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The Sheikh's Redemption

(Desert Nights #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  54 reviews
For Prince Haidar Aal Shalaan, taking the reins of a kingdom in chaos is a matter of honour.

And then there is Roxanne Gleeson, the lover who once rejected him. Now she pretends a cold disdain for their desperate passion. But he will not be denied either the throne of his motherland or Roxanne back in his bed. Together they are…his redemption.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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4/5 stars

A start to another great series from Ms Gates. It is very closely linked to the Pride of Zohayd series and although it is not essential that you read that series first, I do strongly recommend that you do as it will help the characters and story fall into place.

Haidar returns to his homeland as one of the three candidates to become king. Roxanne, the woman who walked away from him eight years ago, is the political-economic analyst who has been assigned to help the country recover from t
Julia J
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Gates's latest masterpiece! And yes, it's nothing short of that. The Sheikh's Redemption has unique characters, so real you think you know them, and so detailed inside and out, you think you can see everything they do, and feel everything they feel. It's amazing how Ms. Gates writes, to transport you right into the characters minds and hearts. Haidar is yet another of her to-die-for sheikhs, but he's also different from them all. He has this...vulnerability, this humanity to him that I fo ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think Olivia Gates can't give us a more luscious alpha male, she goes and creates another distinctive, unforgettable one who shares everything with all her heroes, yet stands out as a totally different man. I don't know how she does it! I loved Haidar and his uncanny mix of irresistibility and vulnerability, not to mention that he's smokin' hot! And Roxanne was as usual, a strong, independent, witty heroine who stood as his equal, yet wasn't beyond groveling when she realized how muc ...more
Christa Runge
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Sheikh’s Redemption by Olivia Gates

From an early age Prince Haidar Aal Shalaan’s mother had drilled into his head that he should and would be King. But circumstances at birth made it impossible. Nobody imagined how far his mother would go to make that happen. Now with the cloud of his mother’s actions hanging over him, Haidar has to prove that he was merely a pawn in her deceit, not a willing participant who had no knowledge of his plot. Through his arrogance he lost the one woman he loved,
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! How HOT is Haidar???? And how's that for alliteration? ;)

But yeah, Haidar is so hot, and powerful and fun and accessible, you just want to drag him out of the pages and eat him up. And the continuing stories of those luscious Aal Shalaan brothers in this book had me involved and not knowing what will come next. The heat level was off the charts, the interaction between Haidar and Roxanne (and him and RASHID!!!!) was so emotional and mesmerizing, and OMG so WITTY I found myself memorizong wh
Lena Kyrollos
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think Olivia Gates can't get any better, she does! The Sheikh's Redemption has to be her most 'mature' relationship novel yet! The way Haidar and Roxanne grew up, resolved their personal issues and grew closer was one of the books. And Haidar has to be the most human and fun alpha male I've yet had the pleasure to read. That role-playing trick he played on Roxanne in front of her neighbors still has me chuckling!

As I've come to expect from the incomparable Gates, this book is chock
Future Slayer Girl
Hello, Olivia Gates!

Hello, Harlequin Presents series Desire!

I have a great many friends that read these books but the truck load. Always, I have been curious as to what draws them to the quick reads of Harlequin that seem to cookie cutter and perfect. So, I took a chance and requested for review a few books. Let me just say, that with Olivia Gates, I was not disappointed!

The Sheikh’s Redemption is the story about one hell of a sexy Alpha male—well three that we see actually. Gates is so kind a
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Olivia Gates' stories. High sensuality and larger-than-life heroes who fall in mad, desperate love. This one was no exception. Loved that Haidar and Roxanne talked themselves out of misunderstandings before they happened.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Desert Knights miniseries is off to a captivating start with a story overflowing with profoundly affecting emotions between its engaging couple. Olivia Gates is a master when it comes to portraying feelings backed by genuine reactions, and THE SHEIKH'S REDEMPTION adeptly showcases her gifted talent.

When Roxanne Gleeson shockingly walked away from Price Haidar Aal Shalaan eight years ago, he vowed to never let anyone get close to him or believe in others. When the Kingdom of Azmahar, the home
Nas Dean
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
THE SHEIKH'S REDEMPTION by USA Bestselling author Olivia Gates is a Harlequin Desire release for June 2012.

Roxanne was back in Azmahar after eight years. She had walked out of an intense relationship with Prince Haidar Aal Shalaan and had vowed never to come back. The economic instability of Azmahar brought her back. As a political and economic analyst, she was the best there was. But it also brought her face to face with Haidar. And she found out that the spark still flew between them! Now the
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book after reading Fifty Shades of Grey (bleh) and all through it I was thinking now *this* is what romance is all about, this is how you write about alpha-male dominating men, this is how you create a strong and likeable main character. I'd never heard of Olivia Bates before this book but I'll definitely look for more books by her.
I loved the verbal exchanges between Haidar and Roxanne, very smart. It was entertaining to read till the end even though I was confused by the royal int
Nikita Isaac
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it & can't wait til next one.
Riverina Romantics
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read The Sheikh's Redemption right at the perfect time. I have an addiction to Sheikh's and hadn't had my fix for a long time.

