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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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Summoned for the sheikh's convenience...
The line of succession in Niroli seems dead...until a desert prince makes his claim...
Sheikh Kadir: ruler of an Eastern kingdom, but also the last heir to Niroli's throne. Kadir must find himself a queen!
Natalia Carini loves Niroli. To her, the new ruler is an invader, and now he's demanding her, as his bride! Yet to be bedded by a barbarian excites her more than she's ever known....
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Monday, March 14, 2011
Violet Hamilton put her grandmother first when she had a stroke and took care of her for three years. Before the stroke occurred she had been at university and was studying to be a fashion designer. She had always known her grandmother was a descendant of the desert princess, Fatima. It was a long and involved story but as a young child, Violet remembered seeing pictures of Fatima, an Arabic letter and other family mementos.
Now her grandmother has passed away and due to circumstances she stood to loose the house. As she was getting ready to pack up household and personal items, her foot went through the floor boards. She discovered an ancient dagger encrusted with large rubies and her friend and next door neighbor suggested she take the dagger to an antique road show called Trash or Treasures. According to the appraiser, it was indeed ancient and very valuable.
Word got to the future Emir, Sheikh Fayad al Khalifa concerning the dagger. Because Violet shared additional information concerning her grandmother and grandfather via television, she also showed a picture of Fatima and mentioned a letter. The Chronicle, a local news paper was going to run an article about the dagger possibly being “The Blood of Tariq which supposedly had mystical powers and that put an unbelievable value on the dagger. To hold and posses it was to hold the fate of Ras at Kawi. Finding it meant trouble, especially for the person who possessed it and of course, that meant Violet.
What Fayad feared was what it meant to his country as well as Violet because many would go to certain lengths to steal it, possibly harming Violet especially the Sayyid’s who were Violet's relatives. Fayad made a decision to travel to England and make Violet an offer. Once there, he was almost too late because someone had broken into her home and was holding her neighbor by the throat. Violet admitted the evening before she had put the dagger in her ancient freezer. I almost died laughing at her choice of hiding places. However, before she could turn it over, Fayad overtook the thief and saved the day! Violet being the person she was and always putting others first, handed over the ancient dagger to Fayad, its rightful owner.
After meeting Fayad, turning over the dagger and getting his personal phone number, the next day upon returning home Violet found her home entirely trashed, beyond repair. She was distraught, called Fayad and enter her Prince Charming to the rescue. She was so upset, he wasn’t thinking and he kissed her in front of his staff. He told them to pack up Violet he was taking her home to Ras al Kawi and to his grand father to present him with the ancient dagger. However there was one problem, in his culture kissing a woman meant more it meant marriage. Fayad had been there, done that and lost his wife and son in a tragic accident, resulting in both of their deaths.
Fayad had the perfect plan, present her to his grandfather. With Violet returning the symbol of their country’s origins, she would be righting an old wrong, restoring her family’s honor and neutralizing the Sayyid threat. It was a marriage that would please his grandfather and give Fayad a beautiful wife and reunite two great tribes. He really didn’t have time to explain the entire process of the presentation, so he did a quick run through telling her how to react to her relatives, presenting the dagger to his grandfather and when he personally addressed her, “just say yes”. Talk about being trusting and now she was in a few weeks going to be married with an eventual escape, divorce and he tricked her. There was one thing for sure, she made him feel like a man and he hadn’t felt that way since his wife and child had died.
She loved seeing this new country, meeting his family and being apart of it all. She contributed and gave her ideas to Fayad and his countrymen loved her. She dreaded leaving in three months and the time passed quickly and it was time to become his wife, only to leave. However a chain of events happened from Violet being kidnapped for the dagger, to Fayad turning it over as ransom. In the end love won him over, giving this unusual couple a beautiful and perfect happy ending. On top of that, a lovely wedding to seal the deal with Fayad making sure Violet knew “I am yours, twin of my soul”.
Chosen as the Sheikh's Wife by Liz Fielding (Becoming the Tycoon’s Bride)
After a beautiful stranger discovers his long-lost heirloom under a floorboard, Sheikh Fayad al Khalifa swoops in to protect innocent Violet Hamilton. Now, with greedy enemies gathering, the only way he can keep her safe is to put her on his private jet, take her to his desert kingdom and…marry her!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
“Love is not weak, love is strong.”
