Monday, November 26, 2007

Susan Mallery has again charmed her readers with her latest edition to her Desert Rogue series. The heroine Kayleen will warm the reader’s heart with her gentleness, sincerity, innocence and fierce heart. Mallery has the ability to immediately draw the reader into the story with her first chapters when we’re introduced to this lovely teacher in a orphanage who is like a lioness protecting three recently orphaned girls and goes after the leader of a tribe who has come to take the girls back to their camp.

In most of the Desert Rogue series the rulers are trying to marry off their sons and obtain heirs and in The Sheikh and the Christmas Bride, the same applies. King Makhtar has six sons and wants them married and settled. His sons have been raised without the benefit of a mother and their Aunt Lina for the most part has been the “mother figure” in their lives. She is aware that in a neighbouring Kingdom, King Hassan has been very successful in marrying off his sons and daughters. She calls upon her friendship and attraction to King Hassen to develop a plan for her nephew Prince As’ad. When there is trouble at the orphanage she calls upon As’ad to help defuse the situation. She talks him into taking the three girls himself into his protection and suggests he adopts them. Along with bringing the girls to the palace, Lina suggests he brings Kayleen as well as their nanny.

As this story develops, one is immediately drawn to the attraction both As’ad and Kayleen feel for each other. As’ad vows never to love a woman, as it would make him weak. However, he cannot fight his attraction for this lovely redhead and moves in, takes her virginity and then all hell breaks loose.

Kayleen knows what it’s like to be orphaned, rejected both by her mother and grandmother, she’s grown up in a convent and longs to belong, have a family and be loved. When As’ad proposes they marry because of their one night and attraction for each other plus giving the girls stability, Kayleen dares to believe she can have it all. Because of her inner strength, and her love for As’ad she is fierce to prove they can have it all and she is going to show him and claim this prince as her own.

Their journey and discovery is one you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect holiday read, a wonderful love story and the continuation of the incredible Desert Rogue series. I personally can’t wait for the next book!

Book Description:

From royal nanny to princess bride?

Dedicated teacher Kayleen James was determined to safeguard the future of her orphaned students—even if it meant defying Prince As'ad of El Deharia himself! But the seductive ruler stunned her by offering to adopt the three little girls. On one condition…

Suddenly As'ad was a single father in desperate need of a nanny, and Kayleen was the only woman for the job. Soon the palace was in an uproar—all because of the spirited redhead. Losing his heart wasn't part of the arrangement, until Kayleen showed the honor-bound sheik what he'd been missing. Could he convince her that she belonged in his exotic desert kingdom as his princess—and his wife?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

DESERT HEARTS IN A NEW CROP OF ROMANCE....IT'S ALWAYS MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS! Bitch Magazine is featuring an article by Christy McCullough you might find interesting.

A paper and discussion about sheikh romance books.

THOSE SEXY ARABS - March 2006 article by Brian Whitaker


For those of you who love this genre, I'm wondering if you agree or disagree?

What makes a sheikh romance hot?

1. Having an exotic (and somewhat dangerous) desert kingdom as the backdrop.
2. When the sheikh makes a change from wearing Western style clothing to the traditional robes of his country.
3. When unusual circumstances force a woman to wed a handsome sheikh.
4. When kismet is the driving force that keeps two lovers together.
5. A dramatic rescue from the clutches of a rotund, slovenly sultan.

From The Sheikh's of Desert Love website

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

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Of course, the more we’ve found out, the more questions we have. We’ve reached the point where we need answers to several of these questions from romance readers. We are interested in romance fiction readers as both consumers and conservators of the genre. From what we’ve found, romance fiction readers do not depend on public libraries for their books. We would like to better understand where romance fiction readers acquire their books, why they prefer particular sources, and what they do with their books after reading them. We appreciate your time and consideration.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

I just finished this first book in The Desert Prince triology and it was excellent. I loved her haughty Frenchman Xavier and the lovely redhead English lawyer, Laura. Their journey in finding each other and happiness was rocky and brief. I encourage you to read this series about three men finding out they have a ailing father who is a sheikh and brothers they did not know existed.

