Release day: The Sheikh’s Princess Bride
Today is the official release of The Sheikh’s Princess Bride by Annie West (paperback and ebook, Mills & Boon). Here’s the blurb:
Wanted: royal bride and mother For Sheikh Tariq of Al-Sharath, one miserable marriage was enough. With a kingdom to rule, he has no time—or wish—to find a bride, but his children need a mother. Could Princess Samira of Jazeer be the answer? Samira has sampled passion, and it left a bad taste. With the knowledge she can’t have the children she’s always wanted, Samira steps into Tariq’s ready-made family. Her only condition? No sex! Samira thought royal duties and her love for Tariq’s children would fill the hole in her heart, but a craving is building that only the sheikh’s touch can cure…
Annie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
This story came about because I’d just written The Sultan’s Harem Bride. In it my Sultan, Asim, is protecting his sister, Samira, from intrusive press attention after scandal and tragedy. When I started that book I had no idea Samira would even appear on the page, but as soon as she did I knew I wanted to write her story. She’d been through so much and seemed so fragile, though with an underlying strength that appealed to me. I had to write The Sheikh’s Princess Bride to discover what happened to her. That’s how the Desert Vows duet came about. One of the things I loved about this story was that far from being fragile, Samira shows just how determined she is, even if it means facing down the man she’s too scared to let herself love. It’s she who proposes marriage to the man she thinks will make the perfect husband and father, even putting a caveat on their marriage—no sex! My favourite line from the book is when Tariq says ‘The next time you kiss me it won’t be because I ask, Samira, but because you want me.’ This is a story about the slow burn of seduction and learning to trust and love. Lots of smouldering passion and a very special happy ever after.
All ARRA members who leave a comment on this post will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. The giveaway will close on 15 April 2015. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Helen.)