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The Panther and the Pearl

(Panther's Legacy #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  35 reviews
On an innocent excursion to Constantinople, Sarah Woolcott finds herself a prisoner in a handsome sheik's harem. Although she spurns his passionate overtures, Kalid Shah vows to tempt her with his masterful skills until she becomes a willing companion on their journey of exquisite ecstasy.
Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Leisure Books (first published 1994)
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The Panther and the Pearl was a fun book to read, I loved the exotic setting of 1800's Persia. The book starts with the hero, Kalid, buying Sarah, an American woman from the Sultan after he sees her just once in her role as a teacher to the Sultan's daughter. Sarah is of course not happy to have been sold to someone she doesn't know even if he is handsome and rich. Kalid knew that Sarah was the woman for him at first sight, so he did what he needed to do to have her as his own. After she is brou ...more
This book is what I'd call a HOT MESS! The writing borders on complete disarray but there's still that undeniable element that makes the story very appealing.  

Over all, I enjoyed this book. And one thing for sure, I really love Sheikh type romance books! Very fun escape.

May 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
The overall plot of this story is a man who won't take no for an answer and the so called strong willed woman who falls in love with him anyway. Kalid Shah, a ruler in some mideastern country sees American Sarah and decides he wants her for himself. He kidnaps hers, threatens to beat his servants if she doesn't do what he says and constantly tries to seduce her. This fluffy story is not even a good fantasy. The reader will not understand even after Sarah escapes, why she would have any feelings ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The theory of the story is as follows. Sarah Woolcott is visiting her cousin James and his wife. James is a businessman trading in Constantinople, 1885. Sarah is curious about the culture and James, seeing an opportunity to ingratiate himself with the Sultan, offers her as a tutor to the Sultan's daughter.

A visiting pasha, Kalid Shah of Bursa, sees Sarah and offers things of value to the sultan for her and the sultan accepts the deal. Sarah is drugged and finds herself ensconced in Kalid's hare
Tutti Dolci
Similar to Johanna Lindsey's Silver Angel, but I enjoyed Ms. Owens Malek's heroine far more.

Not so much a bodice ripper as much as it is a story of people of different backgrounds and cultures. But the romance, sensuality, and excitement is all there in a very worthwhile read. A must-read for lovers of Harem romances, for sure.
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring and tedious....

I'm soo very,very glad wasn't just some to stupid to live doormat type of h, that she basically told him that no matter how much she loved him she refused to just bow to his will and allow him to treat her like a piece of property just because of said love and how beautiful she thought he was... But there was no chemistry here and the near constant conflicts because ants to treated like a person w/dignity and respect and like a piece of property were quite honestly boring a
L.  (Lobster Thermidor Snatching Wench)
American teacher Sarah Woolcott is visiting family in Constantinople where she catches the eye of Kalid Shah. He whisks her away to his palace (without Sarah's permission) and holds her in his harem. Eventually Kalid learns that drugging, kidnapping and holding a woman prisoner is not a successful equation for love and lets Sarah go.

CON: The story was set in the 19th century but Sarah sometimes came off as a more modern character. She just didn't really fit. The end felt too long as Kalid was t
sanner faye crook

3 stars for effort not as good as I thought it would be just ok different from any book that I have read but just fair
I didn’t DNF because it was decently written for what it was, but I didn’t like the story and it wasn’t written in such a way that wove a convincing love story that overcomes it’s terrible premise.

It must be challenging in the age of #metoo as a writer to craft a love story that is trying to fulfill some sheik/western captive fantasy and not be super problematic. It was no rapey 80s bodice ripper, but I don’t think this book managed it. At all.

Pro and Cons below:

The writing itself was well done
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it

OUR HERO is a Pasha, a tyrant ruler who holds quite an amount of power besides the Sultan. He's British educated, and slightly out of place being Turkish but not exactly English as well. When he encounters the foreign beauty in the Sultan's home, he wagers for her with the King and bought her like chattel. Sarah was not the least bit pleased an
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The h is very annoying. All the while she accepts and rejects the protagonist, repeatedly and meaninglessly. Nor have I felt the connection between the main characters. For me it is an entertaining but forgettable book.
I remember reading this way back then but I still recall enough to know it wasn't of my favourite novels to read. all i can say is it was a cheaply written book. i don't think the writing is correct. and the author is severely lacking in history & the time period. she should've researched first. the dialogue between characters is like a bunch of teenagers in 2018, not 1800s. ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Creative twist for title and plot, doesn't quite make a gem of a read.