Book Description

An English rose ready for plucking?

When billionaire playboy Xavier de Maistre discovers he's in line to rule the kingdom of Kharastan, heis not eager to claim his birthright. Until he meets Laura Cottingham, the English lawyer who confirms the news. Laura is as fresh and pure as a newly bloomed rose. Xavier decides he will embrace his heritage and indulge his intense need to possess Laura.

But is Laura ready and willing to be tamed and taken by this desert prince?

Monday, September 03, 2007

I must admit, I've never read Meredith's books and this one I found at Barnes and Noble. I didn't realize it was a January release, it was someone new and a "sheikh" book so I bought it and was very entertained. It's obvious this author has knowledge of the medical field and has done extensive research.

This is a great book, an East meets West but more importantly a story that focuses on family, renewing love, self discovery and passion. It's very deep, full of emotion, pride and determination.

For more information on Meredith Webber please go to EHarlequin's website to learn more about this Auasie author.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Annie West has yet again written another powerful love story. This is Annie’s second sheikh book and is set on a beautiful desert coast.

In the Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride (Annie’s first sheikh book) the reader learns that she has a sister Belle who is now the reigning queen of Q'roum and this book focuses on her sister, Rosalie Winter’s visit, along with her niece and mother. Rosalie one learns has come to Q'roum to celebrate her nephew’s birthday. Rosalie has a past, one she cannot escape and while on this visit her family offers to watch her daughter so she can relax and try her hand in a talent lost to her drawing and painting.

Each day, Rosalie goes to the beach to swim and draw and while there reflects on her past of why she can no longer paint. For years, she has been haunted by an event which happened in college where her drink was “doctored” and she was raped and the incident resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of her lovely daughter. On one particular morning, she sees this handsome man riding on the beach along with his Arabian horses. She is mesmerized by their beauty and power along with their handsome and virile rider. Their owner is Arik, who is bored and frustrated from a leg injury, and has been watching Rosalie from afar. It is his plan to meet her and in the end, begin an affair.

After days of letting her draw the horses and the man himself, he realizes that Rosalie is timid and a little shy and that he will have to be patient to win her in the end. He proposes that he show her the sights of his city. In the end, for Rosalie it is a loosing battle and she surrenders to his charms trying to guard her heart. What she fears happens and she falls deeply for Arik full well knowing that he will never commit. He is a man who’s proud, arrogant and always gets his own way. In order to protect herself from further heartbreak, she leaves without a goodbye. Arik is furious when he can’t find her and he doesn’t count on how deeply he feels for her until she’s gone.

What Rosalie does not know is that Arik and the King (her brother-in-law) are related so when he shows up at the birthday celebration for the young Prince it’s a shock to say the least and tensions rise.

For the Sheikh’s Pleasure is truly a magical story full of passion, tenderness and discovery for both Rosalie and Arik.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Desert King's Virgin Bride - Sharon Kendrick

I could actually kick myself that I didn't read the other two books in the series first. This is a wonderful "sheikh" book with all of the elements......powerful, stubborn, sexy as sin, doesn't know the meaning of love only how to rule his country and duty above all! If you love sheikh books then you'll adore this one, I promise.

Book Description:

As Sheikh of Kharastan, Malik has no time for distractions. But when Sorrel, an Englishwoman in his care, wants to explore the pleasures of the West, Malik decides he will be the one to teach her the ways of seduction! Malik wants Sorrel, but he will not dishonor her. Yet, as sheikh, he is expected to marry and his bride must be pure. Is the answer to make Sorrel his virgin queen?


