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- File Size: 441 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon Sexy (1 January 2012)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ZUV2ZA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 24 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
As well as encouraging her love of books, Annie's family taught her to love travel and the Australian bush. Often she managed to combine all three. There was the long trek to the marvellous Finders Ranges of South Australia - with Tolkien. Walking in the rugged Grampian Ranges of Victoria - with Tolstoy. And reading gothic romances while camped under the snow gums in the Australian Alps.
She got hooked on romance early. In her teens she spent long afternoons playing tennis with her best friend. Between endless games on baking gravel, they'd stagger to her friend's house to recover, and in that house was an unending store of books, all with that distinctive rose on the cover. That's how Annie discovered romance and she's been addicted ever since. All those strong silent types, flashing-eyed Italians, haughty Spanish aristocrats and the rest. No wonder the boys at school just didn't make the grade.
Fortunately she found her own romantic hero while studying at university. Despite the distraction she completed her honours degree in Classics. She was also fortunate to spend lots of time travelling, backpacking through Egypt and Greece, 'tramping' in New Zealand, sightseeing in Europe and living in Germany a couple of times.
Annie emerged from University with no idea of a career path and took a job in the public service. The perfect preparation for an author! In her first permanent job she spent six weeks proof-reading various versions of the Australian Government's purchasing manual: every - single - word - of - it. Checking the text of a novel is so much more fun! For years Annie wrote and amended and redrafted and revised: government plans, letters for cabinet ministers and reports for parliament. All good grounding for a would-be author.
Then the inevitable happened. Annie decided to write romance. Those books had been a constant through the years of job change and travel. Her chance came when she took leave to spend time with her children. Between preschool and school activities she produced her first novel. At the same time she discovered Romance Writers of Australia (RWAus) - and thank goodness. Without the help of authors who knew what they were doing she might still be writing stories just as good as that first manuscript! Since then she's been active in RWAus writers' groups and competitions, attends annual conferences and loves the support she gets from so many other writers. She had short stories and a romance book published in Australia but it wasn't until late 2005 that she found the success she sought with Harlequin Mills and Boon.
Annie lives with her hero (still the same one after all this time) and her children at Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. They are neatly situated between the Hunter Valley's marvellous wine country, some of the state's superb beaches and the beautiful lake.
She is always thinking of possible further travel (strictly for research purposes, of course) and in the meantime fantasises about gorgeous men and their love lives. It's hard work but she has no regrets! Her circle of writing friends and her critique partner keep her on the straight and narrow, writing stories she hopes readers will enjoy as much as she does.
Annie loves to hear from readers. You can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website above. If you prefer to drop her a letter, you can also reach Annie at Po Box 1041 Warners Bay NSW 2282. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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lovely young lady as well. So ladies if you are sick of the kids company or fed up of doing ironing or housework just take yourself off and read this book. Or have a soak in the bath with a glass of wine and let yourself imagine that you are in this book. Highly
Hero: the exotic "buccanner" described Prince Rafiq. Heroine: Belle, a fiercely independent & feisty career-oriented woman with an archaeological group, doing work in Prince Rafiq's arab kingdom.
Storyline: Belle is kidnapped along with a male co-worker, as part of a political up-rising attempt. They are brutalized and left for dead on a spit of an island. Rafiq rescues her, but not until after she shows her fighting spirit, and he greatly respects & admires her from the beginning. Wait until you read the sexual chemistry these two have for each other---ooh, la-la! Unique situations really make the story sizzle. I don't think I'll be forgetting the beach storyline anytime soon.
Both Belle & Rafiq respect each other highly throughout the entire story, and this was so refreshing & wonderful to read. Rafiq is not only described as a sexy dreamboat, he acts like one, too. *swoon* lol; he is definitely on my Top-10 Best Harlequin Heroes list.
Another reviewer mentioned the peacock jewelry, and it is part of the story to understand that this little arab country is a new democracy with the country's people still believing many years of traditions & firm cultural beliefs; so they would have considered it a sign of political weakness for their prince to give in to the terrorists and relinquish the sacred jewels unless it was to save his beloved, so after experiencing the kind of terror Prince Rafiq's enemy creates first-hand, Belle makes a conscious choice to help the people in this nation by going along with their traditional beliefs until the terrorists are caught; otherwise they would continue their bombing raids. Essentially, Belle is helping Rafiq buy time for finding the terrorists.
Belle is never, ever wimpy. She is a heroine that makes women cheer for her bravery. If you ever yelled at a tv or movie screen whenever a wimpy woman stood back & let her guy almost get killed instead of joining in the fight--this book is for you, because Annie West created a wonderful heroine for us.
Annie West writes so beautifully, with rich descriptions of events, people, places & things--to the point where one can easily imagine themselves transported to this beautiful place. I could tell you more of the story but that would ruin it for you...and I hate to do that. Ms. West writes almost poetically, her descriptions of things are often so evocatively beautiful.
So, bottom line: the hero & heroine both talk to & treat each other with great respect & caring, even when they don't say the "L" word yet. The chemistry between these two are sizzling, and anticipation makes the yearning these 2 characters have for each other all the sweeter. I hope no one passes up this book.
I'm definitely reading more Annie West books!