Lavinia Kent and Bound By Temptation

Our Risky Regencies guest today is my friend, Lavinia Kent, whose second Regency Historical, Bound By Temptation, is out this month from Avon.

Kent hits the mark with a pure romance, allowing nothing to take away from the heated sensuality between the hero and heroine. Even the search for a missing sister doesn’t detract from the sizzling conflict. Readers will applaud her mature characters, whose adult love story is simultaneously delightful and sexy–Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews

Lavinia’s impressive debut, A Talent For Sin is nominated for Best First Historical by RT Book Reviews. It looks like Bound By Temptation will be every bit as good.

Lavinia is giving away a signed copy of Bound By Temptation to one lucky commenter, chosen at random. So say hello again to Lavinia Kent!

Welcome, Lavinia. Tell us about Bound by Temptation.
Bound by Temptation is not the book I expected to write. I knew exactly what book was coming next – only then it didn’t. When I sat down to write, another story formed, the story of very strong, very seductive widow, Clara, Lady Westington, and Jonathan Masters, a man who should have been all wrong for her – only he wasn’t.

It’s the story of a couple who definitely don’t want to want each other. They both have very firm ideas about what they want in life. Clara, after several scandalous years, has decided to be a calm respectable widow. She definitely had no plans to marry again.

And Masters believes it’s finally time to seek a wife – a quiet young wife who will understand her place in his life.

The only problem is that they can’t keep their hands off each other, and when Clara decides to help Masters find a wife . . .

Bound by Temptation is your second book, and second books pose their own unique anxieties and challenges. Did you experience “Second Book Syndrome?” What were the unique challenges of writing a second book?
I certainly was more nervous writing Bound by Temptation than I was the first time around. It’s nerve-wracking when you reach the middle of the book, aren’t quite sure what should happen next, and know that there is a deadline looming.

That said, I also found it immensely satisfying because I hit a real “I am a writer” moment. I realized that I could think of a story and write on a schedule. I wasn’t sure that I could, until I actually did it. It was a great feeling.

In A Talent for Sin your love scenes go on for pages (not complaining…). Can we expect the same for Bound by Temptation? And, as a writer, how do you do that????
Definitely, there will be. I blame it on my characters. They seem to set the pace. I often plan a short love scene and then it just doesn’t end. I think it’s because I’m always trying to move the relationship along during a love scene so my characters talk and play around a lot – all sorts of play.

I try hard always to know what I want to show in a love scene. The only exception is occasionally the “reward” scene at the end of the book. In those I am just trying to show that my hero and heroine are going to keep having fun – that love is the beginning and not the end.

Sometimes, however, I’m not sure that I’m the one in control. I had one scene in Bound by Temptation that was incredibly erotic, but I just couldn’t get things to move along. My hero and heroine just wouldn’t take their clothes off. I finally realized that boots and dresses were staying on, and things moved along from there. Everybody ended up very happy.

Did you come across any interesting research while writing this book?
The most interesting research I’ve done is related to all my books. I’ve had a great puzzle of trying to figure out titles and relationships between my characters. In my first book I created a character, Lady Smythe-Burke, who is a real doyenne of society. I knew from the start that she was the maternal aunt of another character. That presented no problem. But, then, as I started my fourth book, I discovered that she was also the aunt of my new hero, the Duke of Strattington, and that his last name was simply Smythe. How to reconcile her title, his, and their surname?

I finally worked it out with honor titles, an extra earldom (we can all use an extra earldom), and a husband who died before inheriting the dukedom. I still not positive it all works, but it’s been a great puzzle to play with.

What is risky about Bound by Temptation?
The riskiest thing in Bound by Temptation is the hero, Masters. He was a villain in my previous book, A Talent for Sin. I’ve always loved villain-turned-hero stories, but I hadn’t originally planned for this to be one. It was great fun trying to understand Masters and trying to explain why he acted the way he did. It was even more fun creating the heroine who was strong enough to stand up to him and tantalizing enough for him to still love.

As a side note – I was very glad I was still in revisions with the previous book when I realized he was going to be a hero. It’s amazing how much more heroic he is at 6’2” than at 5’8”.

6. Since it is Valentine’s Day, what is the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

I suppose I’d better choose something with my husband because he’s going to proofread this.

Seriously, I love the fact that he always gets me roses for Valentine’s Day. I always tell him not to. I explain with great care how silly it is because they cost so much more this one day of the year and the quality isn’t as good because there is such great demand for them. I always get him to agree not to – and then he does anyway. I love that sometimes the gesture is the most important thing. (And I love roses.)

What’s next for you?
I’m working on both my third and forth books at the moment. My third book, Taken by Desire, should come out next winter. I’m working on the revisions right now. It’s a story that runs parallel to events in Bound by Temptation, and I think will be a bit of a surprise.