To be released May 2007: Mistress to a Sheikh/ Desert Rake/ Blackmailed by the Sheikh

Book Description

Jade sacrifices nearly everything to succumb to the sensuous pleasures of wealthy sheikh Khalil…only to realize she's simply another notch in his well-worn bedpost. But Jade can be sneakier than forty thieves when it means getting what she wants!

Despite the paroxysms of panic from her in-laws, wealthy widow Lady Morvall sets off to traverse the Middle East—alone. That is, until she succumbs to a feverish affair with Andrew Fenton, an enigmatic libertine….

Karim, the heir apparent to the throne of Zafsid, a small but wealthy state, is convinced English teacher Prue Smith is responsible for his sister's disappearance. Despite his unexpected attraction to her, Karim will do whatever is necessary to protect his family—even if it means blackmailing Prue and abducting her back to Zafsid!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I can't contain my excitement! Annie's first sheikh book is fabulous! It's full of danger and suspense, passion, attraction and a ton of sparks so don't miss this April release! Marilyn

ROMANCING THE SHEIKH CONTEST - THE SHEIKH'S RANSOMED BRIDE - ANNIE WEST - Annie's first sheikh book.....quote from her website:

My third book for Harlequin will be released in April in the UK, May in Australia and New Zealand and July in North America. You guessed it, it’s a sheikh story! The Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride was a joy to write. I’m hoping readers will love Rafiq as much as I do.

To celebrate, I’m offering two copies of this book in a new contest. It’s easy to enter. Just check out my books page, go to the excerpt from The Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride and find out what ‘The Peacock’s Eye’ is.

Send me an email with the word ‘contest’ in the header, put the answer in the text and I’ll put you in the draw. Entries close at the end of April.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

All I can say is Annie West, please write more "sheikh" books. The Sheikh's Ransomed Bride" well it's exceptional and I loved it! Talk about a romance that sizzles off the pages!

Book Description:

He saved her life. Now it’s her turn - to help him save his country. By marrying him.

Rafiq paid a sheikh’s ransom to rescue Belle Winters. The ransom is a national treasure but also a traditional bridal gift to the sheikh’s betrothed. Now his people expect a royal wedding.

Belle owes Rafiq so much. How can she deny him this sham marriage that will keep the peace in his fledgling island democracy?

They’re from different worlds. She’s a dedicated archaeologist from an ordinary family. He’s descended from a line of autocratic adventurers and buccaneers. Is their marriage simply a political necessity or a passionate destiny?

Release Dates:
Mills & Boon Modern Romance - UK hardback Feb 07, paperback April 07
Harlequin Mills & Boon Sexy - Australia/NZ May 2007
Harlequin Presents - North America July 2007

"This book had such a long gestation period. It emerged from discussions with friend and fellow author, Anna Campbell, over months – no, years, about heroic archetypes and female fantasies of falling in love. Anna and I don’t see each other as often as we’d like so when we do get together it’s a talkfest. And one of the late night themes was why the sheikh? What is it about this sort of hero that appeals to so many women worldwide? Why do we look twice at books about Arabian princes emerging from a fantasy world to sweep some (lucky) woman off her feet?

I know sheikh heroes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and I admit that years ago I might have said the same. But their appeal has grown on me. Maybe it’s their larger than life aura. Maybe it’s the echo of some exotic Arabian Nights fantasy. Or perhaps the fact that they wield such power in their own domain but are conquered by love.

The Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride explores what happens when duty and passion collide. When two people from completely different worlds find themselves flung together in a situation that tests them to the limit. Belle and Rafiq rise to the challenge, and in the process discover just how far they’ll go for the one they love.

The idea for this specific story came to me while I was at a Romance Writers’ of Australia conference in Coogee, Sydney. I’m sure the excitement of being with so many other wonderful writers inspired me. I was getting ready for the official dinner when inspiration struck and I had to jot down a couple of ideas.

