Author: Johanna Lindsey
Pages (or KB): 448 (556kb)
Links: Paperback, Kindle
Abducted and sold into slavery, Chantelle Burke has been brought to the palace of the mighty Pasha. Vowing never to bow to this ruthless master's will, the young Englishwoman weakens within the silken splendor of his chambers, and after on glance into his piercing emerald eyes.
The stunningly handsome Pasha is a powerful, muscular figure yet he caresses the lovely addition to his harem with a fond tenderness that only succeeds in driving her wild. But beneath his exotic eastern garb, the cryptic Pasha shrouds his true identity -- one that he finds difficult to conceal when he wants so much to surrender his hearty and soul to the irresistible Chantelle.
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It has been a long time since I've read anything by Johanna Lindsey. My first attempt at her romances was A Pirate's Love which I wasn't partial to. Upon the recommendation of authors, Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter (reading The Darkest Facts about Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series) I decided to give this book and several others a chance.
I was pleasantly surprised even though I still feel like Chantelle was tricked into sleeping with Derek in this book. Still there was something wicked and enticing about the story and the love affair happening as the read moves throughout the book.
Derek seems like a wicked rake though he was once raised to believe that a man having a harem of women was natural and has since learned that in England, women will never be happy with such a situation and yet he can't see himself being happy with one woman. Still when he returns to him home to help his twin thwart an assassin, Derek must pretend to be Jamil and take over his harem while Jamil seeks out another brother they think is behind the attacks. The only problem is Jamil isn't happy with the idea that his brother may have to sleep with any woman of his harem while portraying him. To remedy that, Jamil buy's recently captured slave Chantalle who he knows is his brother's type.
Chantelle is furious at her capture and her renaming and even more upset when the Dey Jamil decides he can't wait to have her. She then leads him on a merry courtship to get what he wants which is her in his bed. And yet everyone else is surprised by this because Jamil would never wait for the woman to allow him access to her.
It was a good case of twins switching places and a rake discovering that only one woman completely captures his desire and heart.
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