My favorite romance trope is reunited lovers, and my latest book, The Marquess Who Loved Me, fits the bill. If you like love stories with hot, angry sex and even hotter makeup sex, this may be the book for you 🙂


But I believe romances should be about emotion, not just sex. As with the other books in the Muses of Mayfair series, I wanted Marquess to go beyond the relationship between the hero and heroine. Don’t get me wrong – the relationship between Nick and Ellie is the most important one in the book. But at its core, the Muses of Mayfair series continues to explore the power of female friendships and how all of our relationships, not just our romances, evolve as we learn more about ourselves.


I’m not egotistical enough to think that The Marquess Who Loved Me is on par with all the books about female power and relationships that have come out in the past year. From the raging debates over the term ‘mommy porn’ caused by the popularity (and media scorn) of Fifty Shades to the eternal question of whether women can ‘have it all’ in Lean In, we seem to have reached another one of those moments where many circles are actively questioning what it means to be a woman and what our choices really are.


The Marquess Who Loved Me isn’t explicitly part of that conversation – I’m rabidly apolitical in my professional life, for what it’s worth. But I think romance novels are important, because we can take whatever we want from them – whether it’s a few hours of pleasure and relaxation, or whether it’s a chance to explore how other people live and love and make choices.


I personally prefer romance novels that show a broader range of the human experience, not just how a man and a woman fall in love. This is why my Muses of Mayfair spend so much time figuring out how to be better versions of themselves and become stronger, more supportive friends. And I hope you’ll enjoy that element of their stories just as much as the sex (or, at least, almost as much 😉

Thank you so much for spending time with us and our readers today,Sara. What a wonderful insight into the world of romance.




Why do you read romance novels? Do you prefer to focus tightly on the hero and heroine, or do you like to see their friends, families, etc.? I would love to hear your thoughts – and one lucky commenter will receive a free copy of The Marquess Who Loved Me!

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About The Marquess Who Loved Me


 A not-so-merry widow…

The widowed Marchioness of Folkestone is notorious for her parties, her art collection, and her utter disregard for the rules. But Ellie Claiborne knows her destruction is near. The new marquess is her first lover – the man whose sculpted body and sardonic grin haunt her every time she picks up her paintbrush. If he ever returns to claim his inheritance, her heart won’t survive seeing him again.

A man determined to destroy her…

Nicholas Claiborne hasn’t stepped foot in England since watching Ellie marry his cousin. He has no use for the gorgeous, heartless girl who betrayed him, or the title she abandoned him for. But when his business in India turns deadly, Nick must return to London to uncover a murderer – and take revenge on the woman he couldn’t force himself to forget.

A love they can’t escape…

Nick hates Ellie’s transformation from sweet debutante to jaded seductress. Ellie despises him for leaving her behind. Still, the sparks between them reignite the passion that should have been their destiny. As their demands of each other turn darker and a potential killer closes in, they must decide whether to guard the fragile remnants of their hearts — or find a way to fall in love all over again.

Series: Muses of Mayfair #3
Previous Book: Scotsmen Prefer Blondes, Muses of Mayfair #2
Next Book: The Earl Who Played With Fire, Muses of Mayfair #4 – coming late 2013
Genre: Regency Historical
Setting: England, 1813




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