Christmas is right around the corner, but after creating a society scandal, New York heiress Melody Hascall-Ebons has nowhere to turn. Cut off by her family for running away with an actor—who turned out to be using her for publicity—Mel is penniless, homeless, and disgraced. There’s only one place to go, and that’s back to the fiancé she ditched. But instead of her ex, she finds his friend Daveed Rafik. The handsome military translator disarms Mel with his easy smile and surprising sympathy. But as she struggles to get her life on track, the last thing Mel needs is to fall into the strong arms of her ex-fiancé’s best friend.
Counter-terrorism expert Sheikh Daveed Rafik has spent his career dealing with delicate and dangerous situations, but none of them compares to Melody Hascall-Ebons. He’s supposed to be helping his friend Murphy find his missing sister, not consoling the spoiled rich girl who dumped their buddy Heath. But the more he learns about Melody, the more he likes. With her unexpected intelligence and distinctive beauty, Melody calls to him in powerful ways. But when the woman he is arranged to marry shows up, Daveed’s highly organized life suddenly gets very complicated.
The streets of New York are steeped in holiday cheer, but can Daveed and Melody thaw the ice around their hearts enough to make room for love?
Titles in the All I want For Christmas Is... series include: A Sheikh For Christmas –
Title: A Sheikh For Christmas
Series: All I Want For Christmas Is #1
Author: Leslie North
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: December 7, 2017
Publisher: Relay Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Realizing that she’s not only made a colossal mistake but a complete fool of herself, Melody goes to the only place she can think of… the man she was to marry before she ran off on this disastrous adventure of hers. She’s been dumped, disowned and left to fend for herself in a world she’s ill-equipped to handle right now. Heath is her only hope right now, and he’ll probably turn his back on her, too. But she has to try. The last person she expected to find opening Heath’s door was his friend, Daveed – a man who couldn’t possibly dislike her more than she dislikes herself right now. Yet with the opening of that door Daveed and Melody start out on an emotional journey neither one expected to take… with the other.
In every relationship, especially one in trouble it’s often easy to forget that there are two sides to any situation no matter how bad it looks from one side’s view. This is something that Daveed had to deal with as he got to know Melody, hear her side of events and discovered that he couldn’t continue his dislike of her for somewhere along the line she became far more important to him than he realized. Life is full of complications, and Daveed is about to experience those complications first hand. Now he has to make a choice for tradition or for love.
I enjoyed A Sheikh For Christmas. The thread of the ongoing troubles appears to be flowing through all the stories of the series. I happen to enjoy those threads that weave a larger picture and I’m looking forward to discovering where they lead. It’s not easy to reinvent yourself when life tosses you to the curb, but Melody has the strength and determination to do just that. Oh, she may be down but she’s far from out. Daveed is that combination of old world charm and lethal force that makes him a perfect hero for Melody. They have issues to be dealt with, but at the core is something neither expected and now cannot do without… each other.
I would recommend this one to any reader who enjoys a possible enemy to lover feel to a really good romance. Now to wait for the next story and dive further into the underlying mystery.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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