Lord of the Desert

Lord of the Desert

by Nina Bruhns

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Bruhns presents for your reading pleasure, book 1 in her exciting sexy contemporary paranormal romance trilogy, IMMORTAL SHEIKHS.

The three Haliday sisters are not afraid of mummies. Nor of silly ancient Egyptian curses. Historian Gillian, ethnographer Gemma, and archaeologist Josslyn Haliday spent their childhoods sharing their sleeping tent with all manner of mummies, having accompanied their Egyptologist father on his digs ever since the fateful day their mother disappeared into the sands of the Sahara twenty years ago.

Brave women all three, it would never occur to any of them to fear the dead.

But that is all about to change...


Lord Rhys Kilpatrick died in Egypt. In 1885. At least, that's what his family thought. But they were wrong.

As the eldest son of a British earl, Lord Rhys dearly loved his old life of action and indulgence. But he loves his new life even more, as a trusted lieutenant to the five-thousand year old demigod who granted him immortality.

Egyptologists and locals believe the vampire Seth-Aziz is merely an ancient myth. Lord Rhys is one of the initiated few who know better. That Seth rules the nighttime desert from his vast, luxurious tomb-palace deep beneath the shifting sands. As al Fahl, Rhys is now a shapeshifter, able to transform himself at will into a magnificent stallion. His highly enjoyable duty is to supply his dark master with all his heart desires.

When historian Gillian Haliday ventures too close to the carefully hidden palace entry, searching for Rhys's own grave to settle the mystery of his death for his former family, he knows he must intervene. Quickly.

Rhys is instantly obsessed with the bold, golden beauty. This woman, he decides, he will keep for himself. In the vast, burning desert, an unwary person is easily swallowed up, never to be heard of again. Few will notice a missing woman, no matter how pretty.

But Seth has other plans for her. Plans that will crush Rhys and Gillian's blossoming love, and spell her doom. And possibly be the untimely end of Lord Rhys's own earthly existence.  


The Bedouin believe Sheikh Shahin Aswadi to be the harbinger of death, an immortal shapeshifter who rides the wind in the form of a powerful black hawk, serving his vampire master. Shahin doesn't mind. The myth makes his duties as commander of Seth-Aziz's army of immortal followers much easier. No outsider has dared approach his hidden oasis encampment for over a century, too terrified of the ruthless legend of al Shahin.

Until today.


Five thousand years is a long time to live underground, without the sun in your face or the wind in your hair.

Still, for vampire Seth-Aziz, there are ample compensations for living in perpetual darkness--the magical powers of a demigod, the ability to take the form of any creature he wishes, a beautiful underground palace filled with loyal, adoring followers, and of course being immortal. It is an amazing life, even without the sun.

But not today.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161586082
Publisher: Cajun Hot Press
Publication date: 08/05/2018
Series: Immortal Sheikhs Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 485,031
File size: 958 KB

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY Best Selling author Nina Bruhns pens adventurous romantic thrillers that contain a unique blend of interesting characters and settings, twisty suspense, and sizzling romance. To date, she has published over 40 award-winning novels, including several under the pen name Nikita Black.

Aside from hitting #16 on the New York Times Best Seller List, Nina’s had three RITA nominations, and her books have won a bunch of awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for the Year's Best Overall Mystery-Suspense Book, two RT Awards, and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Nina and Nikita’s website: http://www.NinaBruhns.com
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Lord of the Desert 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** Get ready for myth and legend to come alive to show a side of Egypt only the brave or foolish will ever see. Lord of the Desert is the first book in a trilogy which means this book has the daunting task of introducing the main characters of this book as well as hinting at the players in the future stories. On top of that the author had to world build. That's a lot of work to do and Ms. Bruhns did a pretty good job of it. Gillian is one of three sisters and the one whom this book is about. She's supposedly got the safest career of the three but I think she has a craving for excitement in her life. She looks forward to the times when all three get together and they always do something interesting. This time the word 'interesting' is tame in comparison to the journey Gillian is about to take. I like that there was foreshadowing throughout without sounding hokey or too over the top. It was just enough to flavor the story and tease a reader as to its possible meaning. Gillian runs the gamut of emotions during this tale and her reactions are all over the board. The question I had at a few points in the story is: which were her real reactions and which ones were orchestrated? Through a careful use of dialogue, the author lets the reader know the truth. I was happy with the revelation and it's in line with it being a romance book. I liked her dedication to her family and I'm pretty sure it was the author's intent to use this also as a hint of what the future may bring. The element of family ends up being a carrot that is used against Gillian which makes her both strong and weak at the same time. Her reaction to the truth of the hero is in line with how I'd imagine a person would react, up to a point. Of course, this is fiction AND fantasy so she had to be written in such a way to get the job done. If it were me, I'd have been a basket case, if he allowed me to be - that part is sort of creepy. I did enjoy the fact that the guys underestimated Gillian and she used that perception of females being less intelligent to outsmart them. It got her in trouble but it helped get her man too. Her man ends up being none other than a man who's been dead for over a century, Lord Rhys. Obviously he's not dead but he's practically so as for as the rest of the world is concerned. He made a choice many years ago and he's been pretty cool with it all. He's found a unique place in life and he feels confident, accepted and enjoys the trust of a very powerful man. He needs nothing or no one and he's fine. Until he meets Gillian. Then this complacent man, this confident and assured personality, starts making mistakes, getting emotional and taking chances - all because of a woman. Those are my favorite types of romantic conflicts. He's a guy trying to do the right thing but wants to do the wrong thing because the wrong thing feels so good that the right thing has to be wrong. And as a reader of romance I knew he was right and the fun began. He tries to be tricky, he tries to be far thinking but one of the secondary characters throws a monkey wrench into his plans at every turn. The poor guy wasn't going to have any blood left in his hands from clenching them into fists so much. I liked Rhys' inner goodness and moral compass. It's a bit tarnished and bent but he still does the right thing even though it pains him to do so. He had an interesting inner conflict.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Kilpatrick family hires historian Gillian Halliday to find the grave of their ancestor, English lord Lieutenant Rhys Kilpatrick. He died over a century ago in the Nubian Desert of Egypt. As Gillian follows clues she is taken aback to what they lead her to. Instead of a tomb, she encounters the breathing Rhys who remains alive though he vanished one hundred and twenty five years ago. Shapeshifting Rhys explains that he serves immortal vampire demigod high priest Seth-Aziz, a five millennia being, as he has for decades. When Rhys and Gillian fall in love, he risks everything to be with her even when his owner demands he turns the woman over to him. Their only hope is to find her mother, who vanished twenty years ago. Placing a vampire romance inside of Egyptian mythology, Nina Bruhns provides romantic fantasy fans will a great read. The Immortal Sheikhs story line is fast-paced from the moment the star-crossed lovers meet and never slows down for an instant. Lord of the desert is a winner as fans will root for the lead couple as they go up against impossible odds with love their strongest yet also weakest weapon. Harriet Klausner
meclipse More than 1 year ago
Fair character development with an OK story. Could have been hotter.
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