on 22 December 2009
Duty, Desire and the Desert King authored by Jane porter is an excellently executed story that pulls one into its magic from the beginning to end. It a wonderful holiday romance with a theme of love and the joy it brings to those who believe. It also emphasises that love can actually heal all.
Sheikh Jayed is one handsome and charismatic man who also carries guilt and believes he is the black sheep of his royal family. He believes himself to be cursed because of his past, and holds himself responsible for his love, his sisters, his father and now his missing brother. Now he must return home to the desert, marry and assume the responsibility of King.
Dr. Rou Tournell is a scientist who matches compatible people to marry. She is indebted to King Sharif Fehr who was her mentor and responsible for her successful career. She years earlier also met his handsome playboy brother Zayed, was attracted to him until she found out quite by accident that he found her dull and boring. And now, years later, he needs to her, he is demanding her help to immediately find him a wife because his brother's plane has crashed in the desert and he is missing. Now Zayed must return home to take over as ruler, bring with him a wife.
Because of her love and respect for Sharif, Rou accompanies Zayed back to Saraq and agrees to find him a wife. When Zayed realizes that Rou is a challenge, beautiful, smart, intelligent and the perfect woman to become his wife, he's relentless until she agrees. Brilliantly written, their love story is a dance of attraction, battle of wills and a sensual journey one won't want to miss. It's magical in the sense that their insecurities seem to diminish when they are together, at their engagement party, on their wedding night and on their honeymoon. However, the fact the King is still missing, royal duties and Rou's insecurities due to her past as a child take it's toll on their marriage and in the end, Rou returns back to North America and her career.
Fate brings them together again and a warm and beautiful healing in the form of a pregnancy neither expected, facing the reality of their love for each other and like the magic of Christmas a beautiful ending full of peace, love and joy.
Playboy sheikh, unwilling wife...
As the black sheep of the Fehrs, a powerful desert family, middle son Zayed has sworn off love and marriage. This playboy prince is happiest when cruising the casinos of Monte Carlo. But then family tragedy leaves him as heir to his kingdom's throne. Custom dictates that a wife must be seated beside him, and he's got just the bride in mind...
Rou Tournell is a feisty, independent woman - and if she won't marry Zayed for duty, maybe desire will help persuade her...
About the series:
Jane's Sheikh Books are not necessarily connected by storyline, though a few are, these books all feature sheikhs in their exciting settings.
The Desert Kings
The series features the three royal Fehr brothers of Sarq, a desert kingdom neighboring Egypt. The eldest brother, Sharif Fehr, is featured in the The Sheikh's Chosen Queen and is king of their country. We meet the youngest brother, Khalid Fehr, a darkly brooding nomadic sheik, in the second book, King of the Desert, Captive Bride, and the third book, Duty, Desire and the Desert King, features the middle brother, Zayad, a playboy tycoon sheikh that can't be tamed.