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Monday, March 12, 2012

Strangers in the Desert by Lynn Raye Harris



Strangers in the Desert by Lynn Raye Harris
Publisher: Harlequin presents
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (184 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Isabella, the wife Sheikh Adan thought was dead, has just walked back into his life on the eve of his wedding to another woman.

Now Adan is to be crowned King, Isabella must be his Queen—sharing his desert throne and the royal bed. But gone is the dutiful, pure girl he once knew; in her place is a defiant, sultry woman who makes Adan's blood run hot. A woman who has no memory of being his wife….

Isabella a.k.a. Bell Tyler learned to live with the hollow place in her heart and in her memory. She sings in a bar in Maui where the clientele love her. She's a long way away from Jahfar and the desert; where she grew up in her father’s house.

When the arrogant, magnificent, “full-of-himself” King of Jahfar appears and declares she is his wife, Isabella is sucked into a vortex of confusion. Sadness, terror, anger, and a crushing desperation assail her. He has proof of their marriage and he also tells her she gave birth to a son, Rafig.

The reader gets to go with Isabella back to Jahfar to try to make sense of that forgotten part of her life and to assimilate it into who she is now.

The king, Adan Dhakir, deems Isabella a treacherous woman and not fit to mother their son, Rafig. He wonders what happened to his once sweet, biddable, meek, innocent, dull wife. How did she become the mysterious, sensual, independent, smoky-green eyed siren that stirs his libido?

He liked his wife and took care of her like any other precious possession but love had not been part of it. Now Isabella sets his blood humming. He's furious. He made other “safe” plans for himself, his position, and his much-loved son.

How Isabella finds her way, the accepting nanny Kalila, the adorable Rafig who bounces and says “sing Bell”, Isabella’s father, and Adan’s good friend/fiancĂ© Jasmine all come together to comprise a story that captivates and keeps one turning pages. The love scenes and mother/son scene are breathtaking.

Lynn Raye Harris packs a wealth of engrossing reading into Strangers in the Desert. She uses imagery and descriptions that entice all the senses, taking the reader into the heat of desert and into the heat of love that moves past old horrors and sparkles with humor, joy of life, and promise of a lasting happy-ever-after.

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