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The Sheik and the Virgin Princess (Desert Rogues, #5) (Desert Rogues #5)

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When prim professor Zara Paxton ventures to distant Bahania, she wants only to find the father she'd never known. But her father turns out to be King Hassan of Bahania. The desert king promptly put his "princess" under the protection of a muscular, mesmerizing Sheik, who sets Zara's sense aflame, yet he refuses to quench the fire!

Steely security liaison Rafe Stryker scorns

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Silhouette
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Dina
I was sooo disappointed with this book! Having enjoyed the previous books in the series, I was excited to read this 5th installment featuring two "normal" people - "normal" meaning Rafe wasn't a born sheik and Zara was supposed to be a no-nonsense college professor. Well, I'm sorry to say that almost nothing in this book worked for me: Rafe was too passive, Zara was annoyingly and unbelievably innocent, they had no chemistry together, the secondary characters weren't engaging and the plot had mo ...more
Pam
Jul 08, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The banter between Rafe and Zara was believable and entertaining. Zara is a college proffessor on vacation in Bahania. She has evidence that she could be the King's daughter. Zara was mistakenly dragged to the royal private residence by a new guard who thinks she is the princess Sabra. She finds out that she does look like princess Sabra and with good reason.....they are sisters. The reader knows this from the very beginning from the letters and ring she carries. Rafe is assig ...more
Jenny
Mar 20, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
Sweet love story about a bodyguard who falls in love with the princess he must protect. Sadly like others said the ending felt really rushed and abrupt.
Lakisha
May 08, 2015 Lakisha rated it really liked it
Okay when I said I like it hot, I guess that included a certain desire to read desert-based stories. Handsome, rich sheiks anyone?

I went on a search at my local library for books with "sheik" and found several. Plus, my Kindle is about to have a nervous breakdown because of the books I've been snatching of late that have sheiks, billionaires and millionaires in them.

This was one of the ones I found at the local library (thank you so much for having it!) and I enjoyed it tremendously.

Rafe has clo
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Tara
Aug 15, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked this book, very fast read... However, everytime Rafe's name was mentioned I kept thinking of him in his other book and how his stories didnt quite match up. In this book he said he was an orphan and didnt have any family, etc.
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Aug 08, 2011 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it really liked it
Shelves: sheikh
I really enjoyed The Sheik and the Virgin Princess it was another Harlequin book that was smooth and enjoyable from start to finish.

Zara was the type of Princess I would like to be. Instead of knowing she was born as a Princess she was thrust into the title at the age of 28. She hadn’t grown up knowing her father was a King and hadn’t enjoyed the wealth and benefits of the royal position, so she wasn’t like the typical snobby, spoilt, rich brats that royalty are often referred to. Her life hadn
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Virginia
Jun 25, 2012 Virginia rated it really liked it
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Mariana Bezerra
Feb 04, 2013 Mariana Bezerra rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I liked Rafe from the previous book, he had a good sense of humor and it was a very serious guy especially because of his job and the dangerous places he had visited during his life as a soldier. I liked him better on the begin of this book, but the ending was a bit rushed and some information was never even shared.

Zara was annoying during the most part of the book. She wanted a family and them she didn’t want to stay learning about her father. She was contradictory most of the time and kept com
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Barb
Jun 15, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
When prim professor Zara Paxton ventures to distant Bahania, she wants only to find the father she'd never known. But her father turns out to be King Hassan of Bahania. The desert king promptly put his "princess" under the protection of a muscular, mesmerizing Sheik, who sets Zara's sense aflame, yet he refuses to quench the fire!
Steely security liaison Rafe Stryker scorns lasting love. But before he knows it, the bespectacled brunette sneaks into his heart, making him throb with the urge to tas
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Elisha Ruzgal
Sep 01, 2012 Elisha Ruzgal rated it liked it
That seemed really rushed. The smut scenes were even less. Compared to the second book of the DR series. Or was it the third?

Anyway, the ending seemed really rushed. And I know for sure it wasn't as long as the other books. But it was good.

Although I'm pretty bothered by Hassan's treatment to Zara, compared to how he always had and seems to still be treating Sabrina. I would be bitter too if I were Sabrina. Although I'll be contented enough with Kardal.

In this story, I have proven that kings ar
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Erica
Jun 14, 2014 Erica rated it really liked it
The only problem I had was how rushed the ending was. Its a good thing their story continued in The Prince and Pregnant Princess.
Debbie Dodd
Jan 21, 2016 Debbie Dodd rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading
Tia
Aug 27, 2012 Tia rated it really liked it
Not too shabby. I actually enjoyed this one a lot. I didn't love it unfortunately. The ending really threw me for a loop. Yes we get a happy ending but it ended WAY too soon.
Miss Echa
Nov 23, 2012 Miss Echa rated it liked it
lagi keranjingan baca ttg cerita sheikh dan prince desert....
Jd buku ini, buku pertama yg aq baca utk seri ini... Lumayan oke buat dibaca bagi yg bosan dgn HR
Tanya
May 03, 2014 Tanya rated it it was amazing
I loved this series can't wait to read more
Francis
Aug 18, 2012 Francis rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adult
Loved it!!!!
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