Under the microscope: Read on for an exclusive interview with Aaliyah Amari
by Lucy Monroe, author of Sheikh’s Scandal
If you had to pick your most public scandalous moment, what would it be?
Even if I hadn’t lived a rather sheltered existence prior to meeting Sayed, I would still definitely have to say being outed publicly as his lover in the press. Those pics of us kissing with that obvious (to me anyway) post-coital glow still make me blush.
Was there an even more scandalous event that didn’t make it into the press
Oh, yes…let’s just say that the first night we kissed had a lot of other firsts too and leave it at that.
What is your biggest secret?
I’m not princess material. At all. But I love Sayed and I’ll do my best by the people of Zeena Sahra.
What do you love most about Sayed?
His heart. It’s hidden behind his nobility and strength, but he has such an amazing capacity to care for his family, for his people…for me. I never thought I would know this kind of love and I hope I never take it for granted.
If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be?
My mother’s locket.
What is the naughtiest thing you did at school?
I wasn’t naughty at school. I would have been mortified to disappoint my mother in any way. Until I met Sayed, Aaliyah Amari could have been synonymous with the word repressed.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Watching Sayed sleep, but shhh…please don’t tell him.
What is your worst habit?
Sayed says it’s thinking too little of myself. For that matter, so does his dear mother. Maybe it is.
What is your favourite film?
Until I met Sayed, my favourite film was the documentary Grey Gardens (1975) – the story of Big and Little Edie Beales, the agoraphobic eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy). However, Queen Durrah introduced me to romantic comedies and I’ve fallen in love with the genre. I’ve watched Valentine’s Day three times already.
What present would you put beneath the Christmas tree for Sayed?
I’m not sure what gift I’ll give Sayed this year, but it will have an ornament hanging from the bow: a pregnant woman with Baby’s 1st Christmas. Yes, we are expecting and I’m not at all sure I’ll be able to wait to tell him!
How will you spend your first anniversary as a couple?
Knowing the romantic streak that runs in the men of Sayed’s family, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t do something like fly us to Venice for dinner and the Opera. He’s discovered my secret passion for it and my Emir seems quite dedicated to seeing all my passions met.
About Sheikh’s Scandal:
When the Sheikh comes to town…
Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!
Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful Sheikh’s desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!
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