Heroine: Rosalie, a lone figure who suddenly appears on the beach one day, within (Hero) Sheikh Arik's telescopic view. Arik is bored and stuck with a broken leg, scanning the sea with his telescope when he scans the beach and sees this beautiful woman and has to have her. The problem? She has a haunted past which leaves her terribly afraid of men, but she is also irresistably drawn to Arik, who recognizes that she has somehow had a bad relationship previously and is gentle but persistant in his seduction.
But, as he tells it later on, she is the one who seduces him away from his playboy lifestyle. However, she doesn't trust him. Yet. There is no hateful talk in this book. The man does not talk to the woman disparagingly or disrespectfully. What a nice change, and proof that it *can* be done! A love story doesn't always have to have the lead characters at each other's throats during most of the book, and Annie West makes it happen in a beautifully told story, artfully woven together.
Author Annie West has become high on my Top Favorite Harlequin Authors list. She has a way of drawing the reader into the story so completely that one can imagine everything, and even feel the hint of fear, joy or insecurity the characters are described as having. And let's not forget the passion!
What a wonderful, wonderful book, told from both the male & female perspectives, so we get a peek into the psyches of both characters and see where their thoughts take them, how their choices are made and why. I loved the characters, and it was so nice to revisit Rafiq & Belle (from "The Sheikh's Ransomed Bride" ) and see where their lives had been led after their story ended in a previous book, which I also loved so much that I took the trouble to sign online and leave a review for that book, also. I don't do that often, and I greatly look forward to Annie West's next books.
My favorite authors are: Lynne Graham, Michelle Reid, Annie West, Sara Wood, Trish Morey, Sharon Kendrick, early Helen Bianchin. Please feel free to email me with your fav author names & book titles, too--I would love to hear from you :)