Pleasure Me With Beverley Kendall


I first met Beverly Kendall online in 2009 (or was it 2008) and then we met in person in San Francisco. She was every bit the petite dynamo in person that she was online, and I love the way she writes. She has a lyrical way with words, and I know you’re just going to love reading her blog! Please welcome Beverly for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Why I Make my Heroes and Heroines Work for their HEA

I get bored very easily, especially when it comes to reading romance novels. Boredom for me in this context comes when the hero and heroine are getting along fairly well throughout the majority of the book. They have acknowledged their attraction and love for one another but some outside force prevents them from being together although they both desperately want just that.

At this point (acknowledged desire to be together), I’ll invariably put the book down because for me I want my hero and heroine to have to work for their happy ending. Their conflict has to be emotional and with each other. 

Achieving their HEA requires either one or both acknowledge and accept their feelings for one another. My favorite emotional hero and heroine conflict is when they share a past. It doesn’t have to be a romantic past, but it has to be the kind of past that puts them immediately at odds in the present. This scenario pretty much sums up both books in my The Elusive Lords series, SINFUL SURRENDER and A TASTE OF DESIRE.

A Taste of Desire

She Challenged His Pride
Lady Amelia Bertram may have a reputation as the most brazen beauty of the ton, but she shocks even herself when she accidently—and loudly—derides one of society’s most eligible bachelors in the middle of a crowded ballroom. The timing of her faux pas couldn’t be worse, for her father is seeking someone to take her off his hands that very night…

He Challenged Her Willpower
But when Thomas Armstrong overhears the so-called “Lady” Amelia slandering his sexual prowess in public, he cannot help but accept the dare implicit in her words. To her father’s great delight, he offers to take her to his secluded country estate—properly chaperoned, of course—to teach the girl a lesson in ladylike behavior…

In SINFUL SURRENDER my hero desperately fights his feelings for his best friend’s sister—and with good reason. Seriously, who wants their little sister hooking up with their best friend? What would happen if things didn’t work out? My hero grapples as he questions whether the risk of succumbing to the heroine would be worth losing her brother’s friendship. That’s the kind of fighting I love in my romances, the internal and deeply emotional kind that occurs when they’re fighting mostly with themselves.
In A TASTE OF DESIRE, my heroine likes my hero not one little bit. Oh, it’s not the logically rational kind of dislike, but don’t tell that to her as it’s something she’s going to have to realize over time. However, as much as she believes she dislikes him, she’s really really attracted to him, which is not convenient or welcome. And they do have a past…a resentment she has towards him of which he is unaware. As you may imagine, my hero and heroine in this book must really work for their HEA.

I can’t tell you precisely why these kinds of stories with these kinds of conflicts appeal to me, but I do remember when I first read Lisa Kleypas’s DEVIL IN WINTER, being instantly sucked into the story because St. Vincent appeared such an anti-hero. He was downright mean to Evie—but I reveled in the knowledge that he was going to be brought down low…by love. And I just knew I was eager and excited to go along for that particular ride.


So what about you? Do you like it when your hero/heroine or both take that ‘harder fall’ or does all that bickering get you down? 

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Beverley Kendall has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in Georgia with her young son. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. Readers can visit her at:
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

50 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Beverley Kendall

  1. >Thank you soooo much, ladies, for coming by and supporting me and Monica.

    Monica, I adore you. I want all the success in the world for you in your writing career. To many more contracts!

    Vonda, thank you so much. I hope that all my fans who have been asking for Alex's story since book one will pick it up when it comes out in August.

  2. >Bickering can be fun and up the tension and is tolerable up to a point and then it becomes tedious.

    linze_e at

  3. >Growing up I was always told that Nothing easy, is ever worthwhile.
    And although I don't always agree with this statement it's surely true when reading a romance novel.

    If the H/H have a happily through the beginning, middle, end & ever after, my attention can slip.

    Conflict and challange are part of a healthy relationship and if they find that middle ground, and that love it's all the sweeter. Or so I think.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com

  4. >Beverley, your books sound like they are full of emotion, which is one of the aspects that I am drawn to in books. Will definitely be checking them out!

