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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Princess Zara had been raised a warrior, always at her father's side in battle against the Arabs who had stolen their land. So when she was taken prisoner by Sheik Jamal abd Thabit during a raid, she was determined not to succumb to his wishes. She thought it would be easy, for rather than take her as his concubine then and there, Jamal struck a deal—if he was unable to se ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Leisure (first published 1997)
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This was my first Connie Mason, and I have 4 others on my shelf, but I won't be getting to them anytime soon if this book was indicative of her general quality. I don't mind the sex - I cut my romance teeth on Bertrice Small - but there was no spark to any of it. It was as if quantity was substituted for quality, and during one of the many many "silver balls" moments, I found my mind wandering and imagining that Jamal was rotating Zara's hips like one of those wooden box maze puzzles. When that ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Soooo... This was my last Connie Mason try, 2 is too much. To give you guys the reasons:
-the writing is so flowery it gave me a headache and diabetes;
-there are a few gigantic plot holes, one of them: how did the dude inherit an Earldom when his mom was the hires and his dad was Arab[not the earl]
-the characters were... better we don't mention them.

How I felt while reading the book:
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Rating: 2.5

Disclaimer: Snark and gifs

I can't stop laughing at the cover. He looks like a dark featured Fabio.

I kept thinking where is the safe word, with all this talk of submission.

It also seems like every guy in this novel is hung like a horse. LOL

I'm sitting here watching the curser blink, but this book pretty much is what I imagine contain enough eroticism and exoticism and wish fulfillment that you would expect from Connie Mason, and the title/cover alone.

L.   (Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels - I Got None)
By order of the sultan, Sheik Jamal is sent to stop the raids of the Berbers on trade caravans. During the battle the chief of the tribe is able to escape but his daughter, Zara, is captured. (Zara's fiancé is also killed but that's not important. Mason heroines waste absolutely no time mourning the dead.) Zara's superpowers reside within her breasts. Her nipples are referenced at least thirty times in this book. That's a lot of nipple.

There are plenty of sex scenes (bathing scenes are a close s
Lady Raven RAVE!
I love this book as soon as I started this book I could not put it down. The description she used was wonderful, it has everything to deceit, to fights and a chase to find his love and great Connie Mason love scenes. This was a good an entertaining book...

If you like Connie Mason you'll love this book I don't know about a first timer they always try to leave a bad review when reading a Connie Mason novel for the first time
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Holy silver balls batman! Sheik Jamal sure loves to use them. This book wasn't very descriptive or engaging. I was tempted to start skimming through the paragraphs around page 400, but those silver balls kept me going to the end.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Morocco, 1673

Good story. Was odd knowing that had this been real times the Sultan would not have put up with the Sheiks mistakes. Bt hey, it's fantasy romance. I had almost forgot how intense CM's romance scenes could be, lol. There was just a bit too much for me, but hey still nice. And makes you curious about those silver balls. As I heard on another review, Holy silver balls Batman! LOL. Just about as hot as the pearl necklace scene in All Night With A Rogue by Alexandra Hawkins. While I don'
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little fast paced near the end but, all in all, a good book. It gives the reader a bit of Islamic culture mixed in with Connie Mason's usual romance, drama, and adventure.
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Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sheik was my very first Connie Mason book. It was what started it all.(Being my addiction to Romance).The story is good and the love scenes are wonderful.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a Sheik.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sheik Jamal is summoned by the sultan of Morocco to capture Youseff the berber sheep herder who is raiding his caravans. Instead Jamal captured youseff's daughter, Zara. From the time he laid eyes on her he is smitten. Zara is the enemy and he will have to get rid of her sooner or later but before that he just needs to taste one sample of her body.

Zara is the berber princess. She is fierce, wild, tempestuous and a warrior. She will be no man's slave. But spending time with Jamal in his palace an
Izzie d
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A good balance between Alpha behavior and tenderness.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
on of my favorites - love Connie Mason and anything she writes.
Cindy Woods
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I do not know where to start! This book is so bad it's comical! I could write paragraph after paragraph as to the absurd content and dialogue, but it dawned on me that this book is not about the plot or dialogue at's strictly a rated R books describing sexual acts to arouse the reader period! It is erotic and vividly describes various sexual positions and situations. So if you're looking for content do not expect a historically accurate fiction romance! The dialogue is ridiculous
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Stephanie Jackson
Aug 05, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Stephanie by: my book club
This book like all of Connie Mason's books was great. It's just that I wish authurs would start to take a different aproach can you write a book to see if the sweet submission girl can get the warrior just as the spirted girl can. the woman in most of the books are so spirted and headstrong that they make the men seem weak at times. But nobody spend a tale like Commie Mason. But I have read lots of books and the spirted girl get the warrior what about the smart sweet girl. I think Connie Mason c ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
She rides side by side with her father raiding the Sultan's wealthy caravans. A handsome Sheik who enjoys his pirating ways raiding other ships comes home to take a hospice from his many journeys. The Sultan wants his caravans and enlist the handsome Sheik to stop the raids. She is captured. Rather than allow the Sultan to kill her for disobedience, the Sheik offers to take her to his home as a slave. The three women in his hareem are unable to soothe his desires as he lust for her. She sees her ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Brilliant book I really enjoyed, this was the first novel I had read by Connie Mason, but I know it will not be the last,good story mixing actual historical fact with the story of our hero and heroine,the only "downside" to the book was it finished to abruptly, I thought another chapter or so would have ended the book a little better? but Hey! I'm no writer and I still enjoyed the fast paced love story.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I liked the storyline but at times it seem it just went on to long. He was a pirate and fell in love with the kings enemy. Okay that was really good what happen between H and h. Almost to end you find out more about his past and then a whole new story about that. I just lost interest after awhile. I love mason books and would recommend but sometimes you just have to cut some things out. I feel this book was longer then it needed to be.
Y'all I read this when I was uh...13? 14? It was Young Me's favorite Romance and I checked it out so many times when I was in middle school/high school (I worked at the library) that I probably was single-handedly responsible for keeping it in the system. I'm very tempted to go back and read it and see what Current Me thinks. Young Me would give this a 5 star rating, but I have no idea how Current Me would feel about it so uh. I'll reserve star judgment for now.
Feb 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Zara is a Barber princess who is captured by Sheik Jamal after a disastrous raid. Now his slave, Jamal is intent on making her his in every way.

This one didn't have as much humiliation/oppression as I would have expected. The story has lots of twists and turns with one obstacle after another being thrown in the path of love. Pretty good read.
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The story was nice. But both Jamal and Zara lost too much. How could there be a happy ending when they had to leave their home - the sand, the gardens, their palace, the sun and camels for the rainy and foggy England. I didn't like the end.!!!!
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tiffany by: Meg
Oct 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Love the story but names are a big deal for me when I read and while i get the placement that the plot is taking place in which once again i love the names could've been better chosen and it was hard for me to get past them.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Read this ages ago and decided not to read this author again, until someone gave me another of her books.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed this one
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Just reviewing it for pornographic content... so far, lots. I think I'd rather read Henry Miller. I am apparently not of the temperament of the intended demographic.
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Connie Mason or Cara Miles is the best-selling author of more than fifty historical romances and novellas. Her tales of passion and adventure are set in exotic as well as American locales. Connie was named Story Teller of the Year in 1990 by Romantic Times and was awarded Career Achievement award in the Western category by Romantic Times in 1994. Connie makes her home in Tarpon Springs, Florida wi ...more
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