Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Self Published on August 28, 2013
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Pride and passion vie for supremacy in this steamy retelling of E.M. Hull's romance classic.
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 nonentity that nothing will be done when I am missed. You will pay for what you have done."
"Pay?" His amused look sent a cold feeling of dread through me. "I have already paid… in gold that matches your hair, my gazelle. Besides," he continued, "the French Government has no jurisdiction over me. There is no authority here above my own."
My trepidation was growing by the minute. "Why have you done this? Why have you brought me here?"
"Why?" He repeated with a slow and heated appraisal that made me acutely, almost painfully, conscious of my sex. "Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?"
** NOTE** Due to differing copyright laws, this book is currently only available in North America.
Please make sure to read the Author’s Note because Victoria gives you some background as to how this book came about.
The year is 1920. It was also written in the first person.
Diana Mayo is in French Algeria and recounts her time with Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan. Diana then takes us on a journey through a land where a man takes whatever, or whomever, he wishes. As I read about the setting, it makes me think of the movie “The Mummy”. I felt that Rachel Weisz would make a great Diana, John Hannah would play her brother, and Oded Fehr would make an excellent Sheik Ahmed.
I found that if I added music from that part of the world, and during that time period, it would add some great ambiance as you’re reading Victoria’s work – think silent movie. I almost felt that I should have dressed in black and white so that I could feel a part of an early movie. If I was skinnier, I would even think about wearing a harem outfit – at least I have an oriental rug.
Diana is a very strong-willed woman. Her independence impressed me but it had me thinking that during that time period it could get her in trouble. Women just didn’t act like men back in the day.
If you love the stories where the bad boy grabs the girl, then you’re going to love this one. This is the type of story that women used to swoon over. Make sure to check out Victoria’s book trailer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky4_cEWZxsQ, it may also help you with a visual for the story. You can also catch a glimpse of “The Sheik” from 1921, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YJqG8dqlUU&feature=player_embedded#at=653.
This is very sensual and erotic but it also makes you think about the time period and how much would have been taboo back then. Victoria also makes you wonder what Edith Maude Hull would think about the retelling of her story. It also makes you realize how far women have come.
Victoria also reminds her readers how barbaric that part of the world was and that includes how violent the men were. Some people would say I’m too sensitive but the violence bothered me – this is why I flip the channels on TV a lot (that even includes the animal programs). But besides the violence, there’s some hot lovin’. This is a book that will heat the fires on a cold night and in the summer will leave you needing to turn the fan on.
On the whole, I did enjoy this book. And even with the cruelty, I would read it again (even if I had to hide behind a pillow). If you were thinking of taking a trip to that part of the world, this would be a great book to take with you – it would be a great way to set the mood. Victoria Vane is a great author to follow. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)