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Subject: Exotic Sheiks and Stunning Sultans...?
Date Posted: 11/27/2007 1:54 AM ET
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Hi everybody... This is the first time I've ever posted to this discussion board!

I have a special request and I really need the help of all PBS romance lovers.   

I'm a recent member here, because I collect any romances or love stories, of any age, that feature 'exotic' sheiks/sheikhs, sultans, or spicy foreign Afro-Arabian locales. I've got nearly 80 books now, ranging from The Arabian Nights and The Perfumed Garden to the recent 'Surrender to the Sheikh' line by Harlequin.  I've googled for sheiks/sheikhs, and also found great resources at a website called Sheiks and Desert Love.  Some are vintage Mills & Boon or Harlequin titles from the 70s and 80s, and many others are Silhouette and Harlequins from the 1990s and after. 

BUT... here's my issue...  I've had little luck finding romances that DON'T have my key words (sheik, sheikh, sultan) already in the title. 

I've spent hours searching Amazon for every romance with a combination of words like "desert" or "harem" or "Arabian" in the title or description!!!  (But half are just normal American scenarios where the heroine just happens to say something like, "What do you want, Jake?  Your own harem here in the desert of Arizona?" then jumps onto an Arabian horse and rides away...) 

So I suddenly realized that I could ask you...!  The romance readers of Paperback Swap!!! 

Do you have any sheiky romances in your inventory that DON'T have the word sheik in the title?

Even if you're not listing them, have you read any that you would recommend?

If anybody can help me find a new title, of any age, I'll be totally thrilled!!!! 

~Elizabeth

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 4:50 AM ET
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Have you tried Bonnie Vanak?

Also in Fantasy there is Princes in A Golden Cage.



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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 9:31 AM ET
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I highly recommend "The Lady's Tutor" by Robin Schone.  About a "bastard sheik" half arab/englishman who tutors an englishwoman on how to seduce her husband.  Extremely steamy and well written with a bit of a thriller thrown in. 

 

Sorry, but it's a keeper for me. 

 

Also, look at this link from All About Romance for romances set in Mid East & Africa. 

www.likesbooks.com/set.html#mideast

 

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 11:04 AM ET
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Bertrice Small has three books that don't have your words in the title:

The Kadin

Adora

Beloved

The Love Slave

and of course I recommend ALL of them, but Beloved is my favorite. The Kadin is a good read but you may want to see if you can get the omnibus of that one because when the book was first released it was missing the final chapter of the story.

 

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 12:13 PM ET
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Johanna Lindsey has a book about an English Lady abducted by a sheik.  He's also an English lord.  A lot of it takes place in his desert country-(I don't remember which one).  Every Bertrice Small book I've read involves the hero or heroine spending some time being held captive by a shiek of some sort. 

Sorry I don't remember the name of the JL book.  Captive Bride maybe. 



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Date Posted: 11/27/2007 3:54 PM ET
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Here's a couple of more books listed at AAR that are Sheiks & Sultans....

  • The Eagle and The Dove (1991) by Jane Feather
  • Captives of the Night (1994) by Loretta Chase
  • Empire of the Heart (1989) by Jasmine Craig
  • His Desert Rose (2000) by Liz Fielding - HR-3618
  • Strong, Hot Winds (1988) by Iris Johansen - LS-280
  • Trustworthy Redhead (1984) by Iris Johansen - LS-35
  • Captive Bride (1987) by Johanna Lindsey
  • Silver Angel (1988) by Johanna Lindsey
  • The Panther and the Pearl (1994) by Doreen Owens Malek
  • The Lady's Tutor (1999) by Robin Schone
  • Nobody's Baby (1997) by Jane Toombs - SSE-1081
  • Blue Jasmine (1970) by Violet Winspear - HR-1399
Date Posted: 11/27/2007 7:41 PM ET
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The two mentioned by Cyndi by Iris Johansen are part of a Loveswept series of related books.  A lot of the characters are sheiks.

Oh, there's a Diana Palmer called Lord of the Desert.  I think he's a sheik.

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 1:20 PM ET
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Wow!  This is great -- thank you everyone for your advice!!!  :)

Date Posted: 11/28/2007 8:42 PM ET
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If I may ask, why the fascination with sheiks and/or middleasterners?  I married a middleastern man, myself.   Never read most of these though.



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Date Posted: 11/29/2007 6:41 AM ET
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Sarah Said: Oh, there's a Diana Palmer called Lord of the Desert.  I think he's a sheik

She's right, because that's the only one I could think of!! :) It was really good, though.

Date Posted: 12/3/2007 10:37 AM ET
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The Eagle and the Dove was a great book, The Kadin was not so good for me because he keeps his harem even though they are "in love".  Can't think of any others at the moment...

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 5:41 PM ET
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I have one on my shelf called Desert Hostage by Diane Dunaway

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 1:28 AM ET
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A ton of Harlequin romances in the "Presents" line have themes like that...here is a link to Amazon for them

http://www.amazon.com/Harlequin-Presents-Romance-Books/b?ie=UTF8&node=13412

Also found this site which seems to list a ton and has good info...this maybe the jackpot of all sites for what your into reading!

http://www.sheikhs-and-desert-love.com/browse_title.html



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Date Posted: 12/9/2007 12:57 AM ET
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I just messaged, but here's the answer! 

"If I may ask, why the fascination with sheiks and/or middleasterners?  I married a middleastern man, myself.   Never read most of these though."

I'm married to a Moroccan myself, but got into these books after as a research interest actually! 

I'm currently working on a doctorate in Comparative Literature.  Last year, in a course on postcolonial British lit, I read the novel "The Map of Love" by the English-Egyptian writer Adhaf Soueif.  The story addresses a number of common fantasy stereotypes about Arab countries, and I ended up beginning to research the evolution of sheikh figures in western romance novels.  So I started collecting paperbacks, and am still going strong almost 100 books later!!  The more I read, the more I wonder... at representations of imaginary Arab countries and real ones, of Christian sheikhs (?) and Muslim ones, of women's "seclusion" and "liberation" both.  So I keep reading.  I've tracked down dozens of stories with "sheik" or "sultan" in the title, but it's getting harder, so I thought I'd reach out to the rest of the romance-reading community to see what else I can find.  Any story, from any year, interests me.  And I'm thrilled to have gotten so many suggestions from people here.   :)

Anyway, thanks for asking.  It's a pleasure to meet everyone. 

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 1:06 AM ET
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The Eagle and the Dove was a great book, The Kadin was not so good for me because he keeps his harem even though they are "in love".  Can't think of any others at the moment...

I'll definately get a copy of The Eagle and the Dove.  Thanks for suggesting it!

I read the Kadin a couple of months ago actually... and I was way more impressed than I thought I'd be, to tell you the truth!  I had heard about the harem aspect, and was wary, but I ended up being really intrigued by how the relationships between the women were portrayed.  They seemed like sisters, in a way.