The fifteen year age difference between Elle Kensington, expatriate American executive and Emre Demir, son of Istanbul's most successful businessmen, has not kept them from becoming fast friends as they toured Istanbul together. But the time has come for him to return to the U.S. to finish his master's degree, and she has just been named CEO of the pharmaceutical company that brought her to Turkey in the first place. Elle adores her adopted country, and is alarmed to find herself falling in love with the young man who's been her impromptu guide for the last few months.
She knows they can never be. She will return home to California within a month, leaving behind all she loves about the ancient city. In a rare fit of spontaneity, Elle has contracted with Madame Eve's 1Night Stand dating service, hoping to find a way to forget the dark, handsome young man who has captured her heart. Little does she know what awaits her in the ancient recesses of the Ottoman palace turned luxury hotel under the hands of her one-night stand masseur.
This is such a sexy story and my wonderful introduction to the series, Turkish Delights.
Elle is a super confident, smart, witty & attractive woman - who just happens to run a world renowned Pharmaceutical company. Her work brings her to Istanbul where she immerses herself into her job and learning more about the amazing city & culture she has come to love. The guide, in her journey to learn more, is Emre. She finds herself developing feelings for him but lets their age difference get in the way. When her friends suggest Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand dating service - she is hesitant at first, but ultimately decides to give it a shot :)
I loved this story and it is one of my favorite from the series. Emre is determined to prove to Elle that he is more than his age & Elle is convinced that age is all that matters. When she finally lets go and allows herself to see the man, not the age, she realizes what an idiot she’s been. I love that she has the strength & courage to admit when she’s wrong and to also throw caution to the wind and take what she wants.
Great secondary character development & introduction. It allowed me, the reader, to become invested in not just Emre & Elle’s story, but the entire cast as a whole. Blue Cruise is a must read after Turkish Delights.