There's something about this woman....
On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago - and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he's soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil.
That could bring a man to his knees.
The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family's values with her passion for music. But one man is inexplicably drawn to her. And when Asher confronts her on a subway platform after a gig, he's shocked to recognize the woman who walked away from him nine years ago. Laila has never been able to forget the touch, the feel, the taste of Asher. And despite the doubt and fear that wind their way into their lives, they must trust the heat of their desire to burn down the walls the world has placed between them.
Beth Kery's writing just keeps getting better and better! This was such a sweet, hot, sexy story that deals with cultural differences and family loyalty. The heroine was from a background where family is the central focus of the culture and where daughters are especially obedient to their parents and extended family. The hero is from a cold distant but wealthy family. Their journey from their first netting while on vacation to their reunion almost a decade later is moving and sexy. The narration was superb with the wonderful Maxine Mitchell doing what she does best! Great story!
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Laila comes from a close, traditional Moroccan family. Asher is an only child from a distant wealthy family. They meet one college summer and fall head over heels for one another. Family interference ends their summer romance. This listen starts in the present at a guy-pal gathering. Based on the events of this guy-pal night, you go back in time eight years ago when Laila and Asher first met and how it ended. Then fast forward to the present where they meet again by chance. Do they fight for their second chance or do they let their families interfere? I like this slow, erotic burn but I missed having an epilogue. LOVE Maxine Mitchell's narration. It was worth my credit.