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The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar

(Beasts of the Desert #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Jeweled veil weighing heavily on her head, Zoe Martin waits for her sheikh husband-to-be. The shame of her adoptive family, orphan Zoe has endured six years of being kept as a slave—now she's been sold into marriage…to a man known as The Beast!

Being discarded to the sheikh has one bonus—this could mean freedom! Zoe must play along with the three-day—and three-night—ceremon
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Very Good Sheikh romance,adored Zoe & Nadir,Zoe is a survivor,she suffered so much but she did not break,both are strong,sweet,caring persons and both have been betrayed by people which has thought them never to trust anyone.The story starts out with a wedding which is based on lies,deception,mistrust and both Zoe-Nadir have their own reasons for entering the marriage.

Nadir's few thoughts and actions made me very angry but as time passes by he redeems.Few small gifts that Nadir gave to Zoe l
Jacqueline J
This is a very nice effort by a debut HP author. It felt fresh and new. The sheikh actually acted as if he were a person from another culture in that he denied the heroine the right to a further education and etc. He wasn't really an ass though and he fell for her pretty rapidly. Also she wasn't a virgin and her circumstances were realistic. How many young women have been used and lied to just to get them in bed? The plot was pretty tight and the focus of the story was fairly firmly on the coupl ...more
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Dec 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
If being a strong and courageous heroine is synonymous with false, hypocritical, Cheeky, capricious and a long etcetera, because I prefer to read to the bland and foolish, because actors such as Zoe, NO thanks.

And what does the man that is before Nadir, is interest. Because it delivers her virginity, in my opinion, payment carry it with him. That in my country has a name...


Como comenzar esto y ser educada...

Zoe es medio americana, medio árabe, es demasiado “occidental” para encajar en la
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, for-review, romance
As I’ve already confessed, I’ve come a long way from my snob bookish upbringing where romance novels weren’t permitted reading material, and I’m very glad that I gave The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar a fair chance despite the typical Harlequin cover and characteristic title, it is a little gem of a well written and captivating story that I enjoyed a lot.

Zoe is a strong and determined heroine who despite pretending to be humble and obedient young woman to fit in with the expectations of the Arabic w
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed reading the story of Nadir and Zoe. It was well written and captivating. They enter an arranged marriage each one with his own agenda. Zoe plans to escape jazaar & run away from her husband. For politicals reasons, Nadir is forced to marry the bride chosen for him, but plans on leaving her in a palace in the mointains, and returns to his life. Zoe is always plotting her escape, it is fun to watch them grow to love and trust each other. 

Despite her disappointing & abusing life i
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewd: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews

The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar will put you through an emotional ringer as it leads you on a beautiful journey of perseverance, hope, trust and true love.

American teen Zeo is forced to move to Jazaar to live with her relatives when she is orphaned. At 15 Zoe is suddenly thrust in an oppressive male dominated society where her family considers her tarnished as she is not Jazaari born. Her rights and ambitions are stifled and her only escape from the cruelty
Decent story. This is not a "typical" sheikh story because Zoe has spent much of her life basically as a slave to her "Arab" family in a culture where women have no rights and honor killings, though outlawed, are carried out with no penalty.

Zoe is offered as a bride to shame the future ruler of the country. Though she has spent years with her abusive "family", she is Western in actions and attitude, not a "proper" bride for the Sheikh at all. Nadir is determined to train her to be "meek, obedien
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
The clashing of culture and customs create quite the conflict in this very emotional tale. An American woman faces the challenge of surviving a harsh and unforgiving country and grasps at any opportunity to escape. But ducking the surprising bonds of love turns out to be harder to break than the heroine thought, especially if they’re real.

Ms. Carr set up the whole vehicle for strife and distrust right from the very beginning. It was easy to accomplish because Zoe has been abused, humiliated and
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Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
More Harlequin! And another good one with "The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar" by Zoe Martin. This emotionally charged story was a little more intense than the usual Harlequin books I have been reading. Yes, the expected corniness is there, but not as much as one would expect.

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This tale is set in the exotic middle east, where Zoe, basically an American prisoner, is forced into an arranged marriage by her adopted family. Nadir, who is royalty, does not expe
Nadir knows the instant he sees Zoe in her jeweled veil that the tribe doesn’t believe he will go through with the arranged marriage, but he will do anything to mend the turmoil ruling his tribes, even if it means accepting an unworthy bride. Zoe is completely unlike the type of wife a Sheikh would have on his arm, she is outspoken, headstrong, and full of passion which draws Nadir in immediately. As the honeymoon begins, Nadir’s plans for Zoe change and he finds himself falling for his newly we ...more
Tanya Mayes
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The Ups and Downs. All the drama was great. I love how the writer took them from an arrange marriage to them falling in love. The strength of Nadir and Zoe was powerful. With love so much can be accomplished.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, sheikh, dnf
Ho-hum. DNF @ 30%
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awesome crazysauce Harlequin!
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not perfect... Beautiful sex scenes
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This was my first Susanna Carr book and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. I have a bit of a soft spot for sheik stories anyway. They seem to always have the coolest things and everything at their disposal. Makes them very hard to resist and when waging a battle of love and war, how can they not come out the victor? So obviously this is a story involving a sheik, but it has a li
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Notes: Received a copy of the book from the author.

