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Strangers in the Desert (The Al Dhakir Brothers #1)

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The Desert King’s Lost Wife…

Isabella, the wife Sheikh Adan thought was dead, has just walked back into his life – on the eve of his wedding to another woman…

Now Adan is to be crowned King, Isabella must be his Queen – sharing his desert throne and the royal bed… But gone is the dutiful, pure girl he once knew – in her place is a defiant, sultry woman who makes Adan’s bloo
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Kindle Edition, Harlequin Presents, 192 pages
Published March 2012 by Harlequin Books (first published April 2011)
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Leona
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredible read. If you only read one HP this year, pick this book. You will not be disappointed. I rarely give a 5 star rating to an HP. Realistically it's hard to get the depth of characters and plot with only 150 some pages. But surprisingly, this book does.

I don't want to give too much away and the many reviews tell you that Isabella, the wife of Sheikh Adan was assumed dead for two years after disappearing in the desert. The sheik is now ready to be king and is in the process of rem
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Jenny
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it even though it frustrated me deeply! I was surprised how this book gave me so many emotions and for that I must applaud the author. I got sad, I cry I got mad. Full of emotion, passion and high drama. I liked how the emotional struggles were portrayed and despite the heartache there was a beautiful HEA. The hero was an amazing strong man dedicated to his son and he broke my heart especially towards the end! I would have given it 5 stars but I found the heroine too wishy-washy a ...more
RLA
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hero Adan is about to be crowned king, and also about to get married. However when one of his aides informs him that his first wife, whom is presumed dead after she walked into the desert and never found, has been spotted in Hawaii. Adan doesn't believe it but travels to Hawaii to check it out for himself. As it turns out his wife Isabella, the heroine, is alive but does not recognise Adan or have any memory of ever being married. Her father took her to live with her mother after an 'acciden ...more
Becky
Wow...this one will stay with me. I confess that I had a hard time forgiving hero. It's a bummer to think about men who take women for granted and can sleep with a wife without really caring anything about her as a person. Her situation drove home the powerlessness of the woman, especially in their culture. There was so much truth to the way the heroine was treated and what she experienced. I did love his devotion to his son, but in the end, I think she was too good for him. But I felt her story ...more
Booklover
Wonderful Intense Emotional read,this one is a keeper for me,i really cried when Isabella remembered her marriage and pregnancy and the pain and loneliness was the reason she blocked out her marriage and her child.Adan he started out as a jerk but later on as story progressed its clear he had good intentions for Rafiq their child,whatever he did was for his happiness.Adan was a very good father but a very bad husband but later as days pass by he also realizes his mistakes and regrets it,even ack ...more
Jenn
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-sheikhs
This was in a book with three stories. My opinion stays the same. My problem was I couldn't get past the description on page 2 : Isabella was beautiful but unremarkable in every other way....a bland queen. It's not her fault..she was raised a Jafaran woman.' Well apparently as an Arab woman she has no redeeming qualities. Then she spends 2 amnesia filled years in America, and VOILA - instant personality ! I also felt there was absolutely no love between her and hero. I felt he just took her back ...more
ShoSho
The plot had so many holes, it could have been used as a sieve. It was enjoyable nonetheless!
Nas Dean
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STRANGERS IN THE DESERT by Lynn Raye Harris is a Mills & Boon Modern and a Harlequin Presents release.

Desert King Sheikh Adan was preparing for his upcoming nuptials when he gets information that his wife may be alive. Cancelling all his appointments he flies to a small Island and finds her singing in a bar!

He is outraged. And brings her back with him to his desert kingdom. Why did Isabella Maro leave her husband and a two year old son to go and sing in a bar?

When Isabella meets her two yea
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Nancy Crocker
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prince Adan is ready to become King in just two weeks. He will be marrying his long time friend who will become a mother to his son. There is just one thing standing in his way. The wife he believed dead has been found alive in Maui.

Prince Adan travels to Maui to see for himself if this is indeed his wife. She is a singer who goes by the stage name Bella Tyler. Her really name is Isabella, and she has no memory of her husband and the child she left behind. She has been told by her parents that s
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Chantal ❤️
It missed the 5 stars because the hero was an ass. He even admitted that he never cared for her even if they had a child together and when a man does the same thing ( loses out on their child first years) he is righteous in his demand that his child call him dad and f the consequences to that child. Holy shit did I not like that at all. Also his best friend situation was never resolved or talked about other then to say he loved her and respects her. Wtf??? Where was her love and respect he could ...more
Onu
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Onu by: Giovanni
This was a very good story. But I didn't like the hero Adan much. The heroine, Isabella loved him immensely and had dedicated her whole life to be a good wife to him. She had even confessed to her husband that her only aim in life was to make him happy. In spite of such declarations, the hero never really noticed her. She was just a part of the furniture, totally unforgettable. This really irked me. There's this woman who loves you and wants only to make you happy, you fail to notice her. You fa ...more
Patty Pat
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book a lot. Its packed full of emotion ,love and emotion.
No wonder am a big fan of Mrs.Harris books she is a wonderful writer.
Kay Walker
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story.Every woman should have an "Adan" in their life.God that man is so damn hot!!!!!
Chitra *CJ*
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Strangers in the Desert" is the story of Adan and Isabella.
When King Adan is about to remarry his childhood best friend so his son Rafiq can have a mother- he comes across the news that his first wife- whom he thought was dead- is alive and working as a singer in Hawaii.
Basically the book deals with topics like amnesia and sensitive ones like post natal depression, mixed with loads of misunderstandings and some hot love making.
I did like the scenes of reconnection with Rafiq, and that the hero
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Giovanni
I love it. This book gives me goosebumps.
I love Isabella and Adan. I really like that Isabella and Adan slowly learn to introspect their true feeling and their faults in the past and try to be a better person in their relationship.