Straight away I was hooked to the masculine dominance of Haidar. I love the stern, possessive and confident types and although Haidar wasn't confident underneath all his emotional armor he definitely acted self assured.

Roxanne and Haidar are mean't for each other but due to a monumental misunderstanding they are no longer together...*insert dramatic music* Until divine
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was the first Romance book I have ever read cover to cover. I was shocked that it pulled me in, everything else in the past had me rolling my eyes with the cheese factor. I gave the book four out of five only because there was some corniness. I still feel the way that things are described during intimate scenes are the cheesiest things going. However, there was an actual storyline here, and her intimate scenes were still a lot better than I've read in the past. It's such a short book and I ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Incredible as usual. Scorching passion, involving plot, meticulous details that make you feel you're right there watching a vivid movie, scintillating wit and dialogue and three-dimensional characters (and not only the hero and heroine, I mean every character in the book) that I can't wait to see again and read more about in the two upcoming books of the Desert Knights trilogy. I've already re-read the book twice, and it's now on my keeper shelf. Can't wait for Jalal's story in The Sheikh's Clai ...more
Jennifer Mcpherson
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A can't put down book. Again I'm impressed with Olivia Gates gift which is flawless....
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book. I wasn't sure at first if I would like it, because Haidar was such a cold, vindictive guy. He had returned to Azmahar as one of the men in the running to take over the country. He saw this as a way to make up for his mother's evil ways. He was also going to get Roxanne back in his bed. Roxanne was back in the country as a political economist, to help the country recover from the disaster the previous ruler had caused. She knew she would end up seeing Haidar again, and wanted nothing t ...more
Beverly Diehl
We start with an abused child, brutally trained by his mother not to trust anyone, ever. So while it may be somewhat hard to relate to alpha male Haidar, at first, we can remember the hurt child.

Despite his conditioning, he'd fallen in love with Roxanne, and she with him. Thanks to Mommy Dearest, their romance ended, years back,but when she returned to the small desert kingdom of Azmahar, the sparks fly again. She's there to help Haidar's estranged twin brother, her best friend Jalal, press his
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic start to a white-hot sheikh trilogy that only Olivia Gates can write. I can't wait for Jalal's story, but as usual, I'm DYING for Rashid's story at the end of the trilogy. Olivia always starts with a bang, and keeps building to the absolute best in her trilogies. Can't wait!!!!
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In true Olivia Gates fashion, this is another blazingly passionate love story with complex plot, characters, incredible setting and descriptions and some of the wittiest dialogue ever. Five stars plus from me, and can't WAIT for THE SHEIKH'S DESTINY and Rashid's story!!!
Tanya Mayes
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin-desire
This book is a good read. Lots of sex and drama. Good ending but I was looking for more. Liked the ending but I was sad.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gates series always leave that little mystery, making you want the next book immediately.
Jenn - Reviews
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-sheikhs
A great plot, strong charcters, intensity (usual Olivia Gates emotion). Just FABULOUS AS USUAL !
The story was strong and really well put together with twists and turns. A really great read.
Aly is so frigging bored
I wanted to give it 3, but I kept banging my head against the chair... so no. This book was full of hyperbolas and metaphors and odd comparisons. They also haven't heard of this marvelous concept: communication. I'm not continuing this series unfortunately.
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
3.5 Stars!
Chitra *CJ*
He inhaled her, rumbled like a lion maddened by the scent of his female, blew a gust of acute sensation over her quivering flesh. Her vision disappeared in a haze of crimson lust as he latched his hot lips over her intimate ones, plunging her into a vortex of need.

Man can Olivia write smokin' sex scenes or what?!
"The Sheikh's Redemption" is the story of Haider and Roxanne.
Basically this is a second chance romance between our H and h, who were separated due to misunderstandings and reunite be
Dana Alma
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
The Sheikh's Redemption by Olivia Gates gives us that destination read we all crave. Gates does not disappoint in this enjoyable read that transports us to sands of the Middle East. Prince Haidar is smokin' hot and Roxanne can't forget him, theirs is a passion that will not die. Harlequin delivers once again, stories that are perfect for daily reads. There is just enough action, romance, and angst to keep readers happy. I am looking forward to both Rasid's and Jalal's stories. Rasid is scarred a ...more
Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta
So I was doing some shelves' adding and I couldn't remember this story so I started a light re-reading and couldn't believe why I gave this book 4 stars. I can understand I gave an extra star because I'm Olivia Gates' fan and her writing in this book is pretty good.
There are lots of angst in this book because H and h were lovers some years ago and things didn't end nicely so I liked that.
The big BUT is that I'm not a fan of non-virgin heroines, specially if there were lovers in between her relat
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, h2016
OMG i loved the book. I really loved the Hero. The heroine very smart and stood up for herself. Especially what she wanted. The twists in the story are great. I can not wait to read about the twin and cousin. Olivia Gates has definitely become one of me favorites.
read it again liked it more this time
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: Desert Knights
Category: Passion
"The palace intrigue and strong personalities in this tale will sizzle the pages as they speed by, in one of Gate's most explosive efforts yet." RT Book Review, rated 4 1/2 stars
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