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Gambling with the Crown (Mills & Boon Modern) (Heirs to the Throne of Kyr - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Raye Harris
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Book Description

This sheikh plays to win!

The crown of Kyr holds no appeal for pleasure-seeking Sheikh Kadir al-Hassan – his memories of the kingdom are as dark as a desert’s night. But neither will he shirk his duty… Instead, Kadir returns home with a bride so unsuitable no one will want him to be king!

Long-suffering assistant Emily Bryant is the most important person in Kadir’s high-octane life, and the most invisible – until she’s promoted to royal bride!  

Sealing their marriage bargain with a scorching kiss leaves Kadir craving more… Now he must decide what’s really at stake in his royal game – his desert duty, or Emily!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling."

You can learn more at her website,, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: Lynn loves hearing from her readers!

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Books by Lynn:

Hostile Operations Team books:
Hot Pursuit (Book 1) - OUT NOW!
Hot Mess (Book 1.5) - OUT NOW!
Hot Package (Book 1.6) - a Christmas story coming in November!
Dangerously Hot (Book 2) - coming Spring 2014

The Change in Di Navarra's Plan, Mills & Boon Modern, December 2013
Corretti's Secrets, Mills & Boon Special Releases, July 2013
A Game With One Winner, Mills & Boon Modern, April 2013
Royal Baby, Mills & Boon Special Releases, December 2012 (reprint of Cavelli's Lost Heir)
Revelations of the Night Before, Mills & Boon Modern, November 2012
Unnoticed and Untouched, Mills & Boon Modern, Jul 2012
Royal Baby, Mills & Boon Special Release, May 2012
Marriage Behind the Facade, Mills & Boon Modern, Feb 2012
Captive But Forbidden, Mills & Boon Modern, Nov 2011
Heartless Rebel, Mills & Boon Special Release, July 2011
Strangers in the Desert, Mills & Boon Modern, May 2011
Prince Voronov's Virgin, Mills & Boon Modern, Jan 2011
New Voices, Mills & Boon Special Release, Sep 2010
The Devil's Heart, Mills & Boon Modern, Jul 2010
The Prince's Royal Concubine, Mills & Boon Modern, Mar 2010
Cavelli's Lost Heir, Mills & Boon Modern, Dec 2009
Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge, Mills & Boon Modern, Aug 2009

Ten Random Things About Lynn You Might Find Cool:

1. I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This makes my husband a HODAR (Husband of DAR), which I find hilarious.

2. I used to ride show jumpers when I was a teenager. Other teens were going out with their friends while I was riding horses every evening after school.

3. I'll try any kind of food once, unless it's really weird (like scorpion-on-a-stick). I have eclectic tastes and I believe life is an adventure! Why not try the food, right?

4. I got married in Germany and I have two anniversaries. The first is the civil ceremony, performed by the Burger Meister, and the second is the church wedding, which was the next day.

5. I used to live in Hawaii. This was every bit as cool as it sounds.

6. Though I lived in Hawaii, I am not a water sport kind of person. I do not surf. I do not snorkel. I do not like sticking my toes in an ocean in which sharks also swim. I did it on occasion, but it's not my favorite thing to do. I'd rather look at the water from the beach.

7. Flying used to terrify me, and now I like it. Except for the long lines and security and all that stuff, of course.

8. I'm an introvert, which is pretty typical for a writer. I love going to events and meeting readers, but I'm kinda scared too. What if you don't like me?

9. I don't eat dessert very often. I'm just not a sweets kind of person. I'd rather have the savory than the sweet. Chocolate is good, and I like it, but I don't have to have it.

10. I will read just about everything. Except horror. It scares me.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 29 Jun. 2014
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Well written, two strong characters, loved the banter between them, first time I've read this author, have now downloaded book 2, hope it as good. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 31 May 2014
By Linda G
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Waited a long time for another really good story from this writer and she has delivered it with this one , I was with it right from the start until the very last word ,perfect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 8 May 2014
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I enjoyed this book. it was a nice easy way to spend a few hours. I liked the 'banter' between the H/Heroine. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 6 Jan. 2015
By louise
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This book completed the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Desere Steenberg, South Africa 18 May 2014
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For Emily life is as full of excitement as can be, she have every woman's dream job. Assistant to Sheikh Kadir,she does exactly as he says whenever he says it, notes, coffee, meetings , buying gifts for his countess lovers, he requests and she does. Okay so I lied it's so not the dream job of any woman but working for a hot looking Sheikh counts.

But Emily's life is quickly turned upside down when Kadir makes the request of a life time by suggesting she marries him in order to help him get rid of being King to a kingdom he never ever wanted and will never want.

Once the leaders sees his not so suited wife they will give the thrown to his brother and he can divorce Emily and go back to being the womanizing player he has always been. But when their union is sealed with a scorching hot kiss Kadir craves more and soon he needs to chose between playing or being played.