    I don't particularly care for "bickering," per se, though I do like to see conflict of some sort and the couple have to work toward a HEA.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  5. >Beverley, I loved this book. I loved the chemistry between Amelia and Thomas. After reading this I can't wait to read Alex's story. I love him and I find him intriguing. Please don't enter me today's giveaway. I already have a signed copy.

  6. >Hi Monica and Beverley,
    I loved Sinful Surrender. Looking forward to reading A Taste of Desire as well. Having to fight for their HEA is what makes these stories memorable. It would be a very boring read if they fell in love ,admitted it and were happy from the start. But when they deny their feelings and have to work through certain problems and eventually give in I think it makes for a more intense and enjoyable read.
    Carol L

  7. >well I am late today! and wow lots of comments and everyone loves a good arguement and bickering! I like it when its smart bickering that leads somewhere! I love when a woman outsmarts a man I dont know why exactly I just do! and I am going to look you up on my nook cause I am looking for a good read for the weekend while I am waiting for monica's book to come out! 🙂
    thanks for being here today! I love the friend sister angle!

    Kris b indiana
    krysti33@ frontier dot com

  8. >I love to see the H/H bicker and snipe "lightly" at each other.
    Don't want to see them waltz thru
    any difficulties but I don't want
    to see them get down & dirty ugly
    to each other. I want to see them
    accept the reality of their feel-
    ings for each other and live an
    HEA life together!

    Pat Cochran

  9. >Beverley,

    Agree with you about the hero and heroine having to work for their happily-ever-after. Enjoy the suspense generated by making the reader wonder throughout the entire book how the hero and heroine are ever going to overcome their differences to find their future together. If the road to true love was smooth as glass, the story would be dull. A truly good author can write funny, spicy, and heart-rending dialogue between the protagonists that make the story a wonderful read. (With the caveat that there should be a happy medium. Sometimes when one of the stars of the book is particularly difficult, the fascination with the character becomes frustration and I want to bop him/her over the head.)

    P.S. Was visiting your site and read about you having to make lemonade. It totally befuddles me when publishers make such decisions. As a lover of series books, the thought of not ever getting to hear the "end of the story" is beyond frustrating. People like me (who have no imagination) are up the proverbial creek without a paddle because we cannot "imagine" the final happily-ever-after story. All that to say: Thank You for self-publishing the final book in "The Elusive Lords Series". I am praying that you can find another publisher to continue to give us your books.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  10. >Just getting here today folks. Bev sweetie!!! Mwah! Thank you for being here today!! I adore you!

    And I'm with you and the others on wanting that back and forth dialogue that ups the ante. I especially love when the dialogue gets suggestive, but not overt. *shiver* LOL

  11. >Hi Chris, I'm glad you enjoyed both books. I'm working diligently on getting the third one out in August. 🙂

    Louisa, I'm so with you on that. LOVE IT! Few things beat the unwanted attraction for me.

    Sheree, I'm not sure for me it's fun. I do like the emotional toil it takes on the h/h. Although, now that I think of it, I do love it when it's just darn humorous, but in a dry, wry English sort of way.

  12. >Hi again! I'm back.

    Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by. I hope I answered your question.

    LOL! Cid, if you're twisted, so am I.

    Stacie, I'm with you, an easy HEA is boring.

    *Waving back* Hi Andrea, thanks for stopping by. I've never read that one but I did read When He Was Wicked. LOVED that one.

  13. >Edgy, gritty, snarling. Oh yes, I like it. It adds to the sexual tension and when they finally mesh: DYNOMITE!

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  14. >Thank you for your insight. I found it quite interesting. I too enjoy a good romance where there is conflict in their path to a happy ever after ending.


  15. >I like the bickering when it's done in a humorous way.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  16. >I do enjoy reading conflict between the hero and heroine, but there's a certain point at which it stops being foreplay and starts being annoying…especially if they're part of a series and at each other's throats for most of it.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  17. >Bickering is fun but up to a point. There are books in which I was rooting for the heroine to end up with another hero, a man she wouldn't have so much drama with.


  18. >Hello Monica and BEVERLEY !!!

    Monica is right, you really are a dynamo in a small package!

