WHAT MAKES A SHEIKH BOOK HOT?
Article from The Sheikh's and Desert Love
HAVING AN EXOTIC AND SOMEWHAT DANGEROUS DESERT KINGDOM AS THE BACKDROP
In Lord of the Desert by Barbara Faith, American businesswoman Genevieve Jordan travels to Kashkiri to help plan an international conference. Upon her arrival, she finds herself in a primitive world in which women are not safe on the streets alone. To make matters worse, the evil Sheik Omar Haj Fatah has been staging uprisings in an attempt to overthrow the current ruler, the father of hunky Lord Ali Ben Hari (Genny's main squeeze).
Description: Kashkiri lay before her, ancient and venerable, golden-domed mosques shiny in the afternoon sun, graceful palms and blossoming flowers blooming along the boulevard. Beyond lay the sea to the west, the desert to the east. A faint and plaintive call drifted out over the city...the muezzin, calling people to prayer.
WHEN THE SHEIKH MAKES A CHANGE FROM WEARING WESTERN STYLE CLOTHING TO THE TRADITIONAL ROBES OF HIS COUNTRY.
In Desert Man by Barbara Faith, nurse Josie McCall is assigned to work in Abdu Resaba because of the strings that Prince Kumar Ben Ari pulled to get her there. When they met in the States, he was handsome and dressed just like everyone else...but when Josie deplanes onto the soil of his desert kingdom, she is stunned at his transformation when he arrives to greet her.
Josie's Arrival: Attired in a white djellaba, with his dark hair covered by a ghutra, the typical Arabian male headress, he looked foreign and mysterious. His skin seemed darker, his brows heavier, his eyes more sensuously threatening. In Arabian clothes he was every woman's idea of a desert sheikh, devastatingly handsome, so outrageously masculine she wanted to duck back into the plane and run for cover.
WHEN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES FORCE A WOMAN TO WED A HANDSOME SHEIKH.
In The Sheikh's Proposal by Barbara McMahon, Sara Kinsale is arrested after she is caught filming members of the Kamtansin royal family. Since she is the daughter of the man negotiating oil leases with Sheikh Kahrun bak Samin, it seems that the only way to avoid an embarrassing public scandal is for the sheikh to marry the lovely blonde. As for Sara, she quickly gets over her reluctance to wed and feels the blood pounding through her veins at the prospect of becoming the wife of this handsome stranger.
The Wedding Day: Kharun almost caught his breath. She looked shy, virginal and breathtakingly lovely. There would be few questions asked when his uncle's ministers saw her. They'd immediately conclude the reasons why he was marrying her - for her looks, her mind and her background.
WHEN KISMET IS THE DRIVING FORCE THAT KEEPS TWO LOVERS TOGETHER.
In Desert Ecstasy by Connie Mason, Lady Christa Horton and the rugged Desert Hawk (aka Mark Carrington, aka Prince Ahmed) are thrown together despite the dramatic twists and turns their lives take. At their first meeting, the man known to Christa as Mark boldly declares that they meant to be together, and then often repeats himself throughout the book:
"Do you believe in kismet? Our fates are intertwined. You were born to become mine."
"But never fear, sweet siren, we will meet again. It is written in the starts. It is kismet..."
"Perhaps now you will believe me when I say kismet has decreed that we should meet again."
WHEN DRAMATIC RESCUE FROM THE CLUTCHES OF A ROTUND, SLOVENLY SULTAN.
Burning Love by Nan Ryan includes several rescues, but the best one occurs near the end of the book. When Temple Longworth is taken captive by Mustafa Ibn Agha Hussain, she is informed that she will have to marry the unwashed sultan. On the morning of her wedding, she is in complete despair...until Sheik Sharif Aziz Hamid manages to show up in the nick of time to prevent his love from being wed to his sworn enemy.
The Rescue: It happened so fast, the sultan's many guards and soldiers had no time to respond. A few seconds of stunned silence, then screams and gasps went up from the startled crowd and guns were raised and cocked by the palace guards. But into Mustafa's ear, the Sheik coolly warned, "If you want to live, tell them to put away their weapons."