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Forged in the Desert Heat

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
A woman that could start a war

The Gypsy Sheikh, betrayer, modern-day marauder—Zafar Nejem has been called many things. And now he is to be called Your Majesty. Returning to the throne of Al Sabah, his first act is to rescue American heiress Analise Christensen from her desert kidnappers.

Since Ana is engaged to the ruler of the neighboring kingdom, her discovery must be c
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Harlequin (first published December 13th 2013)
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Dec 04, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Book starts with hero buying a kidnapped woman from a band of thieves in the middle of the desert. He is determined to hold her captive in his palace until his country is stabilized. Ana is useful to him cause she is engaged to his enemy.

Ana is rich and a socialite and Zafar who has been exiled in the desert for years is about to become a Sheikh asks her to teach him how to be a polished refined man. They spend time together, they fall in love but there comes a time when Zafar has to let her fr
Nas Dean
Nov 22, 2013 Nas Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FORGED IN THE DESERT HEAT by USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates is a December 2013 release by Harlequin Presents.

Analise Christensen was kidnapped and held in the desert. And our gypsy Sheikh Zafar Nejem, who lived the life of a gypsy since his exile rides in and saves her. But he can’t return her yet to the neighboring kingdom where she is engaged to the Sheikh.

He has to keep her in his palace for a while and think up a strategy of returning her without a war breaking out between the ne
Fiona Marsden
Oct 18, 2013 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this from Netgalley last weekend when I was at Genrecon and decided to read it when I got home...but I thought I might just have a peek at the first page on the Saturday night after the dinner. I finished it very early Sunday.

Yes indeed, it sucked me in, even though I had to put it aside to drive to my temporary abode I picked it up again right away.

Zafar is one of Maisey's trademark ultra-damaged, uber-sexy heroes. And a Sheikh. A Gypsy Sheikh. I'll just let you think about that for
Ann Keller
Sep 12, 2014 Ann Keller rated it really liked it
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How do you civilize the sheikh who has just kidnapped you? This is the dilemma in which Ana finds herself. Zafar is unlike any man she has ever known. He is wild and carefree as the desert sands, yet he is still the leader of his people. He may be a little rough around the edges, but Zafar could be Ana's only hope of escaping the golden cage society has placed around her. Does she have the courage to defy her father and his plans to wed her to a business partner? Zafar's dark appeal generates an ...more
Margaret Fisk
Jul 08, 2015 Margaret Fisk rated it liked it
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Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

I haven’t read a sheikh romance in a long while, but I tend to enjoy them because of the desert environment, which though exotic to most is where I spent much of my childhood. The stories, however, tend to fall along the same lines, and the deviations are small.

All that went out the window with Forged in the Desert Heat.

The story is anything but the traditional lines of strong, dominant sheikh who sweeps pale Western woman off her feet for control or
Diah Didi
**This review was subjective and I read the book under certain moods. So it can be different if you're the one who read it.**

I was a bit excited at the beginning because I loved the theme!
But somehow, I felt like things moved too quickly. Or was it because I read it faster than my usual pace? In the end, I was like, that's it? Please, I want more!

I liked Zafar. A lot. The typical dark-gloomy but sexy hero. But for someone who spent 15 years alone with minimum contact/conversations with others, w
Mariana Bezerra
I don’t know what is wrong if is me or these books, because I used to love sheikh’s and their fugitive brides, but this book lacked emotion for me. Strange since both Ana and Zafar suffered so much in life that sharing was the right choice for them. I liked the way Zafar helped her in the desert and changing her way of thinking only of her father. But I just can’t push the fact this relationship started a little off for me.

Zafar had a more difficult life and the desert was his home for years, mo
Jun 28, 2014 TashNz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forged in the Desert Heat is a powerfully written story about Ana and her rescuer; powerfully dark, delightfully strong, incredibly beautiful Sheikh Zafar.

Making his way back to his palace of birth after the death of his evil uncle, ready to take the throne of his kingdom Sheikh Zafar purchases Ana off bandits and takes her with him back to the palace, realising that as the betrothed to the Sheikh of his neighbouring kingdom, he needs to keep her secret or war will break out.

