The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane and E. M. Hull is one good historical romance read. After reading this novel I went and re-read the original 'The Sheik' by E.M. Hull. After reading both I can say is that "The Sheik Retold" is a good read and the beginning chapters basically follow the original story. However, after Diana's kidnapping by The Sheik the story takes off a little difference.
I felt that 'The Sheik Retold' really brings it all out to the reader so much that once starting the read you will not be able to put it down until the end. There was always something happening that will catch your attention and you will have to read more to see what is going to happening next.
The two main characters were really something. The heroine Diana Mayo is an English woman who is "a haughty young heiress for who the world is a playground.'
Quote: by Diana
"My life is mine and I will deal with it exactly as I wish. I will do what I choose when and how I choose. I will never again obey any will but my own."
Then then there is Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan (hero) who is a cold and calculating chauvinist. He is used to only having it his way.
Diane's brother Aubrey wasn't able to talk her out of traveling to the French Algerian Desert alone. It’s just not safe! However, with her being so 'headstrong and stubborn' she is captured by 'The Sheik' who had some wild ideas of his own for this English woman.
'Ahmed is his own law...he obeys no one. He is a fair ruler among his people...brutal and efficient, but fair. His near godlike status renders him answerable to none. What he wants, he has. His every whim is seen to, his every wish a reality. And he wants the blonde English beauty in his bed. Fortunately for Diana, he also takes great pride in wooing anyone or anything who doubts his authority...or his prowess...'
Diana soon learns that fighting the Sheik would do no good because she had been stripped of the one thing she held dearly...her freedom.
Quote: by The Sheik
"Shall I make you care, Cherie? Shall I make it your deepest desire, your only desire, to please me? I can make any woman love me when I choose."
Ahmed had seen her earlier and became intrigued and so now she was his to do whatever he wanted. So, we have two people...each used to having their way...and this is where this adventure takes off. Will they start to fall for each other? With both of these two being so suborn readers are in for some interesting reading. Be ready for some romance scenes. Will Diana began to discover the joys of actually being a woman? In the end will both of these two be capable of love?
Quote by Diana:
"I had lived my entire live indulging my sense with all things beautiful - art, music, food, wine, perfumes. I had never refrained from handling anything or feeling whatever I chose. Nothing had been out of bounds to me. My wealth allowed me these singular privileges, but I had never before indulge my receptors to another's touch. I had long ago shunned the need for suck physical contact as a contemptuous feminine weakness, but he had forced my submission to it."
This is where I say you must pick up "The Sheik Retold" to see how Vane presents this all to the readers. You will find it a little different from the original novel. There will be answers to many questions along. Readers also get some mystery.
Readers will find that the secondary characters are also very developed, captivating and colorful. Victoria Vane did a wonderful job with the descriptions of what was going on at that time... such as during the abduction by The Sheik. It was beautifully described, making it so vivid that it seemed to have come to life. "The Sheik Retold" is a very intriguing fascinating story with plenty of action. You will be thinking that this author has done it again and given the reader an excellent read. Thank you so very much Ms. Vane for letting me read this story.
Do I recommend? YES!!!
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The Desert was Never Hotter!
Pride and passion vie for supremacy between a haughty young heiress and a savage son of the Sahara in this fresh new telling of E.M. Hull's romance classic.
A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground... A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own...
"There will be inquiries." I choked out. "I am not such a nonentity that nothing will be done when I am missed. You will pay dearly for what you have done."
"Pay?" His amused look sent a cold feeling of dread through me. "I have already paid... in gold that matches your hair, my gazelle. Besides," he continued, "the French have no jurisdiction over me. There is no law here above my own."
My trepidation was growing by the minute. "Why have you done this? Why have you brought me here?"
"Why?" He repeated with a slow and heated appraisal that made me acutely, almost painfully, conscious of my sex. "Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?"
When pride and passion vie for supremacy, blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights...