Bohemian Rhapsody by Justine Elyot
I’m not sure why I didn’t think twice about making Milan Kaspar, the central male character in my erotic romance serial, Food of Love, a Czech, but somehow he just had to come from Prague. Perhaps it’s becausePrague is the capital of the historic Kingdom of Bohemia, and if there’s one thing you can call Milan, it’s Bohemian.
Anyway – the best thing about using Prague as a story setting? Having to go there to soak up the atmosphere, of course. It was the obvious destination for a long weekend away and I spent three wonderful days location scouting and getting a feel for the sense of history and way of life.
St Vitus Cathedral is where the boy Milan developed his concert playing skills – under Communist rule in the 1970s and 80s, when he was growing up, the grandest churches were all used as music venues, religion being frowned upon.
On the huge piazza outside the walls of Prague Castle, Milan joins in with a travelling gipsy band.
For an edgier side to Prague, there’s the district of Žižkov, where Milan grew up in one room with his mother.
And the big romantic scene of the story takes place on the Charles Bridge. At a slightly less busy time than I was on it, presumably…
If you want to read some Prague-based passionate goings-on, here’s a little more information about the book:
Highly Strung – Book One in the Food of Love Series
If music be the food of love, no wonder orchestral life is so passionate.
The new violinist with the Westminster Symphony Orchestra knows she shouldn’t have a crush on its glamorous leader, Milan Kaspar, but Lydia just can’t help wanting a piece of the arrogant Czech virtuoso.
Capturing his attention by refusing to play along with his plans for the orchestra, she soon finds herself drawn into his bed – a bed he shares with lovers of both sexes.
ButLydiawants more than wild and inventive sex – she wants to get behindMilan’s sophisticated veneer, to find the man inside the performer.
She seems doomed to failure, until a trip to his home country changes everything…
Reader Advisory: This book contains ménage relationships, bisexual characters and exhibitionism/voyeurism, plus some scenes of angst.
It’s available from Total E-Bound and can be bought from their online store here: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1639
Many thanks to Lucy, the erotica legend, for so generously hosting me today. I’ve had a great time taking you on my little tour of Prague.