A long time ago (February), in a galaxy far far away (Karachi, Pakistan), More than Strangers was born as a flash fiction blog post as part of the Absolute Write Blog Chain. The prompt was "unfortunate sport," and the scene was set at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club.
Not long after I hit publish on the blog post, I ran into a public health worker at a book club meeting (yes, there are such things in Karachi). We exchanged no more than a few sentences, but her work was so adventurous (especially compared to mine) I couldn't stop thinking about it long after we parted ways (okay, I may have Google'd her NGO). Somehow, the opulent world of champagne and polo (Dubai) collided with the one I was living in (Karachi), and the thousand word flash fiction evolved into a novella.
I never planned to write this story, nor did I ever expect an erotic romance publisher to pick it up. Along the way, More than Strangers acquired a bit of sugar and spice (aka kinky sex), but it is ultimately a story about finding love when you least expect it. If you do choose to give it a try, I hope you enjoy reading about Nulli and Jason as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
Scorching desert heat, ice-cold champagne, and a world of opulence—the perfect setting for a one-night stand. Certain they will never meet again, two strangers agree to casual, no-strings sex that turns into something more.
Jason Reynolds has his life mapped out, and it doesn’t include a smart-mouthed redhead on a mission to save the world. A security specialist at the top of his game, he is on the cusp of wealth and power. Love is a distraction he simply can’t afford.
Struggling to bury memories of an unforgettable night, Nulli O’Hara chases her dream to a city fraught with violence and death. Six months later, she becomes a kidnapping target, and Jason is the man sent to keep her safe.
More than Strangers charts the journey of two reluctant lovers from the sands of the Middle East to the slums of South Asia. In a perilous world more exotic than fantasy, Jason and Nulli must fight to live and see their happily ever after.
Content Notes: Spicy, Light BDSM, Descriptive Erotic Sex, Light Bondage, Spanking