The Sheikh's Last Mistress is Zafir and Destiny’s story and one that has been in my mind for several years. The first version was written in 2012, before I became a published Harlequin author. It wasn’t successful on that first submission, but as I had fallen in love with the characters I just had to rewrite their story.
Destiny is a horse lover and has used her love for them as an excuse to stay away from any kind of relationship with men. After losing her mother when she was young and being brought up by a step mother as mercenary as her father, she didn’t believe love could exist. When Zafir strides into her life, offering her the escape route she has been searching for, she has no idea he is the man she will lose her heart to.
Zafir is about to take a wife out of duty to his country, Kezoban, but is still haunted by the events surrounding his sister’s tragic death, as is his prized stallion, Majeed. Destiny Richards comes highly recommended for healing troubled horses and he makes her a deal to return to Kezoban with him. What he doesn’t know is that she will not only heal Majeed, but also help him to move on from the terrible events of the past – and she will become the woman he loves, the woman he wants as his wife. His Last Mistress.
I loved writing New Year at the Boss’s Bidding, because as I sat at my desk, outside it was snowing. While I discovered all about the past which still haunted Xavier and found out just what had happened to Tilly last New Year’s Eve the landscape was being cloaked in a blanket of white. Perfect inspiration.
The grand house Tilly arrives at to prepare for a catering contract, captures her imagination, but the man she finds herself snowbound with when blizzard conditions cut them off, turns her world upside down. As the old grandfather clock chimes out the old year and welcomes in the new one, Tilly tries to ignore the attraction which is growing stronger between them.
Xavier finds Tilly’s love of the Christmas tree and all it represents, together with the attraction he felt for her the moment he first saw her stood in the snow, not only forces him to face his past but enables him to move on from the accident he blames himself for.
Emotions run high as the storm intensifies, as does the attraction they are almost powerless to resist and one kiss to celebrate the New Year sets off the fireworks of passion.
From One Night to Wife is set on the gorgeous Greek Island of Santorini with an equally gorgeous hero, Nikos. He and Serena had a brief affair when she was on the island, but when she returned to England, it became clear that affair had consequences. Serena travels back to Santorini to break the news to Nikos, but as she is about to leave the country she discovers the man she’d fallen in love with, is not what he seemed, making it even more impossible to tell him her true feelings.
Once Nikos discovers why she had returned, he is adamant there is only one course of action to take – marriage.
Craving Her Enemy’s Touch is my third book and is set against the backdrop of the world of motor racing. Charlotte Warrington is forced to confront the man she believes is responsible for the accident which claimed the life of her brother.
Sandro, driven by the need to keep his promise to his friend, has no choice but to find Charlotte and ask her to promote the very car which took her brother from her, but under no circumstances will he ever let her know the whole truth.
Very quickly the heady desire they have for one another takes over everything and Charlotte is soon in too deep. But the dark truth of the accident is lurking, testing the affair that has turned into something much deeper.
My second book, Claimed by the Sheikh was released in February 2015 and I fell in love with both the UK and US cover as soon as I saw them.
I had a lot of fun creating a kingdom for the hero Kazim Al-Amed. From the palace with its ornate and lavish courtyard garden, where an extensive range of plants thrive, to the desert and the elaborate tent in which Kazim and Amber shelter as a sandstorm threatens.
The story begins many miles away in Paris, where Amber is living since she left her husband after only one day of marriage, forced out by his anger and disappointment. In Paris, she meets Annie and that friendship and her small son prove to be the anchor in life she was looking for – until Kazim finds her. Once again his anger and disappointment at her are clearly on display, but she matches it with her own when he demands she return home with him. She refuses, until he offers the one thing she wants most.