Kelli A. Wilkins
Behind the Scenes: Ultimate Night’s Delights – A Sizzling Historical/Fantasy Romance
This “Behind the Scenes” blog is part of a series examining my romance novels. In each blog, I’ll talk about why I wrote the book, share my thoughts on the plot and/or characters, and reveal what I loved most (or least) about writing the book. Warning: Blogs may contain spoilers.
Today I’m highlighting the third book in my Naughty Nobles trilogy, Ultimate Night’s Delights.
The series includes Midsummer Night’s Delights, Midwinter Night's Delights, and Ultimate Night's Delights. Although the books are connected, each stands alone as an individual read.
In previous blogs, I wrote about Midsummer Night’s Delights and Midwinter Night’s Delights.
Midsummer Night’s Delights introduced readers to repressed newlyweds, Julian and Annabelle. They are strangers trapped in an arranged, sexless marriage. To loosen them up, Julian’s father sends them to the Marquis of Demby’s estate to attend a Midsummer Ball. (And this type of ball isn’t for dancing!)
The second book in the series, Midwinter Night’s Delights, picks up six months after the last story and follows the continuing sexual adventures of Annabelle and Julian. (And yes, that novella is just as hot—if not hotter—than the first one!)
Ultimate Night’s Delights is the third and final novella in the series. I never intended to write a trilogy, but the characters kept popping into my head, and I knew they had more stories to tell. Readers and reviewers fell in love with the characters and the storyline, so I decided to write one more book that wrapped up the trilogy.
However, when I started thinking about the plot, I wasn’t sure what direction to take. I knew there had to be something interesting (beyond a naughty “anything goes” ball) that raised the stakes for everyone, and I thought about blackmail. (It’s always a good motive!)
From there, I developed the idea of the “Black Duke” and his mission to destroy Vincent. Then I had to devise a clever way to tie it all together at the end.
I also enhanced shared some insight on two secondary characters, Lono and Lobo. (Readers were briefly introduced to them in Midwinter.) Lono and Lobo are Vincent’s very devoted and extremely loyal employees. I don’t want to give away too much, but they play a key role in Ultimate Night’s Delights. This book also explains how they came to be employed by Vincent and Sabrina and gives readers a hint at what’s ahead for them in the future.
Readers have wondered, how did I pick these names for Lono and Lobo? I named Lono after the title of a Hunter S. Thompson book, The Curse of Lono. And Lobo? No, he is not a wolf—Lobo is named after the singer of the 1970s classic tune, “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.”
I enjoyed writing this wrap-up to the Naughty Nobles trilogy. It was fun to think of clever ways to foil the Black Duke’s plan and redeem Vincent. Fans of the first two novellas embraced this sexy and satisfying conclusion to the series.
Here are a few kind words from readers:
Praise for Ultimate Night’s Delights...
"5 Stars! Lots of sexy fun! I enjoyed following the adventures of Julian and Annabelle, and in this book they're no longer a shy couple. Vincent and Sabrina are fun and sexy and they've taught Julian and Annabelle very well. Vincent's issues with his enemy, the Duke of Blackwell play out along the way, and lead to a very satisfying ending." - N.G., Amazon Review
"4 Stars! Awesome finale! I love the characters and the plan they come up with to help defeat the Black Duke. I'm glad that Julian wasn't an arrogant guy in this story, but a very concerned individual. Really enjoyed the characters and hope maybe there could be another book." - Dawn, Amazon Review
“4 Stars! Happy to have Julian and Annabelle back again. My fave characters. Enjoy the story very much, but sad that this is the final book. Love the plan they came up to deal with the Black Duke.” - D., GoodReads Review
Here’s the book summary and links to the full series:
Ultimate Night’s Delights
Julian and Annabelle are back for the final ball!
The Midsummer and Midwinter Balls changed Julian and Annabelle forever. Vincent, the Marquis of Demby, and his wife, Sabrina, introduced them to a world of erotic pleasures. Freed from their inhibitions, they now help other shy couples explore their sexual urges and hidden desires.
But life on Vincent and Sabrina’s estate is anything but tranquil. The notorious Duke of Blackwell has discovered the secret about the naughty balls and is out to destroy the marquis.
Vincent refuses to deny the rumors about the “anything goes” parties he hosts, and turns to his friends for assistance. Together, they devise a plan to defeat the Black Duke… and still find time for a few wicked games.
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Order Ultimate Night’s Delights here:
All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/bxgyPk
Need to catch up? Order Books 1 & 2 here:
Midsummer Night’s Delights (Book 1):
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6W5QHM All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/3LrJP1
Midwinter Night’s Delights (Book 2):
All other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/mdKaaX
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Kelli A. Wilkins
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 20+ romance novels, 7 non-fiction books, and 5 horror ebooks. Her romances span many genres and settings, and she likes to scare readers with her horror stories.
Her latest novel, In Another World, was released in early 2022. This contemporary mystery/romance is set in the world of the paranormal.
She also released two horror shorts, More Than I Bargained For and Silent Sentinel in 2021.
In 2021, Kelli published Journaling Every Week: 52 Topics to Get You Writing. This fun and innovative guide to journaling is filled with hundreds of thought-provoking prompts designed to get you writing about your feelings and emotions.
Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins
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Visit her website/blog www.KelliWilkins.com for a full title list and to find all her social media links.