Hey guys! Super excited to share a fab new romance for you to add to your TBR!
THE HONEY TRAP by Mary Jayne Baker
is out now and is perfect for snuggling up with a hot chocolate on these chilly evenings!
Scroll down for more info on the book and a fab guest post from Mary Jayne on her Top 5 Romances! Enjoy x
The trap is set – but which one of them is the bait?
Journalist Angel Blackthorne is looking for her next big scoop. When her sleazy editor asks her to use her charms on super successful – and married – film director Sebastian Wilchester for a juicy exposé, Angel thinks what the hell? There’s a staff job on the horizon, and, let’s be honest, no one can make a cheater cheat if they don’t want to, right?
After the scandal breaks, Angel tries to put the story – and Seb – behind her, but fate seems to have other ideas. A near miss at a premiere after-party and a shared love of vintage film brings the honey closer to the trap.
But what happens when pretence leads to passion, and a ‘kiss and tell’ becomes something real?
My favourite romances from cinema’s golden age
One of my favourite things about writing The Honey Trap was watching the romance between hero and heroine blossom as they bond over a shared love of vintage film.
The hero, Seb, is a talented British film director known as the pioneer of a new genre called East End Noir. The heroine, tabloid film critic Angel… well, I’ll let her tell it:
‘My grandparents died when I was tiny but Mum used to tell me about the films they’d taken her to see when she was little in the fifties, and before she was born when they’d go to the pictures for a double feature then spend the night in each other’s arms at a dance hall. It sounded so glamorous and exciting and romantic. I loved the idea of it.’
Gradually, Seb and Angel bond over their shared love of the golden era of cinema, growing closer as they watch films in Seb’s restored 1920s cinema, The Hippodrome.
Like Angel, I’ve always been intrigued by the glamour and romance of that period: the understated passion, the dashing heroes and feisty heroines. So without further ado, here are my top five swooniest romances from Hollywood’s golden age.
CC Baxter and Miss Kubalik – The Apartment
In The Honey Trap, Angel’s favourite film when she needs to cheer herself up is Billy Wilder’s The Apartment. When Seb asks if she doesn’t find it a little sad for a comedy, she says “Feeling sad can be cathartic sometimes, don’t you think?”
The love affair between Jack Lemmon’s over-eager office drone and Shirley McLaine’s unlucky-in-love elevator attendant is so subtle the two don’t even share a kiss, but her response to his declaration that he loves her in the final scene – “shut up and deal” – is just beautiful.
George Bailey and Mary Hatch – It’s A Wonderful Life
I’m in two minds whether these two deserve to be included, as I find myself getting frustrated with Mary every time I watch this Christmas classic for deliberately making a wish that George won’t fulfil his dream of leaving his suffocating hometown, Bedford Falls! But when guardian angel Clarence shows George what Bedford Falls would be like if he’d never been born, Mary is proven right after all. The scene where the two are sharing one telephone handset while struggling to keep their hands off each other is a pure delight.
Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund – Casablanca
It’s illegal to make a list of classic romances without including this. I can’t hear someone playing “As Time Goes By” without thinking of this film – and stifling the urge to shout “I thought I told you never to play that!” (considered quite rude by street buskers, apparently). The story of how selfish bar owner Rick, a man who “sticks his neck out for nobody”, gives up the woman he loves for the greater good always brings a tear. Plus I have a massive crush on Victor Laszlo…
Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden – Singin’ in the Rain
I just love the flirty banter between Don and Kathy! How many romances begin with the hero telling the heroine she should stick on a beard and play King Lear if she knows so much about acting? This film’s so much more than a musical: it’s a brilliant romantic comedy that manages to strike just the right balance between sentimentality and fun.
Laura Jesson and Alec Harvey – Brief Encounter
Has there ever been a love affair more poignantly, stiff-upper-lippedly British? In this Noel Coward masterpiece, a married middle-aged woman in pre-war London meets her perfect man at a railway station, but the more time they spend together – no matter that it’s completely chaste and innocent – the more they know their relationship is doomed. Eventually, shocked by the strength of their own feelings, the two have to choose between their love and everything they believe to be right. Spoiler alert: the ending’s a heartbreaker.
About the Author
Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature in 2003, she dallied with living in cities including London, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales.
She lives with him in a little house with four little cats and a little rabbit, writing stories about girls with flaws and the men who love them. You can usually find her there with either a pen, some knitting needles or a glass of wine in hand. She goes to work every day as a graphic designer for a magazine publisher, but secretly dreams of being a lighthouse keeper.
More information can be found about MJ on her website at www.maryjaynebaker.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter, @MaryJayneBaker, or like her Facebook page by going to Facebook.com/MaryJayneWrites
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