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His Defiant Desert Queen

I will not marry you. I will not!. When Sheikh Mikael catches notorious model Jemma Copeland flaunting Saidia’s laws – and her body – in his desert, he kn... read more

ISBN: 9781472098481
Published: March 2015


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I will not marry you. I will not!

When Sheikh Mikael catches notorious model Jemma Copeland flaunting Saidia’s laws – and her body – in his desert, he knows one thing. Revenge against his family’s destruction is within his reach! To achieve it he makes Jemma an offer: imprisonment or marriage.

With her life shattered by the scandal that rocked her family, Jemma needed that modelling job. She didn’t know that she was breaking the law! But Mikael’s outrageous proposal pushes her beyond shock… to utter fury. If he expects her to be a meek, pliable bride, this arrogant Sheikh has another thing coming!

Jane Porter’s The Disgraced Copelands Duet:

A family in the headlines – for all the wrong reasons! The Copelands’ world was once filled with unrivalled luxury and glittering social events. Now that privileged existence is nothing but a distant memory and the Copeland heirs seek to start new lives – with no-one to rely on but themselves. At least that’s what they think…!

Book 1: The Fallen Greek Bride
Book 2: His Defiant Desert Queen

Praise for Jane Porter

The Fallen Greek Bride 4.5* TOP PICK RT Book Review

Porter makes her larger-than-life characters appeal by stripping away the opulent façade to reveal the base emotions everyone understands: hurt, anger and, most of all, love. Add breathtaking vistas and a couple whose explosive intensity is evident on every dramatic page, and you have a winner.

His Majesty’s Mistake 4* RT Book Review

Porter paints an extravagant tale, filled with strong-yet-vulnerable characters and a satisfying against- all-odds romance.

Not Fit for a King? 4.5* TOP PICK RT Book Review

Readers will sigh when this story ends and long for more pages to read. Porter is a masterful storyteller who keeps readers riveted with great characters and a spellbinding tale.

Majorly disappointing

Rating By R,16/02/2015

It turns out that this is the second book in THE DISGRACED COPELANDS series but I had forgotten much about the first since it was published something like 2 years ago. Bits of it however kept springing to mind and I can remember there were some interesting loose ends. Unfortunately while the initial book was excellent this is a major let-down. The opening was sparky and attention grabbing and I thought I was in for another great read but then it degenerated very quickly becoming verbose with uninspiring dialogue between the characters neither of whom had much charisma. What plot there was was very slow moving. One to be avoided, alas! I still do want to read the ending to the series though as there is a major plotline still unfinished. Four out of ten

His Defiant Desert Queen

Rating By Debbie,18/03/2015

I know that when I pick up a Jane Porter story, I'll get transported to another place. With His Defiant Desert Queen, the getaway is an enjoyable romance set in Saidia. I enjoyed reading Mikael and Jemma's story. Their chemistry and the wonderful descriptive writing kept me turning the pages.

A Beautiful Love Story

Rating By Janine,17/03/2015

I didn’t want this book to end. This is a story that captures you from the start and stays strong all the way to the very last words. When Jemma Copeland is caught breaking Saidia’s laws, she is to face one of two punishments. One would be seven years imprisonment. The other is to marry Sheikh Mikael. She has no choice in which one it will be. Marriage is chosen as her punishment. Jemma refuses to accept it and claims she will never love him. If she can make it through the first eight days, Mikael says he will let her go back to London if she still wishes to do so. But once the honeymoon starts, Jemma is quickly second guessing how she originally felt. She is falling in love. Beautiful descriptions of the scenery, great characters and plot make this a must read for any romance fan.

Traditions and second chances

Rating By Jean,17/03/2015

This was a fun book to read. I enjoy reading about different countries with different traditions. Jemma was working hard on rebuilding her life after her father's illegal activity cost her family everything. Desperate for a modeling job and money, she broke Saidia's laws. Now Saidia's king, Mikael, was going to make her pay. Mikael was rough at first, but he really was a good man and a good king with respect for his country, it's traditions, and his people. Jemma really is good at heart, trying to support herself even if she didn't always make the best choices. Although some people may not like or understand the "kidnapped bride" tradition, it is in fact normal in some other cultures. And in Saidia, even when brides are kidnapped, no one is ever forced to do anything against their will, including physical intimacy. This was a wonderful, fun read!

