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The Sheikh's Bargain Bride (Desert Kings #1)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  234 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
A Devil's Bargain...

Anna Whitman has yearned for freedom and independence her whole life but she's forced to accept a marriage of convenience so she can live with her son.

Sheikh Zahir Al-Zaman is a ruthless desert warrior who believes the only way he can control his obsession with Anna is to possess her. And he'll do almost anything—even kidnap her son—to have her.

But Z
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published December 2011
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My first read by Diana Fraser, and I definitely want more. This story easily swept me off my feet and tumbled me around a little before setting me down gently. Exotic locations, exotic characters, love, revenge, secrets, and heartache all come together perfectly to create an emotional yet romantic tale.

When we first meet Anna, we see her as a frantic mother trying to get her son back from her brother-in-law, Zahir. When they come face to face, their chemi
A decent Harlequin Presents style Arab sheikh/secret baby/forced marriage story. I disliked that Zafir basically gets away with telling Anna that he'll dump her as soon as he's tired of her, and their child sounds more like a 10 year old than a 3 year old. On the plus side there was some unusual reality about the difficulty of using condoms in water. ;-)
Contemporary Arab sheikh romance with a smart rags-to-riches young lady and a secret baby plot.
Anna Whitman married her first husband because of lies, once she found out that he was gay (well the not consummating the marriage was probably the big hint) she divorced him, but since they were best friends she still tried to play the part of the good wife to his family to protect his in the closet status. Except she made one mistake by falling in love with the older brother, the ruler, the Sheikh Za
Jan 24, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
4.25 out of 5. This is a novel I wasn't sure I was going to like. But I had read another of Ms Fraser's books and decided to go for it. I don't like the usual future's that occidental women face in the Middle Eastern scheme of things and the experience of a number of American women with Middle Eastern husbands has turned me off to these relationship possibilities. Just way too many cultural differences sometimes. In this particular novel, however, it would seem that this man has nurtured a deep ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Victoria rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, free-read
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Paula Legate
Aug 19, 2013 Paula Legate rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet romance. There wasn’t anything big, like an accident, or illness that happened in the story that made me hold my breath. On the other hand the twist and turn caught me by surprise. This is one of those books that you just have to read. If I give you too many details of the book, it will spoil the whole book. I wouldn’t want to do that.

Here is a sample taken from chapter one:
He dipped his head to hers, as if to inhale her and her breath caught. In that
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Nov 22, 2015 UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish marked it as own-need-to-read
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A Devil's Bargain...

All Anna Whitman wants is to live a free and independent life, but she's forced to accept a marriage of convenience so she can live with her son.

Sheikh Zahir Al-Zaman is a ruthless desert warrior who believes the only way he can control his obsession with Anna is to possess her. And he'll do almost anything--even kidnap her son--to have her.

But Zahir will not force her into his bed. He has his strategies for seduction-
Sep 02, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
Anna was married to the Sheikh Zahir's brother. He just didn't know it and they spent one passionate night together. He never knew that he left her pregnant and that there were things about his brother that he didn't know about.

Years later he kidnaps his nephew to get the woman that he wants. When he finds out the secrets that she has kept he just doesn't know what to do.

This book was well written and I enjoyed it. Love to read about Sheikh's.
Dec 17, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read and I found myself crying at the end as Diana sure knows how to write a powerful book with a lot of depth. The chemistry between Zahir and Anna is electrifying making it a definite must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 28, 2015 INDY R. rated it really liked it
The Sheikh's Bargain Bride (Desert Kings Series: Book 1)

This is the first book that I have read of Ms. Fraser and I have to say that I believe that I have a new author to add to my “go to authors”.

To say that this story of Sheikh Zahir Al-Zaman and Anna Whitman has twists, turns, surprises and hot sex, would be an understatement. Ms. Fraser’s writing style draws you in from the first page and you keep turning until you are finished.

As we start the book, the path start takes a different path t
Tanya Mayes
Aug 22, 2013 Tanya Mayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story about Zahir and Anna. It has a little bit of everything my emotions were up and down. Zahir meets Anna one night in Paris. They are both highly attracted to one another. They have sex but Zahir finds out that Anna is his brother's wife. Now the guilt and anger comes in. Fast forward four years and David's brother is dead and Zahir has taken his son back home. Zahir still burns Anna and he uses her son to convince her to marry him but what he doesn't know is she still ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Mom rated it liked it
Anna was married and had a child. Her husband died.
The brother, Zahir, wanted her to come live with him while he took care of her son.
They would marry.
She did not want to lean on anyone but wanted to go on to school.
They had a stormy time before she discovered she really cared for him.
Aug 04, 2013 Firstpella rated it liked it
Good...pretty obvious at the start the kid was the H's...the H/h had chemistry and the location and touch of another culture made it different from the standard FSoG / Crossfire. I think if this story was reworked...made a bit darker...started before, when the H and h first met...could have something potentially unique and more fulfilling. Found myself skimming the last chapters since the temporary breakup wasn't strong enough as a plot point. All in all this story is like a piece of a better la ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Missy rated it really liked it
A wonderful book - a joy to read: passionate; intense; dramatic. The author is quickly becoming a favorite to read.
Nov 11, 2013 Deborah rated it it was ok
This is a nice enough easy read with likable characters the reason I've only given two stars is because I've read almost the exact same story a couple of times before and knew what was coming next, I don't know who wrote it originally and maybe I'm doing this author a disservice but all the way through I was hoping for something different but that didn't materialise.
Aug 06, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
This was a freebie from Amazon. And while I enjoyed it, it felt like I had read it before. There was nothing new to recommend this story. But if you want to escape to a land of alpha men and rare beauty then you might want to give this book a try.
Melinda Gregory
Sep 14, 2013 Melinda Gregory rated it liked it
3.5 stars... a really quick read. I thought elements of this book were very good - the first 30% or so were especially strong - especially the description of the palace, the clash of cultures. A nice read to while away some hours.
Wendy Jones
Jun 08, 2013 Wendy Jones rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful escapist romance with exotic locations and great chemistry. Eagerly anticipating the next instalment.
Aug 04, 2013 Ewo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
most of the book is quite unbelieveable. sure it's a novel but even a novel can be believeable.
May 06, 2012 Sassy rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable and sensual story. I would recommend this book.
Hot Reading Mom
Oct 22, 2014 Hot Reading Mom rated it liked it
Could two people just talk to each other please
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