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  • Unfortunately, Prince Kateb does not recognize this and is ready to send her home when the time is up

    • by janet arp

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      I was waiting in line for my daughter to purchase her manga books and I saw the cover of this book by Susan Mallery. Honestly, that is what attracted me to the book. It wasn’t the picture but the title. Even in current news stories you hear about people being bought and sold in the United States. There are all kinds of selling from adults to children. The idea of buying or selling a person to me is unthinkable. I purchased this book to read because of the intrigue of the title and the picture did kinda remind me of a faraway romantic place to go. After all, it is a romance book and probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I buy these books to escape

      from all the issues of daily life.

      Victoria McCallan and Prince Kateb are the main characters. Victoria works as the palace secretary in El Deharia. Her father has come to visit and has not only cheated at gambling but racked up a debt he can’t pay. Prince Kateb is prepared to lock her father up but Victoria offers herself for the debt her father owes. The Prince takes her to the desert for six months. Victoria’s plan is to just get through the next six months then return to the United States to start over. After this fiasco, it is unlikely that another Prince or palace member would hire her again. Within a few days a physical attraction begins to happen between the two of them. Victoria is taught the ways of the women in the desert palace. She learns things like etiquette, social skills and how to dress appropriately. Prince Kateb tries to fight the attraction because he is still mourning the untimely death of his wife. Soon, other palace members want Prince Kateb to be married. He is unsure because he believes she has wanted to marry a Prince all along and that she is not sincere with her love. Victoria becomes a friend to the desert villagers. She learns how to become an independant women and grows and matures during the six months. Unfortunately, Prince Kateb does not recognize this and is ready to send her home when the time is up.

      I liked reading about the way a palace is run. There ...

      • The Sheik and the Bought Bride by Susan Mallery book
      are servants for each little task. Also, the idea of having a room just for a harem of ladies is funny to me. What man has time for that many ladies anyway? The descriptions of the journey into the desert were very calming and relaxing to me. I could almost image myself there with Victoria.

      It was fun getting to know the characters of this story and understanding that palace life in the desert is not what you would expect. Also, there are so many customs and traditions that a Prince must follow. For instance, the debt had to be paid so one of the options was to accept Victoria and her services for 6 months time.

      I was upset with how the storyline took a wild turn towards the

      end of the story. Prince Kateb has failed to notice the true Victoria. He continues the plan to send her home. He doesn’t realize that if he does, he will loose the one love that can make him happy again and so much more. I just wanted to slap him a few times so that he could get over being so handsome and just look and listen to Victoria once in awhile.

      Overall, this book was very easy to read and follow. The plot moved along at a good pace. You didn’t stay in one specific storyline too long so there was little chance of being bored. The ending was very delightful and not because they found love afterall. You’ll have to read the story to understand. Enjoy!

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