Cought in the Desert

Rating By Elisabeth,17/03/2015

His Defiant Desert Queen by Jane Porter is such an enjoyable romance read to me. It flows of the pages and I loved the characters. It had a little different start than many other romance stories but after that I totally fell in love with the story. I loved all the well described scenes in the dessert and I was not disappointed. If you like reading Harlequins by Jane Porter you'll like this one.

His Defiant Desert Queen (#2 Disgraced Copelands)

Rating By nova,17/03/2015

This is book #2 in the Disgraced Copelands series. It is written by Jane Porter. It is the story of Jemma Copeland & Sheik Mikael of Saidia. After her swindler father's disgrace, Jemma loses her modelling job, her apartment and boyfriend. She takes a modeling job in the Middle Eastern country of Saidia as a last ditch effort to earn some money. The photo shoot is interrupted and shut down by the country's leader, Sheik Mikael. He is not happy that Jemma has violated the laws of his country. He also has another reason for hating Jemma, and it has to do with her father. Rather than face several charges and seven years imprisonment, she has no choice than to marry Mikael. Can Jemma be forced to stay with a man who has "kidnapped" her into marriage? What other choice did she have? I liked seeing how Mikael's true character is revealed as the story goes along. He isn't all he seems to be and there are reasons behind everything he does. I loved the descriptions of the desert, the country, and the rooms at the place where they stay for their "honeymoon".

A fun Escape read

Rating By Kimberly,17/03/2015

This is the 2nd book in the Copeland family series by Jane Porter. I will say that you do not have to read book 1 to understand what is going on. And book 1 was much edgier, grittier. This is Jemma's Story, one of the Copeland sisters. Jemma has made a name for herself and lived on her own since she was 18, but due to circumstances beyond her control, she has lost her fiancé, jobs and is about to lose her apartment. Her father ruined a lot of people's lives and people are automatically wanting her to pay for the sins of her father. Jemma is desperate to take a job to pay her bills and does what she thinks she needs to do, which is pretend to be her sister's passport to gain entry to Saidia. The new king is not happy to find her doing modeling naked under a fur coat in his desert. He decides to take her to one of his tribe elders to try her for her crimes. The elder offers the King Karim two options. One her have her under house arrest for 7 yrs or he can take her as his wife as payment for what Jemma's father did. Jemma doesn't want to marry for anything but love..... Mikael gives her no choice. The strike a deal, if he can no convince her to be his wife in 8 days in the bridal palace, she can return to her life. I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a perfect escape romance read for me. I found Jemma to be strong and vulnerable at the same time. Mikael was a great mix of old world and modern. And the Bridal palace.... every girl's fantasy.... Steamy, sexy, sweet and HOT. I would marry a sheik if I knew I was going to get to go there. I have to admit that the Presents line is one of my guilty little pleasures and Jane Porter is one of my favorite and must buy authors.


Rating By Daisy ,03/02/2015

Didn't like anything about this book. Moving on.

Finishing a book you don't like

Rating By ,07/02/2015

I love Jane Porter's work but the story was soooo boring !!!!!!!!!!!! Really, all the books of this series have been really disappointing and this is one of those !!! a VERY VERY VERY bad book!!!! Did not like either the hero or heroine.....


Rating By ,01/02/2015

slow and boring!

love conquers the cultural divide

Rating By Denise,27/03/2015

**I received this book as a gift--the review is my personal opinion** Jemma is desperate for work after her father's Ponzi scheme ruins her reputation, causing alienation from friends, and her losing as a model. She enters Saidia using her sister's passport, unfortunately Sheihk Mikael discovers her and vows to have her punished for violating the law. He takes her to his tribe, and the Sheihk is asked to chose the sentence by an elder--seven years of punishment in house arrest or claim her for his queen. He makes his claim, and they are married without ceremony, against her will. As they spend the next eight nights together, learning about each other and the deepest secrets each harbors, they forge a relationship. The marriage goes from cultural "forced" to a love match, but each still fights baggage, cultural, and trust issues from the past. Surviving an accident solidifies their love and commitment for the future. This is a beautifully written story which uses the spirit of sensuality a la the tales of One Thousand and One Nights as the couple explores the beginning of marriage in a cultural tradition. I highly recommend it!

Good but for the ending!

Rating By Arpita,08/04/2015

This Modern genre has the touch of an able writer but the end was not true to Modern genre because it should end on a happily ever after tone, with all the issues, problems of the couples wound up well. In this story it is assumed that Jemma will regain her former health. It leaves the reader with a bit of doubt! Jane Porter would do well to remember this is a Modern genre and not one of the others types of M&B romances. She has used Fantasy to the nth degree of the storyline so why not with the ending?

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