I read this book because it was on the Romantic Times Classic Romance list with a 5 out of 5 rating.
The "hero",Alex is an arrogant, rich Sheik. I like dark heros, and I can take arrogant and possesive behavior from romance heros to a point. But this went beyond the normal arrogance to abuse. There is no other word for Alex's behavior. He meets the heroine , Sabrina , at his birthday party. She has come to do a "bellygram" - a bellydance - as a gift from his friend. He is immediately enraged and jealous. He practically says he owns her. He demands she quit her job. He "tells" her she is going home with him and she is to break off all other relationships with other men. Later on, he threatens her loved ones and demands she come live with him. He gets her fired from her job. And on it goes. His excuse is he never felt this way about another woman and he "doesn't like it". But still, she LOVES him! She "can't control" her emotions when she is with him , or when he tries to get her to "make love". God, how sickening! Yuk!!! I'd give this 0 stars if I could.
This is another of my favorite of Iris Johansen's early romances. Ties in with "Touch the Horizon" among others.
Good book! The hero was a bit overbearing in the beginning but he does mellow in the end with the love of a good strong woman!
When Princess Rubinoff hired Sabrina Courtnes to deliver very special birthday wishes to her husband's best friend, she never warned her that Alex Ben Rashid had a powerful weakness for red-haired ladies...an omission that made their first meeting a volatile one. From the moment Alex saw her, he wanted to possess her totally, to make her succumb to his desire for her. But though Sabrina could be pliable and tender when it was on her own terms, her independent nature rebelled at his arrogance. Could a man who was used to getting everything he wanted learn to trust the woman he loved?
Alex is a classic stalker who gets away with his abusive behavior because he is hot and rich. So disappointed in the heroine who gets into his car because he is threatening a co-worker. She does a lot of stupid things as well. Not worth the read unless you like these stalker / dumb victim scenarios.