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Feature book: The Desert King’s Captive Bride

18 October 2017

The Desert King’s Captive Bride by Annie West

Princess Ghizlan of Jeirut has finally made it home. She was rejected by a neighbouring king, as he chose the love of his life, instead of the arranged marriage with Ghizlan. Her father has died and she has some concern as to who the next king will be. She finds out within minutes of her arrival. Ghizlan also finds that she is to be his wife. She is somewhat peeved that this man would dare to presume she would accept. She has more concerns, such as her sister and the business she is trying to set up.

Sheikh Huseyn of Rasheed makes it clear that Ghizlan does not have a choice in the marriage if she wants to keep her palace and position, as another sheikh is poking at the borders. Ghizlan finally agrees to the marriage but with conditions. Huseyn gives her all the conditions, although he silently disagrees with the divorce part.

Huseyn keeps close tabs on Ghizlan and is constantly surprised by her personal touch with the people and respects her knowledge of the kingdom; together they make it work. During this time, Ghizlan gives him a gift and he is blown away. I think this has to be one of my favourite scenes in this story. He eventually tells her that it was the first gift he has ever received. He gives Ghizlan many gifts he hopes are special to her, which they are, and she feels much loved. Then she discovers why her gift to him was so special to him.

This story is Ghizlan’s story. She appeared as the jilted bride to be in The Desert King’s Secret Heir. I’m so glad Ghizlan got her own story and her own happy ever after. It always seems to be that if the man or woman has been jilted, then it was never meant to be, but I always hope that they will get their HEA. There was no major fights between Huseyn and Ghizlan, they just got on with their roles as Sheikh and Sheikha, but as they observed and spent time together, they were able to build the connection. A very enjoyable story.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog by 1 November 2017 will go into the draw to win a copy of the book.

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3 Comments
  1. Yvonne Bartlett permalink
    25 October 2017 12:00 am

    Sounds like another great story from Annie West. Love when secondary characters are allowed to develop and we see so much more.

  2. Lynette williams permalink
    18 October 2017 4:18 pm

    I have read this book and what a wonderful story well done again Annie LynW

  3. 18 October 2017 8:16 am

    Love, love, love this book. Great review, Heather!

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