot for my poor hero, Marcus, Earl of Beckenham, to live up to! My thoughts ran to men like Casanova and I thought I might have to do some extra special research on the subject. 🙂

CliveOwnen3Then I thought–my heroine hasn’t been with any other man. How would she know?

He found that he didn’t give a button about control, about mastering her physically or in this battle of wills between them.

He just wanted her. And he was tired of denying himself.

But when a romance author talks about being a great lover they don’t only mean that a guy is great in the sack. (Although that can’t hurt, frankly!)

He wanted, with a fierce longing, to pull her into his arms for one last kiss.

No, when a romance author writes about a great lover, she’s talking about the kind of man who loves with that epic intensity and passion that comes from understanding his heroine through and through and needing her desperately. He knows her faults and foibles, her interests and opinions, what makes her happy, what makes her tick. And he loves her for all of them.

He made her crazy. She made him insane. This could not go any further.

Ann Margret3Of course, they have to torment one another before they attain their happy ending. A great love between two strong, passionate people does not always resolve itself into happiness right away.

“We belong together, Georgie,” he said. “Don’t deny it. Don’t lie to yourself.”

But after many trials, these two lovers find their way back. Each of them functions perfectly well on their own. Together, they’re more than the sum of their parts.

He might well be the Regency’s answer to Casanova–I’ll leave you to be the judge of that! But what really makes Beckenham a hero I adore is that he is the one man on earth who truly understands Georgie, and he loves her with single-minded, passionate intensity.

And that’s what being THE GREATEST LOVER EVER is all about.

Do you like my choices for the looks of my hero and heroine? The model for Georgie is the scintillating Ann Margaret and the man is of course, Clive Owen, who has that same kind of gravitas with an edge that I think Beckenham possesses.

BanditBootySo what about you, Bandita Buddies? What man (real or fictional) would be your nominee for THE GREATEST LOVER EVER? One lucky reader will win a copy of THE GREATEST LOVER EVER!