The Inherited Bride is Maisey Yates “debut” sheik romance and if you think the desert is hot, well think again, this is one spectacular hot romance that will definitely need an oasis to cool everyone down or will it heat everything up?
Princess Isabella Rossi knew and understood her duty to her country. She honored the marriage contract her family had arranged with High Sheikh Hassan al bin Sudar to benefit both countries. However, before she could go through with the marriage, she only wanted a few days to experience life. So she fled her brother’s home and retreated to Paris. She wanted to experience things like sightseeing, movies, shopping, the normal things any young girl would have had the opportunity to do. Why? Because her parents had told her what to do her entire life. How to think, how to dress, leaving nothing but an empty shell. She didn’t know who she was and she just wanted to experience the simple things in life. However, Hassan’s brother Adham had different ideas. He had arrived in Paris to stop Isabella from not only making the mistake of putting her self in danger; he was determined to bring her home to his brother, her future bridegroom because their royal wedding was to take place in a few months and he wanted to keep an eye on her to make sure it happened for the good of his country.
Adham was a handsome sheikh himself. He was so loyal to his brother, the high sheikh and duty bound to his country. He felt honor was the one thing no one could take away from you. Isabella stirred things in him he tried to deny. He thought her to be a spoilt royal. After some conversations with her, he agreed to take her to the Eiffel Tower, buy her a simple hamburger, take her to a movie and shopping. The shopping trip, well let’s say she had never chosen her own clothes but she tormented him when they went to the lingerie department. He saw a different side of her. She was a lovely and beautiful woman with curves and she made his body harden. She drove him crazy and there was only one way to put a stop to it! So he took her home to the Palace and his brother, the brother who had gone missing and was now at the family retreat!
During the early chapters, the interesting reading part for me was getting to know both Adham and Isabella because one could immediately feel their connection. It was going to be intense and very, very sad because he definitely would not betray his brother. Their loyalty was not something that could be thrown aside for a woman even if she was sweet, beautiful and tempting. She was forbidden as his brother’s future wife and as brothers, they had an unbreakable bond. They worked together as a team for the good of their country. On top of that, Adham had seen too many things, horrible things……the death of his parents and it had scarred him in more ways one could imagine. He also had physical scars from being a prisoner of war.
As for Isabella's feelings, she was attracted to him and was confused because she had no experience with men. She ached for him and she was tormented like him because she also wouldn’t betray and agreement nor her country. However, where was her future groom and why was he away at a retreat and not to return until the wedding? Well, Adham knew the truth and he was not just angry, he was shocked and was put in a position again to entertain Isabella. How could survive this and survive this passion and tension?
Poor Adham, I thought when he suggested taking her to Adalia, a desert oasis located two hours away from the palace because I knew it would be trouble for both of them. Palm trees, sand, water, sun, the seductive setting of a tent because who in their right mind could resist something like this and kid themselves and survive? Isabella called to him more than any other woman. She was alive in the desert and temptation. But it was a line he would never cross. We’ll see, I personally thought! Duty and honor like I mentioned before, meant everything to him but would cross the line?
This proud sheikh had seen so much…..his parents being killed in front of him. He’s been a prisoner of war. .He would protect the high sheikh, his brother and his country with his life. Isabella wanted to comfort and soothe him. Her innocence and touching turned into blazing heat, At this oasis, in the tent, this couple exploded with want and mutual need for their passion. She honestly loved him but it cost Adham everything he was, everything he believed in and she knew she was the cause of it. He had betrayed his only family member and he felt the shame because she had been promised to his brother.
However, I couldn’t help but wonder, wasn’t his brother also betraying his country and Adham as well because I knew the “secret” of why he wanted two months at the retreat before the wedding. What his brother Hassan asked of both of them would not only affect both his country and hers due to the original agreement to benefit trade routes, military alliance and oil prices; it would change their lives. Everything well let’s just say was complicated.. You’ll just have to read it to understand it without me spilling their secrets.
The ending chapters were amazing and shifted just like the desert sands. He was so cold, so hard and she wondered how she would live and survive Adham withholding himself. Now everything was different for both of them and for his country and they were both tormented. He now had so much placed on his shoulders, a man who needed to be strong and one with so much responsibility one will learn. What a roller coaster with so much emotion and so much to loose if they each made a wrong move.
