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To Touch a Sheikh

(Pride of Zohayd #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The Sheikh's Surrender

No one gets past Prince Amjad Aal Shalaan's defenses. No one. But when Princess Maram shows up at Amjad's gala in her father's place, destroying Amjad's plans to reclaim what was stolen from his family, Amjad sees red...and uses a freak sandstorm to make her his prisoner of passion.

Swept to safety by the man she's always loved
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's official. Amjad is the most fun hero I've ever read. He's so thoroughly and delightfully snarky, every word out of his mouth had me giggling. And he found his match in Maram. Their 'verbal duels' as the author called them were the best I've ever read. And when it came to the sex scenes, oh my! Those were some of the hottest, most emotional smut I've enjoyed. The bargaining they did across the bed before he finally succumbed and 'devoured' her, was one for the records.

I loved the two previo
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Conclusion to a Captivating Series

From the moment Prince Amjad was met in previous books of the Pride of Zohayd series, his story was one I highly anticipated. His past is exceedingly heartrending, and I wanted him to find someone who could break through the impenetrable wall he has erected around his emotions. The woman whom Olivia Gates brings into his life is someone who is just as stubborn as he when it comes to giving up on a goal, and their scenes are frequently packed
In To Touch a Sheikh we finally get Amjad's story, the man everyone calls the Mad Prince ever since his wife tried to kill him and almost succeeded. Amjad doesn't trust anyone, is snarky and disbelieving and has been working on who stole the jewels of Zohayd.

Maram is the daughter of the man involved in the conspiracy and a pain in Amjad's butt. She is the only one who doesn't seem scared of him, and instead delights in verbally sparring with him and tempts Amjad. Maram is someone who
Gillian Wheatley
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourtie
A wonderful end to the 'Pride of Zohayd' trilogy tells the story of Amjad, the oldest of the Aaal Shalaan brothers and arguably the most interesting! A wicked betrayal has left Amjad deeply wounded and unable or perhaps unwilling to feel. His heart is so frozen in ice it seems no longer to exist and it would take someone very special and tenacious to attempt melting this dangerous, ruthless man. Maram, princess of a neighbouring emirate, has been in love with Amjad for years and decides she is t ...more
Kathy Jund
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Olivia Gates, author of the Pride of Zohayd series for Harlequin Desire certainly outdid herself in this the third installment! Her three Princes of the desert are hotter than the sands they live on!
Amjad, the oldest and by rights, Crowned "Mad", Prince of Zohayd has a very personal reason to swear off the female species! Admonishing his two younger brothers, calling them idiots for falling into the spider's web, Amjad soon finds himself entangled in a web of desire all his own with no hope to
I loved this, the final part of the Zohayd trilogy. It was full of banter, angst, love, fighting, heartache and eventually the HEA.
Jennifer Mcpherson
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
again Olivia Gates rocks u are oustanding as always u keep me hooked to the last word..... u never disappoint me.thank u .....
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2011
You know, usually I'm not a sheikh type of girl. I tend to lean more toward the fangs and fur persuasion. Yet, there is a definite hotness factor to this book that I found fascinating. It also helps that one of my favorite random plot devices (next to amnesiac vampires) is when two people get caught in a snowstorm. Now, being that this book takes place in the desert, there wasn't a snowstorm to be seen. However, deserts make their own magic in the form of SANDSTORMS!

