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Sheiks of Summer: The Sheik's Virgin, Sheikh of Ice, and Kismet [NOOK Book]

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"The Sheik's Virgin" by Susan Mallery

He was the brazen stranger who had made it his mission to chaperone innocent, beautiful Phoebe Carson around his native land. But what would Phoebe do when she discovered her suitor was none other than Prince Nasri Mazin?and he had seduction on his mind?

"Sheikh of Ice" by Alexandra Sellers

She came in search of adventure?and discovered ...

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Overview


"The Sheik's Virgin" by Susan Mallery

He was the brazen stranger who had made it his mission to chaperone innocent, beautiful Phoebe Carson around his native land. But what would Phoebe do when she discovered her suitor was none other than Prince Nasri Mazin—and he had seduction on his mind?

"Sheikh of Ice" by Alexandra Sellers

She came in search of adventure—and discovered passion in the arms of tall, dark and handsome Hadi al Hajar. But once Kate Drummond succumbed to Hadi's powerful touch, would she succeed in taming his hard heart?

"Kismet" by Fiona Brand

A star-crossed love affair and a stormy night combined to bring Laine Abernathy into Sheik Xavier Kalil Al Jahir's world. Now, as she took cover in her rugged rescuer's home, Laine wondered if it was her destiny to fall in love with the mesmerizing sheik....


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426885709
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/27/2010
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 90,252
  • File size: 355 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Mallery



Susan Mallery is the bestselling author of over 35 books for Harlequin and Silhouette. She is a reader favorite, publishing in the Harlequin Historicals, Silhouette Intimate Moments and Silhouette Special Edition lines.

Best known for combining humor with emotion and creating extraordinary characters who live on in the imagination, Susan publishes five or six books each year.

Susan is married and lives with her husband in sunny Southern California where the weather is always perfect and the eccentricities of a writer are considered almost normal. She has two beautiful but not very bright cats, and the world's greatest stepson.




Alexandra Sellers once sat down to try and count how many different places in her wandering life she has called home. She gave up when she reached forty homes in twelve cities and towns in six different countries. But she hasn’t visited nearly as many places as she’d like yet.

She started dreaming about exotic locales at the age of 10, when she first cracked the cover of a small collection of tales and pictures called The Arabian Nights. The stories were taken from The Thousand and One Nights, and names like Samarkand, Shiraz, and Baghdad still carry a magic for her which no amount of current history can overshadow.

The stories must have triggered something else in her, too, for it was at this time that she first began to dream of writing herself. Following the advice of Jane Austen, though she hadn’t read it yet, Alexandra wrote her first story about the world she knew, her cat. And following her own imagination, she wrote the cat’s story from inside the cat’s head.

After beginnings like this, it flows naturally that her two favorite forms of fiction should become romance and science fiction. Her first romantic short story sold to the first magazine she sent it to; her first science fiction was simultaneously rejected.

Alexandra was too naïve to realize how lucky she was with the romance story, and it never occurred to her to send the science fiction story to a different publisher. She concentrated on romance, and her only serious foray into that other world—so far—has been the fantasy satire Spoken Cat, published in 1997.

In between bouts of travel and university, Alexandra has been a full-time writer since the publication of her first novel in 1980. Her favorite hobby is foreign languages, of which she has so far studied eight, sadly without becoming fluent in any. One of the most enjoyable periods in her life was the three years she recently spent at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she was the first student ever to graduate in the double degree of Persian and Religious Studies.

Alexandra lives with her husband, Nick, and a cat named Monsieur. The two of them are equal parts maddening and indispensable to her happiness.

Alexandra welcomes visitors to her Web site at www.alexandrasellers.com.




Fiona Brand has been a bookaholic ever since she was old enough to turn pages, but she didn't begin writing until after the birth of her second child. She gave herself two years to get published. Five years and several rejections later, she finally sold her first book, Cullen's Bride, to Silhouette Intimate Moments.

