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Sang Penguasa Padang Pasir (Hutton & Co. #3)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,836 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Gretchen Brannon berasal dari kota kecil di Texas, Amerika Serikat. Seumur hidupnya ia tidak pernah mengenal dunia luar. Sampai suatu hari teman Gretchen, Maggie Barton, mengajaknya berlibur sekaligus mengantar Maggie bekerja di Qawi. Namun, sesuatu terjadi di kampung halaman mereka, yang membuat Maggie harus segera kembali ke Amerika Serikat sekaligus meminta Gretchen men ...more
360 pages
Published February 2010 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published October 2000)
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Feb 21, 2012 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Gretchen Brannon is ready for a holiday. Four months before her mother passed away after a very lengthy and draining battle with cancer. So when Gretchen’s best friend Maggie announces that she’s taking a job in Qawi as personal assistant to the Sheikh and invites Gretchen to a week’s vacation, Gretchen jumps at the chance to travel. On the day they arrive, Maggie receives word that her foster-brother has been in a horrible accident and she’s needed at home. Maggie convinces Gretchen to stay on ...more
first i give this book five stars, but today i don't know just want to be re-read some books i like before and damn its one of the books i feel tooo good to give five stars so i just wanna fix that 3 STARS for the bad Philippe.

Lord of Desert with the weakness in his vital part.
I know him from once in paris and he like Brianne but if i'm not wrong Philippe in there no too clear about his feeling to her, so i'm little bit surprise and hate how deep his feel to Brianne in here.

i like so much with D
This book had one of my major pet peeves inconsistency in a series. In the previous book Once in Paris Philippe Sabon was introduced and he was a Muslim complete with praises to Allah and his country was referred to as a simple Muslim country. Now in this book he has somehow changed from Muslim to Christian and his country in now a country of mainly mixed religion. Now I don't care what religion he is but I hate inconsistency. Was the author unable to write a story with the hero a Muslim? and ha ...more
Pat Cromwell
Here we go again....

1) Hero: Jerk of the year but he garnered my sympathy. He was more like her typical hero's not so obnoxious 3rd cousin

2) Read entire book: Yes just because there was a sweetness to the storyline and I kinda like the hero and heroine.

3) Intriguing: Yes -- dying to see if the guy would eventually turn into a big jerk

4) Do I still have the book or did I give it away to the goodwill: I have it but I can;t remember the last time I pulled it out. I get the ewe jeebees at the though
Small town girl meets and falls in love with a handsome strong Sheikh who also happens to be impotent and still mourning over his lost love. He proposes a marriage of convenience and heroine accepts cause for once in her life she wants to be adventurous.

Hero has lots of scars and sweet naive heroine heals them all with her unconditional pure heart. I adored Gretchen! She is brave, courageous and has a heart of gold. Brooding hero was in denial for a while but he couldn't help falling in love wi
Adriana Fogaça
Jul 04, 2013 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Série Hutton & C.O.03
Lorde do Deserto
Diana Palmer

Como a maioria dos fãs da Diana Palmer consideram este livro um dos melhores que ela já escreveu, criei uma expectativa enorme em relação ele. E por isso, a princípio fui muito implicante com Philippe, pois ele era, para meu gosto, muito misterioso e enigmático. Por outro lado, Gretchen se mostrou ser um livro aberto, não escondeu nada, disse o que devia e o não deveria. Jamais seria acusada de ocultar algo.

Mas com o passar dos capítulos perc
Shiree McCarver
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Dewi Read
Keciwa....Keciwa.....DP satu ini buat aku keciwaaa...Heroinenya mau banget siiih baru kenal mau aje diajak merried...capede udah gitu ngk panggil dan kasih tau sodare, pamili etc. katanya dari kota kecil, masih virgin hohohoho...paling memuakkan endingnya...waktu terorisnya menyerang istana..masa sih teroris kelas dunia internasional gitu bego nyaaa....whoaaaaaaaa nyesel bacanyaaaaaaaaaaa
This book had sth new: H got injured several years ago so he couldn't bed a woman. (view spoiler)

H was charming at first, but then he turned into a jerk after he married h, esp(view spoiler) Felt deeply for h. Wished H grovel more because he didn't deserve forgiveness so soon considering the way he treated h. Who cared if he was a Sh
Apr 01, 2014 Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Diana Palmer. This is an extension of her Long Tall Texans and one of my favorites. I have come back and re-read it several times and is still a favorite.

Sheltered small-town girl Gretchen Brannon was out of her element when she aligned herself with Sheikh Philippe Sabon, the formidable ruler of Qawi. They came from different worlds, yet she found a soul mate in the powerful, sensual man who'd suppressed his passions for far too long—and harbored a secret anguish. Nevertheless, he made t
This is one of her more exotic romances. It takes place in the Middle East in the fictional country Qwai.

It's a somewhat continuation of Once In Paris with Philip as the main character. He falls for Gretchen, a paralegal on vacation. He invites her to come and work for him.

Many of her other characters are mentioned and popup, but they don't intrude much in the storyline.

This is one of my favorites of her books.

Aug 05, 2014 RebeccaL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
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Sep 23, 2015 HK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook, Amy Kaechele 7 discs. Did not like her voice & accent performance. It sounded gross and I almost gave up listening at disc 1 & 2. Sheikh Philippe Sabon, the formidable ruler of Qawi & Gretchen, an American from Texas. They met in Morocco, but Philippe did not tell her that he was a ruler of a country. Philippe had an accident that hurt lower part of his body, and was told that he cannot have his sex life back or give child.

Philippe and Gretchen get married in a small cerem
Consuela Rossetto
Titolo italiano "La Legge del Silenzio", questo romanzo è magnifico, lo consiglio

Philippe Sabon, affascinate sceicco del Qawi, non sa spiegare l'attrazione che prova per Gretchen, la bionda ragazza americana che un capriccio del destino ha messo sulla sua strada.

