Review: Cinderella and the Sheikh by Teresa Morgan

cinderella sheikHero: Sheikh Rasyn (Ra-sin) Al Jabar has no interest in becoming the next ruler of his homeland, Abbas in North Africa. He decides a Western wife will surely raise the country’s hackles and get him out of the line for succession. When he spies Libby, he thinks he can fulfill his desire to leave the throne and get pleasure out of the arrangement too. He puts on his most charming face and goes in for the kill.

Heroine: Libby Fay is working as a waitress at Hotel Scheherazade in very posh upscale Manhattan. She earns big tips from the wealthy clientele. Waitressing for Libby allows her to wait on people who need a little tender loving care (TLC). She feels that she makes people’s days easier. Growing up, she and her mom would play restaurant, and that’s when she found her calling. This job is the best job she’s ever had and she’s not about to mess it up for a playboy sheikh… even if he’s devilishly handsome and charming to boot.

Review: Libby is no fool. She doesn’t feel Rasyn’s attentions are genuine. He’s only just met her – how can he be in love with her? When he proposes marriage on the first “date” she’s floored. She doesn’t love him, why would she marry him? She says “yes” to help him save face, but an inch given is a mile taken with Rasyn. Twice in the novel, Libby’s mom provides the push to allow Libby to open up to Rasyn. First, he looks at Libby like her father looked at her mother… and then later when her mom asks if she ever gave her heart a chance to love Rasyn. I liked Rasyn’s line about not marrying a man you love, but marrying a man who loves you. I thought that was great! I also like how his plan to bring in an uncultured Western woman backfires. She’s genuine and kind which draws people to her. So while she makes social gaffs like he expected, their results are anything but catastrophic. Poor Rasyn.

[Rating:4]

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Review: Desert Warrior by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is the second story that is in the double book (“Lord of the Abyss”) by Nalini Singh.  You will not be disappointed if you buy this double book.  It is a reprint of her August 2003 Silhouette Desire book.

Jasmine Coleridge seems to have a self-esteem problem.  She also wants to design clothing. Tariq al-Huzzein Donovan Zamanat is the Sheik of Zulheil and knows what he wants.  They also knew each other 4 years ago.

There is an intensity between Jasmine and Tariq right from the start.  Mina is the lamb to Tariq’s lion.  Tariq treats Mina as a possession and Mina just wants to be loved.  The story appears to be contemporary but because of where the story takes place it would also fit in as a historical romance.  The desert doesn’t seem to change very much.  Almost like time stands still – the desert is almost untouched by the outside world.

Tariq’s claiming of Mina is very sensual.  You see Mina blossom under Tariq’s touch.  The reader also gets a chance to see how romantic sleeping under the stars can be.  It may give you some ideas about getting romantic with your significant other.

The past keeps getting in between Tariq and Mina’s relationship.  You will have to keep reading to see if the couple can “weather the storm”.  There is a saying “Love conquers all”.  Will their love be able to?

The hunks in some of the romance novels always have a way of saying the wrong thing and his lady-love ends up slipping back into her shell.  As I was reading, I had hoped that Tariq wouldn’t follow suit – but he did.  Now I have to hope that Mina puts him in his place.

Nalini likes to tease her readers.  Will Mina’s love be enough?  Will Tariq realize what he has before it’s too late?  Nalini also adds in the evil sister.  You will have to read the story to find out what she does and if she destroys the love that the couple has for each other.

If you are a hopeless romantic, you will love this book.  I’m used to reading Nalini’s paranormal romances but this was a very nice change.  The only disappointment I had was that the second story doesn’t have its own cover.  With Nalini’s description of what Tariq looks like, you would love to see an actual picture.  But you will not be disappointed if you go and buy the double book (unless you already own the original from 2003).

[Rating:4.5]

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Review: Desert Heat: A Story of Samson & Delilah by Micah Sheehan

Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story starts when Delilah is just a child and a family tragedy occurs. We also see that she kills someone. We first see Samson walking barefoot through the desert in search of a woman who can handle his lust. At this point, Samson and Delilah have not met but their families both want the same thing for them – to get married. The reader will also notice that Samson has quite the sexual appetite.

While reading the first couple of chapters, you wonder if the story was going to be all about Samson and his visits to a brothel. It takes a while before we see Delilah since her mention in chapter 1. Then it’s to see her make a bargain with the devil. The story does not change from the original telling.

According to the publisher it is listed as a historical romance. But to me it’s the Bible story with a lot of erotic material put into it. Violence gets to be a common theme throughout. It is more a work of dark fiction.

The reader relies on the author to paint a picture of what the surroundings and people look like. Micah does a great job with his descriptions. However, that was not enough for me to like this story. I like a good erotic story but thought that the sex scenes just didn’t flow with the telling of Samson and Delilah.

If you are a religious person, this story may offend you. There are also references of God that appear in the story. For others, this story may have you getting your Bible out to see how it was originally written. This story may appeal more to male readers. Women readers may not see the romance.

The title Desert Heat is somewhat misleading. I was hoping that the author would put a different spin on the story – would have liked it more if that had happened.

Spoiler: The story ends the same way as in the Bible. Sorry.

[Rating:2.5]

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Review: Desert Nights by Kitti Bernetti

by Carla F., guest reviewer

Summary: Sheikh Ashmit bin Sultan al Nashan is sent by his father the King to rescue an English schoolteacher, Russ Edwards, who is being held in the desert by terrorists. When Ashmit finds the chained Englishman in the terrorist camp, he is overcome with lust. This is unacceptable! He is stunned and appalled that he is attracted to a man. His duty has always been to marry the beautiful Ashwarya and have an heir for the throne. Until then, his father has said that he must remain a virgin. Purity “in mind and body is essential to maintain the authenticity of our bloodline.”

Russ cannot believe how beautiful his rescuer is, and he doesn’t understand why he is so cold one moment and definitely not cold at all in the next.

Review: It was fun reading a gay version of the typical Sheikh romance novel. Like those it has the intelligent, handsome, and sometimes arrogant leader/prince of a mythical non-Muslim country falling in love with a foreign commoner. At first I had trouble dealing with the idea that a King would send his heir to the throne out alone to save a foreigner from terrorists, but it fits into this type of story. (Later is it is revealed that the King had a very good reason for wanting his son to do this.)

Ashmit definitely has issues, but it is understandable considering how he was raised to believe in his duty to his father and country. I liked how his plan for dealing with his pending marriage allowed him to fulfill that duty.

Hot scene: There’s a temple in the desert that has some interesting carvings and an alter.

Overall: A quick fun read suited to those who like Sheikh and/or LGBT stories.

[Rating:4]

Buy: Desert Nights, Desert Nights (UK)