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An Arabian Courtship

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  219 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Polly didn't expect to be happy

Family loyalty and the knowledge that her love for Chris would never be returned led Polly to accept marriage to Prince Raschid, heir to a desert kingdom.

The problems she thought she'd face were practical ones--such as how she'd adjust to life in a very different culture.

What a shock it was to discover that the handsome autocratic man she'd m
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #1313, 189 pages
Published November 1990 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I suppose I have read this, but I don't remember. That's fine, because I liked experiencing it without any preconceived notions. I liked this quite a bit. Polly is young, but she's doesn't act addle-brained as some of Graham's more recent heroines. Don't get me wrong, I love LG's books, but sometimes I wish she didn't seem to make them so silly (especially over the hero because he's so good-looking). Polly in a difficult situation, having essentially been sold into marriage by her greedy father ...more
Lynne Graham is always worth reading and this story is no exception, even though it's a "desert" story - my least favorite. Heroine is forced to marry prince hero because her father saved the life of hero's father years before and the "payment" is marriage between the families. The "debt" is only brought up now because the heroine's family needs money and the hero's father thinks his son should marry again after the disaster that was his first marriage.

Hero is upfront about the kind of life hero
Jul 24, 2012 RebeccaL rated it really liked it
Shelves: hp
I liked this story very much. I am glad to see a H that wasn't mean. Yes, he may have his moments of anger but most of the time he is logical. Comparatively I feel sometimes the heroine actions and respond are a bit childish. They both entered this marriage of convenience for their own reason but the hero did approach it with much more tolerance and sense while I can't help to feel the heroine is less considerate. She made her decision to marry into a loveless marriage and the hero did ensure sh ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Leona rated it it was ok
Shelves: hqn-presents
Geez ...this is one unpalatable book. There really isn't anything redeeming about either the Hero or the heroine.

He is a brutal nasty character, making it clear that she is only there for his physical needs. She falls head over heels for someone that constantly treats her like trash.

The parents force her to marry him to save them from a horrible financial situation...and she decides it's okay to sell herself because the man she really loves only sees her as a friend.

She is immature and spouts
Jan 10, 2011 Booked rated it it was amazing

Polly didn't expect to be happy

Family loyalty and the knowledge that her love for Chris would never be returned led Polly to accept marriage to Prince Raschid, heir to a desert kingdom.

The problems she thought she'd face were practical ones--such as how she'd adjust to life in a very different culture.

What a shock it was to discover that the handsome autocratic man she'd married was a complex and wonderful companion--and that her emotions were certainly involved!
Dec 15, 2011 sbf20112011 rated it liked it
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but this one didn't grab me even though it had some elements I normally enjoy (heroine illness, can't-have babies-angst that gets resolved). Though on the other hand I tend to dislike Arabian romances, but make exceptions for my favorite authors like LG. The Arabian context wasn't too bad in this one but it puts a damper on the HEA for me knowing that for the rest of her life she's going to have to go out in public wearing a burka. Arabian setting aside, I think ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Roub rated it really liked it
this was a re-read for me. it was not as much fun as i found it last year (march 2014). it's a 3 star for me this time around, but i won't change my first rating. i found polly very childish and she annoyed me like hell ! too aggressive for my tastes! she knew she was going through an arranged marriage and yet was reluctant from the word go. noone forced her. she made her choice and i found it abhorrent dat she did not want to lie in the bed she made. she threw lots of tantrums and i dunt see ho ...more
This has got to be my first Sheik story and boy was it a good one. I loved every single minute of it even the bad parts and when he discovers her kissing her secret crush!!!! Omg my feels (as my teenage daughter would say). This is one story that has loads of drama, desert, and hot sexy scenes with an awesome confused hero who is just trying to be real and not get hurt again. How could that bitch of a first wife do that to him? He was such a great guy and I am so glad they have each other. I und ...more
Claude Road
Jan 30, 2015 Claude Road rated it it was amazing
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Ipshita Ranjana
Apr 05, 2015 Ipshita Ranjana rated it liked it
An Arabian Courtship by Lynne Graham was a well written romance and would be loved by everyone who adores the old classic Harlequin Presents.

Raschid was an alpha hero who was cold for the majority of the book. In the end he does fall in love but his being an alpha jerk for the majority of the book was off-putting personally for me. Polly agrees to marry Raschid bowing down to family pressure and because the man she loves does not share the same feelings for her. She starts out as a shy heroine f
Carol Storm
Jan 03, 2012 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
This one is Lynne Graham's best -- along with THE CORSICAN GAMBIT by Sandra Marton, it is the best Harlequin Presents I have ever read!
Jan 21, 2013 Cotito rated it really liked it
Shelves: con-reseña
Bien esta reseña será un poquito más corta que las otras a menos que se me vayan los dedos y bueno, ya saben. Llegué a esta novela cuando leí la adaptación de ella con dos personajes de Harry Potter, si lo sé, es algo extraño, pero bueno, siempre coloco como llegué a los libros. Lo busqué y cuando lo encontré me di cuenta que era muy barato porque era parte de una colección de novelas del mismo tipo que sacan colección como Bianca o Jasmín, estoy segura que más de alguna habrá llegado a ellas má ...more
Susan Wawa
May 04, 2011 Susan Wawa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, lynne-graham
Novel ini menceritakan pangeran arab Raschid (seorang duda) yg dijodohin sama polly 19 tahun (cewek inggris) (kalian entar bisa baca kenapa mereka dijodohin,panjang soalnya kalo mau di tulis ^^).

Novelnya bagus, cuma gue pusing bacanya di ebook, inggrisnya kacau banget, point2nya dan alurnya masih bisa di mengerti, Pangeran arab Raschid keturunan org prancis dari neneknya dan kakeknya arab, ortunya arab perawakannya matanya biru, rambut item, tinggi, macho, cool dan pastinya kaya raya, posesif.

May 04, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-f
It's a harlequin ... you know what you are reading it for, and for that it delivers ... decently. Nothing original here, same song, same dance, different names. Another cookie cutter romance sure to mildly satisfy. (This is my standard review for these very standard books.)
Kelly Bird
Not convinced

Of any deep love between these two characters. Not enough interaction to much inner dialogue. Usually love Graham this book wasn't great
May 27, 2015 liirogue rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Late 80s/early 90s bodice ripper. Entertaining story line but neither of the main characters are particularly endearing.
May 10, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love a good MOC story and this one was so angsty. OM, OW, pregnancy, jealousy, misunderstandings, no wonder I devoured it!
Sep 21, 2014 R rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Awful, Hero was not much of one old school HP not fond of them at times.
Jul 07, 2016 Sneha rated it liked it
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April Brookshire
Nov 19, 2014 April Brookshire rated it liked it
Shelves: harlequin
Liked this, but it could've been more exciting.

Obviously by the end the hero admits his love (like most Harlequins)

But he was so cold until then

and I wanted more groveling
Jan 02, 2014 Claudia rated it really liked it
Releido: 1/1/2014
Dec 11, 2011 Anya rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
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Lynne Graham was born on July 30, 1956 of Irish-Scottish parentage. She has livedin Northern Ireland all her life. She grew up in a seaside village with herbrother. She learnt to read at the age of 3, and haven't stopped since then.

Lynne first met her husband when she was 1
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