Philippe ha perso la virilità durante una missione di guerra nove anni prima. Custodisce gelosamente questo segreto perché se nel mondo tribale del Qawi la virilità è cruciale per l'immagine di un uomo, ancora di più lo è per un regnante
Gretchen and Philippe. Entertaining romance in Old-School style.
Gretchen and her friend Maggie are travelling through the top of Africa, when Maggie must rush home to care for a dear friend. She talks Gretchen into taking her place at her new job for a young Sheikh. Gretchen has a chance meeting with an enigmatic man, Philip with whom she spends time and they pretty much fall in love... although of course, that won't be admitted to til much later. This first part of the story was sweet and humo
Christie P.
May 08, 2015 Christie P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Gretchen and Philippe met by chance at a hotel in Qawi after Gretchen's friend has to rush home for a family emergency. Gretchen knows no one and doesn't speak the language so Philippe takes pity on her and escorts her around and spends some time with her.

Gretchen doesn't know Philippe is the Sheikh of Qawi and the man she has agreed to work for by filling in for her friend Maggie. Philippe knows Gretchen will be the one working for him but he hides his identity from her.

The pair become deeply i
Oct 17, 2011 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THere were things about this book that i liked and things that i didn't.

Starting with the things that i didn't like
- There was a lot of 'author' voice in the beginning. Later we got to see some of the character's minds though.
-For around the first 100 pages there is not a section that is from the hero's POV
-The heroine doesn't know the hero AT ALL, but agrees to traveling with him in a foreign place. It didn't seem realistic. No body is that trusting and naive, even if they're from a small town.
Lover of Romance
Gretchen along with her closest friend Maggie, goes on a vacation to Morocco. When her friend has to leave unexpectedly and asks her to stay for the job that Maggie was offered. Gretchen, at first, only plans on staying for the vacation, because she doesn't believe in lies or deceit and she doesn't know if she could do that even to a Sheikh. When a mysterious yet sensual man bumps into her, and sparks fly, along with some kisses, and before Gretchen knows it she finds herself starting to care fo ...more
Setelah kematian ibunya 4 bulan lalu yg disusul dengan terungkapnya niat jahat dari mantan pacarnya, Gretchen akhirnya berlibur bersama temannya, Maggie, untuk menghilangkan stress. Mereka pergi ke Maroko, dan rencananya, setelah berlibur selama 1 minggu, Gretchen akan kembali ke Jacobsville sementara Maggie akan bekerja sebagai asisten syekh di Qawi.

Namun rupanya takdir berkata lain. Cord, pria yg sangat dicintai Maggie sekaligus kakak angkatnya mengalami kecelakaan, sehingga Maggie-lah yg akhi
Amanda Sheila
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Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Amy Kaechel - Narration 3.5*s

Reviewed for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks -

Once I recovered from my shock at finding out this storyline had been written in this decade, I focused on narrator Amy Kaechel’s abilities.

Overall I was impressed – she imbued the narration with the pacing and emotion required to bring a romance to life. The naiveté written into Gretchen Brannon’s character came out vividly as did her Texan roots. Philippe Sabon’s light ton
Vicki J Milo
Jul 24, 2015 Vicki J Milo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go to read for me

Diana Palmer has written many of my favorite books but Lord of the Desert is one I read and reread constantly. I enjoy the development of the characters and situations. They entertain without being high camp.
Alyanna Jeserence Jesoro
It's okay I guess. Well First and for most I only read it to give Philippe a chance to redeem his character. The way I felt about him on Once in Paris, I expected something more out of his character. I already know he's a good man who's also a total gentleman but on this book, I don't like how he treated Gretchen. I don't understand why he would even entertain the notion that he can have a chance with Brianne, plus I felt insulted that he can easily name Brianne's son as his heir. I know he has ...more
Amanda Kern
Sep 02, 2015 Amanda Kern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It is a really enjoyable book. I read this book when it first came out. Here lately I have wondered if some books withstand the test of time. I am pleased to write that this book does.
Chrissy Whelan
Mar 28, 2015 Chrissy Whelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

These two fit together. Gretchen and the Price they are good together. This book is good, it has hot romance scenes in it action. It's so good. Get it today.
Dec 02, 2012 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
I loved the first two in this series, Once in Paris and Paper Rose. They are two of my top favorite romance novels and my favorites of Diana Palmer. I have no idea why it took me so long to read this one since I really liked the character of Philippe in Once in Paris. I loved Gretchen! I thought her spunkiness was just awesome. I have a love hate relationship with Diana Palmer. I love her older work, but can't stay her newer work, especially when she starts reuniting characters from other novels ...more
Angie Sowers

As always, Diana Palmer delivers. She is such an amazing author. I never tire of reading her books. Love love her books :)
Feb 02, 2015 Spinneretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful follow-up to Once in Paris, this book focuses on Philippe, Sheikh of Qawi and the woman who brings him back to life again.
Nov 14, 2014 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My dad bought me this book when i was only 16 and it has been my favorite read since.
Jun 03, 2009 Daydree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-romance
The second time reading this through I was a lot more aware of the excessive dry narrative, poor dialogue, repeated passages, blaring character contradictions, and out of context "shout outs" to totally irrelevant characters (perhaps they starred in some of her other work?). There were several promising action scenes that unfortunately read more like directions in a script than a novel.

The book seems like it was written in a hurry with more attention paid to the initial conception of the plotli
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Susan Eloise Spaeth was born on 11 December 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. She was the eldest daughter of Maggie Eloise Cliatt, a nurse and also journalist, and William Olin Spaeth, a college professor. Her mother was part of the women's libera
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