Thursday, October 28, 2010

CHOSEN BY THE SHEIKH - The Sheikh and the Virgin\Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure - Kim Lawrence and Lynn Raye Harris


The Sheikh and the Virgin by Kim Lawrence was quite an interesting royal to read because Prince Tariq Al Kamal had an agenda which was to make sure his brother didn’t end of with a woman he disapprove of, a very unsuitable woman. However, what he didn’t know was that Beatrice Devlin had an agenda which was to make sure her friend and Tariq’s brother got their happy ending and in the end would get married.

Beatrice was a fabulous heroine, she was fierce and loyal to her friends Emma and Khalid and she appealed to Prince Tariq even though he fought it. And then he summoned his brother home and sent him off on an assignment which resulted in Khalid getting hurt and he fought for his life. Still Tariq was determined that Beatrice and Khalid not be together. He wanted to pay her off, but she wouldn’t have a thing to do with his offer.

Beatrice was an incredible heroine, she had spirit and beauty. She had also been alone most of her life and when Khalid was hurt she was torn if she should send for Emma. And then Tariq misunderstood her loyalty to Khalid and agreed that she loved his brother and they should marry. Talk about a mess because it was obvious that Tariq wanted Beatrice for himself. And then quite by mistake Tariq found out his brother loved Emma and they were married.

The chemistry between Tariq and Beatrice was sizzling and he wanted to make Beatrice forget his brother. However, he went about it in the wrong way, he made love to her and realized he loved her, this poor young woman who was so alone, had been alone with no family. Could he make a life with her, marry her? You’ll just have to read The Sheikh and the Virgin to find out the lesson Tariq and Beatrice learned and that was home was where they both were, together.

Book Description:

The Sheikh and the Virgin by Kim Lawrence Prince

Tariq Al Kamal furiously forbids his brother to marry an unsuitable woman. Then Tariq whisks Beatrice away to his desert home where he becomes intent on seducing her. What he doesn't realize is she isn't his brother's intended—she's an innocent who's about to become his bride!


Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris was a most unusual and amazing sheikh romance. Immediately, I could imagine King Zafir on his Arabian horse or in his desert tent with the woman he once knew so intimately, Doctor Genie Gray. They very same woman who had been kidnapped, the same woman whose heart he had destroyed because of a secret.

Genie Gray couldn’t believe she was seeing Zafir again after all of the years of separation when she loved him in college until she found out he was promised to marry another woman. And then he asked the most unthinkable thing of her, to return home with him and to become his mistress. Even though she knew his culture was different, it didn’t help one bit and it destroyed her, she felt betrayed. Now she was forced to be in his company again and it was evident he wanted her back again, in his bed. What really hurt was that she after all of years between them desired him, possibly still loved him.

Zahir had lost so much, his brother, his father, his first wife and a divorce from his second wife. He was alone and now he was king. So much responsibility and first and foremost was his need to unite his country. He was shocked to see Genie Gray again after ten years, the one woman he believed understood him, the woman who refused him. She was in Bah'shar on a dig and had been captured and presented to him as a gift. And still after all of these years, he wanted Genie in the most intimate way. And so he kept her in his tent and then took her to his palace.

Genie had learned at a very early age from her mother what loving a man could do, especially when that man wasn’t able to return that love. How was she going to resist Zahir because she knew if she gave in she would be hurt all over again and she suspected after being around him that she was still in love with him. However, leaving wasn’t an option because the sheikh who presented her as a gift would be offended and Zahir needed his sheikh's to all unite. So he offered Genie an incentive, a dig in the ruins of the old temples at Al-Shahar and she accepted.

Talk about a roller coaster of a reunion, one steeped in sensual tension, old memories, old hurts and they could keep their eyes or hands off of each other. And while reading this beautiful romance, I felt that I was in the desert and at the palace with Zahir and Genie. This romance was brilliantly written, very descriptive and very emotional.

Zahir knew it was wrong to keep her with him but she brought some normalcy into his life with all of upheaval going on around him. She made him remember how he used to be when he was a student studying architecture and made him feel not so alone in the world. As for Genie, it was shear torture because she still wanted and needed him even though he had hurt her so badly those years ago. However, she was keeping a secret as well, a secret which was revealed about her childhood and the reason why she had refused him all of those years ago.

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure was a beautiful second chance love story, yes hurtful at times to read because they both wanted each other more than life itself and for all of the pain and sorrow they both had to experience to get that chance. In the end, this desert lord moved heaven and earth to get his queen in the most unusual way, thanks to the extremely talented romantic story teller, Lynn Raye Harris.

