Spotlight & Giveaway: The Boss’s Fake Fiancé by Inara Scott

Posted November 28th, 2012 by in Blog, Spotlight / 29 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome Entangled author Inara Scott to HJ!

Inara welcome, for all of my readers who may not be familiar with your work, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your books?

Sure! I’m a writer with a very short attention span, so you’ll see my books in all sorts of genres! My first two books, The Talents and The Marked, were young adult paranormal about a girl with a supernatural–and dangerous–power to make things happen with her mind. My first adult book was a light fantasy romance called Radiant Desire. My most recent books are two shorter, contemporary romances with Entangled Publishing that are part of a series about the Bencher Family. The first book was Rules of Negotiation, about eldest brother Brit Bencher. The Boss’s Fake Fiancee is about Brit’s sister Melissa. There will be a third book in the series (pub date as yet unknown) about Melissa and Brit’s brother Ross.

Do you usually begin a book with a character or aplot?

It varies quite a bit from book to book. My adult romances are definitely character driven—the trope (fake fiancée, second chance at love, etc.)centers the plot, but it’s really the characters-and their personal demons-that are the center of the story. My young adult books are much more plot and theme driven. But even with more complex and weighty plots, I still
focus most of my energy on making real, authentic characters.

When you finish a book, how do you celebrate?

Oh, this is a good question because after writing eight books, it’s easy to forget to celebrate! The hardest thing for me to do is step away from the book and let it rest for a little while. Writing “the end” is really just the beginning of the revising–and that’s something I love to do.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Trying To Do It All And–Squirrel!

What are you currently working on? What can we expect from you in the future?

I am actually going to try something new this winter and release a self-published book called Exposing Alix. It’s a very steamy contemporary romance about an erotic filmmaker who gets hired to help a cynical Hollywood director put more “romance” into his sex scenes. I can’t wait to see what readers think about it! I’ll also be writing the third book in my young adult series, and then Ross’s book comes next!

Let’s talk about your new release ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’

If you had to sum up ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’

BFF is a classic romantic story of two people forced together by circumstances, who find themselves falling hard, in a most inconvenient way. But of course, the book is about more than a fake engagement. It’s about two people struggling to make peace with themselves, and to trust in love.

What sparked the idea for the book ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’?

I can never trace a book back to just one thing, but part of the inspiration for this book was a boy my daughter (she’s 9) became best friends with a couple of years ago. He’s a really amazing kid, and even though he and my daughter are very different they were inseparable from the first time they met. This made me wonder what things might have been like if they hadn’t met as kids, but as adults.

If you had to pick your favorite scene in ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’

Definitely the ending–I love the over-the-top, fantastically romantic gesture.

Who would play Garth Solen and Melissa Bencher in the movie version of your book? And why?

I’m terrible at this–I don’t really know many actors or actresses–can you
help? Who would you cast? 🙂

Hmmm! I would say Sandra Bullock cos she is my fav. actress and Josh Duhamel, I think Josh cos he is super cute IMO 😉

Inara Thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway: Once lucky winner will win an advanced copy of “The Boss’s Fake Fiance’


To enter giveaway: Please complete the rafflecopter below and post a comment to this Q: Indulgence (and Harlequin) books are centered on a trope–in this case, a
fake engagement and romance between a woman and her boss. Some other common tropes are secret babies, mistaken identities, beauty and the beast, and
the Cinderella story. Do you enjoy reading familiar tropes? What’s your
favorite? If you were going to write a romance novel, which trope would you
pick to write a story around?

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Would you please share an excerpt from ‘The Boss’s Fake Fiance’…

Here’s a little snippet from
the scene in which Garth and Melissa pick out an engagement ring:


The box opened with a soft click. Garth stared inside for a moment before
withdrawing the tiny object. As they had each time before, Garth gently
slipped the new ring on her finger. Melissa looked down, fearing another
huge diamond.

And then froze.

This ring was entirely different from the others. A large, aquamarine stone
sparkled from the center, circled by what had to be twenty or thirty tiny,
shimmering diamonds. Delicate filigree danced around the stones, giving the
whole thing an otherworldly, ornate beauty. It was lighter than the other
rings, but taller.

“It’s one of our vintage rings,” Ten said. “An Art Deco piece from the
1920s. Recently discovered at an estate sale. There were a few missing
stones that had to be replaced, but otherwise, it’s all original period

“It’s incredible,” Melissa breathed. She traced the outline of the center
stone with one finger. The ring felt magical, like she’d just been given a
treasure from a fairy tale. She imagined the original owner as a slightly
built woman with a sleek cap of shining hair, wearing the ring with her
waist-long string of pearls and flapper dress.

