VICTORIA BALLARD is a New York financial executive who considers men to be an unnecessary annoyance. With her career on track, she focuses on the adoption of four beautiful orphans, a crowning completion to her predesigned life-plan. However, life is a nasty trickster, and it's about to spring one on her in the person of PRINCE RASHID DAVAR.
PRINCE RASHID DAVAR completed a marriage contract with Victoria's father that is sure to teach him an unexpected lesson-a woman of the West is more easily married than controlled. Victoria may be his wife, but it will take a kidnapping, a battle of wills, and some desert heat of his own before he can claim her love.
Rashid took the stairs two at a time. Identifying the source of the problem did not take long...the verbal tirade echoing through the lounge came from his private compartment at the rear of the plane.
"Let me out of here! I'm an American citizen and this is kidnapping. I'll have you all arrested and executed for this! I'm warning you, Califar. You tell that unscrupulous, deceitful, desert creep to get back here and let me go!"
Rashid took a step forward and then paused. The sudden cessation of verbal ranting was more unnerving than the previous clamor. The pregnant silence made the hairs on his arms stand erect. With this woman, he was certain the calm was a precursor to worse atrocities. He hoped he was wrong and she had exhausted her vile temper instead. The thud of a solid object slamming against the other side of the door ridiculed his supposed control.He yanked off his robe and headdress. Slinging them toward the back of a chair, he barked a command to his two bodyguards.
"Give the pilot orders to depart...NOW!"
Both went forward to deliver the message, almost jamming the small doorway in their attempt to pass through at the same time. Consumed with his own anger, he could not find any humor in the speed with which they fled one loud, but small woman. He wondered about the quality of his personal security.
Spearing Califar with a glacial look, he motioned him forward. "You will ignore any sound you hear from the other side of that door. Understood?"
"May I speak frankly?"
Rashid stiffened. "If you must."
"This woman you've made your wife is a stranger to you and to our customs. These are extreme circumstances for her. Despite her less than respectful manner, she is still deserving of the gentle persuasion you always accord the women in your life."
"Are you telling me how to treat my wife?" Rashid lashed in reply.
"As your servant...never," replied Califar. "As your friend...I offer a reminder. Guard well your actions this night and remember with what care you have always protected what is yours."
"I will deal with the princess in whatever manner suits me," growled Rashid.
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