Book Description:

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris

King Zafir bin Rashid al-Khalifa does not care for surprises. Especially ones that involve the reappearance of his ex, Dr. Genie Gray! Now Zafir has the power to make all the rules—and what he wants is a willing Genie in his bed….



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

International November Contest - Chosen by the Sheikh - Kim Lawrence and Lynn Raye Harris

I so loved this book that I went out and purchased it to share with those of you who stop by here at Romancing the Desert.  This contest is International.  To win, stop over at The Pink Heart Society Review Blog and follow them; return back and leave your email address so you can be contacted.  Thanks.


The Sheikh and the Virgin by Kim Lawrence

Prince Tariq Al Kamal furiously forbids his brother to marry an unsuitable woman. Then Tariq whisks Beatrice away to his desert home where he becomes intent on seducing her. What he doesn't realize is she isn't his brother's intended—she's an innocent who's about to become his bride!

Kept for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Lynn Raye Harris

King Zafir bin Rashid al-Khalifa does not care for surprises. Especially ones that involve the reappearance of his ex, Dr. Genie Gray! Now Zafir has the power to make all the rules—and what he wants is a willing Genie in his bed….

Saturday, October 23, 2010

PRIDE OF ZOHAYD TRILOGY - Olivia Gates, Coming November 2010

Coming Next From Silhouette Desire, PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy


A new sheikh trilogy, loosely connected to the best-selling THRONE OF JUDAR trilogy starting in November 2010. 

He would possess her!

He’d noticed her across a crowded room, and in that instant Sheikh Shaheen Aal Shalaan wanted her. With just a few words, Shaheen had his mystery woman in his bed, where she awakened passions he’d long denied.


Then the sheikh discovered his lover’s true identity. She was Johara, his childhood friend, now fully blossomed into a vision he could not do without. But his lineage demanded he take a wife of the throne’s choosing. Anything else would have catastrophic results. Yet how could he turn away from the woman who carried his baby?

4.5 Stars TOP PICK  from RT Bookreviews!


Look out ladies, Sheikh Shaheen Aal Shalaan, heir to the throne of Zohayd, will steal your hearts, even though his is pledged to the lovely Johara Nazaryan, the royal jeweler’s daughter.


A swashbuckling desert prince whose words are as beautiful as a desert sunset, a beautiful and talented woman, palace intrigue, theft and warring factions combine to create a riveting love story that seems to defy all odds.


Pay special attention to Shaheen’s eldest brother, the dangerous raider whose heart has been damaged almost beyond repair. Gates knows how to “Valentino” a love story.
Dear Reader


When I wrote The End in my first Silhouette Desire trilogy, Throne Of Judar, I was already dreaming of a sequel in the neighboring ally kingdom of Zohayd. So I am so excited to be realizing that dream, and beginning my new trilogy, Pride Of Zohayd, starring Aliyah’s, now Queen of Judar, half brothers from her father King Atef Aal Shalaan of Zohayd, princes Shaheen, Harres and Amjad.

The trilogy kicks off with the youngest of the trio, Shaheen, who is at the cusp of sacrificing his freedom for his kingdom in a marriage of state, when what he believes to be a chance meeting with the woman of his dreams changes everything for him. But like every profound love story, everything is against them, from his commitments, to a brewing conspiracy that could topple the royal house of Zohayd and plunge the whole region in chaos. The worst part is that Johara, his beloved, and her father are the main suspects or at least seem to be pivotal instruments in his family’s plotted downfall.


Would his love stand the test of shocking revelations and discoveries? Would he and his brothers succeed in uncovering the conspiracy, and defending their throne and kingdom, before it’s too late?

I adored writing Shaheen’s and Johara’s story, with all its twists and turns and escalating stakes and emotions, and I hope you enjoy reading it, too!

I would love to hear from you at oliviagates@gmail.com. You can also visit me on the Web at www.oliviagates.com.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.
Olivia Gates, —USA TODAY Bestselling Author


Silhouette Desire
To Tame A Sheikh—Book One PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Nov 2010 (RT TOP PICK)
To Tempt A Sheikh—Book Two PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy—Feb 2011
The Sarantos Secret Baby—Billionaires & Babies series—Apr 2011
To Touch A Sheikh—Book 3 PRIDE OF ZOHAYD—Aug 2011

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