Sunday, April 13, 2014

~~Review for The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane & E.M. Hull~~

Title: The Sheik Retold
Author: Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull
Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication date: August 13, 2013
ISBN: 9781492169956
Length: 275 pgs
Book Series and number: N/A
Rating: 4 1/2
Heat Rating: Spicy

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
4 1/2, spicy

The Desert was Never Hotter!
A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground... A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own...When pride and passion vie for supremacy, blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights...

"There will be inquiries." I choked out. "I am not such a nonentity that nothing will be done when I am missed. You will pay dearly for what you have done."
"Pay?" His amused look sent a cold feeling of dread through me. "I have already paid... in gold that matches your hair, my gazelle. Besides," he continued, "the French have no jurisdiction over me. There is no law here above my own."
My trepidation was growing by the minute. "Why have you done this? Why have you brought me here?"
"Why?" He repeated with a slow and heated appraisal that made me acutely, almost painfully, conscious of my sex. "Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?"

Pride and passion vie for supremacy between a haughty young heiress and a savage son of the Sahara in this fresh new telling of E.M. Hull's romance classic.

I was captivated by Victoria Vane's The Sheik Retold. The story is full of surprises that keep the reader turning the pages. I had an extremely hard time putting the book down.

Diana Mayo was raised by her brother, Aubrey and has had her way most of her life. Doing what she wants when she wants and not answering to anyone. Diana enjoys dressing like a man it gives her more freedom. While on a trip with her brother, Diana makes arrangements to travel across the desert with a guide a small caravan. Despite warnings from several people Diana proceeds with her trek and the caravan is attacked and she is kidnapped by a mysterious sheik.

Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan sees a beautiful woman one night at a gala and decides he wants her for himself regardless of any consequences. He answers to no one but himself.

At first I believed Diana to be a very spoiled brat who always got what she wanted and didn't know how to take no for an answer. After her kidnapping, I saw her strength, determination, pride and passion. I think Diana did have a difficult time in understanding her desires and how her beauty affected others. Diana's character did a lot of growing up during this book.

Ahmed Ben Hassan is arrogant, stubborn, compelling, all alpha male and an extreme bad boy. He is dark and brooding, brutal and rules his people with an iron fist. His tribe is loyal to their sheik. I had a hard time getting know what made Ahmed tick. He was a man who lived in harsh conditions and had to be unbend able to survive the extremes of desert life.

Ms. Vane has done an excellent job in writing two very strong characters who clash and make sparks fly throughout the story. There were times I wanted to shake both Ahmed and Diana and say listen to each other and quit being so bull headed.

I really enjoyed Ms. Vane's version of The Sheik and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to everyone.

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