Shielded by her enemy... Tempted by the forbidden... Fleeing a forced betrothal, Tara Michaels escapes across the border, landing in Sheikh Raif's opulent palace. Their countries are enemies, and he's bossy and proud - but this charismatic desert king is also offering her a luxurious safe haven... Raif knows protecting Tara is risky, but he's entranced by her beauty - and she stands up to him when others daren't. Yet once her identity as his guest becomes known, his final option is one he never thought he'd take: proclaiming Tara as his bride-to-be.