Marriage, that’s what his father commanded. He didn’t have to like it but he had to comply. But there are a few surprises in store for both Khalid Al-Qasim and his designated bride Saleema. On the surface he is a cold-hearted jerk while she is the fragile Belle but they have a shared past that Saleema is yet to discover; a past which comes back to haunt the arrogant Playboy and his beautiful Belle. Will Saleema survive this time? Or will the unknown enemy succeed?
In the meantime, Khalid finds out that he has an uncanny attraction to his bride and eventually was quite willing to see where that would lead but Saleema had ideas of her own.
Spencer Waller’s main purpose in life is to protect and serve. After spending years in the military, he gets a coveted spot on the Secret Service detail protecting the president. Spence doesn’t have time for women or all the work having a relationship with one requires. But just because he isn’t looking for a lady doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a beautiful one when he sees her.
And he makes it a point to see one in particular every single day.
Elle Bond has literally chopped and fried her way to the top of the food chain. Earning a coveted position in the White House as the president’s personal chef, she figures her professional life can only get better. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use a little bit of an overhaul, and because of that, she tries to ignore the charm-dripping cookie thief every time he comes into her kitchen. After all, she knows better than anyone that just one taste of something good is never enough.
One night after work, Elle is assaulted, threatened, and given an ultimatum. She can’t go to the police, and she sure as hell can’t do what she was ordered.
But she has to. Or else.
Pale, shaken, and scared to death, Elle confides in Spence, and his protective instincts take over. Together, Elle and Spencer have to uncover a sinister plot and stop it before someone ends up dead.
23 year-old singing sensation Yayoi lives a double life. She is Yaya the J-pop idol, a wildly popular music phenomenon. But Yayoi is also the wife of a self-destructive actor, whose family owns the marketing machine that owns her. Yayoi wants to grow as an artist beyond Yaya and she desperately wants a divorce.
A promotional video shoot in New Zealand gives her the opportunity to escape and reboot. But her adventure has costs, and unexpected dangers—including the allure of a young man, who is everything her husband is not. She hijacks the young guy’s car and his plan for a weekend hunting trip in the mountains with a childhood friend.
Out of her depth, her decisions have radical consequences for her career, her family, and all around her. She is not ready for the cascade of events unleashed by the reappearance of her estranged husband. She must find her feet, and fast.
Ailsa took a deep breath. “Now, I didn’t come here to make a scene. I’m a practical woman. I trained as a zoologist. I understand men’s urges.”
And she does. Pragmatic and world-weary, Ailsa Trewen has confronted several mistresses over the course of her marriage to the philandering Sid. But her plans for an animal sanctuary and a quiet future take an unexpected turn when Sid’s death in the arms of his latest lover leaves her a wealthy widow and she invests in a thriving hotel.
Not just any hotel, but Hotel d’Amour, a luxurious retreat for the businessman and the ‘other woman’. If a quirk of fate can make Ailsa head such an establishment, she might as well put her position to good use. Over gourmet dinners at her ‘mistresses only’ nights, her clients shed their inhibitions and share their experiences, telling tales of lust, envy and revenge as they explore the agonies, ecstasies (and ironies) of adultery. And with shared experience comes some peace, and the promise of another kind of sanctuary for Ailsa… wickedly amusing entertainment.