Nothing to write home about, but still better than your average HP fare. The sheiks are usually tricky to write, one either nails it or doesn’t and Ms...moreNothing to write home about, but still better than your average HP fare. The sheiks are usually tricky to write, one either nails it or doesn’t and Ms. Singh did it. It’s obvious this was written earlier in her career (she’s improved with her Psy/Changeling series), and it’s an obviously template Harlequin/Silhouette story, but as I mentioned earlier, much better than the usual ones with all the Italian/Spanish/Portuguese stallions gallivanting around, seducing innocent women throughout Europe and America.(less)
This one turned out to be a surprisingly good read considering. Though the romance was a bit rushed, one of those "obsession at first sight" thingies...moreThis one turned out to be a surprisingly good read considering. Though the romance was a bit rushed, one of those "obsession at first sight" thingies and the heroine bothered me a little (okay, a lot). I actually ended up enjoying this story.
It had a nicely-developed back-story, which I hope will evolve into a miniseries, great secondary characters, and some pretty good suspense. I loved the hero and his readiness to admit to his feelings and forget his alpha status for the right woman, adored the little interlude in the alps, and though the grand finale seemed a little cliché, I liked it as well.
I'm actually looking forward to the possible sequels involving Darin's two bothers (one story is already in the making, I believe, judging from the info from the epilogue).
UPDATE: According to Ms. Conrad's website we're in for a trilogy.(less)
This was no improvement whatsoever from The Desert Lord's Baby. A heroine that's not what she seems, a hero that just doesn't get it, a slow-paced plot...moreThis was no improvement whatsoever from The Desert Lord's Baby. A heroine that's not what she seems, a hero that just doesn't get it, a slow-paced plot, lots of rather meaningless sex, and a big "secret" that could've been revealed upfront and spared us the reading. Why, oh why are all these Silhouette Desire books based on misconceptions and misunderstandings? Couldn't they devise something else for a change?(less)
I've never read a book that would leave a bad aftertaste in my mouth, but I guess there's a first time for everything.
I'm rather partial to sheikh/des...moreI've never read a book that would leave a bad aftertaste in my mouth, but I guess there's a first time for everything.
I'm rather partial to sheikh/desert lord books, but this one was one of the examples of books NOT to read when looking for a sheikh fix. Put together a rather stupid and a lot whiny heroine, an idiotic, chest-thumping hero, no story whatsoever, lots of rather meaningless sex, cram in a secret baby, a "competition" for the throne of the fantasy land of Judar, and you have yourselves The Desert Lord's Baby.
And the trilogy ends on a same bad note as it started with in The Desert Lord's Baby and continued in The Desert Lord's Bride. A jerk of a hero (and ra...moreAnd the trilogy ends on a same bad note as it started with in The Desert Lord's Baby and continued in The Desert Lord's Bride. A jerk of a hero (and rather gullible for a king) and a glutton for punishment heroine (typical for a SD category book) who haven't yet (and probably never would) master the art of communication, a rather non-existent plot, and again lots of meaningless sex.
Yet another book based on a misunderstanding (this one started seven years ago), lots of incomprehension, and severe lack of communication that doesn't involve moaning, grunting, and roaring in release.(less)
An American reporter with Chinese roots visits the fantasy kingdom of Taer to interview the king himself, the man who offered her 48 hours of pleasure...moreAn American reporter with Chinese roots visits the fantasy kingdom of Taer to interview the king himself, the man who offered her 48 hours of pleasure eight years ago. But Taer is far from peaceful, and despite Jarek wanting to keep his distance, a rebel attack will put him, and his son, in very close proximity to Sarah.
This is an example of a good book to read when looking for a sheikh fix. A great plot with loads and loads of secrets and mysteries, a great suspense subplot smack in the middle of a "turf" war with the rebels, a wonderful romance, a great heroine, a little less great in his stubbornness and prejudices hero, a cute little desert prince playing matchmaker, and a good cast of supporting characters. It just doesn't get better than that.
