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The Sheik Retold

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  95 reviews
RONE Finalist 2014, LASR Best Book Nominee 2013
The Desert was Never Hotter!
A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground... A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own...When pride and passion vie for supremacy, blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights...

"There will be inquiries." I choked out. "I am not such a nonentit
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published August 30th 2013 by Vane Publishing
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Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

"Then I hope to Heaven that one day you will fall into the hands of a man who will make you obey."

Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan

Diana Mayo

Headstrong, willful and independent Diana Mayo has chosen to set her own course. Tired of being under the rule of her half-brother and guardian, Aubrey she is determined to embark on a month-long desert adventure against her older brother's wishes. The French Algerian desert of 1920 is not a safe place, and as Diana will find out, especially for her.


Duchess Nicole
4.5 stars for this

"I told myself I was only too weary to fight him, but the truth was that his all-out sensual assault had made me a victim of my own senses - of my own suppressed nature. And now awakened, I was starving for more."

Holy wow! Did this ever tick all of my boxes...It's like Vane took everything I love about my escapist dreams and put them into this story... I love the ultra gamma hero...the ones who are supremely confident in themselves...they need no af
Swept Away By Romance's Group Review for The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane.

Kristen: 3 Stars
Kathleen: 5 Stars
Crista: 5 Stars

What worked

Kristen: Because I disliked the original story plot, I was extremely grateful to Victoria Vane for reworking the derogatory elements of rape, racism, and animal cruelty that were so appalling to me. The author also softened the hero making him a more palatable character and gave the other characters in the story added dimension.

Kathleen: Bodice Rippers have alw
4.5 Blazing Stars! --- Great news!!! An early release has this live on Amazon!

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Victoria Vane has produced a winner in her retelling of E.M. Hull’s 1919 production of The Sheik.  She has taken away the rape, the animal cruelty and condensed the retelling into an engaging, sensual, sultry read. She’s also opened that bedroom door wide and boy, is this a sizzler! 

Diana Mayo is young, incredibly beautiful, wealthy and head strong. She’s smart and has the skills of a man when it comes to riding and s
Blacky *Romance Addict*

I think I am at a disadvantage here because I don't really know the original story, I haven't watched the movie and basically, I went blind into this book, so I'm going to rate it as if it isn't a re-telling, just an ordinary romance.

1. The writing

Really, really wonderful.
This is my first book by this author, but from this I know I'm definitely reading more. The descriptions were lovely, the dialogue great, and I could really feel the historical bit in here, with the way they talked (you would
Victoria Vane
Aug 13, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of steamy romance
My Author's Note for THE SHEIK RETOLD:

When first published in 1919, E.M. Hulls' The Sheik was an overnight bestseller with more than fifty printings the first two years of release. The book was also made into a silent film that catapulted its leading man, Rudolph Valentino, to superstardom. Given its huge success in its time, I have no doubt many readers will wonder at my motive in re-writing this romance classic.

As a reader, I have always found the "forced seduction"/rape-to-love trope appallin
This ARC was given to me by the author, in exchange for an honest review. "The Sheik Retold" is due to be released on Sept. 13/13.

This story was first published in the year 1919, and written by E.M. Hull. Even though Victoria Vane fell in love with this story, there were a few parts that she didn't much care for. She has decided to retell the story of The Sheik and his captive in her own words, and of course, leave out the scenes that were somewhat disturbing to her. These scenes has included r
4.8 Stars - A dramatic grand and unforgettable love story in good old romance spirit

Finally I got the long-awaited novel about the love story with the sheik in my hand. Yum!

~ The Sheik Retold is probably not a romance for everyone but I loved it. If you read it, I am sure that you will never forget it. ~

This novel by Victoria Vane is a new retelling of The Sheik by Edith Maude Hull from the 1920's and it shows. Although this certainly is written in a more modern way is the feeling of an old-time
☆ Sammy ☆彡
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alpha-goodness
ARC provided by the author, Victoria Vane, in exchange for an honest review

I can honestly say that The Sheik Retold was a first for me on a few different levels:

1)This was my first book about a sheik. In case you are wondering what a sheik is, Google's definition says "an Arab leader, in particular the chief or head of an Arab tribe, family, or village."

2)This was also my first historical romance novel.

I am so glad that I decided to take a chance on this book, despite the minor hesitations I had
***** 4.5 to 5 stars!!!! *****

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There is nothing like reading a book and being mesmerized by it's brilliance. I've never read the original but I don't need to. If it's even remotely different, in any way, I won't go near it! This was incredible.

