He is a man who easily straddles two cultures, eastern and western. The fact that he's an Arab prince and she's American is neither here nor there.
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But it makes for interesting reading. The Arab land is not a dusty, sandy place, it's air conditioned comfort. Until the pair find themselves in the desert in a sandstorm, that is. There's no muezzin referred to calling people to namaz. But the focus remains entirely on the protagonists. This is a piece of quality writing. You want fiction to make you feel good and give you the message of hope?
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You'll get it right here. And I have to add that Lynn Raye Harris is a very skilled writer. She is quite one of the best writers I have ever read. Her love scenes are beautifully written. In a relationship, both parties have to change and adjust to each other and you will notice that in this couple. If you read only one romantic novel this year, read this one. But he didn't take her to his homeland Jahfar. After a few weeks Sydney walked away from Malik and her marriage. She was so in love with Malik, so why did she walk away?
Now Sydney needs Malik's signature on her divorce papers. But Malik has other ideas. He takes her to Jahfar and exposes her to his way of life. Stranded in the desert, Sydney falls for his charms again and succumbs to passion. Will Malik let her walk away now? Lynn Raye Harris brings to live this sparkling tale of unexpected encounters and red hot passion with a hint of danger in the desert! Dec 19, Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta rated it liked it Shelves: That moment when you re-read a 4 star book and end up feeling like it actually is a 2 star book.
Malik is the brother of King Adan who was the hero in 'Strangers in the Desert,' book one in this series. I didn't feel it was as good as book one but it was still worth the read. I was troubled by the weak heroine as I prefer them to be stronger, having the courage to speak up for themselves, more self-assured and at least some self-worth. Sydney didn't just lack self-confidence but had none at all. Her whole life has been nothing but constantly trying to please her unpleasable parents. Her sister was the golden child who could do no wrong and Syd was more artistic but was forbidden to study art in college.
It wasn't good enough for her parents who claimed as fact that she would end up working in a fast good joint. She has pleased then one time in her life She was shocked to discover after their marriage that the man she loved with all her heart didn't believe in love. One evening she was passing by his home office and overheard him, while he was on speaker phone, telling his brother he made a mistake in marrying her. They have been separated for one year and both have been miserable.
First, it bothered me a great deal that he could so carelessly claim she was a mistake.
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It broke her heart and crushed whatever tiny sliver of self-worth she had left. Secondly, I despised the Prince's mother as she hated her already sight unseen and told her so the day she met her. I, simply put, despised that everyone was against her and he told her she would never be accepted by his people. It just seemed that the deck was stacked against her. I also despised the fact that the Prince had been seen out regularly while they were separated with other women giving the impression that he was having affairs while married. One more slash to her heart.
She certainly was convinced by all the photos in the celebrity magazines. I felt for her because that is a horrible feeling to have. I do recommend this book as well as book one in the series. I was hoping there would be a book about Taj, another brother, but haven't been able to find it. If anyone knows of it please message me. Jan 02, Nancy Crocker rated it really liked it. Who ever said love was easy! This is the story of a married couple on the verge of Divorce. Sydney overheard a phone conversation between her husband Malik and his brother the King, and left her husband a week later when she told him she LOVED him and he said nothing back.
After waiting a year and Malik not contacting her she decides it is time to move on and files divorce papers. The same day he shows up and tells her she must live with him in Jahfar for 40 days before a divorce Who ever said love was easy! The same day he shows up and tells her she must live with him in Jahfar for 40 days before a divorce could be granted. Parts were so well written I felt Sydney's pain trying to get her husband to tell her he loved her.
The book even had me in tears.
As much as it moved me emotionally it also frustrated me at times. She needed words, he couldn't say them. And there were a few times that things were repeated. I feel as if the repeated lines were removed. And they would have spent a little more time together in the story then I would have rated it 5 stars. Still a good book and worth the read. Malik and Sydney marry in a whirlwind marriage, which soon ends as Sydney runs away hearing Malik's true intentions. One year later, when she asks for divorce- he gives her a condition that she has to stay with him for 40 days.
