Monday, April 8, 2013

The Desert Sheikh Trilogy by Katheryn Lane (Review, Guest Post, Giveaway)

Book 1: Kidnapped By The Sheikh

Sheikh Akbar needs a hostage.

Sarah Greenwich needs to escape.

But sometimes what you need is not what you want.

When a powerful sheikh kidnaps Dr. Sarah Greenwich, she leads him to believe that she is the wife of the British ambassador, but how long will she be able to keep up the deception and what will happen to her when the sheikh finds out that she has been lying to him?

Sarah is about to discover that the desert is an exotic wilderness, where anything can happen…

Book 2: Married To The Sheikh

When Sarah Greenwich marries Sheikh Akbar, her life is full of wedded bliss in the arms of a loving, passionate man. However, not everyone shares her happiness and Sarah soon discovers that when you’re married to a powerful warlord, problems can come from the most unexpected sources.

Can love overcome the obstacles that are placed in front of it?

Book 3: The Sheikh’s Son

When Sheikh Akbar manages to track down his long-lost wife, he also discovers the one other thing that he has always wanted: a son. However, reclaiming what he wants and loves is not as easy as he first thinks.

Who will win in this renewed battle of wills and what lengths will Akbar go to in order to keep his child?

Katheryn Lane

I'm a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys, so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn't move in the supermarket. However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give readers a break from everyday life.

Open one of my books and escape on an adventure to an exotic location, because it's easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.

Have a break, read a book!

What have reviewers said so far?

“I loved the way the author broke the novel into three different sections. These sections are about the same couple but during different phases of their romance. Each section has a different obstacle they have to face. I like how they are woven together and I have to admit I fell a little in love with the sheikh myself. Where do I find this guy? This story just goes to show that where there is true love nothing can keep a couple from being together.” 5 stars

“The Desert Sheikh was filled with sweet romance and two people working to bridge the cultural gaps that kept them apart. A strong woman finds a strong man, and they come together to create a successful marriage of two cultures. Love is the best bridge between people. Highly recommended.” 5 stars

Guest Post from Katheryn Lane

What Inspires A Sheikh Romance

Thank you so much Donna for inviting me to talk about my romance novels on your great site, My Life. One Story At A Time.

I’ve recently published The Desert Sheikh, a romance in three parts: Kidnapped By The Sheikh, Married To The Sheikh and The Sheikh’s Son, and I’m planning to publish a new series, The Sheikh’s Beloved, later this month. My first published romance novel, The Royal Sheikh, was also a sheikh romance and I’ve got another one in the pipeline with a working title of A Bride For The Sheikh. But why so many sheikh romances?

First of all, I love romance novels! I feel that there’s nothing better than the satisfaction of reading a highly emotional romance with a great happily-ever-after ending, so that’s what I love to write. When I first started, I wrote a range of different romances mainly set in England, where I grew up, but I never really felt that any of them were good enough to publish (most of them remain unfinished on my computer). Then, several years ago my husband was offered a contract in the Middle East. I couldn’t help but be inspired by my new surroundings of desert, camels and palm trees, and I wrote my first sheikh romance, The Royal Sheikh. The longer I live in the Middle East, the more I learn about local customs and the Bedouin tribes that live in the desert, and I’ve used some of this information in sections of The Desert Sheikh series. Much of the romance is more fantasy than fact, but as with all my books certain elements are based on reality. For example, in the second part of The Desert Sheikh series, Married To The Sheikh, the heroine has to have a letter of consent from her husband, Sheikh Akbar, before she is able to work and this is based on what I’ve experienced as my husband had to write a letter in Arabic giving his permission before I could begin work as a local teacher.

As well as the desert and the local customs, another aspect of life in the Middle East that has inspired my books is the immense wealth which some of the sheikhs possess. A friend of mine said that when she went to a sheikh’s palace to tutor his children, she saw vases full of flowers made from solid gold and precious stones, and recently I heard that a sheikh spent almost half a million dollars on a prize camel! I’ve included both of these details in my sheikh romances, along with many others.

Overall, I think the fabulous wealth, the exotic desert locations and the huge cultural differences that exist between the powerful sheikh men and the equally strong-willed Western women all come together to make a great mix for a romance novel!             

My Review

The Desert Sheikh Trilogy was a wonderful romance between two people who loved each other very much, so much so, that even distance and years of separation couldn't change the love. It was a sweet story between two people from vastly different cultures who continued to work to solve the cultural differences between them and in the end found happiness. 

I did find it was more of a fantasy romance than reality. It was fast paced and I felt left out a lot of details that may have made the book more believable. 

The author did a great job with the separation of the three books and then joining them into one book for the reader. It was everything you expect from a Harlequin Romance, and along the way the reader has a chance to learn about the Arabic countries and their way of life. 

Katheryn Lane is giving an e-book away! That means the give away is international! Just leave a comment with your email so we can contact you.

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  1. Katheryn really takes you into the Sheikh romances, and I have to say she's my favorite author when it comes to this subject. If you haven't read her books, I hope you'll take the time to buy them!

    1. Thank you Michelle! I really appreciate your comment.

  2. I have read a number of Katheryn Lane's books and they are all excellent! Looking forward to more from this great author!

    1. Thank you Paul. I'm so glad you like my books. My latest, The Sheikh's Beloved, should be out later this month, I hope!


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