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SHAMED IN THE SANDS
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SHAMED IN THE SANDS
Leila was born as the princess of the desert kingdom of Qurhah. Longing for freedom, she runs to Gabe, who she knows is visiting the kingdom. What she didn't know was how attractive of a man he is! Drawn to one another, the two fall deeply in love. Nevertheless, Gabe takes off as soon as he discovers that Leila is the only sister of the kingdom’s sultan. In utter desolation, she decides to flee the country, but she soon realizes what a risky move that is. What does fate have in store for them?
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- good twist on the desert romance. 4
- JAB 07/17/2019 1 people found the following review helpful
The hero comes to Kingdom of Qurhah to do business with a sheikh. When he's in his hotel room, banging on the door has him open to a woman trying to hide from men. He helps her and then she comes to offer her skills as a photographer to the hero in hopes that he'll hire her for the project. The hero takes her samples and is impressed but without qualifications, she's not eligible for the job. The heroine is angered by this because she's tried to get an education but her family (later to be discovered her brother) wouldn't let her. The heroine is quite done with having the male person like father and brother control her life, wanting to make her own start. Although, I was a little surprised that she took off her scarf or hijab off her head in front of a male non-family-member so quickly. I wasn't sure of the country's culture but I hope the author and illustrator were being correct on the matter. The hero does compliment that she's talented but she's reckless for putting herself in danger by going into a room with a strange man. Just as she's about to leave, it takes only one kiss for them to go back to the bedroom and let passion drown them. The hero finds out in surprise the heroine is a virgin but it's nothing to compared when they're reintroduced with the heroine being the Sheikh's little sister. They act like it's their first meeting. He criticizes her for her recklessness and threat of their consequences. I liked that the heroine does accept responsibility but she calls him out because she wasn't the only one. The two separate on cool terms and after a month, the heroine suspects she's pregnant but has no way of confirming it. I mean, she can't even get a servant to buy a pregnancy test at a pharmacy because they alert the brother. She's tries to think up a plan to disappear till her brother presents her with an opportunity by giving her a chance to visit England. She sneaks away with all the jewelry she can smuggle for later and gets a friend to give her the hero's number. After twists and turns, they finally meet and the heroine reveals her suspicions of being pregnant. The hero gets the test and it shows positive. After much fighting, the hero brings up marriage as the best solution and is able to convince the heroine to go along with it. They are able to marry with much of a fuss raised from both sides. There is some friction what with the heroine's lack of organization but both become drawn to one another. The heroine tries to get to know the hero better but he has high walls regarding his heart and taboo subjects like his family. She learns from the hero that he grew up in a single parenthood house and when he begged for information on his father on his birthday to his sick mother, she gave it to him and then committed suicide on his birthday. It broke the hero's heart and it's why he doesn't celebrate his birthday. Later, the heroine starts organizing her things when she comes across old pictures of an older man who looks like the hero. His alikeness to the heroine has her figure out he's the hero's father, which clashes with the hero's statement of never looking for his father. This evidence tells the heroine that the hero doesn't trust her and it breaks her heart. She runs off to the park and the hero comes home to an empty place. The stillness and the pile of pictures sends him into a panic and he calls the heroine. She answers and tells him where she is. He comes rushing and they have a talk out. She expresses her pain over being lied to and he reveals why he did it. Apparently, his father is in the Russian mafia and he was afraid that if the heroine knew then she wouldn't want to be with the son of a criminal. The heroine tells the hero that she's descended from rulers were tyrants that hurts thousands of people. She assures the hero that neither he nor their child will turn out like his father. She confesses her love for him and they fast forward a year later to where they are back in the heroine's country for their son's naming ceremony. It's where he confesses his love for her. At the end, despite my previous reviews of wanting the I love you not at the ending page, I found it to be the perfect way to end the story.
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