Can I tell you a secret? Last month my daughter went to a teen writer's conference and Jennifer Moore was there. Parents aren't allowed at the conference until the very end but since it was just a bit too far to go home, I was around the area reading my books. I was like a little fangirl (not stalker, fangirl), watching the authors mill around for classes and such. I saw Jennifer Moore and did a little internal squeal. I wanted to call out, "I'm reading your book right now. I really like it!" Ha. But I didn't. Because that would have been weird, right?
I love to read Jennifer Moore's books. She writes great romances with engaging characters. Her books are clean but with a few sparks. This book was fantastic. I loved the shifting scenes- from the slopes in Colorado to the farm, to Middle East. Each place had such a different feel and I could picture the places and people so easily in my head. It was like a movie!
Shelby has such spunk. Her energy and intelligence make her a well rounded and fun character. Hakim is swoony. So generous and kind. Loved him.
I read this book cover to cover in pretty much one sitting. (because, as I said, I had that sort of time in between fangirl-ing). It was a fantastic diversion and I was happily content in the end. Enjoy the following excerpt!
Excerpt “Does your father know you’re asking me?” Hakim gazed over her shoulder and took a deep breath. “He knows.” “But he doesn’t want me to come, right?” “I will bring a companion of my choice tomorrow.” He locked his gaze onto Shelby’s and leaned toward her. “You are my choice. Will you please come?” The Sheik apparently doesn’t buy into the whole “guests are gifts from Allah” idea. “Of course, I would love to come.” She smiled, but knew it didn’t appear convincing. She hated feeling like she was the source of their discord. “You are nervous. Please do not feel uncomfortable.” “I’m worried I’ll say or do something stupid.” She winced. “I’m not exactly a refined debutante who knows how to act in formal situations. I don’t want to embarrass you, Hakim.” “I do not want you to be a refined debutante. I have spent enough time with those people to know they are not what I want.”Hakim maneuvered his horse until he faced Shelby and their legs were nearly touching. He leaned closer, his gaze earnest. “What I want is you, Shelby Jo.” He cupped her cheek in his hand. Shelby felt her heart flutter and her nerve endings tingle as she lost herself in the deep brown pools of his eyes. His thumb stroked her skin, leaving a trail of heat in its wake. He slid his hand into her hair and drew her closer, his lips covering hers. When she drew away, Shelby inhaled deeply and grinned. “Hearing you put it that way, how could I possibly refuse?”
Also by Jennifer Moore: Becoming Lady Lockwood (2014 Whitney Award Winner), Lady Emma's Campaign & Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince.