Every day in court, divorce attorney Mariah Kennedy pitted herself against rich, ruthless men...and usually won. Her new neighbor, Zayad Al Nayhal, with his arrogance and air of command, was exactly the type she'd learned not to trust. But his dark good looks and irresistible charm soon chipped away at her best defenses. The Sultan of Emand was in California to deal with a family crisis. He was not here to indulge his attraction to the headstrong - and sensual - Mariah. Yet neither could resist temptation for long. Too soon, their affair demanded a commitment Zayad had never before been able to give...but letting Mariah go was not an option.