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.