If you are reluctant to read books about Sheikh's as I use to be I will tell you that when you need a perfect Sheikh read and you see the name Lynn Raye Harris you are definitely in for an exquisite read. She is one of those author's that when you see her books you automatically buy not even checking the back.

So of course I could not get my hands on a copy of Gambling with the crown quick enough. The read was all kinds of super perfection.

I loved, loved the chemistry between Kadir and Emily, the heat, the passion and the intense buildup to romance taking form. Kadir and Emily were both well written in that stunning make me swoon and dream about being the heroine way that Lynn Raye Harris does so very well.

The read was emotional and sensual, kind, sweet and a perfect example of a good afternoon romance read. Through the characters I learned that we all think we know what in life it is we need or want but when it's staring us in the face it's the time when we are most blinded. Open your heart to the voices trying to tell you when you've reached that sweet spot instead of ignoring it and carrying on as per usual.

5 star review
" He gambles with the crown, she gambles with her heart"

** Copy provided in exchange for a honest review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Was Totally Sucked into This Book! Very Enjoyable Read 12 May 2014
By gpangel - Published on
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Gambling With the Crown by Lynn Raye Harris is a 2014 Harlequin Presents Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mills & Boon Sexy series delivers what you love in contemporary romance - glamour and scandal in exotic locations…
This Sheikh plays to win!
The crown of Kyr holds no appeal for pleasure-seeking Sheikh Kadir al-Hassan—his memories of the kingdom are as dark as a desert's night. But neither will he shirk his duty…. Instead, Kadir returns home with a bride so unsuitable, no one will want him to be king!
Long-suffering assistant Emily Bryant is the most important person in Kadir's high-octane life, and the most invisible—until she's promoted to royal bride! Sealing their marriage bargain with a scorching kiss leaves Kadir craving more….
Now Kadir must decide what's really at stake in his royal game—his desert duty, or Emily!

I have read Lynn's HOT series but I have not read her Harlequin novels , so when the opportunity to review this book for Lynn opened up I jumped on it. I will be honest and say I don't read a lot of Harlequin Presents novels and I never really understood the fascination with Sheikhs. But, when I started reading this one I couldn't put it down. I mean I was really sucked into this story. Kadir was so full of himself and had an air of entitlement about him which I felt was probably authentic since he was raised as a prince. It was also realistic to believe he was not all that interested in being the King. It's not until he makes Emily an offer she can't refuse that he actually sees Emily as a person and not an employee. Once Emily became a bride the relationship with Kadir naturally changed and the two really struggled with how to adjust to that. For Emily the money would change her life and give her freedom to be with her father more. Her attraction to Kadir was always simmering under the surface but she saw how he treated women and used them and had no desire to end up like one of them. But, Kadir realizes how shallow and empty his life has been when he sees how real Emily is. She doesn't kiss up to him or expect anything from him in an emotional sense. In fact, her attitude towards him is really kind of bad. Kadir is astonished by her perceptions of him. It takes awhile for Kadir to finally realize he actually wants this marriage to be a real one, but will it be too late to convince Emily?
I enjoyed this book and had only one small complaint. I wish that Emily would have been just a little warmer. Sometimes she was so bent on protecting her heart she came off sounding judgmental and a little cold. She never did actually tell Kadir she loved him. It was almost like her pride wouldn't allow her to admit the depth of her feelings for him. The small acknowledgement she did give him seemed to be given grudgingly. So, even though I know the couple will get their happy ever after, I felt that it would be awhile before Emily really got on the same page with Kadir. Other than that I recommend this book to all contemporary romance lovers. I see this is a new series and I have already added the second book into my TBR. This one gets 4 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!! 31 May 2014
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Another winner! This is a feel good, heartwarming and touching novel by Lynn Raye Harris. I love how Kadir's and Emily's love story evolved. You will surely be cheering on for these two to finally get their Happily Ever After. I cannot wait for Rashid's story to be released. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Lynn Raye Harris and book 1 of 2 Sheikh books - Amazing! 16 Sept. 2014
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Loved this book, PA to the this sheikh for the last few years have had it's moments for Emily. Then he throws her life into a loop to become his bride, his most unsuitable bride so he doesn't have to become King. Simple, she needed money for family reason, he wants to be free of this burden, however, not one of them considered what happens when emotions became involved.

Love this story. Both had uneasy upbringings and guarded their hearts in different ways.

This is book one of a two book series and saw a glimpse of his brother and he is going to be tough nut to crack and can't wait to read the next one.

Even though Kadir is this playboy sheikh you can't help falling for him. Emily you feel her pain, and they are perfect for each other. From one sizzling kiss to seal the deal Kadir wanted more.

Emily wants to keep him at arms distance knowing too well his lack of commitment, yet still compelled towards him.

In the end he must choose between duty and Emily.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think I liked the characters 11 Sept. 2014
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Gambling with the Crown was ok. I don't think I liked the characters. If you want some mindless reading; this will do.
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