Brave Ana is curious
Jan 22, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing
The hero was a NON-RAPEY Alpha male. And also a sheikh.

This is easily the best sheikh romance I have read. (Is it weird that I've read enough Sheikh romances for that to be a thing?)

Okay. Engaged to the Sheikh of one imaginary country, Ana(lise) Christensen is ransomed by the Sheikh of the neighbouring imaginary country from the thieves who kidnapped her. Got all that? Good.

He can't just hand her over or let anyone know that the nomadic thieves of his country were the kidnappers, because relatio
Musing Bookworm
Maisey Yates is my go-to lady when I am in need of a sexy sheik. And man, does she deliver with Zafar. A man made hard by betrayal, wild by years in the desert and strong by his duty to his people.

Ana, our sassy heroine, is the perfect foil for Zafar's wildness. Fair where he is dark, refined where he is wild. However, for all of their differences, there are commonalities. Both are driven by a sense of rightness and duty. Each has been betrayed by one they trusted.

ne of the things I love about M
Jul 11, 2014 Shirley rated it liked it
"Forged In The Desert Heat" by Maisey Yates tells the story of an unlikely meeting in the desert between Sheik Zafar Nejem and an American woman - Analise christensen. Ana had been kidnapped and Zafar pays the ransom to free her from her captors. The plot thickens as Ana discovers that Zafar cannot allow her to return to her fiance in a neighboring kingdom for fear that it could cause a war. Zafar must hide the fact that Ana is staying with him until he can figure out a way to return her withou ...more
Trudy Miner
Jul 02, 2014 Trudy Miner rated it it was amazing
Zafar Nejem is on his way back to claim the throne of Al Sabah, when he is stopped in the desert and forced to rescue American heiress Analise Christensen from her kidnappers. Ana is engaged to the ruler of his neighboring kingdom and if news of her presence with Zafar in his kingdom gets out, war would likely erupt between the two kingdoms. Somehow Zafar must conceal Ana's presence in his palace until he can figure out a way to return her to her fiancé safely; this will take some time. Ana is e ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
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Original review found at

I had received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Although a Harlequin novel that did follow the expected formula one is accustomed to, this story was a little different than the ones that I have previously read. Yes there was a powerful man and a socialite woman however this story took place in the desert in some far foreign country. The attraction between the two characters could have resul
Oct 27, 2013 Cinzia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New book by Maisey Yates set in the desert, dunes, oasis, palaces from the thousand and one nights with fabulous gardens, where the protagonists are her fascinating sheikhs.

The Gypsy Sheikh, betrayer, modern-day marauder;Zafar Nejem has been called many things. And now he is to be called Your Majesty. Returning to the throne of Al Sabah, his first act is to rescue American heiress Analise Christensen from her desert kidnappers.
Since Ana is engaged to the ruler of the neighboring kingdom, her di
Lauren Ngo
Jan 13, 2014 Lauren Ngo rated it it was amazing
I got this book from a giveaway and I love Harlequin books so I had high expectations for this book and I wasn't disappointed. Zafar Nejem is a hated Sheikh of Al Sabah and Ana is the daughter of a big oil tycoon and she's engaged to the ruler of the neighboring kingdom. Their paths weren't meant to cross but it did. Zafar has a lot on his plate to deal with he's a brand new ruler just brought out of exile. Not only does he have to figure out how to bring his country out of the red zone he needs ...more
Tory Michaels
Sometimes I have real love/hate relationships with HP books. This time, though, I don't really. I liked this book, I just didn't love it.

No one could really call Ana strong initially, though she definitely grows and develops over the course of the novel. She starts out the good girl who's lived her life trying to make herself indispensible to people so they won't leave her (she has some emotional scars that are helped to finally heal, thanks to Zafar), but gradually comes to realize she doesn't
Jan 29, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Maisy Yates always delivers in her novels set in the desert. She delivers an excellently written, evenly paced story with a beautifully detailed setting and compelling characters. The lead couple is no exception - they definitely have chemistry, their passion jumps off the page at times. The dialogue seemed to fit both the characters and the settings and situations. I will definitely read more from Maisy Yates (and I have!)
* I received my copy from in exchange for an honest review.
Amanda Chomiak
Mar 01, 2014 Amanda Chomiak rated it really liked it
***I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads***

I won this book on Goodreads!!! My first ever win, so I was excited. I'm a lover of Harlequin but I'd never read a Harlequin Presents. At first, I wasn't sure I could get into it. New style, foreign setting. I'm a contemporary reader.