Other than writing romance, Fiona considers her life to be "Joe Average" ordinary. Before the writing career, she spent eight years working for the New Zealand Forest Service, where she learned the true meaning of power--holding the keys to the stationery cupboard and controlling the petty cash.

When the power rush ended, she tried the other end of the spectrum--absolute slavery--and took up having children. When her youngest son turned three, she set about teaching herself the business of writing. She figured that after spending eight years as a clerk, she could spend at least that much time trying to get a novel published.

Fiona's always lived in the country, and presently resides in the Bay of Islands, a subtropical fishing and diving paradise, with her two sons. As for pets...so far there are two goldfish and a budgie, but with a change of location looming in the near future, at least two cats and a dog are planned as welcome additions to the family.

Because of the sheer isolation of New Zealand travel is always on the itinerary, especially with most of her family residing in other countries, but Fiona has found New Zealand hard to beat. She says it has all the extremes a writer could wish for, from rugged cowboy country and snow-covered alps to rainforest and white sandy beaches...and besides, it's home.

When she's not writing or doing normal household things (like cleaning the budgie's cage and the goldfish tank), Fiona likes to spend her spare time with her children or catching up with friends. Her leisure activities include reading, walking, cooking, gardening, watching movies with the family, protecting her laptop from game-hungry kids, and of course, shopping. She's thinking of starting a daytime tai chi class to get out of the house and mingle with "normal" people who have "lives," and periodically tries to meditate in search of the elusive silence within.

Unfortunately, she hasn't found that silence yet. Somehow there's always a grocery list in there, or a "feeling guilty because you haven't done this" list, or she gets hungry, or else a kid comes in.

You can write to Fiona, who would love to hear from you, at: Fiona Brand, PO Box 18240 Glen Innes, Auckland 1130, New Zealand.
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Sheiks Of Summer


By Susan Maller

Harlequin Enterprises

Copyright © 2002 Harlequin Enterprises
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373484704


Chapter One

The island of Lucia-Serrat glittered like an emerald in a bed of sapphires. Phoebe Carson pressed her forehead against the window of the small commuter plane and stared at the lush landscape below. As they circled in preparation for landing, she saw a snow-white beach, a rain forest, a crescent of blue, blue ocean, then a small city perched on a cliff. Her heart pounded in her chest and her ears popped.

The flight attendant announced that it was time to return seat backs and tray tables to their upright positions. What had seemed so strange when her journey had begun was second nature to her now. Phoebe tightened her seat belt and checked her tray table. She'd been too busy staring out the window to bother putting her seat back. She'd wanted to see everything as they approached Lucia-Serrat.

"Just as you promised, Ayanna," she whispered to herself. "So beautiful. Thank you for allowing me to spend this time here."

Phoebe returned her attention to the view out the window. The ground seemed to rush up to meet them, then she felt the gentle bump of the airplane wheels on the runway. She could see lush trees and bushes, tropical flowers and brightly colored birds. Then the plane turned to taxi toward the terminal and her view of paradise was lost.

Thirty minutes later Phoebe hadcollected her small suitcase and passed through customs and immigration. The official-looking young man had greeted her, stamped her passport and had asked if she had anything to declare. When she said she did not, he waved her through.

As easy as that, Phoebe thought, tucking her crisp new passport into her handbag.

All around her families greeted each other, while young couples, obviously on their honeymoon, strolled slowly arm in arm. Phoebe felt a little alone, but she refused to be lonely. Not at the beginning of her adventure. She found the courtesy phone and called her hotel. The hotel clerk promised that the driver would arrive to pick her up within fifteen minutes.

Phoebe had started for the glass doors leading out of the airport when a small store window caught her eye. She didn't usually shop very much, but the display drew her. Bottles of French perfume sat in nests of satin. Designer handbags and shoes hung on barely visible wires from the ceiling of the display case. Everything looked beautiful and very expensive, yet she knew there was no harm in looking while she waited for her ride to the hotel.

