The Sheikh’s Christmas Fling
(Christmas With the Yared Sheikhs #1)
By Leslie North
Publication date: December 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
It’s the Christmas season in the tiny Kingdom of Maatkare, and the royal family needs a chef. Desperate to prove herself after her first restaurant failed, Ana Rizzo jumps at this chance for redemption and nabs the high-paying, short-term job. The opportunity couldn’t be more perfect. Ana will be able to stretch her culinary skills, earn enough money to open another restaurant, and still be able to give her adopted daughter the attention she needs. Her biggest challenge will be winning over the family’s elderly cook and getting Noel Yared, the middle son, to give her food his stamp of approval. She only cares about Noel’s palate, not his soulful brown eyes, his gorgeous runner’s body, and his amazing kisses. An avid runner herself, Ana pushes herself to keep up with Noel during their daily runs. But she’s finding the biggest challenge is resisting Noel’s charm.
Noel finds Ana endlessly fascinating and incredibly sexy. With a bit of charming persuasion from him, the two begin what they both know is a short-term affair. No rules, no heartache, just great sex and a bit of fun. So when he believes Ana has betrayed his family’s trust, he’s glad his heart wasn’t involved. Glad she’s gone. Glad he’ll never see her again. Until he realizes a couple terrible truths too late: Ana was actually the one who was betrayed, and somehow he’s fallen hard for her. Now he needs a bit of Christmas magic to prove he’s worthy of her love.
“First things first. The shawarma marinade.” She moved to a small bowl, whisked it rapidly, then offered him a spoonful. “Thoughts?”
He grabbed her hand instead of the spoon and took a quick taste. Their eyes locked, and something shivered through him. Blue eyes that reminded him of a spring morning watched him eagerly.
“Too spicy,” he said, though the marinade left a pleasant buzz on his tongue. She wouldn’t get a free pass so quickly. Not as the newest employee in the palace, and certainly not when it was much more fun to tease first. “Definitely too spicy.”
She huffed. “No it’s not.” Her gaze fell to the bowl. “I used a fraction of the cayenne I would normally use. Unless you have some sort of allergy.”
He sniffed. “What else?”
“I’m going to bake a fatayar now,” she said. He watched as she scooped a glob of something green into the dough she’d just rolled out, and then sealed it up with quick finger work. A moment later, she’d shut a few of them away in the oven. “The vegan take on it is a challenge, but I’m positive I found the workaround.”
“This is an important task,” he said. And it was—especially with his mother away in Switzerland. The entire palace hinged on a solid series of Christmas meals, and this was the first time they wouldn’t have his mother’s soft, graceful touch. “You’ll have plenty of fierce critics.”
“Yeah, I think I’m looking at one right now.”
Her flat expression made a smile twitch at his lips. He liked this sparring.
The car tires crunched over gravel as the chauffer drove slowly up to the house, but Ana didn’t even realize they’d arrived. She and Noel had been lip-locked since the second they sat in the backseat. It had to have been a fifteen-minute drive. If only the driver would take another lap, give them some more time.
Ana pulled away, her lips swollen and tingling. Noel was too good of a kisser. His thumb grazed her jawline, everything about him begging her to return.
“God, we’re here.” She leaned forward, her lips finding his immediately. Their tongues met in the middle, sloppy and playful. Her pussy clenched. At this rate, the driver needed to keep driving for at least a couple more hours.
She might never get her fill.
Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
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