Once in a while, I just want a Cinderella-style romance that is fairly light and gives me that warm, happy feeling when I close the book on the last page. This one definitely delivered on that with the Prince being a Prince of a small desert country and Cinderella was a hotel housekeeping supervisor.
The story begins when Liyah Amari takes the underhousekeeping job at The Chatsfield, a premiere London hotel, because she is familiar with the needs and customs of Zeena Sahra, a small country in the desert, because that is where her recently deceased mother is from. Her transfer to the hotel disguises her real purpose which is to meet her father which was her mother’s dying wish. Liyah’s father is none other than the owner of the hotel chain who slept with a housemaid when he was younger.
Sheikh Sayed’s visit is for the purpose of meeting up with his long time fiancée at the end of his European tour for the purpose of escorting her back home to their royal wedding. He can’t work up any enthusiasm over the prospect of his arranged marriage, but he’ll do his duty. He notices the beautiful, capable woman who has been assigned by the hotel to take care of his party, but it’s not until his fiancée jilts him that he does something about it. A night of intimacy leads to startling and potentially life-changing results for Aaliyah and Sayed the next morning. Sayed had a wonderful night when he was with a woman who enjoyed being with Sayed, the man and not the Emir. Aaliyah couldn’t believe how wanted and cherished Sayed made her feel. It’s all just a dream for just the one night that can never happen again or so they think.
It wasn’t deep or complex; it was just a simple romance between people from two very different worlds. That isn’t to say that it is boring or didn’t have any conflict to make the couple work for their happily ever after. I loved how Aaliyah bravely sought out her father knowing the risk that a meeting with him would not necessarily bring a good result and that she had such a good attitude about things when her life spiraled downward and out of control. She was sweet and sassy with Sayed which is part of her allure for him. Sayed had the weight of his responsibilities on his shoulders and now had to deal with the fallout of his long time fiancée, who he had been matched with since they were children, take off with a commoner. He adores Aaliyah, but he knows he has to put duty to country before his heart’s happiness. It was funny when he got arrogant and Aaliyah called him on it. They were so cute, yet very passionate together.
In the end, it was just the doctor ordered after a few heavier, intense reads. The characters and the story were engaging and offered an easy read. I am recommending this for lovers of spicy and light Cinderella-style Contemporary Romance.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.