It's intense but lovely. Totally love it.
Diana Tan
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lynn Raye Harris' Stangers in the Desert is a heartwrenching love story of love lost, passion, trust & moving on. I truly felt for Isabella when she found out about her "missing" past. It was amazing to see Adan's & Isabella's love story unfold. Great read!
Jacqueline
For me this book suffered from being my least favorite trope: 2nd chance at love. Even the amnesia angle didn't save it for me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood so don't let my poor rating put you off. I generally enjoy this author.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Isabella a.k.a. Bell Tyler learned to live with the hollow place in her heart and in her memory. She sings in a bar in Maui where the clientele love her. She's a long way away from Jahfar and the desert; where she grew up in her father’s house.

When the arrogant, magnificent, “full-of-himself” King of Jahfar appears and declares she is his wife, Isabella is sucked into a vortex of confusion. Sadness, terror, anger, and a crushing despe
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Nas Dean
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
STRANGERS IN THE DESERT by Lynn Raye Harris is a Mills & Boon Modern and a Harlequin Presents release.


Desert King Sheikh Adan was preparing for his upcoming nuptials when he gets information that his wife may be alive. Cancelling all his appointments he flies to a small Island and finds her singing in a bar!


He is outraged. And brings her back with him to his desert kingdom. Why did Isabella Maro leave her husband and a two year old son to go and sing in a bar?


When Isabella meets her two yea
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Tiffani Erickson
I loved this book!!! I recommend it to anyone! I like romance novels, but some I am unsure of and this was one of them. At first I wasn't sure how I would react to it, but I sat down one night and read the first two pages and put a bookmark in it. A few days later, I was thinking about reading a bit before going to bed. It was about three or four in the morning, actually, more like five when I decided to read and I remember starting the book and finally deciding to stop on chapter ten and looked ...more
Bubu
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I felt sorry for the h the entire story...it was a sad one... and the H... man.... he was an ASS....and the part I WANT YOU I LOVE YOU..go and ******..... yeah
Rebecca
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this category romance and the heroine's change from meek, subservient wife to strong woman who stands up for herself. I enjoyed how the reasons behind why Isabella left Adan and their son, Rafiq, gradually were discovered. I was a bit disappointed by Adan not completely acknowledging his role in Isabella's problems to Isabella, which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. He DOES realize how his actions affected her, but the full implications of his actions are only addressed in an in ...more
Niobe13 *wants to read all day*
Wow. To say that I freakin' like the story is an understatement. I remember having a two day book hangover after reading this.

I guess the thing that really got me is how heart aching it was for Isabella not to know why she left her child in the first place. Adan's attitude was understandable and I really could not blame him with all his hatred and wariness towards Isabella. I kept on sympathizing on the characters to and fro after reading their thoughts.

Their reconciliation was heart wrenching i
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Gege86
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin!
Have you ever read a story that left you with a warm feeling inside for hours afterward, if you haven't; than this novel is the one for you.
No wonder I adore Lynn Raye Harris, she is amazing, I haven't read anything by her that I didn't absolutely adore, I feel like she has a very romantic nature and it shows in her novels.
I loved, loved, loved this one.
Perfect heart warming read.
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WOW I haven't read one of these books in ages. They were my best friend during my YA and 20s. Anyways, love the story. Nothing much to it but the same as always. You have an alpha male who is forever a player then he meets his Mrs Right and doesn't know how to handle someone smaller and doesn't take his crap. Yet you will always know what happens at the end.
Lynne
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Lynne Raye Harris's stories. Thought provoking story - why did Isabella disappear two years ago? Does Adan truly believe her story, and can he bring himself to trust her?

While it's a Harlequin Presents story, so you KNOW there will be a HEA, Ms. Harris left you wondering how they would get there.

Good read, and interesting trivia about postnatal depression.
Harlequin Books
RT Book Review Top Pick for the month of March! "An exceptional novel that delivers the exotic sensations of the desert along with the sensuality and emotional turmoil of the characters and an unforgettable romance." 4 1/2 stars
Philisha Stephens
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I started reading the book and couldn't put it down! I love the way it was written and was able to sympathize with the heroine. Great story, good plot, and I look forward to reading more of your books!
Aisha
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good and well developed story... An interesting amnesia book. Lynn Raye Harris made a very smart and clever writing with this one.
Danielle
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-jan-2013
Loved it!!!!
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