I love kidnapping tales. I love an alpha to come in and sweep you off your feet--literally!--and add to that a very atmospheric and lovely backdrop and you've just cr
Geri Reads
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!

The Sheik Retold is a retelling of EM Hull's The Sheik, one of the most widely read novels in the 1920s. I haven't read the original, so I cannot and will not make comparisons in my review.

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The Story
Diana Mayo is a young heiress. Beautiful, rich, stubborn, independent, and I have to say, she came off as selfish to me at first. She wanted to trek through the Algerian dessert before joining her brother in America. Her plans goes awry when she got kidnapped by Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan. Sh
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Enjoy my joint review with Crista and Kristen!

What worked
Bodice Rippers have always been one of my favorite types of romances to read, so I was very excited when I got my hands on The Sheik Retold . I love the whole theme of a sexy Sheik that captures a beautiful young stubborn heiress. I was hooked right from page one, it was very exciting and there was never a dull moment.

One thing that REALLY stood out for me, was the words that the author us
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, keeper

Yet again Victoria Vane adds her own retelling of an old story adding spice and a sensual haze like the hot desert sands.

Vane, I felt stayed as close to the original story as she could while adding the sexual tone and some modem feel to it for the readers of today, it just added another dimensional to the story and the characters giving them different strengths and choices. With two stubborn hard headed people like Diana whose been given everything she's wanted and Ahmed whose never been deni
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars from me. I don't remember who recco'd this book to me, but thanks! I read the reviews from Crista & Kathleen, and don't know how much I can add. I liked how intelligent and assertive Diana was. She did cause major events. Ahmed was quite the enigma. His friend Raoul is a great supporting character and added some back story to Ahmed (very necessary!). I would like to read a book about Raoul!
There was a lot of criticism about animal abuse. I didn't read it in this version. There wer
2.5 Non-Original Stars for a Partial Rewrite of a 1919 Landmark Historical Romance Classic
The Arrogant and Mesmerizing Blue Eyed Sheik
THE SHEIK by E.M. Hull, as ORIGINALLY published in 1919, is the best Sheik story I have read! If you are considering buying and reading The Sheik Retold, by Victoria Vale, I would strongly encourage you to download and read the ORIGINAL UNALTERED CLASSIC FIRST. It is FREE from amazon or Guttenberg.

The Sheik Retold is a Fan Fiction Story – while being even more in
By: Victoria Vane & E. M. Hull
Published By: Vane Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"The Sheik Retold" by Victoria Vane and E. M. Hull was one good historical romance read. After reading this novel I went and reread the original 'The Sheik' by E.M. Hull and all I can say is that "The Sheik Retold" is some good read with the beginning chapters basically follows the original story, however, after Diana's kidnapping by The Sheik the story takes off a little
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Sep 16, 2013 marked it as own-need-to-read

Check out this gorgeous new cover!!

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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
** NOTE** Due to differing copyright laws, this book is currently only available in the US, Canada, Australia, India and Japan.


I absolutely love THE SHEIK RETOLD! Victoria Vane adds her magical touch to this re-telling of E. M. Hull's THE SHEIK.

I love how Ms Vane has reworked those elements of THE SHEIK that I disliked, whilst staying true to the original concept.

Ahmed is still the powerful, fierce, despotic leader who demands total obedience from everyone but Ms Vane has tempered his
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, obsession, desert
I read E.M. Hull's "The Sheik" many years ago and loved the story. Was very interested to read how a contemporary writer would deal with this famous novel.

There isn't the atmosphere found here as in the original story. There wasn't a lot left to the reader's imagination. This version was certainly "steamier" more "R" rated. I think if this is the version that first introduces you to Diana and "The Sheik" then you will enjoy the story and writing more so then those who compare to the original sto
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Joint Review: Kathleen, Crista and Kristen

What worked:
Kathleen: Bodice Rippers have always been one of my favorite types of romances to read, so I was very excited when I got my hands on The Sheik Retold. I love the whole theme of a sexy Sheik that captures a beautiful young stubborn heiress. I was hooked right from page one, it was very exciting and there was never a dull moment.

One thing that REALLY stood out for me, was the words that the author used throughout the whole book, I was totally m
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I actually had to think overnight on what to say about this story. It's still stuck with me, so will put my words here for you, so that you, my fellow reader, may read and decide for yourself.

