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The Tiger & the Tomb Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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Ramses, aware of his reputation, used it to his advantage, giving as much pleasure as he took, knowing that once he married his dreaded English bride there would be no more dalliances. He was honor bound as a Guardian of the Ages to complete the betrothal process, taking the name of Nazim - and he would also swear an oath to cleave unto no woman but his wife. Before going to sign the necessary betrothal papers, Ramses, was to meet a woman who was looking to breed her mare with one of his famous Arabian stallions. Katherine was using this as an excuse to have Ramses meet her discreetly. After a `double entendre' conversation it was not clear as to which `stud' service she was looking for, but after one kiss that shook her to the core, she almost forgot to steal the map - but with that kiss she stole a piece of Ramses heart.
Ramses, later discovering the map to be gone, knew where it would lead and vowed that they would meet again - his little thief with green eyes. In an attempt to save her from her captors, he would be mortally wounded and she would end up saving him. Through the days of convalescence, alone in a desert cave, Ramses would discover that his enigmatic `lotus flower' was actually his betrothed English bride. He would have his hands full trying to convince her to trust him but his bigger battle would be convincing her that he thought her beautiful and should not hide her face behind a veil.
Wow! This romance was soooo very hot - and I don't mean because of the setting in the Egyptian desert - that it could almost be classified as erotic! Not only was the plot fast paced with plenty of suspense and romance, but the interplay between Ramses and Katherine was fabulously sensual along with the touching openness and honesty of their feelings for one another. The secondary characters were well thought out and the interplay between Ramses and best friend Jabari will make you chuckle, as well as have you running back to the bookstore to pick up Jabari's story in Vanak's first book, the FALCON AND THE DOVE. With this story, Vanak has written a totally sensually satisfying and action packed romantic adventure I highly recommend!
Ramses deplores his half-English heritage. Like his sacred totem, Ramses is fierce and relentless as a tiger when he stalks something he wants, and he wants the mysterious woman for a night of passion before he signs his marriage agreement. Like his ancestors, as a Guardian of the Ages (those sworn to protect his sheikh), Ramses is a warrior sworn to sacred bonds of trust. Once he marries his English bride, he will take the name Nazim and must remain faithful to his wife to ensure an heir to carry forth his family's sacred trust. When they meet, both Katherine and Ramses experience an overwhelming chemistry, even though neither knows the identity of the one they are sworn to marry or that their missions put them at cross purposes.
Bonnie Vanak weaves a captivating tale of love and intrigue in THE TIGER & THE TOMB. The sequel to THE FALCON AND THE DOVE, Both Katherine and Rames suffer from deep inner torment that finds love's remarkable power of healing. Vanak displays impressive flair for capturing the atmosphere of ancient Egypt, lending the exotic past a vivid presence that lingers with the reader long after the last page is turned. With a remarkable blend of eroticism, adventure, and humor, THE TIGER & THE TOMB belongs on the historical romance fan's keeper shelf. THE TIGER & THE TOMB comes very highly recommended.
Ramses is enraged at the threat to his people's treasures, and equally intrigued and enthralled by the beautiful thief. If only he was not engaged to the cold Englishwoman, he would gladly love the mystery woman for all time, thief or not.
*** In this Egyptian version of Shakespeare, the reader is sure to be captivated by the exotic world and by the tender passion between the hero and heroine. Fascinating beauty and hidden strengths come into play in this adventurous romance that blends two worlds. ***
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore.