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The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (Silhouette Special Edition) [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Mallery
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books (Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373248628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373248629
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 10.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,728,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Holiday Read! 26 Nov 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Mallery has again charmed her readers with her latest edition to her Desert Rogue series. The heroine Kayleen will warm the reader's heart with her gentleness, sincerity, innocence and fierce heart.

Mallery has the ability to immediately draw the reader into the story with her first chapters when we're introduced to this lovely teacher in a orphanage who is like a lioness protecting three recently orphaned girls and goes after the leader of a tribe who has come to take the girls back to their camp.

In most of the Desert Rogue series the rulers are trying to marry off their sons and obtain heirs and in The Sheikh and the Christmas Bride, the same applies. King Makhtar has six sons and wants them married and settled. His sons have been raised without the benefit of a mother and their Aunt Lina for the most part has been the "mother figure" in their lives. She is aware that in a neighbouring Kingdom, King Hassan has been very successful in marrying off his sons and daughters. She calls upon her friendship and attraction to King Hassen to develop a plan for her nephew Prince As'ad. When there is trouble at the orphanage she calls upon As'ad to help defuse the situation. She talks him into taking the three girls himself into his protection and suggests he adopts them. Along with bringing the girls to the palace, Lina suggests he brings Kayleen as well as their nanny.

As this story develops, one is immediately drawn to the attraction both As'ad and Kayleen feel for each other. As'ad vows never to love a woman, as it would make him weak. However, he cannot fight his attraction for this lovely redhead and moves in, takes her virginity and then all hell breaks loose.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and wonderful holiday read! 26 Nov 2007
By Marilyn Shoemaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Mallery has again charmed her readers with her latest edition to her Desert Rogue series. The heroine Kayleen will warm the reader's heart with her gentleness, sincerity, innocence and fierce heart.

Mallery has the ability to immediately draw the reader into the story with her first chapters when we're introduced to this lovely teacher in a orphanage who is like a lioness protecting three recently orphaned girls and goes after the leader of a tribe who has come to take the girls back to their camp.

In most of the Desert Rogue series the rulers are trying to marry off their sons and obtain heirs and in The Sheikh and the Christmas Bride, the same applies. King Makhtar has six sons and wants them married and settled. His sons have been raised without the benefit of a mother and their Aunt Lina for the most part has been the "mother figure" in their lives. She is aware that in a neighbouring Kingdom, King Hassan has been very successful in marrying off his sons and daughters. She calls upon her friendship and attraction to King Hassen to develop a plan for her nephew Prince As'ad. When there is trouble at the orphanage she calls upon As'ad to help defuse the situation. She talks him into taking the three girls himself into his protection and suggests he adopts them. Along with bringing the girls to the palace, Lina suggests he brings Kayleen as well as their nanny.

As this story develops, one is immediately drawn to the attraction both As'ad and Kayleen feel for each other. As'ad vows never to love a woman, as it would make him weak. However, he cannot fight his attraction for this lovely redhead and moves in, takes her virginity and then all hell breaks loose.

Kayleen knows what it's like to be orphaned, rejected both by her mother and grandmother, she's grown up in a convent and longs to belong, have a family and be loved. When As'ad proposes they marry because of their one night and attraction for each other plus giving the girls stability, Kayleen dares to believe she can have it all. Because of her inner strength, and her love for As'ad she is fierce to prove they can have it all and she is going to show him and claim this prince as her own.

Their journey and discovery is one you won't want to miss. It's the perfect holiday read, a wonderful love story and the continuation of the incredible Desert Rogue series. I personally can't wait for the next book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can As'sd Be In Love? 7 Jan 2008
By B. Ferris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another great Desert Rogues addition. The books have been so much fun, squirky heroines and alpha males, can hardly wait for the next.

This addition has a very serious heroine, Kayleen, who found herself first the nanny then the future bride of a Sheik with a ready made family, 3 orphan girls, the father was from El Deharia but mother was an American and the wards have been living in the US till just months ago. Being an orphan she does understand her 3 wards so well but her future husband she doesn't understand at all! As'sd's Aunt and Father are playing matchmakers it seems. Another good, fun love story follows! As'sd is Ms Mallery usual great hero too.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Escape 6 April 2008
By Willow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This a wonderful book to read to escape for a few hours from the reality of everyday life. Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other books in the series... 22 Oct 2013
By Kellie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This one introduces the sheikhs of El Deharia, but the story wasn't as good as Susan Mallery's previous efforts in the Desert Rogues series. I wouldn't say it was a waste of time... it just wasn't as good, so that was a little disappointing. It was hard to connect with the characters.
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, but predicable Sheik fantasy 24 Aug 2014
By Hope this helps - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rating 2.5 stars. __Contains graphic sexual content.
Note: Stand alone read. The 11th in Desert Rogues series

EASY READ! Strong heroine, funny, feisty dialogue, good secondary cast including three adorable girls, and a nice secondary romance for the hero's aunt. HOWEVER, some scenes are reminiscent of those in other romance novels, the heroine's behavior doesn't match her background, the arrogant hero is always looking for the easy way out, and the secondary romance involving the hero's aunt is underdeveloped, which is disappointing.

THE STORY revolves around headstrong Kayleen James, a teacher at an El Deharia orphanage. She comes to the attention of Prince As'ad, when she refuses to relinquish three orphaned sisters to a desert chieftain who plans to separate them and train them as servants. To avoid insulting the chieftain and to placate the aunt who raised him, As'ad agrees to take the girls to the palace and adopt them, as long as Kayleen accompanies them as their nanny. Even though the "palace has hundreds of rooms," the girls and Kayleen are settled near the prince's quarters where he gradually becomes attached to the girls as well as Kayleen.

OVERALL, this is a standard virgin and the Sheik fantasy without any fresh material to capture the imagination. An OK read, but there are better books out there (cvpl).

THE DESERT ROGUES series starts with The Sheik's Kidnapped Bride (2000) and the latest continues this theme in book #13, The Sheik and the Bought Bride (2010).

You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, R. C. Ryan, or L. Wilde. For sweet, funny, heart touching romances with great descriptive imagery try Susan Fox, Cara Colter, and E. Palfrey.
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