5 stars. And I only give these out to books that stay with me.... hold me...make me want to go where the book has gone. In the beginning when I first started my GR account it was just a way to get the finished book on the list and move forward. But I've learned my lesson and give out 5 when the book hits me
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Traveling into the desert by caravan only to be taken up by a handsome, fearsome Sheik who brings one back to his sumptuously appointed tent only to have his wicked way... It's a story that incites that tantalizing blend of fear and excitement. Many times this story has been told and retold, but one of the earliest and best versions out there has sat on the shelf for many years just waiting to be picked up and retold to a new appreciative audience. I was so excited when I found out the author wa ...more
Lover of Romance
Diana, is a heiress, and has plans for adventure. She was raised practically as a tom boy since her brother raised her when her parents died. Diana doesn't think about consequences or what may happen to her on her planned trip in the desert. On her way to her destination, her group is ambushed and she is captured by the Sheik Abdul. Abdul is bitter against the English, but when he saw Diana at a ball in France, he knew he had to have her. So now after he manipulated and worked his power so he co ...more
A.R. Von
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Sheik Retold is one hot, romantic, unpredictable, intense and fun read Victoria Vane put out there for us! It’s different from her usual, more sensual and it even has a light touch of BDSM within. A great read for ALL Victoria Vane fans and fans of the genre!

Diane is an independent and adventurous woman. A woman that wants to explore the deserts all on her own. A private adventure for her alone to enjoy. She loves the feeling of being free, running free and not having to rely or listen to an
Susan (susayq ~)
Oh my! What a wonderfully told story. Diana was such a strong character. After she decided to give into what was happening, and not look at it like she was a prisoner, she fell in love with not just the Sheikh, but the desert too. And the Shiekh *sigh* he was my kind of hero - dark, brooding and dominate with a hidden softness that only comes out with his woman. The epilogue was just perfect, and I'm not going to say anything else about it so I don't ruin it for you :)
Ashi- A hopeless romantic girl :D
umm definitely a one time read and did'nt left an impression on me so not gonna write a long review...
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just have to say that I feel in love with this book. It was a love story old as time but one that anyone would love.

I wasn't sure how to take Diana Mayo at first. She was strong willed and knew that her money could get her everything she wanted except for making her a man. She despises that she is a woman and that men want her for her looks. She just wants to travel the world once she gets away from her half-brother.

Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan has to have Diana and he finds a way. He finds out tha
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ouab-2013
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
WOW! This is a very intense novel. I am grateful the author, Victoria Vane uses The Author’s Note to explain how she is going to give you a less “plodding” pace. How she brought the original story more to life.

Right away you realize the strength of the heroine. She has no soft edges by nurture- her brother who basically raised her. Her arrogance is well earned, sometimes a detriment, and yet her saving grace. Becaus
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it-done-it
This book was SOMETHING! I enjoyed reading this book and loved it. It was an awesome book to read! Diana Mayo is a woman who never knew the pleasure to be a woman, disliked her womanhood, excellent in shooting and riding. But one day when she was kidnapped by Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, how he controlled her, made her aware of her beauty and feminism and for the first time in life, she feels alive. The page sizzles when they are together. At first, you'll think Ahmed is a cold hearted bastard but in ...more
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Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I went from feeling excitement, despair, fear, love, and so forth! I laughed a few scenes and even cried at a couple and cringed at others. This book was by far better than I had hoped!

"On the contrary, my gazelle, I do. I exchanged a large sum in gold with your would-be murderer. I bought your life. You are mine to do with as I wish." ~ Ahmed

Diana ~ She was spitfire and feisty as can be for a young lady in her day and age! She was so stubborn it almos
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Victoria Vane is a bestselling award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her books have received many accolades to include the 2016 Red Carpet Award for Jewel of the East, 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations as well as Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. Look for her
“Please!" I cried. "Will you stop toying with me and just get the business over with!"
He laughed and then ran his tongue across my belly. "But that is not my wish, ma chère. No indeed. It is my desire to make you bask in what you most despise. You wished to be a boy, but I intend to teach you the untold delights of being a woman.”
“My heart stood still. "But why me?" I choked out.
He dipped his head to murmur in my ear. "It was fated. I saw you once before—in Paris. You were surrounded by your panting lapdogs and would have none of them. It was then I knew that I alone would have you. The rest was Allah's will," he continued matter-of-factly. "You came to Biskra. You arranged a tour in the desert. You were bored and wanted adventure. I have granted that wish." He flashed a feral smile. "And now you will grant mine.”
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