    I love a good internal conflict! I love it when the hero and heroine have decided they are completely wrong for each other and bicker and snipe to avoid the attraction that is going to knock them off their feet in the end. The more likely it looks they're going to push each other away, the better I like it.


  19. >I like that the h/h have to work towards their hea. There has to be some conflict and argument because a relationship only works when people are themselves and fight for their opinions.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  20. >NOW I know why I ♥ your books, Beverley! There's nothing better than a little sexual tension! And there's no better way to accomplish that by a little bickering and bantering back and forth. Anything worth having is worth working for and that includes love. That's why I ♥ historical romance–it's not so much the HEA but the journey the hero and heroine take to get that HEA.


  21. >Hi Beverley,

    I too like it when the h/h have to work for their hea. I already have both of your books so don't include me in the give away. I loved both of your books and I am eagerly awaiting the third one!

    Best wishes!

    Chris Mead from Missouri
    christin.mead at att dot net

  22. >Great post Beverly! I would have to say that I do like my hero/heroine to work for their HEA but that there is a limit to how much bickering I'll put up with…and if either character is just stupid about it…then I get bored….I've read some great books and put them down and said "get on with it already"…lol

    US Resident

  23. >Good evening everyone.Great post today. Beverely I have been waiting for "A Taste of Desire" to come out.I enjoed "Sinful Surrender" and would recommend it to all historical romance readers.
    I like some bickering between the hero and heroine.However,there is a difference to me between constant bickering,and down right hatefullness,and trying to hurt the ones you love.I enjoy conflict,rather it be sexual tension or just plain stubornness between the two.
    North Carolina

  24. >Well Hello Beverley. I am really excited that I am able to see other authors at this site. I get to see what books that I need to get my hands on. I enjoy reading all kinds. So I shall check your book out today. I am going to Barnes and Noble besides the internet. Have a nice day to all out there.

  25. >Hi Beverley,

    I just started reading 'Sinful Surrender' and am loving it. Great story…can't wait to see how it ends. I like the verbal sparring between the H/H. Great stuff!

    I also like the Top Dog type hero. You know the type…usually a Duke because who is a bigger TD that a Duke, right? He is also a manipulator and I mean that in a 'kind' way…sort of. Danielle Harmon wrote a series several years ago about the de Montforte family. The Duke of Blackheath, involves himself in the lives of his siblings…in their best interests of course, and successfully manipulates each one down the path to matrimony he thinks is best for them. Well, it is, but at the time, they didn't think so. In the final book, the sibs gang up and manipulate him! And you know, the bigger they are, the harder they fall! Love it.

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  26. >Hi everyone, I'm stopping by on my lunch. Thank you so much for dropping by.

    Hi Virginia (as I wave madly). I'm with you, anything worth having is worth fighting for. 😉 It may be a rough road, but soooo worth it. I hope you enjoy A Taste of Desire.

    (Waves again, quite madly) @PJ. Thanks for all the support. Yes, in Sinful Surrender, Amelia and Thomas start as they are meant to go on…that is until they fall madly in love. They just took a darn long time figuring it out. Although, it certainly didn't stop the sparks.

    And for those who asked if the books have to be read it order, not necessarily but it would probably be preferable if you have both books and deciding which to read first.

  27. >Bickering is fine as long as it's not constant throughout the book. It does wear you down after a while.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  28. >Good Morning Beverley and Monica,

    I don't mind a bit of bickering as long as one or the other characters are doing it in a hurtful way that will cause lasting underlying hurtful feeling for years to come. Some thing said cannot be taken back just ebcause you say I'm sorry, the real world doesn't work that way.

    I like the inner turmoil the inner fighting like when the hero likes someone he shouldn't and can get in trouble for it because she is his bosses daughter, he grew up with her and the family see's them as siblings even though they are not or she's had a really bad experience and is afriad of scaring her off with his taboo-like erotic needs (ie..likes to tie his women up…lol).

    Reading his inner struggle while she thinks she knows what's going on with him is a lot of fun.
    Nevada, USA

  29. >Thanks for the giveaway! I must admit I love when hero and heroine bicker!

    brnterri at gmail dot com
    I live in Virginia

  30. >I enjoy a book where the hero/heroine bicker and there is a lot of sexual tension. It makes for a more enjoyable story.