It was quite a while before I got a chance to start the book as I was writing something else at the time. Maybe that was a good thing. By the time I sat down to write The Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride so much of the story was vivid in my mind – particularly Rafiq, one of my favourite heroes. The setting too was marvellous – a place I looked forward to visiting each time I sat at the computer. In fact I became so fond of Q’aroum that it was hard to leave and I set my next book there too!

I hope you enjoy Belle and Rafiq’s story as much as I do."
Annie West

Sunday, January 28, 2007


Another new "sheikh" author for me. This book sounds wonderful and I'm going to have to hunt it down. Dana is having a fun contest which ends in February......go check it out!

Romantic Times BookClub
"..simmers with palace intrigue and a sexy, brooding hero in an exotic locale."

Book Description

She'd been stranded in the desert and held captive by a band of kidnappers. Then Sheik Nasir ibn Ahmad, one of the most menacing men she'd ever seen, promised to lead her to safety--Dr. Sadie Kaufman had little choice but to follow.
Before long the sheik's promises of protection played a vital role. For once they arrived at his palace it seemed someone beyond the walls still wanted her dead. The sheik insisted on keeping her close or Sadie would become another bandit's bargaining chip. But could this sexy and indomitable man really be as good as he seemed…?

About the Author
Dana Marton is the author of a series of popular romantic suspens novels and the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence.

Bulletin Board - Contest
To celebrate the release of UNDERCOVER SHEIK, I have a new contest. Email me at and tell me in a sentence or two what you like about sheik books. I will draw one lucky reader from all who respond to receive a $20 gift certificate. (Must be 18 or older. Void where prohibited.) Deadline: Feb. 28, 2007. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!

Why create this blog a friend recently asked? Well, actually I never thought I would enjoy reading books about sheikhs and what I thought the female characters would be like.....weak? Yes, that's what I thought so I never purchased one until a friend gave me a Susan Mallery book, the first in her Desert Rogue Series.

From then on, I was hooked. I went on Ebay, Amazon,, New and Used Books and purchased Susan's entire series. I'm not sorry I did, I still have them and adore them, I loved them so much I started writing reviews and found an incredible website, The Sheiks and Desert Love.

Whomever started this website has a very strong love of the genre and has taken an incredible amount of time maintaining the website, listing all of the books, authors, news, book descriptions and also created a forum. At this forum I posted my reviews more than three times and spammers came on promoting prescriptions and other items which caused the forum to be shut down several times. Now, however there is a new forum which is protected and I encourage you to share your latest read there on here on my blog.

Now, getting back to the genre.....then I discovered other of my favorite authors who write for Harlequin Presents wrote sheikh books as well. Jane Porter, Kate Walker, Lucy Monroe, Sandra Marton, Michelle Reid, Trish Morey, Loreth Anne White and now Annie West.....WOW!

What do I love about them? Susan Mallery's are full of charm, witt and passion. When you read her Desert Rogue Series you'll understand and I'm so hopeful Susan will write more sheikh books!

The Presents authors, of course the skeikhs are alphas, handsome, weathly,strong and passionate. Are the female characters weak? Heck no, they're strong, give as good as they get and they're professionals for the most part! And the handsome sheikhs........they're highly educated, most of them were sent away to the UK or USA to be educated. At times, they are portrayed as being lonely and keep to themselves because the weight of their country seems to be placed on their shoulders. They also have a true love of their country and enjoy spending time in the desert! So what's not to love I ask you?

Monday, January 01, 2007

A Sultan's Ransom (Silhouette Intimate Moments)- Loreth Anne White

I'm so excited that I've not only found a new author but a new sheikh book which was released in November 2006.

Book Description:

The warrior blood of his ancestors urged Sheik Rafiq Zayed to claim what was rightfully his. But first he needed to stop a deadly virus. And there was only one woman who could help him. Yet after kidnapping the seductive Dr. Paige Sterling, Rafiq realized that she was more than just essential to his mission…this woman had somehow unleashed a passion he'd thought long gone.

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