Nikolai was the villain in No More Sweet Surrender! Why did you write him his own book (Not Just the Boss’s Plaything)?

Nikolai was a serious problem for me while I was writing Ivan’s story in No More Sweet Surrender. He kept taking over the book!

I was at a writing retreat in Tuscany (I know, rough life) and for some reason Nikolai Korovin was all I could think about. That would make more sense if he was Italian, but no, I was sitting in Italy with the coldest Russian hero imaginable on my mind.  When I was supposed to be writing his brother’s story! Nikolai was supposed to be the bad guy and I had no plans to write about him at the time, but I found him fascinating.

Then, once No More Sweet Surrender came out, I started getting email about him. So many readers wrote to beg me to write his story! So I was thrilled that I got to tell it in Not Just the Boss’s Plaything –  and get a chance to revisit Ivan and Miranda, too.

Besides, I think Alicia more than earned her happy ever after. She needed him!

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