Think ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ meets ‘Taken’
He doesn't want a country. He doesn't want a wife. He doesn't want love. He wants to forget.
A young Arabian Queen must marry a wild, wicked and wilful Prince to save her people from civil unrest and protect the wealth of her Kingdom.
Charisse never expected to find love with a darkly brooding man who looks and lives like a rock star.
Growing up as a member of royalty isn't everything it's proclaimed to be. Khalid El Haribe learned that heartbreaking lesson five years ago and isn't interested in ruling a small desert kingdom or marriage but he cannot forget the debt he owes his family. Perhaps doing his duty will atone for past mistakes? Meeting the beautiful and feisty Charisse comes as a pleasant surprise...the attraction between them burns as hot as the desert.
But tragic events in Charisse's past threaten to destroy her Kingdom and her life, too. Can their fragile love survive?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this in one sitting, as my Mother’s Day treat to myself. This is romantic suspense at its best! Charisse is a young queen who has just lost her much older husband. Khalid is the brooding playboy, youngest son of the king of a neighboring country. Charisse’s husband’s dying wish is that she marry Khalid, for the stability of their country. What I liked best about the romance part was that the main things keeping these two from letting each other in were their own insecurities and issues from the past. There were a few misconceptions and misunderstandings at the beginning, but in most romance novels those keep happening throughout the book until I want to shake the couple and bang their heads together. Instead, Ms. MacKenzie switches to the much more realistic issues that tend to keep real-life couples from living happily ever after. I also particularly liked Ms. MacKenzie’s world of made-up countries that were such a realistic blend of old cultures and traditions with modern technology and global connections. Regarding the suspense aspect, there were enough twists and turns and heart-pounding scenes to keep me, a mystery writer, intrigued. There are hints at the end of more stories to come about these characters. I can’t wait! Kassandra Lamb, author of the Kate Huntington mysteries
But obviously no follow ups.