What was so special about The Inherited Bride? Adham had “taught this sheltered woman and had helped her to become a woman, shown her the importance of putting others before herself and the importance of living for more than her own happiness. He made her complete.” Isabella taught him about absolute love and healed him. It was such a beautiful, sweet and romantic royal romance thanks to the author’s creative and genuine skills. It reminds one of the true meaning of love and how it can heal and make one strong, not weak because of it.
Way back when, Maisey posted a blog post and her wedding pics……and about her sheikh and the inspiration
Princess Isabella was certain of three things...
She desperately didn't want to marry the Sheikh to whom she was betrothed...
There was more to the darkly handsome, dark-hearted desert stranger escorting her back to the altar than met the eye...
And, having kissed the stranger once, she was never going to be the same again...
To Tempt a Sheikh is the second book in the Pride of Zohayd series. It's absolutely a brilliant love story and probably one of the most amazing in the "sheikh" genre because of the exotic and passionate heat due to the amazing talents of author, Olivia Gates.
From the moment as a reader I was introduced to Prince Harres Aal Shalan Zohayd's Minister of Interior and head of Central Intelligence and Homeland Security, I knew due to his position and love of his other "sheikh" brothers he would be loyal, fierce and determined to find out who was trying to over throw his family's reign. For months, they had known of a conspiracy to overthrow their father, the King. The Pride of Zohayd jewels which gave the royal house the right to rule, had been stolen and replaced with fakes just before their holiday, Exhibition Day. There was the threat if this information was exposed it would bring down chaos that would see the King removed from power. A US reporter by the name of T.J. Burke had information concerning the conspiracy. However, "he" had been kidnapped and it was Harres job to rescue T.J. A successful mission but oh what a surprise.
Talia Burke, a surgeon was on a mission to prove her twin brother T.J.'s innocence. However, before she could leave for Zohayd in her disguise as a man, she was kidnapped and held captive in the desert until a group of men burst into the cabin and bodily took her away. She was thrown into a helicopter by her new captor and whisked away into the desert until they were fired upon and crashed. Imagine both of their surprises when Harres uncovered Talia Burke NOT T.J. Burke and Talia found out that Harres family are the ones she feels responsible for having her twin brother T.J. imprisoned in a US jail for a crime he did NOT commit. However, in order to survive, she needed to stitch up the wounded pilot, Harres and then make a 200 mile trek across the desert to the oasis in order to be rescued by Harres family and get to the bottom of everything.
From the first moment one reads about their "crash meeting" and their connections to each other, one immediately learns a couple of things. They are two confident individuals, loyal to their family, fierce, determined to survive and very, very attracted to each other. For Harres I believed it was love at first sight and he saw into her soul. For Talia, I knew there would be trust issues because all she had left in the world was her twin and she believed he'd had been set up. However facing all of the danger together, the elements of the desert and trying to get to safety and get down to the bottom of things became very complicated. I believed there was one thing for sure, there would be great passion and challenges for this couple and that would take place at a very exotic oasis if they survived their desert trek.
The oasis was magical and I can honestly say I felt transported to that oasis with these two soon to be lovers because of the way the author set up all of the scenes. From the culture and welcoming of the oasis nomad tribe, to the way their culture was described, the wildlife, flora and fauna, everything was magnificent. It was all very exotic, erotic and so full of emotion. From the moment Harres had to leave Talia behind to make his way on his own, to his feelings for this woman, to his worry was he going to be too late and would he find her dead? And then there were Talia's feelings, if she were going to die, why hadn't they made love in the desert sands, something she would regret. Talk about a knight to the rescue and one dedicated to seeing this woman live so he could make love to her and oh such erotic scenes, especially the two of them on a "white horse". Onething was for sure,in the end they loved each other and their time together would soon end. Harres family would come for them, take them back to the palace and try to sort out everything. They needed to prove her brother innocent and find out who was trying to overthrow the reigning Aal Shalaan's?
Talia was anxious about her brother but there was one thing for sure, she loved and adored this prince. After meeting his family she was secured undercover at the palace until they flushed out the traitors. But not before she was set up to over hear a conversation between Harres and his brother at the hands of the "royal's" enemies. After that everything came crashing down around the two of them. However, her brother was set free but at what cost because Talia's heart was broken. She felt used and she returned back to the United States to her position as a surgeon at the hospital and to the truth!. So much heart break for this couple and feelings of betrayal. The ending of To Tempt a Sheikh was gripping and so very unexpected. So hold on to your seat when this desert prince surprises his princess and gives her that happy ending in a very public way!
