A virgin bride for His Majesty’s pleasure
About to lose his kingdom, Xavian is marrying for power – his wedding night will be purely for duty. As he unveils his new queen, nervous and naked, bathed in fragrant oils, he’s stunned that she’s as beautiful as the desert stars…
This queen deserves a royal bedding worthy of the Arabian Nights…and in her arms Xavian discovers that, though he may not have a kingdom, he has the strength and power of a thousand kings. But this untouched queen could be his undoing…
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This is the first book I have read by this author and it was an interesting read - I would recommend it.
I have been waiting for the follow on title to Karedes for ages and wasn't disappointed! Great reading!
didnt like it
very weak hero
and not a good story
A well crafted intense romance
Author Carol Marinelli has again charmed me as well as answering my wish for this particular story to be written with Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen. It's an absolutely magnificent love story and the first book in the Dark Hearted Desert Men series.
If you read The Royal House of Karedes in the very last book there was a stranger at the Queen of Aristo's wedding who noticed a man with eyes so like her new husbands that she was shaken. For she new that her husband and brothers as children had been kidnapped and that the youngest Al'Farisi brother, Zakari was swept out to sea and never found. The brothers never got over their loss nor did the country of Calista.
This incredible story is about that lost brother, now known as Xavian, the ruler of Qusay, the sheikh playboy who has been promised to Layla, the Queen of Haydar. A very strong Queen, a beautiful woman who rules alone and is a virgin. A woman not to be kept waiting, a proud woman who gives as good as she gets and who almost faints at her wedding because her future husband is so handsome and powerfully built, who oozes sensuality and takes her breath away.
Throughout reading this story one is made aware that Xavian takes his duties seriously and puts his country first. However, he is trouble by the scars on his wrists, he has bad dreams at night, and since the wedding of the Queen of Aristo, he's troubled because they keep contacting him all of a sudden and it makes him unsettled. Now he is about to marry a woman who is queen of another country and he's expected to produce an heir and possibly assist her in ruling her country, uniting both lands.
Queen Layla was nervous, it was her wedding day to a man she had been betrothed to since childhood. A man with a reputation of a playboy, a man who would take her on their wedding night. This sheikh2
I simply cannot get enough of Carol's writing and anything sheikh orientated so this was a joy!
also got the Lords of the Desert collection but preferred this.
A struggle to finish
The one highlight of this book was that it continued the block set of stories about the Royal House of Karides and solved one of the outstanding mysteries.
However I struggled to read the book through to the end. I appreciate it must have been a traumatic situation for Xavian to be in but I really felt like grabbing him and trying to shake some sense into him.
The whole situation and characters seemed unrealistic.
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