style similiar to Johanna Lindsey, strong alpha male and fiery female leads.
A vengeful sheikh kidnaps the intended bride of his worst enemy, meaning to teach her a hard lesson in slavery. Instead the proud sheikh learns a lesson in love.
Patricia Grasso strikes gold with Heather and Khalid, yet this is tricky ground for a romance writer. With a weak heroine, the master/slave storyline simply will not work for a modern audience. That is why Heather Devereaux must capture readers' hearts from the first. It helps that Heather is pure mischief, part bratty teenager and part passionate woman. Still in mourning for her slain father, Heather is also a lost child who needs love. Her personality is defined by her fiery red hair and green eyes, with a dash of freckles across her delicate nose. Heather is innocent, passionate, and defiant, just the person to tame an arrogant sheikh.
This particular sheikh is a brooding hunk named Khalid Beg. Known as "the Sultan's Beast" Khalid is one of the greatest warriors of the Ottoman Empire. But the legends of his terrible cruelty have grown out of all proportion, until now he feels trapped behind the mask of a monster. The only person who dares to challenge him is his insolent, copper-haired slave, who mocks his commands with girlish sarcasm yet responds to his touch with womanly passion. Can proud Khalid learn love from a slave? Can breezy, freedom-loving Heather resist the lonely man who stole her liberty?
This is a desert tale for those who love a wisecracking heroine, a scowling sheikh, and a host of hilarious minor characters. Best of all, there is the timeless magic of the desert, where the heat of passion soon turns to lasting love. -- Review by Larry Rogers --