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Posted June 24, 2014
THE SHEIK RETOLD is an excellent re-telling of E.M. Hulls' THE SHEIK, which was originally published in 1919. The SHEIK was an overnight bestseller with more than fifty printings within the first two years of release. I have never read the original book though I have certainly heard of it. The original book inspired the famous 1922 movie starring Rudolph Valentino which I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed. Once I started THE SHEIK RETOLD, I couldn't put it down. I read it well into the morning to finish it as I found it to be an utterly captivating romantic read.
My full review has been posted at Romance Novels in Color.
Posted March 20, 2014
WOW, JUST WOW! This is retelling, a reimagining of the classic and honestly it’s wonderful. The author was correct in keeping the majority of the original work and just enhancing for a current audience. With the back drop of the mysterious and sensual Sahara Desert, the English Heiress Diana Mayo wishes for and receives the adventure of a lifetime. After having been orphaned young and left to be raised by her older brother; Diana has become a woman way ahead of her time. She denies and rejects all the feminine expectations of the time in favor of new worlds and adventures. Finally her years of having to answer to her brother Aubrey and his whims are over. She has reached the point when she can claim her inheritance and in doing so claim her future. What Diana doesn’t know is that in the shadows someone lurks who already has her furture picked out. Sheik Ahmen Ben Hassan; and yes he is all that the name incurs.
The Sheik has his wonderfully dark and sexy eyes focused on Diana and will stop at nothing to have what he wants. What starts as a folly through the Desert becomes a life or death situation. Diana is taken by the Sheik and claimed as his newest belonging. A once free and still strong-willed woman is broken by what seems a tyrant, while an outwordly hostile and unwavering man has his heart thawed. The hostile, but still hilarious banter between the characters was amazing. The details were so beautifully written I felt the hot, dry call of the Sahara. Each moment that Diana and Ahmed spent together…fighting and loving stirred me.
His intensity and singular focus was incredible. Ahmed was cruel and taunting, yet sensual and loving. It was infuriating to try to reconcile how I felt about him. While I did want to shake Diana more times than not. I found myself screaming at my Kindle wanting…no begging her to stop with her childish pride and her innability to think beyond herself! Argh!!! It hit every point a great read should; warming my heart, making my blood boil and causing me to squirm in my seat more times than I’d care to share. This was and is the best of both worlds; a classic brought forth to current audiences with enough…spice to keep us all flipping page after page.
Posted November 1, 2013
A Romantic Journey! I so enjoyed this foray back to a time when romance novels were about strong men who took what they wanted, and women who quickly learned that they held the power to control their man with something other than words or demands but instead, with their bodies. I never read the original version of THE SHEIK by Edith Maude Hull but I can see the original mixing with Victoria Vane’s additions that take an exotic adventure and romance to an even higher level of extraordinary.
THE SHEIK RETOLD by Victoria Vane and E. M. Hull is gripping, exotic, visual, and addicting as any romance past or present. I enjoyed being pulled back to a time when men were men and women were stronger but let the men hold reins. By updating this amazing story with more mutually satisfying eroticism, Victoria brings the reader a riveting, steamy adventure that, while probably not acceptable in Miss Hull’s time, is more than desired in our time. By rewriting the rape-to-love trope to become a by my own terms willing act, Victoria makes THE SHEIK RETOLD much more palatable to modern readers. I’m personally glad she took out the animal abuse although, to me, even shooting an animal is abuse but then that’s just me.
I highly recommend THE SHEIK RETOLD by Victoria Vane and E. M. Hull to anyone who loves an erotic exotic adventure and who grew up reading the so-called bodice rippers but still loved romance novels. And for those of you who never read those because it just wasn’t the romance you wanted, try it on for size with this updated version – you might just like it. ***eCopy provided by author in exchange for an hones and unscripted review.
Posted October 16, 2013
Diana is a spoiled heiress who sets out on a desert adventure before she meets up with her brother in a month's time. She's been repeatedly warned of the pitfalls of the desert, but she won't be deterred. Sheik Ahmed has previously seen Diana and wanted her for himself. He's kept a close watch on her plans and even set her up with a bribed guide that will further his plans to kidnap Diana. Sheik Ahmed has always gotten his way and is resolved to see Diana as his.
Diana and Sheik Ahmed are more alike than they realize. Each of them has always gotten their own way when it really mattered. Now that their paths have crossed, it's quite a test of wills at times, sometimes more intense than others. Diana has always wanted to see the desert and never listened to those who tried to deter her. Little does she know, the threats she's been warned about are about to come to pass. Diana is not only shocked, but disbelieving that someone would go to such an extreme measure as actual kidnapping. The relationship between Diana and Sheik Ahmed is one of both love and hate. Ahmed will accept nothing less than Diana's complete submission and she is determined Ahmed won't get his way. He's just as determined to break her, as completely as he does his horses. The intensity of their passion becomes addictive. I was anticipating their emotional surrender to each other, but it was slow in coming. Of course that meant I was glued to each page, on the edge of my seat waiting for my happily ever after. The Sheik Retold is a steamy adventure, complete with complex characters who give the story depth, but keep the reader totally absorbed from beginning to end. I loved it and highly recommend it!
Posted September 19, 2013
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