Not that we meet many of romances great couples years later, when they have settled down into the quieter, gentler perhaps, stages of love. The story is in the passionate, dynamic, new beginnings of feelings that we mostly want to read about. There have been ‘sequels’ write to some of the classics – Pemberley by Emma Tennant which takes up the story of – of course Lizzie Bennett and Darcy – Scarlett – again the original novel is obvious. These have been written by other authors and, interestingly, they recreate the original story by upsetting the relationship between Darcy and Lizzie or Scarlett and Rhett and creating a story around that. Few authors actually took their youthful characters into middle age - Georgette Heyer perhaps in Devil’s Cub where Vidal’s father is the Duke of Avon from These Old Shades. Or the follow on books from Little Woman – Good Wives, Little Men, Jo’s Boys . . . where we see the March sisters growing up and becoming parents. Most of the time, the romance writer leaves her characters at the start of their life together – and leaves the reader to imagine what would happen next.
Peeta and Katniss? Someone else entirely?
A kingdom's safety...
Betrayed by those she loves, Honoria Escalona must now face the only man capable of bringing stability to the Mediterranean kingdom of Mecjoria. A cold, hard man who once called her his friend... Alexei Sarova-the true King of Mecjoria.
In exchange for her happiness
But Alexei's tortuous past has changed him into someone she hardly knows. He blames Ria's family for his bitterness, and his help-when he offers it-comes with a price: he'll take his rightful place as King with Ria as his wife, until she produces a true-blood heir
A Throne For the Taking is published in the Royal and Ruthless miniseries in both Harlequin Presents and Mills & Boon Modern in June.