Gretchen Brannon was a small-town Texan who had lived a very sheltered, protected life. She had never done anything adventurous in her life - until she took a vacation to Morocco with her best friend Maggie, who is going to be the personal assistant of the ruling sheikh of Qawi. Maggie is called away unexpectedly, and insists that Gretchen take her place as the sheikh's personal assistant. Gretchen agrees, but before she goes to Qawi she intends to enjoy her vacation in Morocco. While at the hotel, she meets a charming man who goes by the name of Philippe. She finds herself falling for him, but little does she know that Philippe is her new boss!
Philippe knew right away that Gretchen wasn't Maggie, but he found himself completely charmed by Gretchen. He hired Maggie to play the part of his lover because he must appear powerful and virile even though he hasn't been a "true man" since a landmine accident nine years ago. As his feelings for Gretchen mature, even though he knows he can never have a "true" marriage or children, he finds himself offering her marriage so her reputation won't be sullied. His enemy, however, is shadowing Sheikh Philippe and he knows Gretchen won't be safe as long as she is by his side.
This book was really good, so good that I couldn't bear to put it down! Every time I was going to put the book away and do something else (like study for one of my college exams!), I promised myself that I would read "only one more chapter," and before I knew it I had finished the book. I was absolutely fascinated by the characters and the setting! Philippe, although he could be high-handed at times, was an incredible hero who made my mouth water :) After finishing the book, I really wanted to start all over from the beginning!
The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five was Philippe's treatment of Gretchen once Brianne, his former flame, came into the picture. Quite frankly, he was a jerk, but he more than made up for it in the end :) The book was a captivating piece of escapist literature. If you want to relax for a few hours and escape from reality, this is an excellent way to do it.