Now Amjad knows h
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maram Aal Waaked is in the middle of the deseret to watch a horse race put on by Amjad Aal Shalaan. Her father Prince Aal Waaked was invited but because of health reasons could not come. Also Maram has been trying to get his attention for four years since she first met him.
Amjad does not trust women his first wife came to him not a virgin and he forgave her since he was not one either. Then he forgave her that she was pregnant by someone else but he would not forgive her for putting arsnic
Maria Lina
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved Amjad the moment I read his first line! If you like verbal sparring, as well as physical passion, you love this couple. This book is fabulous!
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: desire, olivia-gates
I have to admit that Harres and Talia's story spoiled me. I don't think anything could.. That being said, I loved Amjad's and Maram's story. I couldn't see how Amjad's could be redeemed, he was such an ass in the other books. But she did it! I enjoyed the story, especially after Amjad's succumbed. I felt horrible for Marjam when she discovered Amjad's plan. Great resolution!!! Read and enjoy!
Christa Runge
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Desire line at Harlequin is considered powerful, passionate and provocative and this book embodies all three. Because the hero’s (Amjad) wife tried to kill him slowly using poison, so he was very cynical. He was even considered by some as mad. But the heroine wasn’t intimated by him. I really like a strong heroine in the books. Gone are the days where the heroine waits for the hero to save her. This book contained a lot of sarcastic humour and I found this book highly amusing. I always look ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: August 8, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Desire
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Pride of Zohayd Trilogy
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Hot

Prince Amjad Al Shalaan once entered into a political marriage for the sake of his country. He graciously forgav
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just read that this book won Cataromance's Reviewers' Choice Award and is nominated for RT Book Reviews', too! I came back to read all the reviews and add an amendment to mine, congratulating the author for writing such books as this that seem to be unanimously loved. And I discovered I never wrote a review! How COULD I? I loved, loved, LOVED Amjad and Maram and TO TOUCH A SHEIKH! The 'verbal duels', the 'kidnapping' during the sandstorm, hiding away from its wrath for days and Maram's persist ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've just read the author announcing this book won one reviewers choice award and is nominated for another. And that's the least this stupendous book deserves. I read Pride of Zohayd trilogy in sequence and thought nothing could possibly top the first two books. But this books tops everything I've read in a long, loooong while. In fact, I don't remember when I've ever had more fun or felt more involved in a love story before.

Amjad and Maram are unbelievable together. I've never read
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't remember when I last read a book with such cleverly written dialogue, or incredible construction of story. This book felt like a sonata, the three movements so well integrated, flowing from one to another, building up to a crescendo of emotion.

The first movement was that incredible tug of war when Amjad 'kidnaps' Maram in her father's stead. Believing he was only saving her from a sandstorm and that she got the chance of a lifetime to be secluded with him in his desert hideaway to work
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An AMAZING read, from the first line in the prologue to the last one in the epilogue. I seldom read books that I can't put down, but this is one of those. Amjad and Maram took me on a rollercoaster of wit and emotion and passion I wouldn't have been able to break away even if I wanted to, and I certainly didn't want to. I wanted to keep on reading as I giggled, held my breath, and shed tears.

I can't even pick a favorite scene. Is it the emotionally charged prologue where you feel Amjad's pain a
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really fantastic book that has everything, quick-witted banter, smoking hot love scenes, exotic setting, secrets, angst, palace intrigue and a hero to die for who does some 'mad' things for the love of his heroine. Captivating from the first line and engrossing to the last word. A keeper!
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Five stars times two!

Yes, I think this book deserves ten stars! Just when I think Olivia Gates has just written her best book, she gives me better. And I daresay To Touch a Sheikh is her best book to date. Amjad is the most damaged, snarky, luscious hero she's ever written (OK, so Damian De Luna from her Calista St. James series remains my favorite but Amjad is a close second) and she gives him the perfect heroine in Maram. The sheer chemistry between those two is explosive. The way they switch
Riverina Romantics
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-blog, sheikh
3.5 Stars

I am a sucker for a Sheikh. Don’t ask me why, because my favourite romance genre is usually paranormal, but Sheikhs always seem to do it for me. I like to believe in a past life I was devoured by one of the ruggedly sexy patriarchs and his memory has remained in the back of my thoughts as time goes by....but that’s just between me and you because I have an inkling my hubby wouldn’t appreciate it.

