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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon (4 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263890716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263890716
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.1 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clet on 25 July 2012
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This happens to be the best Mills and Boon eBook I have ever read, (I've read quite a few).
Passion, romance, emotional entanglement and an excellent plot!
Aisha and Zoltan are the leading characters in this story. I like my characters to be smoulderingly hot- Zoltan fits the bill.
It starts off great, exceeds expectations in the middle and makes you happy at the end. All the necessary ingredients to a fabulous book.
If you like exotic destinations with 'civilised' barbarian romances- this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Sims TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 April 2012
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Princess Aisha Peshwah is kidnapped. She expects her Father the king of Jemeya to send rescuers. In the middle of the night they arrived, four of them they whisked her away. Their leader rode with her on his horse, and although it was dark and she could not see him clearly she knew he was a big man tall and muscular. Aisha assumed they would return her to her Father, but she fell asleep on the journey and when she awoke she was in a strange bedroom. She was eventually taken to see Zoltan Al Farouk bin Shamal, who informed her she would not be returning home, as in less than forty eight hours they were to be married. Aisha is outraged at this suggestion and informs Zoltan that her Father would never give his consent. But she was in for a shock, when she spoke with him by phone, he insisted that she must do her duty. It appeared that the King of Al-Jirad and his family had all perished in a plane crash, and Zoltan as the nearest relative is to be crowned King but a pact between her country and Zoltan's demanded he marry her, without the marriage he could not be crowned King. Alisha is further shocked that it was Zoltan himself along with three of his friends who rescued her.

This is a really romantic story filled with passion and adventure. I loved the H/h they were brilliantly drawn by the author. Aisha is a princess, but what I liked best were her honest and realistic reactions to Zoltan and their situation, she might be a virgin, but she certainly was a simpering one. She gave as good as she got, it was such a refreshing change to have a heroine with not only a bit of backbone, but common sense as well. I loved that she didn't let Zoltan get away with anything. Zoltan hated the fact that he and Aisha had to marry as much as she did.
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By anom on 6 Jun 2013
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A fast pace story without it affecting the story line. Both leading characters very strong and determind to have they own way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A spoiled princess, and a handsome barbarian! Loads of drama and heat! 6 Dec 2012
By Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review originally featured on the Bookluvrs Haven blog.

I know this read is a little out of genre norm of YA and zombie fiction that has been the ongoing theme lately on the blog, but I really needed a little quick, escape read. One that is filled with action, conflict and a whole lot of romance. This Harlequin novel had all I was looking for.

I've read plenty of Harlequins over the years, and usually I really enjoy the stories. They usually follow the same formula; boy meets girl, sometimes they don't really like each other at first, but there is always a spark between them. Fairly quickly, boy and girl fall hopelessly in love, but may or may not be open with how intense their emotions are. Hot sex is involved. Yum. Then, behold! A conflict arises that separates the lovers... but their love for each other is so strong, they can't stay away from each other. And they live happily ever after, and unicorns shit strawberry scented rainbows. I love it! I love those happy endings, and ending scenes filled with love erupting from their pores.

It's a guaranteed cry for me at the end. Yes... I know... such a sap.

I know that this novel centered in modern times, but it didn't feel modern. I had to keep reminding myself of the actual time in this novel. The Arab customs of this story, with royalty being involved, and arranged marriages felt like it belonged in an older time. But I understand those customs are still very much alive today, so it's not from ignorance on my part. Being from a different culture those types of customs are not common or expected, is what made me constantly remind myself that this was a present time novel. I enjoyed that it was centered around a different culture and it was a much more interesting story to read for me because of it. Even though the core story has been done a hundred, thousand times, this was a cool setting.

The female character, Princess Aisha, was constantly accused of being a selfish brat. But the writer did not portray her that way. As a reader, you have the luxury of reading from her perspective and from his. What made her bratty, was evidently her way of trying to gain what she felt was a semblance of control when she really had none. The life changing choices were made by her father, and it was on her shoulders to uphold custom and make her family and nation proud. On the other hand, Zoltan was also accused of being a 'barbarian', and yes he was cold at times, and impossible, but this was also an unwelcome situation for him, but he too had a part to play out of duty. He definitely needed some help in the romance department, and I am glad that he got that much needed advice from one of his closest friends. Both Zoltan and Aisha got along a lot better when he followed his friend's advice... much to the pleasure of both, and swooning me, who devoured this novel waiting for that happy ending that I knew was coming.