Phoebe stepped into the coolness of the store and inhaled a cloud of perfume-scented air. Different fragrances blended together perfectly. Although she was intrigued by the bottles on display, the tall, chicly dressed woman behind the counter made her nervous, so she turned in the opposite direction, only to find herself in front of a case of jewelry.

Rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces appeared to have been casually tossed into the velvet-lined case. Yet Phoebe suspected it took a long time to make everything look so artless. She bent to get a closer look. One of the center diamonds in a cocktail ring was larger than the nail on her little finger. Phoebe figured she could probably live well for a couple of years on what that one piece cost. If this was an example of shopping in Lucia-Serrat, she would restrict hers to looking in windows.

"I think that is too large for you." The unexpected comment caught her off guard. She straightened immediately, pressing her hand to her chest.

"I was just looking," she said breathlessly. "I didn't touch anything."

A man stood in front of her. While she was tall - nearly five-ten - he was several inches taller. Dark hair had been brushed back from his handsome face. There were tiny lines by the corners of his amazing brown-black eyes, and a hint of a smile teasing at the corners of his mouth. She told herself to look away - that it was rude to stare - but something about his expression, or maybe it was the sculptured lines of his cheekbones and jaw, compelled her.

He looked like a male model in an expensive liquor ad, only a little older. Phoebe instantly felt out of place and foolish. Her dress had cost less than twenty dollars at a discount outlet, and that had been last year, while the man's suit looked really expensive. Not that she had a lot of experience with things like men's suits.

"The bracelet," he said.

She blinked at him. "Excuse me?"

"I thought you were looking at the sapphire bracelet. While it's lovely and the color of the stones matches your eyes, it is too large for your delicate wrist. Several links would have to be removed."

She forced herself to tear her gaze from his face, and looked at the jewelry case. Right in the center was a sapphire bracelet. Oval blue stones surrounded by diamonds. It probably cost more than a beachfront hotel back home in Florida.

"It's very nice," she said politely.

"Ah, you do not like it."

"No. I mean yes, of course I like it. It's beautiful." But wishing after something like that was about as realistic as expecting to buy a 747.

"Perhaps there was something else you were shopping for?"

"No. Just looking." She risked glancing at him again. There was something about his dark eyes, something almost ... kind. Which made no sense. Handsome gentlemen didn't notice women like her. Actually no one noticed women like her. She was too tall, too thin, and much too plain. Nor had anyone ever made her stomach flutter as it was doing right now.

"Is this your first visit to Lucia-Serrat?" he asked.

Phoebe thought of the blank pages in her new passport. "It's my first trip anywhere," she confessed. "I'd never been on a plane until this morning." She frowned as she thought about the time zones she'd crossed. "Or maybe it was yesterday. I flew from Miami to New York, then to Bahania, then to here."

He raised one eyebrow. "I see. Forgive me for saying this, but Lucia-Serrat seems an unusual place to begin one's travels. Many people are not familiar with the island. Although it is very beautiful."



Excerpted from Sheiks Of Summer by Susan Maller Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    Fiona Brand ROCKS in this book!!

    The Fiona Brand story in this book is outstanding - one of the best novellas I have ever read. The other works by Alexandra Sellers and Susan Mallery are good, too, but I was totally blown away by Fiona's story. Definitely recommended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    The Sheik's Virgin - Susan Mallery

    A very sweet story of an innocent young girl who arrives on the beautiful Island of Lucia-Serratt. She finds the beautiful, handsome Prince Mazin who takes her breath away. He agrees to show her arround the island and their mutual attraction soars out of control. Later Phoebe learns that the Prince is a Prince and that he has four sons. She also learns about desire and attraction and takes her relationship with Mazin to the next level. Even though this is a short story, one of three in the Sheiks of Summer, it was just another example of Susan Mallery's incredible writing skill.

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