Author: Victoria Vane

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull

Posted September 27, 2013 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 6 Comments

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Welcome to Urban Girl Reader’s stop for The Sheik Retold.  If you haven’t checked out Lynn’s Review for this one, you should.  Here is the direct link to her “The Sheik Retold” review.  Also, Victoria has been generous to let us giveaway a copy of either A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE or  A BREACH OF PROMISE  to one of our readers.  Enter using the PunchTab widget at the end of this post.

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The Sheik

The Sheik Retold
by Victoria Vane & E.M. Hull
Publisher:  Vane Publishing
Publish Date: August 30, 2013
Genre: Historic Romance, Erotic
EBook, 274 pages


Book Description:

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 every passing minute. “Why have you done this? Why 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?”

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Excerpt

He chuckled lowly, a smug and self-satisfied sound. “Say it now, ma chère,” he softly demanded. “Tell me you want this above all things. Tell me you want me.”

I did. Desperately, but it was only the fleeting lust of the flesh that I craved—not him. Never him. “You have forced this upon me,” I hissed in a rage of frustration. “This means nothing—proves nothing.”

“As you will….I can be a patient man— when I choose to be.”

His weight shifted away from me, and then it was gone from the bed. He removed the blindfold and then gave a single tug on the silk cord binding me to the bed. My arms instantly released from above my head, and then just as suddenly, he freed my legs.

I instantly scrambled to my knees, dragging the silken coverings up around me as if their thin shelter were a protection. “Are you finished with me now?” I asked breathlessly.

“Finished?” His expression was mixed mockery and mirth. “Par bleu! I have hardly even begun, but for now, I shall leave you in peace.” He strode to the curtained doorway only to turn back to me with a sardonic bow. “Bonne nuit et doux rêves, ma chérie.”

He had left me alone. Alone in a state of dazed bewilderment and intense sexual frustration—for I knew damned well what I was feeling— and it made me want to screech and claw and rail.

The man was a mystery, an unfathomable enigma. My mind could not reconcile his barbaric ways with the evidence of his education and refinement. I had noticed a dozen incongruities in him—his cultured speech, the well-worn books in the tent, the elegant and fastidious order of his appointments. His cruel words and contradictory tender touch crowded my recollection until my head reeled, yet I was too tired to puzzle it out, too spent in mind and body.

I did not know what would come on the morrow but gave in to my exhaustion and sank  into a cocoon of covers. In the course of a single day, my entire being had irrevocably changed. At long last, and with the greatest possible resistance, I was learning obedience and humility—at the hands of this incomprehensible savage.

 

About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an award-winning romance novelist, cowboy addict and history junkie whose collective works of fiction range from wildly comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Victoria also writes historical fiction as Emery Lee and is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog.

Giveaway

Victoria is kind enough to let us award a digital copy of  A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE or  A BREACH OF PROMISE to one lucky commenter here at UGR.

Review: The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull

Posted September 27, 2013 by Sherri in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull
The Sheik Retold by E.M. Hull, Victoria Vane
Genres: Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Self Published on August 28, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 274
Source: Author

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:

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.


Lynn’s Review:
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)

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