She glanced up from the ring and her gaze was captured by Garth, who was
staring at her with an uncanny intensity. “What?” she asked hesitantly.

Garth paused, and Melissa felt a blush rising in her cheeks. She brushed
back a strand of hair and laughed weakly, staring at her hand. “Do you like

“I do.” He reached out and tipped her face toward his. “It’s perfect.”

Melissa looked up, surprised to feel his hand on her skin. Any protest died
on her lips as Garth leaned forward and silenced her with a kiss.

The first chapter of the book is available at


29 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Boss’s Fake Fiancé by Inara Scott”

  1. Shannon G.

    I don’t mind tropes, but I am not all that crazy about them. My least favorite is the hidden pregnancy. But I do like the fake relationship that turns into something. I think it might be my favorite or at least close to it.

  2. Mary Preston

    Marriage of convenience stories are a great favorite of mine. I love the initial discord & the realization of deep feelings.

  3. orchid7

    I agree… I really dislike the secret baby trope. I don’t really like kids in my romance novels.
    What I do love are the “second chance at love” or “best friends to lovers” storylines. Those are my favorites, so that’s what I’d write about.
    The Boss’s Fake Fiancé looks like a good book!

  4. Rebe

    I really don’t like the secret baby trope, either, but I love the friends to lovers or older brother’s best friend tropes!

  5. Michelle Harlan

    My favorite trope is the Marriage of Convenience. The first romance I ever read was LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds & I fell in love with the concept right away. After all these years of reading romance, I still tend to look for the MOC angle when I’m picking out new books to read.

  6. Michele Hayes

    I do like tropes…it always interesting to see an author’s spin on it. My favorites would be marriage of convenience and Cinderella stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Brenda Rumsey

    My favorites are Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast. As several others, I don’t really care about the hidden pregnancy story. Thanks for the contest.

  8. Fiona Marsden

    I love reunions when the hero and heroine have been faithful and Marriage of Convenience stories. I don’t mind babies so long as they stay in the stomach or the nursery and don’t take over.

  9. Belinda

    I really like marriage of convenience stories. Don’t really like to read about kids as a source of faked marriage. I like the title of a fake fiance story. Thanks for contest/giveaway.

  10. JANE

    I love reading about secret babies romances; marriage of convenience romances; or blackmail/revenge romances where the hero is looking for revenge but the tables turn on him later in the book. Thank you for the book giveaway!!

  11. Ann S.

    I really like romances based on the Cinderella story. Poor girl swept up by a wonderful wealthy man. I do like the fake fiancé concept, it sounds like a fun romance.

  12. Becky M.

    I’m not a fan of the secret baby plot either, but instead really like the second chance at love trope, friends to lovers, and brother’s best friend…fake relationship into real can be fun too–this one sounds great!

  13. Tammy Y

    I like the boss stories. I hate secret baby stories or when she keeps her pregnancy a secret. It is so dishonest, I cannot get beyond it.

  14. Chris Mead

    I love a Cinderella and The Beauty and the Beast type story! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. Joanne B

    I enjoy reading all tropes but my favorite is the marriage of convenience stories, and reunion stories. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Inara

    Thanks for your notes, everyone! I can’t wait for you all to read The Boss’s Fake Fiancee. And thanks to your input, I will never ever write a secret baby book! LOL!! 🙂

  17. KathrynB

    Oh, I love secret babies (or full grown kids!) but marriage of convenience plots usually leave me scratching my head. In fact, I tried to write a marriage of convenience and I just couldn’t get her to say “yes” to the idea even though the incentives were there. She kept saying “no” so there went that trope!

  18. Lily B

    I love tropes. My favorite is cinderella story, but i like most of them 🙂 I think I would write cinderella story, beauty and the beast or woman and her boss.
    Awesome giveaway 🙂 thank you!

  19. Olga

    I love all of them, but closer would be Cinderella, The Beauty and the Beast stories.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Suzanne

    I would use the truope concerning a baby. Those single encounters that result in a child, unknown to the father. The father is military, with multiple deployments; he still remembers the encounter with the young lady. He gets injured and after rehab, he returns and finds she matured into a wonderful woman, who runs the bookstore. It was a total surprise visit and she wasn’t sure of his intentions. Not until an 8 year old boy shows up….
    Thanks for the give a way.

  21. Cecilia

    If i write a story, maybe i pick cinderella story, beauty and the beast. i hate secret babies.

  22. Shadow

    I love the same type tropes. I have two favorites. I like the secret babies and i also love the brothers little sister falling in love with her brothers best friend. Both are favorites!

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