Rating 3.5 stars. __Contains graphic sexual content.
Note: Stand alone read. The 3rd in the loosely connected SDDU series
EASY READ! Well written, likable characters, feisty heroine, sensitive cultural conflict theme, the hidden grotto is a great physical settings for romance, and good action sequences. HOWEVER, this is the standard Sheik fantasy albeit with a stronger heroine, and most of the action-packed feats of daring-do are over the top, but they fits the fun/fantasy storyline.
THE STORY revolves around 3rd generation military, SDDU agent, Dara Alexander, the only survivor of a covert operation gone terribly wrong. She is discovered alone in the desert and taken to a Bedu camp by Sheik Saeed ibn Ahmad, who has moved to the desert for protection after several assassination attempts. Contacting her commanding officer, she's informed that she's found the one person who may be able to prevent a major power grab, civil war, and an invasion of neighboring countries. She's immediately assigned to guard Saeed, and she takes her responsibilities very seriously. Refusing to leave his side, they fight their way from one dangerous situation to another and find they can rely on each other to stay alive.
OVERALL, good chemistry that feeds the Sheik fantasy. It is a little overwhelming to have such a strong female lead, but it works for this story. A fun read.
The SDDU series: Shadow Soldier, Secret Soldier, The Sheik's Safety, Camouflage Heart, Rogue Soldier, Protective Measures, 72 Hours, Tall, Dark and Lethal, The Socialite and the Bodyguard, The Spy who Saved Christmas, Last Spy Standing, Spy Hard, and The Spy Wore Spurs.
You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, L. L. Miller, R. C. Ryan, or L. Wilde. For good mystery/suspense writers you might try J. D. Robb, D. Stabenow, M. Ferris, J. Evanovich, S. W. Albert, Gayle Wilson, Julie Miller or B.J Daniels.