Then it goes as anyone can predict. Tbh I didn't enjoy this one at all. Stubborn unfeeling hero, naive ignorant heroine, below average chemistry and sex. Not for me Safe 1. Jan 19, Sara HarlequinJunkie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sydney Reed and Sheikh Malik of Jahfar had a world wind romance leading to a hasty marriage.
But no sooner were they married the doubts set in. Having not heard from Malik in a year, Sydney decides its time to move on with her life and files for divorce. Malik shows up in California telling Sydney that she must live with him in Jahfar for 40 days per Jahfari customs before their divorce can be finalized.
Once Sydney is in Jahfar Malik introduces her to the Jahfari way of life, the time they spend in the desert begins to heal old wounds and rekindle new passions. But Malik is a man of action…and Sydney is a woman of words and that right there is the crux of their relationship problem. He wanted to marginalize her feelings for him and she hated it. He jerked his trousers closed. I really loved this story, it made realize that sometimes actions do speak louder that words…we place so much emphasis on words that we tend to overlook the finer things in life. I loved the characters in this book, they were beautifully penned.
If you love a great re-union story this is a must read. Jan 21, TashNz rated it it was amazing.
Review by TashNz Lucky me, this supurb story was available in NZ in September and it was a must buy for me because I had enjoyed book one, Strangers in the Desert so much. In order to secure a divorce from Prince Malik, Sydney agrees to return to Prince Malik's hometown, Jahfar and live as man and wife for 40 days and nights, as is custom in Jahfar in order to proceed to a divorce.
Being back in close vicinity of Prince Malik slowly dissolves all the hard feelings Sydney has held tight to over the Review by TashNz Lucky me, this supurb story was available in NZ in September and it was a must buy for me because I had enjoyed book one, Strangers in the Desert so much.
Being back in close vicinity of Prince Malik slowly dissolves all the hard feelings Sydney has held tight to over the past year of absence. Not being one with words Prince Malik is too proud and stubborn to just say what he feels and instead tries to show Sydney but it's not enough for Sydney. I recall being in awe of the imagery! Lynn Raye Harris reminded my why the Sheikh genre is number one on my top five list. I love drama and conflict second-chance stories bring and I knew I was invested in the story when I was feeling Sydney's pain.
A fast-paced heart-accelerating highly recommended read. Jul 27, Xai Xai rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not a huge fan on Sheikh themed Romance, but I'm making this an exception.
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This was emotional and heart jerking. Pride was the factor in causing this couple to misunderstand and assume the worst of each other. Almost every Harlequin there was the emphasis of expressing ILU but this book showed that it was passion and action declare feelings. This is a prince to whisk away! Aug 10, Jenn - Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: What Happens In Vegas Modern Romance March Collection 1: Rich, Rugged And Royal: One Night with a Gorgeous Greek: A MacKenzie Family Novella. Wish Upon A Star: Holiday In The Hamptons.
The Sicilian Doctor's Proposal. Hot Nights with a Spaniard: Scandals Of The Famous: Scandals Of The Rich: The Sheikh's Untamed Bride: Hot Nights with a Greek: Scandals Of The Powerful: One Night in Buenos Aires: Dare She Date the Dreamy Doc? The Best Kept Secrets Midnight at the Oasis: Midnight Under The Stars: How to write a great review. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The H wasn't into feelings and flowery declarations, he believed in actions, rather than words. The story features the POV from both the H and h, and shows a nice progression on how they worked on themselves.
Excellent book about two people who approached their relationship from opposite sides This book was a good, but painful read because the heroine and hero's struggles closely resemble the issues that most women face in relationships these days. The hero really tried my patience throughout most of the book, but the final three scenes in the story were worth the wait. Its not my cup of tea I was hopping for too much with this manta Thought it was good after previewing it I was wrong it was boring with ending.
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