The Panther and The Pearl, by Doreen Owens Malek

Historical romances are a fav of mine, so when I had the chance to review this book I jumped at it. And while there is no mention of any specific historical events within the timespan of this story, it does take place in Persia’s 1800’s when harems were in and women had absolutely no choice …in anything. I feel this book was overzealous in its attempt to include an impressionable
Lover of Romance
When Sarah visits her cousin and his wife in Persia, she is intrigued by the culture, and volunteers to teach at the Sultan's Harem. But then she catches the eye of Kalid, a Prince. So Kalid buys her from the Sultan, because she intrigues him in a way that no woman has. Sarah is shocked to discover she belongs to Kalid, and even though he is gorgeous and mesmerizing, but she refuses to give in to his seduction, because she is a person not a possession...but when he kisses her all her common sens ...more
Nikki Wilde
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok, so it's 1885 and Sarah is visiting her cousin in Turkey on a holiday. She is curious about harem life and he offers her a visit to the princess to teach her some American ways. While there the Pasha of Bursa happens to get a glance of her and must have her for himself. Since he's the Pasha and used to getting everything he wants she's drugged and taken to his harem to live.

Apparently, this is lust at first sight on both counts. As mad as Sarah is for the way she was purchased by the Pasha, K
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Let me start by saying that I try to avoid books set in exotic locations mainly due to the amount of foreign words and strange names they include. The Panther and the Pearl is no exception and it took me nearly 3 days to finish it, but I'm glad that I read it because this book is definitely worth picking up.

While the Ottoman Empire setting and the cultural details play an important role throughout the course of the book, author does a great job of giving just the right amount of information and
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free eBook in exchange for an honest review.

I'm pretty sure that by naming this "The Panther and the Pearl" the author was going retro-style, because in a lot of ways this is an old-fashioned novel. While a lot of the plot is unrealistic - sorry, but even with the Western education I'm pretty sure the pasha wouldn't have been as tolerant with Sarah as he was in this story - it's a refreshing departure from the trend of girl-falls-for-rapist stories that prevail in the romance genre,
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the plot sounded so silly and trite that I never would have downloaded this book if I hadn't noticed that it was written by Doreen Malek. For some odd reason, even if I find myself criticizing aspects of the story, I always really enjoy her books. Again, I must say the same thing about this one--imperfect but thoroughly and delightfully engrossing! There is just something about her characters and writing that make her stories so alive and well worth reading--at least for me. I just lov ...more
Nubia Sanchez
This book was exquisitely different from the past novel I read in the past. The setting take place in late 1800's in Turkey in which was in the past Persia. I love the scenery that taken place throughout the whole story. The character were simply amazing. I really like Kalid because he seems different from other male character. He is spoiled and stubborn prince who always get what he wants but his love and somewhat obsession for Sarah made his life all topsy turvy. Sarah is a very strong and det ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Sarah Woolcott goes from Boston to spend some time with her cousin James in Constantinople, her curiosity about the harem and palace lifestyle of the country gets the better of her.
James arranges for her to take a post at the palace of the Sultan as teacher to the princess Roxalena but things go wrong when she is seen by Kalid Shah who arranges to have her drugged and kidnapped to live in his harem until she falls in love with him.
Can his audacious plan win out?
Will she overcome her aversio
Oh wow. I would have never thought that I would have ended up loving this book so much. Oh gosh, I totally devoured it. I love it so much! This is by far one of my most favorite historical-romance ever and Doreen Owens Malek has just been added to the list of one of my most favorite HR authors of all time. Now I just can't just enough of Sheiks AHAHAH oh well, heard there's a sequel. Now all I've gotta do is to devoured that one now.

Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading a romance novel, I think you can pick your battles, because what romance novel out there is completely serious

I liked this book, the setting was one that made me interested in reading it, because well you don't get to many books set in Turkey.

I didn't like the male character, way to arrogant for my taste, I think it was a little to over the top in the story. I know alpha males are suppose to be that way, but I rolled my eyes at him one to many times. And the female character even t
D.S. Williams
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Dorren Owens Malek has created some delightful characters and I enjoyed the feistiness of the heroine and the continual frustration she caused the hero as they worked their way, bumpily, to a happily ever after. Whilst some of the situations didn't quite gel in the historical setting, the story overall made up for any inconsistensies. Highly recommended if you enjoy historical romance.
Ellen D. Amos
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! I couldn't put it down. The story was well written. I had never :) erotica read a book by this author, but I am definitely adding her to my favorite authors list.

This was a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The plot and characters were well developed. I had never read a book by this author before, but she is on my favorite authors list now.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story, though I felt that at times the lingo was too modern for both Kalid and Sarah. And when Roxalena didn't know much English at first, then she was putting together complete sentences the next, that wasn't very believable.

In the e-book version, there were some minor grammatical errors, but not bad, and the story was definitely worth reading.

I really liked it.
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not bad for a smut book. Reminded me of Bertrice Small, without her flair. I enjoyed the book, but it doesn't match up to books I have read, similar to it, previously. I would recommend it to a friend.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Apr 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: free, tbr-kindle
An old author I used to love; re-pub'd.
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I just wasn't that crazy about it.
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good historical romance
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were too many descriptions which made this read very tedious. Other than this it was an interesting story.
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{From Amazon} "I am Doreen Owens Malek, author of over forty books and lifelong fan of romantic fiction. I live in PA with my husband and college student daughter, a mini dachshund and a sun conyer parrot. I would like to tell you a little about myself.

I came to writing by a circuitous route, starting out as an avid reader of JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS and GONE WITH THE WIND

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