A searingly passionate desert romance set in 19th century Arabia, How to Seduce a Sheikh is a sizzling novella of illicit desire and forbidden love from Marguerite Kaye's wonderfully inventive and hugely talented pen. Colette Beaumarchais has had a very difficult time of late. As if losing her husband hadn't been enough, the proud Frenchwoman had ended up stranded in Egypt and captured by a Bedouin tribe who had proceeded to sell her at a slave auction.
A frightened and terrified Colette is exhibited in front of a horde of lustful men who are all desperate to buy her and degrade her. When she is purchased by Prince Zafar al-Zuhr, Colette cannot help but wonder whether things could get any worse for her. Zafar is a powerful leader who inspires awe and reverence from his people - and who always gets what he wants, regardless of who is standing in his way. Colette is resigned to being used and abused by the desert prince. However, the frightened widow is surprised when she realizes that Zafar is not the lascivious marauder she expected him to be... Zafar has got his own reasons for despising the slave trade. When he had witnessed a terrified Colette being paraded in front of a barbaric group of lustful perverts, painful memories from his past had resurfaced which had made him determined to rescue the beautiful French woman from a fate worse than death. Zafar paid an extortionate amount of money to save Colette from a life of slavery and debauchery. He plans to set Colette free and help her to return back to France. However, convincing Colette that he does not want her to become his concubine proves easier said than done...
Thrown together by destiny and united by a passion that cannot be ignored, Zafar and Colette soon find themselves giving into temptation and succumbing to the attraction that has flared between them. Although Colette and Zafar are from different worlds, they quickly find themselves falling head over heels in love with one another. But with so many obstacles standing in their way and a dangerous enemy intent on destroying their happiness, will love manage to triumph in the desert heat? Or will Zafar and Colette be condemned to spending the rest of their lives regretting that they hadn't grasped this chance at happiness?
I am completely in awe of Marguerite Kaye's extraordinary talent! In just under 50 pages, she has managed to pen a highly emotional and wholly compelling tale that is full of captivating drama, visceral intensity and heart-racing pathos. Colette and Zafar's love story is a powerful and provocative tale about learning to trust in the power of love and having the courage to put your heart on the line again which readers will savour and remember long after the last page is turned.
An outstanding storyteller who takes chances, pushes the envelope and delivers time and time again, Marguerite Kaye continues to prove to be one of the most exciting and innovative voices of historical romantic fiction!