Miriam Minger writes a romance with wonderful descriptions of Damacus and England, along with two main characters who are interesting in their own right. If you like exotic locations and a hero who is not afraid to admit his feelings, this book is for you.
Guy, the hero is a prisoner in Damacus, Syria while fighting in the Crusades. He has been beaten and is being held for ransom. Lelia is a daughter of an English woman who was a slave and then became a third wife to an important healer/doctor. Eve, her mother came along with her English husband to Damacus who was killed. She was sold on the slave market but rescued by the man who she came to love. Lelia is practicing to become a doctor in Syria with her stepfather. She goes to the prison where Guy is and helps with his recovery.
Soon Guy is amazed by Lelia, apparantly an English woman who speaks English buts lives among the "infidels". He thinks she is a slave and when he escapes, he will help her do the same.
From this point their adventure begins, with Lelia hating Guy for what he has done. He has taken her away from the only place she has known, away from her mother (who helped Guy) and the fact that she is attracted to Guy doesn't help matters.
Guy also tries to deny his attraction, only wanting to help Lelia arrive safely in England and be delivered to her brother, who is also Guy's enemy.
Their attraction grows, which Lelia tries to deny, whereas Guy soon realizes he can't let her go.
The reader is taken on a journey along with watching lust and attraction turn into love.
The interaction between Guy and Lelia is enoyable and their love scenes and hot. A different type of romance novel awaits the reader with Captive Rose.
Harem-raised and taken captive by a Crusader. How will the lovely Leila adjust to life in her homeland of England through a battle of wits and passion with her captor, Guy de Warenne.
From birth, Leila was raised in the harem of her stepfather Sinjar Al-Aziz, a famous physician of the East. She is as well trained in medical knowledge as in the sensual arts. She often accompanies her stepfather as he treats his patients and even assits him. All she dreams of is to be as good a physician in the East as her beloved stepfather and to marry Sinjar's son.
Crusader Guy de Warenne was a prisoner in Damascus. Leila is sent to heal him and he mistakes her for another Christian slave. Determined to escape, Leila's mother aids him if he would do as she asks: to take Leila with him back to England, to the brother she has never known, to her rightful heritage.
Guy gives his word to see Leila safely delivered to Roger Gervaise--her brother and his most treacherous enemy. Guy falls in love with Leila en route to England and vows to make her his.
There's so much love in this story you can actually feel it! Very moving! Fantastic!!!
Crusader Guy de Warenne flees his Syrian prison and rescues Leila, "the slave girl" who had saved his life. Leila is english, kidnapped in infancy, schooled in medicine and trained in the sensual delights of the harem. She considers Guy a barbarian who ravaged her homeland and carried her off for his own purposes.
I have read and re-read this book and it is finally time to pass it on.
Crusader Guy de Warenne overpowers his captors and with the help of a young girl's mother he sneaks Leila, his healing beauty, from the syrian prision where he assumes she is a slave. Leila is determined to go back home and hopes her English raised brother will aid her, only he has other plans and she finds herself running back into Guy's arms.
The setting was good and different than the typical historical romance. However, the characters were not impressive, indecisive and at times annoying.
He was a manly man who pretty much raped her a couple of times. She was just annoying in that she didn't know what she wanted other than to get away. Her mother had a "happy" marriage yet didn't tell her husband about sneaking her daughter out of town.