I really loved this story.
I have a fondness for the serious, geeky environmentally aware type and when you combine that with a man who has a clear notion of noblesse oblige -- it just makes my heart melt. I really liked Olivia too, but Khaled simply stole the show for me. He was the one I really resonated with, even though Olivia's difficulties with her father and trying to prove herself in a man's world also struck a chord.
What I really enjoyed was that the conflict was so very external in origin yet was completely internal in how it played out. These two were pure sweetness together and I really liked how they complemented each other, giving and taking in equal measure without mind games or coy tricks. They were placed in a difficult position by her job, her status as a foreigner, his responsibility to a country and his need to preserve the world for the generations to come. It all wove together into a breathtaking tapestry of the various threads that bound them and the emotions they couldn't deny.
I was worrying, since I'm the crunchy granola type, that Olivia was going to be pushy about being an oil exec and I was so relieved and happy when that didn't turn out to be the case and that wasn't the core conflict.
In all, beautifully executed. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more stories by this author.
His duty, her dreams, undone by their desire...
In the male-dominated oil industry, executive Olivia McInnes plays a careful game - she's cold, uncompromising, and ambitious as hell. Once she seals the deal to drill in the clear waters of Saqat, she'll finally prove herself worthy to take the reins of her father's oil company. Her only obstacle is marine biologist - and Saqat's royal heir - Sheikh Khaled Ibm Saqat al Mayim, who's determined to protect both his people and his country from environmental devastation...
It's not long before Olivia's icy cool exterior is shattered by the intelligent and wickedly hot sheikh, and business is surpassed by sweet, stolen pleasures. But outside the bedroom, there's reality to be faced. Soon Khaled must return to his obligations - and his betrothed - in Saqat.
Caught between duty and ambition, can an oil tycoon and a sexy sheikh find room for love... or will this business deal spell disaster for them both?