But, then, I found that I couldn't put it down. Ana and Zafar's lives are so different, in almost all ways, but they had an irrevocable connection. No matter how hard they fought it, how hard they pus
Noelle Walsh
Jan 23, 2014 Noelle Walsh rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was certainly different than the Harlequin books I'm used to reading. I'm used to reading the Intrigue line from Harlequin. I may read more in this line, but then I might not. It depends on my mood, author and how interesting I find the back cover blurb. We start out with a broken man and a young lady who is also broken, then as the novel progresses, her emotional scars, created from trying to be indispensable to complete butt holes, heal and during that emotional healing and growth, s ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I’m always such a sucker for a story with a Sheikh in it and I’ve loved Maisey Yates presence on Twitter that I just had to give this title a try. Ana was engaged to a man approved of by her father but before the wedding she was kidnapped and taken in to the desert. Rescuing a damsel in distress was not on Zafar’s plan for the day but he knows he cannot leave Ana. But the rescue was easy, it’s returning her to her fiancé and family without starting a war that is causing challenges. While Ana and ...more
Toni Davids
Jan 22, 2014 Toni Davids rated it liked it
For some reason this lacked punch for me. The story was great, I loved the set-up and the plot but it was as if I never fully engaged with either character emotionally and I cannot pinpoint exactly why. MY's books are generally a big hit (A Royal World Apart for one) or a miss for me and unfortunately this one fell short of target. Won't stop be picking up her next offering though and I'm becoming partial to her cowboys too!
Therese Beharrie
Oct 14, 2016 Therese Beharrie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
The author did a great job of creating the desert setting of this book, and the chemistry between the main characters is sizzling!
Jan 13, 2014 Jan rated it it was amazing
Can not say enough of this book would have to say it is my most favourite book so far by Maisey. Yes, there is this gorgeous hot sheikh with issues and beautiful blond who could start a war between countries and she had her own issues. They were made for each other. Two lost souls coming together to save each other and releasing each other to find love, real love. I cried twice it was so beautiful, the guilt the torment to finally be able to let go. Just thinking about Zafar makes me sigh, even ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Kristine rated it liked it
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Original review found at
* I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

Forged in the Desert Heat was a quick, easy read as is typical with most Harlequin books. The story was interesting but I felt that Zafar and Ana lacked a bit of the chemistry that was needed to make the story great. Having said that, it was still an entertaining break from reality.

I strongly dislike the cover. It is very cheesy looking
Melanie Janvier
Sep 22, 2014 Melanie Janvier rated it it was amazing
The best times in life are spend doing things you shouldn't do. Don't you agree?
Linda Smatzny
Jan 17, 2014 Linda Smatzny rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This is a Harlequin Presents title with the category of passion. I haven't read any Harlequin in years but this is still the same idea as what I remember - short, easy to read and should be read in around 4 hours. The main male character is Zatar Nejem who has become the new ruler in his country where he has been exiled since the killing of his parents fifteen years earlier. The female main character is Analise Christensen , an American heiress, engaged to another ruler of a neighboring country. ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
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Zafar Nejem is making his way from the Bedouin camps he’s called home most of his life to the palace where he is to take over the throne of his kingdom. Tragedy struck the young prince when his parents were brutally murdered in front of him and his uncle took over as ruler. He was exiled, but now that his uncle, a tyrannical and classist Sheikh has died, Zafar has vowed to return – if only to restore Al Sabah to its former glory. Read More
Apr 16, 2014 Dabney rated it liked it
I think I'm just not the type for the sheik romance.
May 18, 2015 Elaine rated it it was ok
A bit boring in more than one place for me.
Feb 06, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book is one of the best category romances I've read. I particularly loved how much of the story was devoted to Ana discovering her strength and will. (Not sure that I understand the whole Sheikh thing, though, but... to each her own.)
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

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