And the finale...Awwwww. I would've made him grovel a bit more, but that's okay. ;)(less)
The initial premise of a Sheikh kidnapping a woman to prevent her from tipping the scales in a negotiation (instead of a nefarious reason) was good, a...moreThe initial premise of a Sheikh kidnapping a woman to prevent her from tipping the scales in a negotiation (instead of a nefarious reason) was good, and the story had a lot of potential. If only it were longer, instead of this brisk-paced short story.(less)
I think there should be a special award for blurb-writing. Because I read this book's blurb and I couldn't resist the temptation of the desert, the sh...moreI think there should be a special award for blurb-writing. Because I read this book's blurb and I couldn't resist the temptation of the desert, the sheikh-doctor, the secret child in peril... Unfortunately the book doesn't live up to the few sentences on the back of it...Or the cover picture of Nathan Kamp as the sheikh. *big grin*
After fifteen years of separation, all Nell had to say to the father of her son was "Hello, Kal", which didn't strike me as something a woman who's been pining for a man for that long would say. The sheikh who was supposed to be hot-blooded and passionate (isn't that the stereotype these days?) was so-so and his anger at what he saw as Nell's betrayal soon grew old and bothersome...
And we're supposed to believe that these two strangers at best who happened to have a hot affair more than a decade ago that ended in a child, could clear things between them with just a few sentences (which is exactly what happened at the end of this story)? Sorry, didn't buy it.(less)
Princess Theresa "Tess" Rubinoff and Sheikh Galen Ben Raschid first met when she was twelve and trying to save her dog from the smelly bog...He ended...morePrincess Theresa "Tess" Rubinoff and Sheikh Galen Ben Raschid first met when she was twelve and trying to save her dog from the smelly bog...He ended up saving her and the dog.
That night, his last night in the kingdom of Tamrovia, Tess came into his chambers begging him to save her two dogs from being snuffed by her tyrannical father, promising him anything in return.
Six years later the time came for her to keep her promise. Galen needs a wife to secure an alliance between Tamrovia and his homeland, Sedikhan, and no one is better suited then Tess.
And he knows just how to tempt her. He offers her freedom after three years of marriage to secure the unity of his country, and a child.
Tess promptly accepts, but little do both of them know, that such bargains rarely work. Especially if there's the heart involved...
This was, I think, the first historical romance I've read back in time when I could still find my library card.
I'll admit, this book has many faults, slow-moving plot (until the last forty-or-so pages, acute lack of romance - blink and you've missed it (you really have to read between the lines, squint your eyes, and have a good imagination to spot it!), and a storyline that has to be desired, but still it's an amazing and titillating read.
Tess is quite a character, strong, smart (a boon, really), fiercely independent, stubborn to a fault, yet lovable to a fault. Hey, she managed to make a barbarian sheikh fall in love with her! And she kicked some serious barbarian booty in the end, you go girl!
Galen is a bit more of a mystery, he certainly isn't drawn as well as Tess is, but that's the charm of these bad boys. Just as you know what makes him tick, he veers left and completely surprises you. I loved his inner turmoil, though. The way he was struggling with keeping the balance between a savage barbarian (that he thought he was) and a civilized man (as civilized as it got in a desert country ravaged by war and disputes between clans).
The love was there, even more for him than for Tess, if you ask me. Maybe because the author showed more his adversity toward the end of their "agreement" than Tess' - the man went caveman whenever she mentioned leaving, for crying out loud. And despite the fact he needed a woman "frequently", he didn't want anyone but his wife. If that ain't love, I don't know what is.
What was really the best part of this book was the seduction. Despite the title and the "inner Galen", this was seduction plain and simple. And he was not only seducing Tess, he was seducing the reader as well. The heat and intensity slowly and leisurely rises and the tension is so thick you can chew on it, until you want to grit your teeth and shake the two idiots to just get it over with...But let me tell you, they certainly don't need you to tell them that.
Yeah, it wasn't perfect, but it is definitely a keeper.(less)