  31. >I agree that it can be kinda dull if the h/h quickly fall in love & both realise & are happy about it. Need some tension to keep it interesting.

    gamistress66 (at)
    aol (dot) com

  32. >Bickering between the hero and heroine can be lots of fun. I'm with the other posters that it can't be too cruel though. Although, I will say, that even cruel is forgiveable if you know where it is coming from and you like the characters by and large. I think everyone, real or written, says cruel things at one time or another that they really don't mean especially if they are hurting. It is hard to like a selfish or narcissitic character but if you know the character or person is good deep down then almost anything is forgiveable.

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  33. >I like it when they have to work to find love. I like variety when I read and I don't feel the need to constantly read a "love at first sight" book. Hmm…now that I think about it, I didn't like my hubby when I first met him. He annoyed me to no end. Come to think of it he still tends to annoy me…;) It would be boring if we never teased each other…I guess that's why we are still together after 20 yrs. People are amazed when they hear that we've been together since High School.

    Please don't enter me for A Taste of Desire. I just won it from Bev's newsletter/website contest.


    New York

  34. >*waving* Hi, Bev!

    Congrats on your newest release and its beautiful cover! 🙂

    I, too, LOVE when the hero and heroine bicker! It certainly leads to some serious sexual tension…which I also LOVE. Having said that, there is such a thing as too much arguing, so as long as the author doesn't draw it out for too long, I'm game. My all-time favorite book is THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn and I believe the bickering between Anthony and Kate was written perfectly.

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  35. >Good morning!

    I enjoy bickering between the hero & heroine. I like when people too stubborn to see what they need finally see the light and take a leap. It adds a little suspense to the story. An easy HEA can be boring. Make 'em work for it! LOL

    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  36. >I love romances where the couples challenge each other. Maybe I'm a little twisted, but I kinda like it when they bicker or have rough edges that in the beginning rub each other the wrong way.

    [ cid sound @ gmail . com ]

  37. >Beverley & Monica – Thank you both for being here today.
    Monica – Thank you for the work you're putting into this event. Beverley – I saw that someone else posted this question, but I, too, would like to know if your books should be read in order… ????
    Monica posted about your cover on her facebook page… I agree… it IS very enticing. Oohlala.
    I like one or both of the characters to be elusive… bickering works… and I don't mind it as long as the story ends well … for them.
    Please do enter me in your contest.
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  38. >Hi Bev!

    I love a rousing battle of the sexes and knew from the first time Thomas and Amelia encountered each other in SINFUL SURRENDER that sparks were going to fly. Delicious!

    Congratulations on your publishing success and your fabulous site. All richly deserved!

    U.S./South Carolina

  39. >Hi ladies, thanks so much for dropping by.

    Babs and June, I'm not sure what constitutes bickering in your eyes. It's always very interesting to me how people take away something different from the same situation. Babs, thanks so much for purchasing both books and giving them a try. 😉

    Hi June, I hope you get a chance to read it. What I love most about emotional conflict between the h/h is the struggle not to succumb to the other stronger feelings and attraction. To me, that's the best.

  40. >Hi, Beverley! Congratulations on your much-deserved success! You've always been an amazing lady with your knowledge and love of historical romantic fiction. Your website is beautiful, and your blog, "The Season", is awesome, really beyond compare! I loved the tender, passionate romance of "Sinful Surrender", and I very much look forward to reading "A Taste of Desire"!

    I love a sparks-fly, dueling hearts romance! Anything worth having is worth fighting for–especially when it's the love of a lifetime! The skill of the author in crafting the characters and building the story line enhances "hard fall" love stories and makes them enjoyably turbulent and immensely satisfying romance reads : )

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  41. >This book sounds so good. I love it when one of the characters somehow insult the other(but not to be mean). This conflict is usually humorous and I enjoy it.

    I was wondering if the books should be read in order?

  42. >I don't mind bickering but meanness and cruelty can't be involved…that puts me off completely.

    I've already got both Kendall books on my Kindle so don't enter me for the book contest!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com