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Defying Her Desert Duty

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Chained by silk and jewels

Across the bustling nightclub, bodyguard Zahir El Hashem watches his latest charge swaying temptingly on the dance floor, his pulse quickening. Returning the Princess to her bridegroom might not be such a simple operation after all…

Soraya Karim has always known one day she must resume her royal obligations – just not so soon! Clinging to the las
Paperback, 187 pages
Published October 2012 by Mills & Boon (first published August 31st 2012)
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Soraya had known since she was 14 y old that she is promised to marry the Emir who is 30 y older than her. But studying in Paris has made this promise seems unreal, in a far- fetched future. Zahir is assigned to escort Soraya to her betrothed Emir,Hussein, who is his mentor, friend and the father he didn't have. Sparks fly. Initial dislike turns to like. Misconceptions fall apart as they get to know each other during the trip that will take them to their final destination, to Bakhara, and the ro ...more
Nas Dean

DEFYING HER DESERT DUTY by author Annie West is a HM&B Modern/Presents release for October 2012.

Zahir El Hashem was sent by the supreme ruler of the desert kingdom of Bakhari with the sole purpose of bringing his fiancée back to be married. Zahir is loyal to his friend and mentor, the Emir, and would never think of betraying him.

Yet love has something else in store for him.

Soraya Karim turns out to be nothing like what he expected. The attraction was instant and incendiary. But they keep the
I love Annie West's stories and this was no exception. Soraya and Zahir's relationship is tension filled and seemingly impossible. And heart wrenching because they are both so determined to do the right thing by everyone, especially their emir to whom they both owe a huge debt of gratitude and loyalty. Zahir struggles to be honorable but his love for Soraya drags him in a direction he had never anticipated. Annie West slowly builds the tension in an ever tightening spiral until it zaps off the p ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Sofia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
When Soraya Karim is approached by a stranger on a nightclub, she didn’t think anything of it at the time. Not until he tells her that he is a bodyguard sent to her to take her home; back to her home country Bakhara and the Emir she has been engaged to since the age of fourteen. The Emir who is now planning their wedding. But Soraya isn’t yet ready to give up freedom to a man thirty years her senior she doesn’t know, and she manage to persuade them to take the longer way home. The only problem i ...more
This is the latest release from Harlequin Mills and Boon author, Annie West.

Honour is very important to a son of the desert. So what does Zahir do when he discovers that he is in love with the future bride of his master, the Emir of Bukhara, the man for whom he'd willingly lay down his life? Soraya decided long ago that romance was a trap and that she didn't want to go there. That's why she agreed to become the bride of the Emir when she came of age and completed her education. So why was she fe
In Defying Her Desert Duty, Soraya Karim is a vibrant young woman who is betrothed to the Emir of Bakhara. While Soraya is in Paris as a student, Zahir El Hashem (a close confidant of the Emir) is sent to accompany her back to Bakhara. The Emir, Hussein, is ready for their marriage. Even though Soraya would never go back on her word to marry Hussein, she isn't ready to leave Paris and give up her life. Along the journey back to Bakhara, Soraya and Zahir are both flustered when they realize they ...more
Summerita Rhayne
A lovely read. You empathise with both the characters. The theme of duty versus desire is explored well.

Bit of a spoiler - and a rant - coming up. So be warned!

I did think the bedroom scene was not gelling properly when they were both such hotheads about doing the duty. The author has done the very best possible in fitting it in the story and you don't really mind it. But it IS out of the context of the characterization. She's engaged, and belongs to an Arab country with all the implied values.
Para pasar el rato, está bien. Terminó demasiado felizmente, nada le costaba a Annie meterle un poco más de tensión y acción a la historia. Como dicen estas estrellas, it was ok.
For some two weeks I've been looking for a book with pretty much straight forward story, that I would definitely know to have a happy ending, so that I would simply flow along with and enjoy without much of a "uh ah what's gonna happen next.." thoughts. And of course it had to be a love story. Yes I was looking for Mills&Boon type of a book.
Defying Her Desert Duty is a romance with ideal female and male characters, who get sizzling sensations right at first sight, and fall in love with each
Kandy Shepherd
A spirited, intelligent heroine and a passionate, honorable hero fight their intense attraction because of their loyalty and duty to their country and its ruler.

Annie West keeps up the tension throughout the novel, making the reader wonder how these two very appealing characters will find the happy-ever-after they so deserve.

The French setting is an added bonus to this engaging, sensual romance.
Maybe I have just graduated from these books and simply haven't been able to admit it to myself, but this book was a disappointment. I usually enjoy Annie West's books, but the writing here seemed forced, uninspired and amateurish. The story lacked the intensity and nuance usually present in an Annie West book.
I was bored. Reading this novel didn't really keep me entertained as others have. I liked the heroine, she was brave.
What a great story filled with tension and passion as two people fall in love defying duty wonderful story I loved it
Marina Andreou
One of the most beautiful stories i have ever read!!!!
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