What’s the story?
When Bethany Beaumont finds a book about life in the sultan’s harem, she discovers it’s actually a guide to the lost art of seduction. Just what she needs as she departs on a study abroad trip to exotic Istanbul. She’s struggling to get over her ex, and the book of dirty little secrets might be just the thing to help…if only she could find someone to practice on.
Half-Turkish and full of Australian swagger, teaching assistant Adam Kent seems to fit the bill. They decide to become lovers for the duration of the trip, and then part ways. Forever.
But not every lesson can be found in a book, and sometimes falling in love changes everything. When Bethany is forced to confront her past, and the promises she made to someone else, will it really be as easy as she thought to let Adam go?
Favorite Words: “Oh, dear. I’m afraid you missed the point of belly dancing. It isn’t about the person watching the dance. It’s about the dancer. It’s about telling a story with your body, and also about empowerment.”
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I LOVED IT. The characters were well developed and felt like real people. I wanted to be friends with them. I wanted to explore Turkey with them. I would say too that Turkey was as much a character in this book as the people. It makes me want to hop a plane right now.
This book is an experience. The romance is beautiful and the journey of falling in love is satisfying. Yes, some of the plot twists are a bit predictable but that’s part of the charm. You know it’s going to be a happy ending and you want to experience it.
And although this isn’t a holiday read I really think it’s a great winter read, especially when you have the winter blues. I know I have them and this book was a great distraction for me.
Definitely pick this one up.