My Synopsis:
Zoë Martin was desperate to get away from her uncle. She'd been raised in the US and when her parents died her uncle Tareef came and collected her and took her back to Jazaar with him. He'd promised to look after her, but instead had stolen her inheritance, abused her when she rebelled, and made her a servant in his household. Her only possible escape was to marry and attempt to escape on her honeymoon. She thought it was a good plan
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I've read a Harlequin Presents novel. I mean decades long time. I don't know why I stopped. Maybe I thought I needed something steamier. What was I thinking? The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar surprised me with its steaminess and sexy sheikh, Nadir.

What I liked about this book is that it a well-written story that I could read in one sitting. The plot, the characters, the backdrop of the country of Jazaar made this story engrossing and compelling. In the last 10 years, we v
Amy Jacobs
Aug 08, 2012 added it
Shelves: books-i-own
I am having a really hard time trying to figure out how to put the thoughts in my head about this book into some sort of review. Was the writing good? Yes. Was the story plot good? Yes. Was it my cup of tea so to speak? No.

I have always tried to stay away from the Harlequin books that feature stories from far away lands for the simple fact that it throws me into culture shock. I should be able to adjust to it since I do read paranormal and they are really out there sometimes. I just have a hard
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a great departure from the normal type of book I read. I've always found the whole idea of Middle Eastern culture in romance novels off-putting with the arranged marriages and lack of women's rights. I do admit that I like reading books with alpha males, but I don't like it at all when it's the culture imposing the male's dominance. But, since I was asked if I'd be willing to read this book, I read the synopsis and the premise intrigued me enough to give it a try: An American woman ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
From the book synopsis:

"Jeweled veil weighing heavily on her head, Zoe Martin waits for her sheikh husband-to-be. The shame of her adoptive family, orphan Zoe has endured six years of being kept as a slave—now she's been sold into marriage…to a man known as The Beast!

Being discarded to the sheikh has one bonus—this could mean freedom! Zoe must play along with the three-day—and three-night—ceremony, but she isn't expecting the blazing attraction from just one stolen glance at playboy sheikh Nadir
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nadir has arrived for his arranged wedding. He has agreed to the match in order to strengthen a political alliance with the elders of an influential tribe. He was very surprised when the ceremony began and he met the bride, she was definitely not what he expected. She was an American, the orphaned niece of one of the locals. He felt this was an insult toward him for his modern or innovative thinking. However, he knew if he refused the match it would go even worse for him. He decided he would we ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book from a Goodreads contest.

Compromise is Essential!

This story is full of angst. The hero is torn between his tradition country and the international community. The heroine is trapped and abused by her family. The hero's brother just makes everything worse. The heroine being offered to the hero as an insult is just the tip of the iceberg for insults she has to deal with. The heroine is a great help to show the international community that their country isn't too mired in tradition a
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
it was not dat bad, just not my cup of tea! i did not like how the population looked down on zoe bcoz she was an american. she was treated abominably and it was never explained how she found herself trapped there. nadir had no gud intentions. she was a means for political gain and he intended to use her. just like the population offered him this particular bride bcoz no one was ready to sacrifice their daughter. they believed he was a beast who had raped and terrorized his ex-wife on their weddi ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
This was really good. It had the right combination of angst and romance. Towards the end when Zoe was considering giving up her dream cause she realized she loved Nadir, I was kind of mad at her. She had spent the ENTIRE book planning her escape; never mind the fact that she kept putting it off to spend more time with him. It was the fact that her dream of going to school and being a doctor was that important to her. Unfortunately, she overheard a conversation between Nadir and his brother that ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with limited time and wants a quick romanace fix
Recommended to Barbara by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed this book very much. For how brief the book was, at least to me as I am a speed reader, it was very well thought out. I would love to see a longer novel from this author. I, on a personal level, would have loved more detail about the country and places to flesh out where they had been on their honeymoon it was not really necessary. I normally prefer books at least 350 pages plus just because I do read so fast but this was a very nice and interesting diversion from my normal reading hab ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
1.5/5; 2 stars; C

I thought this author had a decent writing style and was competent in that respect, I would read her again if she wrote a different style of story. My problem was with the subject. This book was given to me by a friend and I thought I'd read it to compare to the old Harlequins I was weaned on. In today's world, I can't enjoy the desert sheik fantasy. All I can think of is women in houses with the windows blacked out, women being stoned to death for the crime of being raped...thi
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May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, what can I say to describe this one, it literally put a big fat goofy smile on my face. loved it a lot. A loooooooooooooooot.
The hero is called the beast, but believe me he's anything but. And the heroine was sooooo adorable.
After this novel I'm going to read everything there is for this author, amazing writing style with a very romantic flare.
Summerita Rhayne
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very well written. I liked the way the romance progressed between the two characters. The beginning was a bit jerky. The hero seemed quite arrogant at the beginning. The facts of how she came to be in the predicament weren't explained fully. However, the relationship between them was beautifully depicted and the ending was nice too. An enjoyable read.
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