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- Print Length: 166 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon Sexy (1 February 2015)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R5GSORI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sultan's Harem Bride (Desert Vows Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From a war torn Africa nation to the exotic Palace of Jazeer, Jacqui Fletcher finds herself in her own Arabian Nights fantasy when she agrees to write a book on the history and traditions of the women of the palace.
Asim, the Sultan of Jazeer, accidentally discovers a naked Jacqui in the throes of a nightmare in one of his harem pavilions. Upon finding out that she is the internationally renowned foreign correspondent journalist who was with his cousin Imran when he was killed, Asim is immediately wary and skeptical about her staying at the palace and researching his family secrets.
I really enjoyed how Annie West let Jacqui show off her strength in this book. This is a woman who had been through hell and back and had the psychological scars to show for it. She is constantly reminded about the past in unexpected circumstances. In The SultanÃ¢(tm)s Harem Bride she learns that the past will never go away and she can't change it. Eventually, with AsimÃ¢(tm)s support, she begins to accept what happened and adjust as Jacqui has found her soul mate in Asim.
Asim struggles to accept that Jacqui is the one for him as his heritage dictates he is required to find a suitable bride befitting the Sultan of Jazeer. Family responsibilities and watching the psychological games his parents played throughout their marriage has taught him not to love a woman but he underestimated how well Jacqui would meet his physical, intellectual and emotional needs.
Annie West always writes well-developed characters and this storyline has a very satisfying ending.
The SultanÃ¢(tm)s Harem Bride is an intelligent and beautiful story for grown women and a romance for the girl who still believes in happily ever after.
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Asim, the sultan of Jazeer, and Jacqui, the journalist from Australia, seem like polar opposites, but once their worlds collide, nothing can stop them. The fatal attraction between them was so powerful and haunting and real that at times I thought I was watching a movie or television series unfold. Asim made me fall head over heels for him, with his handsome, powerful physique and his confidence, his sense of duty and loyalty, his caring side (when it comes to his sister, his grandmother and later Jacqui) and his sharp intelligence. He is a typical alpha male with an iron will, commanding and relentless in getting what he wants, but definitely not a bad guy. Beneath the warrior and the sultan, there is a man who has his world turned upside down, who learns to listen to a heart he has just discovered, and who is haunted by a tortured past.
Jacqui is a wonderful heroine. I loved her spunk, although I learned that part of it is just a way to keep herself from falling apart and letting her equally tortured past take over. I could relate to her feelings, and I found myself cheering when she and Sameera hit it off instantly. She doesn’t give in easily, and she’s also living the existence of a moth until Asim’s attention shows her she’s in fact a beautiful butterfly. I loved her transformation as much as Asim’s.
If you love a gripping Sheikh romance, an exotic setting, a delectable hero and a heroine that’s anything but meek, then this book will enthrall you as much as it has spellbound me. I felt there with them on every single page. The steamy scenes were incredibly sensual, and the heated dialogue between the leading pair was a treat to read. The only thing I was missing a little were more detailed descriptions or insights into the harem and palace life in the desert. But the romance was so wonderfully written that I hardly had time to tear myself out of the story. Oh, how I wish Asim had a brother who could star in a 3rd book in the series…
Another fantastic story from Annie West.