by Donna Alam
Kate Saunders is sure of only one thing as her flight to her new life lands in Dubai: Short of joining a convent, her new job teaching at a conservative all-female school is just what she needs. Until she meets Kai, that is.
Cultured and worldly, Kai lives a life of wealth and privilege where he always gets what he wants. And what he wants next is Kate. He's determined their relationship is only going one place: His bed.
The road to hell may be paved with good intentions but it’s also littered with underwear when Kate finds she can’t resist a man with a sweet, filthy mouth--and the mind to match. Talented of tongue he may be, but he’s also not quite who he appears to be. Kate’s life is about to take a turn for the complicated, making the one she left behind look easy.
“Heifer? I’ve seen more fat on the pencil my mammy’s butcher uses.”
“Time seems to take on that slow-mo T.V. effect as his head rises, the sun beaming through the tall windows and cresting his head. All that’s missing is the sound of a celestial choir as he looks directly at me, his eyes warmly reflecting recognition, and – I can’t help it – I beam back like a schoolgirl of the very gauche kind.”
“Well, I’m not saying she puts it about, but her favorite shade of lipstick is penis, if you know what I mean.”
“He was seriously uninterested. In fact, I think his answer was something like ‘if he’d a back full of willies, he wouldn’t give her one.’”
“I’m so out of my depths, I’m probably risking the bends.”
“He’s not bad looking. Shame his pal has a head like a half chewed toffee.”
Pretty Hot was aptly titled. It was smokin’ hot with an extra side of steamy. I reveled in the irreverent and clever humor of this fish out of water story. An Aussie girl and her Irish friend living and working in Dubai of all places! The clash of cultures was interesting and a bit sticky, and at times, rather icky… but I really try not to judge. I adored this delightful story and it was all fun, games, and new experiences until – damn – he broke her heart… which squeezed mine. But hold on and swoon, he frequently quotes Shakespeare to her - so of course she forgives him. The storyline is entertaining, unique, and enthralling. The writing is crisp, humorous, and full of amusing observations. But oh no – a heinous cliffhanger. Arg! I am foaming at the mouth…
Donna Alam writes about exotic locations and the men you aren't married to, but might wish you were. Escapism reads with heart, humor and plenty of steam.
Hailing from the North of England, she's a nomad at heart, moving houses and continents more times than she cares to recall. She once worked at a school like the one described in her Pretty Trilogy. Alas, there were no handsome millionaires hanging around there.
Eclectic reader and part-time perv, she's a huge fan of smart men and protagonists with a fair measure of inappropriateness.