Well written and interesting, this novel was just the break I needed from all the darker books I have been reading lately. I was starting to feel like I was in a rut reading the same high action, gory stuff. 'Duty and the Beast' gave me a little battery charge with the nice feeling that accompanies finishing a great romance with that expected heart warming ending.

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the publisher via Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A BARBARIAN AND A PRINCESS 2 May 2012
By L. Sims - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Princess Aisha Peshwah is kidnapped. She expects her Father the king of Jemeya to send rescuers. In the middle of the night they arrived, four of them they whisked her away. Their leader rode with her on his horse, and although it was dark and she could not see him clearly she knew he was a big man tall and muscular. Aisha assumed they would return her to her Father, but she fell asleep on the journey and when she awoke she was in a strange bedroom. She was eventually taken to see Zoltan Al Farouk bin Shamal, who informed her she would not be returning home, as in less than forty eight hours they were to be married. Aisha is outraged at this suggestion and informs Zoltan that her Father would never give his consent. But she was in for a shock, when she spoke with him by phone, he insisted that she must do her duty. It appeared that the King of Al-Jirad and his family had all perished in a plane crash, and Zoltan as the nearest relative is to be crowned King but a pact between her country and Zoltan's demanded he marry her, without the marriage he could not be crowned King. Alisha is further shocked that it was Zoltan himself along with three of his friends who rescued her.

This is a really romantic story filled with passion and adventure. I loved the H/h they were brilliantly drawn by the author. Aisha is a princess, but what I liked best were her honest and realistic reactions to Zoltan and their situation, she might be a virgin, but she certainly was a simpering one. She gave as good as she got, it was such a refreshing change to have a heroine with not only a bit of backbone, but common sense as well. I loved that she didn't let Zoltan get away with anything. Zoltan hated the fact that he and Aisha had to marry as much as she did. It's just that he didn't handle it as well as he should have. He thinks her spoilt and haughty.
The story was good, alright it was a bit fairytale-ish but the realistic characterisation brought it to life and gave it substance. Loved it highly recomend.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Forced Marriage 4 Sep 2012
By rhonda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
4 STARS

I was not sure if I would like this book by reading the back but I did like it.
Thier was one love scene that I skipped over.
I like Aisha and would be mad if my choice was taken from me too. At first Zoltan Al Farouk bin Shamal is not to my likeing he is Arogant ,proud and he is right and he is being forced into things too.
But the more I saw and heard where he was coming from and how he grew with the knowledge that he had I fell a little in love with him too.
Mustafa is a character that I do not like at all.
Zoltan good friends I hope thier stories get told soon. because I want to read them.
Aisha is a virgin and was saving herself for the future husband she wanted to marry for love. When she is kidnapped my Mustafa and told that she would have to marry him.
Then she was rescued and thought on her way home but instead was going to be married to Zoltan right away. If she refused to marry him than he can't be King of his country but also her father would not be King or her brothers would not be King in the future of her own kingdom.
Aisha has the power to dethrown two kingdoms and she can not do it. She feels powerless and alone.
Zoltan's friend opens his eyes to what it must be like for Aisha to be forced to marry a stranger. Zoltan does not beleve that Aisha is a virgin he just thinks she is a spoiled princess.
This is a fast read that I did enjoy and look forward to more books from Trish.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
08/21/2012 PUB Harlequin imprint Harlequin Presents 256 pages
Premise was interesting but 12 Feb 2014
By Felicia W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The follow through on this book was extremely disappointing. The princess came across as extremely spoiled. It was irritating enough that I did not bother to even finish this one. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them, but definitely not this one. I would not recommend it.
A Sheikh Tale 29 Oct 2012
By Fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I always enjoy a good sheikh tale and this is a good old fashioned forced marriage story. Aisha is rescued from the bad guy by his cousin Zoltan, the rightful heir to the throne.

A romantic at heart, she is horrified that she is promised in marriage to such a barbarian. This is an enjoyable romp with an alpha male sheikh, a fiesty independent heroine and a marriage made for the sake of two kingdoms.

The interactions between the hero and heroine were great fun and the story had the requisite amount of angsty drama. A fun read for the sheikh fan. This is one of a pair with The Sheikh's Last Gamble.
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