To love him is to face her deepest fear...
In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert.
Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert. But in one night of terror, condemned to death, their lives are irrevocably bound. Zenia escapes to an English world of elegance and comfort, leaving behind the lonely, fearless man who has changed her life and conquered her heart... until he returns to invade her sanctuary.
Now she must choose between safety and love, but can she find the courage to be the person she was truly born to be?
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This story dragged a bit for me and the main relationship seemed impossible. Just as the book was ending everything magically works out. I would have liked the characters to remain similar throughout the book and not the quick change in time for the book to end. also would like more pages to enjoy of the good ending.
i dont normally read period romances but a good story is a good story, very meaty and intense, will def get another book by this author.
I got so tired of the foolish back and forth of this supposed love between two people - of which the female version as completely ridiculous. Reader was very good but I would not recommend this book.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
This is the second Laura Kinsale book that has disappointed me. I listened to the first few chapters and then skipped to the last chapter to find out who all lived. That was enough for me. They book start off with promise and could have been very good, but it just went on too long and was filled with angst. The H/H start off very attracted to one another but quickly end up at odds and stayed that way mostly all the way though the book until the very end. The heroine in this book has snakes in her head and I did not like her at all. The hero was extremely attractive and sexy but he is kind of nuts too. The H/H won't be honest and say what is on their minds. If they did, it would certainly avoid a great deal of sorrow. I , on the other hand, am going to avoid any more sorrow by giving up on Laura Kinsale's books. They are just not my cup of tea.
What a wonderful book and reader! Adventure, love, sorrow, humor, frailty, complex and very human characters. Highly recommended.
I have yet to listen to one of kinsale's books that has bored me or that I have found tedious and uninteresting. Her heroines are great and the hero is always a man I can admire and respect. I would definitely recommend this book as well as any other by this author.
Overall excellent but the author sometimes makes it difficult to understand what's going on by leaving out big chunks of information, Suspense is great, but complete incomprehension not so much!
I read part of this in paper part in audio. The audio was superb. This narrator, Nicholas Boulton, whom
Laura Kinsale uses for her work is incredible. His voice as the lead dark and powerful hero is superb yet he does the softer female voices just as well. He can switch up between characters without fault. The narration is wonderful because there are quite a few Arab phrases and words used as part of this story takes place in the Far East. There are 2 factual characters used and the story springs off them as a start. I rarely will read (or listen to) the same author same narrator back to back but the two novels are very different there was no formula cookie cutter writing here.
Fantastic fanciful adventure. Not a really complex story like some of her others are. This one was more simple and fewer passionate scenes. I was s little disappointed in the middle when there was a custody battle over their child because it was a little over done and pathetic. If I had been lord winter I would have left her. Other than that great read
This is the second Laura Kinsale book I've listened to, and both have been rich in character development and painful in the proximity to emotional disaster the characters allow themselves. Not perfect people, which is always refreshing in what can be a predictable genre. I am an historical romance fan partly because they are easy and entertaining reads/listens. I don't expect to find myself getting teary! But with Laura Kinsale I do. Her books are long enough and rich enough in detail, plot, and emotion that I stay engaged and become involved. The narration is excellent.
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