Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Sheikh's Ransomed Bride by Annie West

Title: The Sheikh's Ransomed Bride

Author: Annie West

Line: Modern/Sexy/Presents

Release month: UK - Apr 07/ Aus May 07/ USA - Jul 07

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Kidnapped by rebels, Belle Winters discovers her rescuer is actually Rafiq al Akhtar, Sovereign Prince of the desert kingdom of Q’aroum. Whisked away to his exotic palace, she is astounded to learn that Rafiq himself paid the ransom to save her life – and that he expects her to show her gratitude…by marrying him!
Rafiq intends for Belle to carry out her royal duties – both in public and in private. And it isn’t long before she succumbs to the sultry heat of the desert and to Rafiq’s seduction. No longer his unwilling wife, Belle has become the Sheikh’s very willing lover…

From the very beginning, I was captivated, intrigued and on edge as this story begins with a kidnapping, a ferocious storm and two very captivating characters Rafiq (ruler and monarch) and Belle, a marine archaeologist who along with her co-worker was kidnapped and held for ransom. Immediately the stage is set as Belle and Rafiq are thrown together, he her protector and Belle with everything she’s been through, her strength and courage shows throughout in this desert tale.

Belle’s homeland was Australia; she and her sister were for the most part, raised by her mother. Belle is strong, beautiful, hard working and proud. She has come to Q’aroum to explore and excavate a sunken first century trading ship. She and her co-worker are kidnapped by Rafiq’s cousin and the ransom demanded is the “Peacock’s Eye” not only very valuable but of importance to the people of Q’aroim. For generations it has been the gift of the Sheikh to his bride and Rafiq has given it up in order to save Belle and her co-worker!

Rafiq, is like no other sheikh or monarch…….his character reminds me of something out of “The Arabian Nights”. He’s handsome, intelligent, fearsome and very proud and he wants Belle……he wants her for his bride! Sparks fly off of these two characters as they both fight their attraction to each other and along the way find their way into a romance you won’t forget. A tale of East and West, two such different cultures and people who find a bond, mutual respect and love!
This is Annie West’s first "sheikh" book and I personally feel was exceptional, full of intrigue, chemistry and a wonderful romance set on a desert isle.

Reviewed by: Marilyn

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Did you know that before meeting her husband, Annie at one time met a man who offered her a proposal with a herd of camels in the offering! To find out more visit her website ...

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