My fourth book is still secret, but it will finally answer many of the questions left open in A Talent for Sin.

The one thing I can promise is strong heroines and lots of hot, sensuous moments.

Thank you so much for having me. It’s always so much fun!

We love having you, Lavinia!

Since it is Valentine’s Day and Lavinia is known for long love scenes, tell us what you need in a love scene to make it…um….satisfying. Or just ask Lavinia a question. If she isn’t too busy smelling the roses, that is!

Remember, you could win a signed copy of Bound by Temptation!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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30 Responses to Lavinia Kent and Bound By Temptation

  1. Virginia C says:

    Hi, Lavinia! Happy Valentine’s Day! Congratulations on your new book release! “Bound by Temptation” sounds delightful–exactly right for those of us who love the “sparks fly” relationships : ) Who is the romantic literary hero who first stirred your own romantic dreams? Who made your heart beat faster?

    follwer & subscriber
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  2. Maureen says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I do like stories where the characters seem wrong for each other but they aren’t interested in anyone else. Are you going to write the story you originally intended to write?

  3. Kirsten says:

    Hi Lavinia,

    I really enjoyed the interview. Must admit I haven’t read your books yet but Bound by Temptation sounds great. Bad boy turns good is always an interesting Hero. To me a love scene is one I remember when things are not so overwhelmingly intense and they have the “love is a laugh” attitude. Not so rushed and taking time, this gives me the feeling their love is special and worth putting other things aside.

    Happy Valentine’s day! take care,

  4. Diane Gaston says:

    Welcome, Lavinia!

    Kirsten, I liked what you said about the “love is a laugh” love scenes!

  5. Lavinia says:

    Hi All, It’s great to be here — and on Valentine’s Day!!

    No, Roses yet — I found out that they were actually supposed to come yesterday, but the snow delayed them.

    I am working on the story I intended to write — sort of — right now. It’s definitely different than it would have been if I’d written it right away. I think it may actually split in to two stories. I am still waiting to see — and I am working on a love scene where they keep laughing in the middle of everything. Lots of fun, but makes it hard to get anywhere.

    Lavinia — who needs more coffee

  6. RKCharron says:

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the interview with Lavinia Kent and thanks to Lavinia for sharing here. Congratulations on the success of Lavinia’s debut novel. And I’m looking forward to reading BOUND BY DECEPTION. I, too, love villain-turned-hero stories.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    All the best,

  7. Hi Lavinia -(I love your name btw) – what a great cover. Your book looks and sounds a great read. As for a lasting love scene – for me “sensual” works best. A well written love scene using the 5 senses which brings a book to life and makes my pulse race works everytime! Have a good day. Caroline x

  8. jcp says:

    I just need to feel the hero cares about the heroine before he kisses her.

  9. Alison says:

    Love scenes are often more enthralling the more resistant to temptation the caharcters are. Looks, touches (hands hastily withdrawn) all up the sensuous quotient.

  10. Hello, Lavinia, my Pixie Sister! Loved A Talent for Sin so I KNOW Bound by Temptation will be great!

    Don’t you love it when a story muscles its way in and refuses to leave until you write it no matter plans you had?

    Hey, and long love scenes are NOT a problem with me. Love scenes need to involve all the senses for them to work for me. And I love a scene where a hero uses sensuality to show a woman how beautiful he thinks she is.

    Any tips on how to write under a deadline and not hit those dry spells?

  11. Welcome, Lavinia! I think dialogue is tremendously important in love scenes and a certain amount of clumsiness and hesitancy as they get to know each other and find what they like.

  12. Ooh, Lavinia, I love villain-turned-hero stories, too. Thanks for joining us today!

  13. Hi Lavinia. Happy Valentine’s Day. I think the villain turned hero makes for a good character, and I chuckled over the commment that you realized he would be in time to add a little height in the first manuscript 🙂

  14. Virginia says:

    Hi Lavinia, great post! Congrats on your new release and Happy Valentines day! Your books sound fabulouse! A villaian turning into a hero sound a great character! We all love great love scenes but as long as the hero shows he care for the heroien thats all that matters.


  15. Katie says:

    Hello Lavinia!
    I absolutely LOVED Talent for Sin–I count it as my all-time favorite book of 2009. So I am super excited to read Bound by Temptation. My question for you is this: how do you gather your inspiration to write such wonderful books? It is a piece of dialogue, a particular character, or something else that makes you say, “oh, this would make a great story!”

  16. Kim in Hawaii says:

    Congratulations on your new release (and the RT nomination for your debut novel). It’s exciting to follow a new author as she achieves success. It’s also exciting to see authors who give their time (as you did serving the WRW) receive their just rewards.

    I’ll ditto the comments that I prefer love scenes where the hero and heroine care for each other … but can also laugh at the moment.

