Rafe and Antonia's story is a very special one for me. I'd written five books for Harlequin Mills and Boon when my editor contacted me about writing a story especially for an anthology to celebrate the centenary of Mills and Boon in the UK during 2008. Needless to say I was excited! 

As planning proceeded it was decided that full length novels rather than novellas were the way to go and soon I was planning a story especially for the anthology. A discussion one sunny Sydney afternoon at a friend's house led to a germ of an idea and a vivid opening scene. From there it was full steam ahead as the story gripped me and I couldn't wait to work out what happened next. 

From a snowy alpine resort to the glittering nightlife of London, Rafe and Antonia's story is full of glamour that I hope heightens the intensely emotional struggle between this pair. They meet under the worst of circumstances and it's a credit to their basic honesty and integrity that they manage to work through the situation and find love together. 

THE BILLIONAIRE'S BOUGHT MISTRESS is a very sexy story about a man who wants to buy a mistress to help his plans for revenge. I put poor Antonia in a terrible situation and wasn't sure how she'd cope but she came through with flying colours. In fact, the more difficult things became, the stronger she grew. One of her outlets (which was also an act of defiance) was to dazzle Rafe with provocative, ultra feminine clothes that played havoc with his plans to control their relationship. I'm glad to say that eventually Rafe was able to see beyond the glamour to the warm, caring, vulnerable woman beneath. 

I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Some of the things that inspired me as I wrote THE BILLIONAIRE'S BOUGHT MISTRESS were snowy alpine villages and the glamour of London, where Rafe and Antonia spend their time together. And of course, Antonia's clothes! Both Rafe and I got enormous enjoyment out of her clothes and particularly her taste for dramatic, ultra feminine shoes.

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