The Sheik and the Bought Bride

The Sheik and the Bought Bride

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It was bad enough being hauled out of bed by palace guards. Now Victoria McCallan had just offered to pay off her father's gambling debts--with herself as the prize! So the palace secretary was shocked when sexy Prince Kateb made her a counteroffer.... When Kateb whisked Victoria off to the desert to be his mistress for six months, the widowed ruler had no intention of falling in love. But the outspoken Texas transplant was soon tempting him to change his royal ways. Duty decreed the El Deharia sheik should wed a proper mate, but Kateb's heart was telling him something else: to claim Victoria as his woman--now and forever.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2010, c2009.
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410428295
141042829X
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT ROMANCE MALLERY
Characteristics: large print
297 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Jul 13, 2012

Victoria McCallan promised her mother on her deathbed that she would look out for her irresponsible father. When dear old dad tries to cheat Prince Kateb of El Deharia at poker, she offers herself to him to keep her dad out of prison. Kateb doesn't trust Victoria, but he respects her vow to her mother enough to agree that she become his mistress in exchange for her father's freedom. Despite his misgivings about her character, he is powerfully attracted to her. As a widower, he has promised himself that he will never love again. Victoria has no intention of falling in love either - she saw how it destroyed her mother. Explosive chemistry and extraordinary circumstances conspire against them. /
This might be my favorite book in the series. Victoria is borderline Too Good To Be True, but I'm not as annoyed by that as I perhaps should be. She's just too likable for me to begrudge her anything. It was nice to see a little shout-out to Princess Dora of El Bahar, but Kateb's sister-in-law Princess Kayleen could have been a resource in the "educating women" issue.
This book gave me the unusual experience of laughing and crying at the same time. The special traditions of the desert village made some interesting plot points. Some of it was absolutely ridiculous, but I've found that Mallery can get away with things that annoy me in other authors.

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