Have you ever heard someone call something “the cat’s pajamas”, the “bees knees”, or “hotsy-totsy”? Popular in the 1920s, these expressions all meant the same thing: amazing! And that is exactly how I felt when I heard that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless novel, The Great Gatsby, was being made into a movie.
The film brings to life the absolute extravagance of the Twenties in all of their bright, bold and brazen glory. When I close my eyes, I can just imagine the night coming alive with jazz music as the elite of New York celebrated in lavish style. It was a time where women threw off traditional notions of propriety, joining men in speakeasies and music clubs. They danced. They drank. They wore gorgeous flapper dresses, and they partied with gusto. The decade wasn’t nicknamed “the roaring Twenties” for nothing!
Lush celebrations, fast cars, and a dangerously sexy man – that’s all in my newly released Harlequin Historical Undone, A Dance with Indecency, which is set in the same time period as The Great Gatsby. Harry McMahon is a hotel mogul who is as rich as he is handsome; a powerful man set on monopolizing the New York social scene…and on seducing Elise Rousseau – a wealthy young widow who sweeps back into New York in a flurry of haute couture tassels and shiny pearls.
Harry takes great pleasure in introducing Elise to some of the lesser-known sensual attractions of the Twenties. They cut a rug to jazzy blues in a speakeasy. They speed around the city in a posh breezer. They venture into a “petting party”. And well, if you were young, single and pushing the boundaries, would you try it? See what happens when Elise goes with Harry!
But just as in The Great Gatsby, there are secrets hiding beneath the façade of careless decadence. Elise isn’t just a flippant, fun-chasing aristocrat. No, she’s out for revenge of the sensuous kind – and Harry is her target. This is a fun, steamy story that I hope you’ll like!
The French nicknamed the decade “les années folles” (the crazy years) – and you can easily see why! And I just can’t wait to experience it through film and fiction.
I hope you’ll escape with me into the exuberant atmosphere of The Great Gatsby by enjoying all the great stories coming out that feature the fun and sensuality of the rip-roaring Twenties!
About the Book
Bootleggers are breathing down hotelier Harry McMahon’s neck. So when a beautiful, young, and very wealthy widow from Paris turns up at the Cotton Club, Henry sees it as the perfect opportunity to combine business and pleasure. First he will take her body, then her heart, and finally, her money…
Elise Rousseau may not be the mousey innocent she once was, but she can’t believe Harry doesn’t recognize her–and she intends to punish him in the most wicked way. She will make him want her body, make him give her his heart. And then she will break it, just as he broke hers four years ago…
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