By Geraldine Bedell

For many humans, being a unmarried mom to 3 boys (two of them teenagers), checking out your emotions for an ex-boyfriend who's now a global movie celebrity, pacifying an aged father who retains asking why you're now not married, tolerating your bigoted brother, whereas protecting out of how of a dismissive movie manufacturer who turns out to have made a project out of frustrating you, will be rather sufficient of a challenge.

Annie Lester even though, isn't just attempting to take on all this - she's additionally doing it within the small Gulf emirate of Hawar the place, in the summertime of 2002, the effect of America's selection to invade Iraq is simply commencing to be felt.

As her well-organised existence starts off to solve within the so much unforeseen methods, Annie has to make a few tricky judgements, and query the place her loyalties lie. Are her sons outlined via who they're, or by means of what they do? Can a British lady ever quite be at domestic within the center East? and will James Hartley, the blue-eyed heartthrob cherished via hundreds of thousands, fairly be occupied with somebody as usual as Annie Lester believes herself to be?

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And about picking men. " Still the irritating man didn't meet her eyes. He seemed to look anywhere but at her. "Choose how you spend your time with the bachelors wisely. " Rob nodded. " Jill scowled, Was he out to torture her? She'd thought having to be constantly exposed to him when he represented prohibited goods was punishment enough. Apparently not. " She wanted a little romance—even contrived romance had to be better than constantly being considered just a good friend. "People convince themselves every day they're in love when things are bright and sunny.

Sexy. Jessie, who had always been popular with the men and who was the center of attention no matter where she went. Jessie, who would run her tongue invitingly over her lips and offer to let Rob handcuff her to the bed. Jill gulped at the mental image. She was tired of being one of the boys. Rob's gaze made her feel deliciously female, and she liked the unfamiliar sensation. " She smiled. If he was an example of what the bachelors would be like, the next few weeks might not be so bad, after all.

The scenery around them was amazing, with tall trees full of vivid green leaves and flowers of every color and variety. Fresh, crisp air filled her oxygen-hungry lungs, and the breeze had finally descended enough to blow against her clammy skin. But by far the biggest attraction was the glistening man walking two feet from her. " The good-natured way he spoke hinted at a deep bond between the two men. " Odd that his best friend would be a man twice his age.

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