  17. Miss Tinky says:

    “Love is the beginning and no the end”: what a great message for Valentine’s Day!

    Thanks, and congratulations!

  18. RachieG says:

    Hi Lavinia, I loved your first book. I read a ton of reviews and bought it and absolutely loved it.

    Really looking forward to the newest book!

    I’m a follower 🙂

    rachie2004 @ yahoo (dot) com

  19. Lyoness2009 says:

    Hi Lavinia,

    I enjoyed your first one and am excited for your second book. Just wondering, where was the weirdest place you had an inspiration for your story?

    lyoness2009 AT hot mail **dot** com

  20. Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Lavinia. I enjoy love scenes where you can feel the passion between the hero and heroine. Emotions are needed for them to believable.

  21. Lavinia says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments.

    I am not sure how I get my ideas. Most often I just know how the story is going to start — a first scene forms in my mind and I go from there. I’ve also had a couple of dreams that have turned into books, but that definitely can’t be counted on.

    My biggest advice for getting over a dry spell is to write — and not care if it’s good or if it works. I find that often it will turn to something I can use — although not always, but at least I still feel like I did something during the day.

    My roses finally came — but without the box of chocolate that was supposed to be with them. Hubby much more upset than me — makes me wonder who the chocolate was really for. LOL.

    Off to first romantic dinner in months –snow and holidays have been in the way.

    I’ll report back afterwards.


  22. Mary Blayney says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I loved BOUND BY TEMPTATION. I thought the first line could win an ‘opening line’ contest — if there was one.

    Keep writing Lavinia. We all want mroe!

  23. Welcome to the Riskies, Lavinia! Count me as another who loves “villain into hero” stories (I’m just starting one now–they’re a challenge but a fun one!) Can’t wait to read “Bound.”

    And yay on the roses!

  24. Spav says:

    I like for the protagonists to know each other instead of a first sight fling.

  25. Lavinia says:

    Back from dinner — I do love good food.

    I hate (along with many romance writers) the you write romance so tell me how romantic you are philosophy that appears this time of year, but I do think romance writers know how to enjoy life (of which romance is a big part). If you’ve been to national you realize how we all like to just sit back and have fun — and watch people. You can’t miss the watching people part. Half the fun at dinner was speculating about the other couples.

    I am going to think about writing a scene that is the Regency equivalent of watching Washington power couples out on the town.


  26. Lavinia says:

    Back from dinner — I do love good food.

    I hate (along with many romance writers) the ‘you write romance so tell me how romantic you are’ philosophy that appears this time of year, but I do think romance writers know how to enjoy life (of which romance is a big part). If you’ve been to national you realize how we all like to just sit back and have fun — and watch people. You can’t miss the watching people part. Half the fun at dinner was speculating about the other couples.

    I am going to think about writing a scene that is the Regency equivalent of watching Washington power couples out on the town.


  27. Diane Gaston says:

    I am going to think about writing a scene that is the Regency equivalent of watching Washington power couples out on the town.

    Yeah, Lavinia, but I’ll bet they were watching you, too!

  28. librarypat says:

    I think the most important thing in a love scene is to show that the couple really care for each other. I’m not one that needs a lot of graphic detail in the love scenes. Actually, I more a fan of the “get a room and shut the door” philosophy. Many of us have good imaginations and can think about it on our own.
    I’m falling asleep at the computer. Better sign off.”

  29. Susan/DC says:

    I picked up “A Talent for Sin” on a whim in the bookstore and wound up liking it very much. It’s well written, with fully developed characters. It’s a bit different from the usual in that the H/H are already in a relationship at the beginning of the book, she’s a bit older, and she’s the experienced one. I loved how the book gradually added layers to both Violet and Peter, and my heart broke for her when she revealed her past to him while they were in the country.

    I’m almost done with “Bound by Temptation” so don’t put my name in the drawing. There’s so much to like in this book that it’s hard to know where to begin, both in the big things (the characters, the plot) and the small. For example, it’s telling that Masters, who is known for his formality and wanting to be in control, is called by his last name even by those close to him. And it’s shallow of me, I know, but I do like it when the women on the covers not only fit the descriptions but are beautiful enough to see why the heroes fall head over heels for them. I can hardly wait for the Ms. Kent’s book.

  30. Lavinia says:

    I want to take the time to say one last Thank You for having me. It was great fun.

    Susan, I am glad you’re enjoying the books so much — I am in the middle of difficult revisions and it’s a great reminder of why I need to make it the best book I can.

    Lousia — always great to hear from another Pixie. I hope you enjoy this one as much.

    Katie — I feel honored that you enjoyed it so much. I certainly have fun writing them — most of the time.

    RachieG — Congrats on winning and I hope you enjoy. I am glad you like the last one.

    Now off to revisions and my first virgin love scene. I never realized how much easier it is when everybody knows what they are doing — although not as funny.


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