Anyway, To Touch A Sheikh, was another of those steamy, sexy indulgences
Chitra *CJ*
"To Touch a Sheikh" is the story of Amjad and Maram.
What happens when two passionate people who're obsessed with each other get stranded in a sandstorm? Meteor explosion!
Witty banter, laugh out loud nicknames, super passionate and hot lovemaking forms the gist of the story- how a badly burnt by love couple, who's always had eyes for one another finally give into their attraction and find their HEA.
I adored the angst and the groveling in the last 3/4th, and it totally added to t
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be the best Olivia Gates book I've read. Or maybe it's Amjad the hero who makes me partial to this book. He's the BEST hero I've ever read. He is so snarky he made me laugh out loud with every word, and even thought. I loved him!! And Maram was the only woman who could stand up to him, open his sealed heart and melt the iceberg around him. And then their roles reversed and it was a rollecoaster to the end. Explosive ending to an incredible trilogy!
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the moment Maram walks up to Amjad thinking she was attending his annual race in the desert and they exchanged that hilarious first exchange, I knew I was in for a ride! The fun of the Prince of Snark and his princess didn't let up for the first chapters as she works on the Mad Prince to break through the ice around his heart. And once she does it's amazingly passionate. I loved the way the tables turn on Amjad and how he becomes the pursuer in the second half of the book, when he realizes ...more
Jenn - Reviews
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness! I loooooved this story. The third part of the trilogy , this book was INCREDIBLE!
Amjad, the hero, is HOT HOT HOT ! Totally impenetrable, he is vulnerable only to the woman he loves.
Maram, the heroine, is FABULOUS! Relentless in her pursuit of the one man she' s ever loved, she gives as good as she gets in the verbal sparring arena.
The love scenes were scorching , and I do mean scorching hot. The intensity of emotions had me sitting on edge to find out what will
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I said his younger brothers were hot, Amjad is simply white-hot, searing, blinding.

As the culmination to the three-part mini-series, I was filled with trepidation since the reader was given a glimpse into Amjad's character in the previous books. He was shown as cold, calculating, and ruthless. Which is understandable given his history. But I read on, and discovered that this was as good, if not the best, as the rest of the mini-series. Well-written and with a few choice words, f
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To Touch a Sheikh is an incredible ending to an incredible series, Pride of Zohayd. Amjad was my favorite hero in the series (maybe even ever!) from the moment he made his appearance in his younger brother's book, To Tame A Sheikh! But I kept wondering throughout the seires, what woman can possibly stand up to this towering iceberg of brutal wit?

Enter Maram Aal Waaked, his perfect woman and the one determined to have this impossible man no matter what it takes or how long it does.

I loved their
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. And I DO mean WOW!!!! This took my breath away from start to finish! Amjad is just irresistible with all of his snark and scars. And boy, when this crown prince fell, he fell ALL the way, and it was as exhilarating to see him so deeply in love as much as it was to watch him resist falling in the first place. Maram was his perfect match and it made this such a powerful, balanced romance. I am really out of descriptions to describe how much I loved this book and how perfect it was from all an ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amjad and Maram supplanted even Kamal and Aliyah as my most favorite Olivia Gates hero and heroine. The resolution to the Pride of Zohayd mystery in this intricate, exhilarating love story was just genius! I only hope we get to see Amjad and Maram again in more stories, or at least guest starring in the upcoming Desert Knights trilogy!
Lena Kyrollos
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amjad Aal Shalaan aka The Mad Prince was everything and more that I hope he would be from his brothers' book, To Tame & To Tempt a Sheikh! OMG. How hot and snarky and delicious he is. And how buried in ice his heart is, and what it takes for the indomitable Maram to thaw it. And then once he's thawed—look out. He becomes an inferno! And then the table turns and he has to have offered the best struggle ever to regain his lover's trust. I loved how she wouldn't fall into his arms again as she ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amjad! Ooooh, Amjad! The HOTTEST, SNARKIEST alpha male to walk the literary world! Love, love, LOVE him and every word that exited his luscious lips! Now I want a whole ongoing series starring him and his incomparable heroine, Maram!
This was a roller coaster ride of fun and passion and heart break and it left me giddy with delight and upheaval. Poor Olivia Gates. I wonder how she feels after she completes a project with such depth and intensity of emotion? I could imagine since it drained
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