Secret Sheikh, Secret Baby [NOOK Book]

Overview

Hot-shot surgeon Karim Zaraq is prince of a desert kingdom. Karim knows he must find a wife and produce an heir, but this playboy wants one final fling before royal duty beckons.

Pretty midwife Felicity Anderson has no idea who Karim really is, but her one night with the sexy surgeon has turned her world upside down--suddenly she's pregnant!

With Felicity carrying the kingdom's hopes, Karim must marry her. But...

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Overview

Hot-shot surgeon Karim Zaraq is prince of a desert kingdom. Karim knows he must find a wife and produce an heir, but this playboy wants one final fling before royal duty beckons.

Pretty midwife Felicity Anderson has no idea who Karim really is, but her one night with the sexy surgeon has turned her world upside down--suddenly she's pregnant!

With Felicity carrying the kingdom's hopes, Karim must marry her. But Felicity won't say "I do" unless the prince can prove it's for love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426838408
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Harlequin Medical Romance Series , #407
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 76,952
  • File size: 132 KB

Meet the Author

Carol was born in England to Scottish parents, which meant many long, happy summer holidays spent in Scotland with her two sisters.

The only thing a secretarial course taught her was that she didn't want to work in an office. Applying to do her nursing training, she was advised to write the entrance test for the three-year State Registered Nurse Course, but at 18, the two-year State Enrolled Nurse program sounded more attractive. Anyway, if she liked it she could always make up the time later, couldn't she? How simple it all sounded.

On completion of her training, she worked for five years in a phenomenally busy Accident and Emergency Department, which she adored. However, itchy feet got the better of her and she headed off for a year in Australia with her younger sister.

Six weeks before she came home Carol met her future husband. Proof, she says, that whirlwind holiday romances can work. An extremely expensive courtship followed. Long letters, longer telephone calls, and even longer air flights, until finally they married and settled in Melbourne, Australia.

Now seemed the perfect time to get her nursing on track, and she applied and was accepted to do her Bachelor of Nursing. However, a vague feeling of nausea on enrollment day was to change all that. Surely she could combine university with one tiny baby, couldn't she? After all, how much work could it be?

Through all of this the desire to write a romance was there and many a night was spent bashing away at the typewriter, and later the computer, but it was so much harder than it first looked and she never managed to quite finish it....

While pregnant with her second child,abrilliantstory line came to her. The first book was unceremoniously shelved and she worked hard on her masterpiece. Finally, she plucked up the courage to submit and smugly awaited its acceptance. Of course, it was rejected and, in truth, it was absolutely awful, but an encouraging letter pointing out where she had gone wrong (it was a long letter) kept the writing bug alive.

Six months after the birth of her third child, the sudden death of her father, and its painful aftermath forced her to reappraise her life's goals. Her father had never been one to waste a moment, and realizing what a precious gift life was and with her husband's encouragement, Carol decided to seize the day. The initial manuscript was taken down, dusted off, revamped, relocated, and rewritten and finally, after the longest time, accepted.

Now she is happy to concentrate mainly on writing, though she will always nurse. The ambition to do a Bachelor of Nursing has been replaced by a desire to do a Bachelor of Midwifery and she is awaiting the implementation of the course in Australia. She remains quietly confident that she can somehow combine family, writing, study, and nursing. After all, how hard could it be?

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    East meets West

    Secret Sheikh, Secret Baby was a very intense and sexy sheikh love story written by the very talented Carol Marinelli. It was also my first Harlequin Medical romance and I was very impressed that due to its nature it was not boring but very interesting as the heroine was a midwife and the hero a sheikh prince and surgeon.

    They meet at an orientation in London where Felicity Anderson is attending in order to determine if she wants to accept a position already offered in the Middle East or accept a position in one of the most modern and beautiful hospitals located on a private island, ruled by a royal family the Kingdom of Zaraq. The royal prince and surgeon Prince Karim is overseeing the recruitment for his hospital and university.

    Karim and Felicity meet in the most interesting way when he slips inside the presentation and immediately they sense each other, through site, smell, and sexual attraction. What's so very bizarre is that Felicity has recently broken off with her boyfriend because of sexual problems and after a year, she cannot have a relationship, even though she has been through therapy. So, this immediate attraction to a stranger, a man who makes her feel things she's never felt before are frightening yet exciting. As fate would have it, they are brought together after the conference due to an auto accident and then the fateful night they spend together before they both go their separate ways.

    Karim is a man bound by honour to his King (his father), his brothers and his country. His first love is his profession as a surgeon but due to the illness of his father, he will be to any lengths to serve his country. He has also been a playboy but that is soon to end as his father wants him to marry and produce an heir since his brother's wife is barren. However, he can't seem to forget his one night with Felicity and wonders if he'll ever see her again in his country.

    Like Karim, Felicity has been honor bound to her mother and sister. She has accepted all financial responsibilities for her sister's illness and her mother's bills. She is determined to make a success of her life in Zaraq and when she finally gets there and starts orientation and later being a midwife, she realizes she has made the right decision. Only there are a few problems..upon arrival she finds out the man she spent the night with is a prince and heir to the throne, that she's pregnant with his baby.

    When Karim is told he's the father of Felicity's baby, his entire personality changes. He accuses her of lying, he put together a deceitful plan for the good of his brother and for his country, and he demands marriage and takes her into the desert. There in the desert, they learn quite a lot about each other and all Felicity wants is the man who she grew to love in London, the sensitive and caring man.

    This royal family would do anything for their country, I mean anything and that was what I found so interesting, the difference in cultures and what lengths they would go to in order to keep peace and structure for their country and King. It was indeed a hurtful scheme which would hurt Felicity. Thanks to a friend she escapes and returns home. But Karim can't escape and be at peace until he realizes what's important in life and he doesn't realize it until it's almost too late.

    The Secret Sheikh, Secret Baby was an excellent look into a royal family, the desert and its customs, the difference between the East and the West and most of all, forgivene

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Loved it!

    At first I didn't know what Karim was up to concerning his and Felicity's baby. Still not sure if I liked him. I loved Felicity. Strong, honest and a nursing professional .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    It¿s definitely one I would suggest¿

    This book takes place initially in England, from an English perspective...NOT American English. So there are some words/references which not all readers might be familiar. Other than that, the plot is rather interesting and has a surprising twist towards the end. It’s definitely one I would suggest…

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    Felicity is lovely and sweet, Karim not so much but was redeemable.

    Let's see.... Felicity is lovely and wants to love Karim for who he was in London, Karim changed from the nice person he was in London to a selfish prince thinking of himself and not how his plans will hurt Felicity. Karim's family are vile, including the wives, for going along with the plan and I don't know how Felicity can forgive them enough to live with them in the end even if Karim proves himself in the end. Nice writing but the family was just .. ew

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Wow

    This book was great, worth the money. Will be reading more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Great read

    Nice twist. Easy read. Great characters.

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