THE SHEIK AND THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE
Summoned to an orphanage to mediate a custody dispute, playboy Prince As'ad of El Deharia isn't expecting to meet a woman like Kayleen James. He also doesn't anticipate being maneuvered by his matchmaking relatives into adopting three young girls -- and hiring Kayleen as their nanny! The fiery but virginal Kayleen is a temptation As'ad can't resist, but even after they're intimate, she refuses his proposal. Kayleen's convinced she can't be the wife As'ad needs, but he's determined to make things work. Susan Mallery's latest, The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (3), has sassy dialogue and abundant sizzle, but several aspects of the plot are overly familiar.