He rescued hostage Talia Burke from his royal family's rival tribe and swept her into his strong embrace. But Prince Harres Aal Shalaan soon discovered there was more to the brave beauty than he knew. Talia held information vital to protecting his beloved kingdom…and she had every reason not to trust him.
Marooned together at a desert oasis, Talia couldn't resist Harres. Yet even as his sizzling seduction entranced her, his loyalty to his family and country would always make them enemies. Falling for the sheikh would be her heart's greatest mistake…but she feared it was already too late….
What other's are saying:
To Tempt a Sheikh garners PRIDE OF ZOHAYD trilogy its 2nd TOP PICK from RT Book Reviews!!
“Unbelievably, Gates gives readers a second sexy and singularly charming sheikh from the royal family of Zoyhad.”
“Unbelievably, Gates gives readers a second sexy and singularly charming sheikh from the royal family of Zoyhad.”
Friday, March 11, 2011
Secrets of the Oasis by Abby Green was full of sexual tension, secrets and lots of twists and turns. Add to this romance an extremely tortured hero Sheikh Salman al Saqr. with a past relationship with the heroine Jamilah Moreau.
In Ms. Green’s first sheikh release, Breaking the Sheikh's Rules one was introduced to Sheikh Nadim Bin Kalid Al Saqr and the lovely Irish woman Isuelt O’Sullivan. Nadim bought one of the O’Sullivan’s prize horses and took the horse and Isuelt back to his native country where she went to work for the stable manager and trainer Jamilah a childhood friend. Nadim and his brother Salman shared a past with Jamilah. Both sets of their parents had perished together. Nadim and Salman had been close as children and she had always loved him from afar. So you can well imagine years later when they accidentally bumped into each other in Paris and he saw how lovely she’d become, she was stunning. He had no problem seducing her and taking her virginity.
Their affair lasted only three weeks because Jamilah let it slip that she loved him and he sent her packing because he didn’t do emotional affairs and most certainly not love. He broke her heart in a very cruel way. He had seen way too much in his past childhood, had been tortured when years earlier a neighboring sheikh had captured his parents, along with he and his brother. Things had been done to him that no one knew about, horrible things and he was ashamed, very guarded and unfeeling man. However, what he didn’t know was he had gotten Jamilah pregnant and she miscarried. Now six years later, Salman was asked to return to his country to take over being an interim ruler while his brother and wife went back to Ireland for a vacation. You can well imagine the shock of Jamilah seeing this man again and for Salman she was lovelier than he ever remembered, he still wanted her and was determined to have her.
While out of the country, his brother requested that Salman fly to Paris to attend meetings in his absence and to take along Jamilah with him to negotiate and checkout a neighboring horse farm. He demanded she stay with him in his penthouse suite at the Ritz. He tormented her, made her feel so uneasy with his touches, kissed her, driving her crazy until she gave in and they took up where they left off. However, this time the affair was more intense. All I will say is from then on to the end of the book you absolutely won’t want to miss the sensual tension and passion this couple share. For some reason Salman shared more with her, even his tortured past. But it didn’t stop there because Salman made it very clear he wanted her but he didn’t do love nor commitment.
To protect her heart from further hurt, Jamilah informed him once they returned home there would be no more shared passion. However, Salman had other ideas and tried to be very creative to coax her back into his bed. He even went so far as to get her out into the desert on a pretense she was needed for her veterinarian skills. An oasis, lavish tent, incredible food and this handsome sheikh….temptation at it’s best. The ensuing chapters featured roller coaster emotion and more secrets revealed as only Abby Green can pen. This sizzling “sheikh” romance complimented and tied Green’s first book together and the ending chapters were extremely emotional to read.
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Shocking secrets of the sands!
When she gave herself to Sheikh Salman in Paris five years ago, Jamilah Moreau fantasised about wedding dresses and happy endings. But Salman was driven by desire, not diamond solitaires
Now, Sheikh of a desert kingdom, Salman can have anything he wants and, as Jamilah discovers when he spirits her off to a desert oasis, its still her! However, time has wrought changes, and their lovemaking is no longer enough Something happened back in Paris that had everlasting consequences for both of them…