Cary Grant and Grace Kelly Made Me Do it


Showing my age, here, but remember Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief, a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. If you’ve never seen it, try placing a request with your library. Anyway, the story takes place in the French Riviera with glorious scenes of the landscape, which earned an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

So what did this movie do to me?

It made me fall in love with Monaco. It’s the image of a paradise for the young and rich, and those who live and love like there’s no tomorrow. After visiting Milan where beautiful people are wearing beautiful clothes, I imagine Monaco has the same vibe times 1,000.

Imagine narrow winding roads slicing haphazardly through quaint towns and villages, penthouses with fantastic views and opulent floor plans, yachts that are custom designed for particular tastes.  And here’s to the people who are proud of their history and generous with their hospitality.

Writing a three-novella series with the Laurent brothers of Monaco felt perfectly natural. The 3-Ds—Damien, Dane, Dallon—have a bit of the bad boy in them. Confidence, a touch of arrogance, and lots of sexy describe these men who will meet their match with beautiful women who have independent spirits.

All three books—Damien, Dane, Dallon--will be released on September 14 and are now available for preorder on Kindle.

By the way, it was while serving on the U.S. delegation for the Cannes Festival that Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier III, later marrying him and becoming a princess. Talk about fairy tale endings.

Michelle Monkou is a multi-published USA TODAY Best Selling author with over 20 books in print and digital. She began her writing career in 2002 and writes contemporary romances, paranormal/urban fantasy, new adult and young adult. She also writes as Michelle Rhys for explicit/erotic stories. Her stories speak to the heart and offer that happy ever after ending for the romance fiction reader. Michelle is also an active participant with romance writers’ advocacy efforts. She resides in Maryland writing many more stories to fill the hands and e-readers of romantic bookaholics. Her Website:

Damien (Tall, Dark and Sexy, Book 1)

Two worlds collide. And the battle of wills sizzle. Losing?—That’s out of the question.

Damien Laurent is the ultimate bad boy of the Laurent Dynasty. After a series of tabloid faux pas, the family votes an immediate suspension, against him, from the real estate family business. One brother demands that he gets his head back in the game. The other brother suggests that he discovers his passion. No one knows the real reason for his hyperactive do or die antics. And he’s not telling.

Except Anna di Torino, the Italian enchantress of royal blood, knows Damien all too well. Their torrid affairs had set headlines ablaze until she’d turned down his marriage proposal. Her family obligations continue to war with her desire for the man whose family from humble beginnings now owns most of Monaco.

On a modeling assignment, she is thrust into the new world of professional electric car racing—Damien’s new playground. Seeing him again, revives the heady, sensual longing that she thought she’d successfully buried. Their reunion sets the headlines abuzz. But this time, she doesn’t want a bad boy. She wants a husband. Only one man stokes her desire, satisfies her needs, and seduces her heart…Damien!

Available now on Amazon

4 thoughts on “Cary Grant and Grace Kelly Made Me Do it”

  1. Ms. Monkou, you perfectly summarized the effect Monaco had on me after watching To Catch a Thief. I’m one-clicking your books on Amazon — it’s impossible to get enough of the magic of Monaco, especially if it’s created by Monkou!

  2. Love the scenery in that movie, also the way they inter-cut scenes of fireworks going off between kissing scenes…pretty racy stuff for 1955. But what always struck me as odd was that if I as a middle-aged woman encountered someone who looked as Cary Grant while traveling with my beautiful young daughter, I’d try to grab him for myself rather than encouraging him to take up with my daughter. Of course, just a few short years later Jessie Royce Landis (who played Grace Kelly’s mother) was cast as Cary Grant’s mother in North by Northwest. Such is the way Hollywood saw mature women (Landis was only a few years older than Grant). Sadly nothing much has changed.

  3. What a wonderful inspiration for your new book! I just think that some of the older movies did romance so well. Keep watching them for more story ideas – especially the ones that will allow us to experience another country.

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