Billionaire Alex Ben Raschid can’t remember the last time he heard the word “no.” As Houston’s economic powerhouse and heir to a vast, oil-rich Middle Eastern sheikdom, Alex is used to getting what he wants. And when he lays eyes on Sabrina, the sensuous redhead hired to belly dance for his party, he wants her...and immediately sets out to possess her - heart and soul. But it is clear that his virile and arrogant manner will never win him Sabrina’s heart. Could Alex ever be humble enough to sway her?
From an early age, Sabrina Courtney has had to fend for herself. And ever since the man who has always been like a brother to her suffered a medical tragedy, she’s been caring for him, too. Paying the bills with her NoveltyGram job, keeping them both afloat - that’s what matters to the trustworthy redhead.
So when Alex begins to ferociously pursue her, Sabrina is unimpressed. She’s certain that the mansion, the Italian sports car, and the smoldering eyes get him everything he wants and more from other women, but Sabrina is not like other women. She cannot even imagine falling for the billionaire - until she does.
©2012 Iris Johansen (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Before Iris Johansen began her Eve Duncan novels of romantic suspense, she wrote a number of series romance novels in the mid 1980's for the Loveswept imprint. The Trustworthy Redhead is one of her 15 or so Loveswept stories set in the Kindgom of Sedikan. Each story introduces a set of characters who will then be added to the next story so that the reader can follow the interconnected families and stories. This story was early in the series (#3 I think) and introduces the leader of Sedikan, Alex Ben Rashid.
This is an old school "sweet" series romance. Not exactly Barbara Cartland, but definetly not Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward or even today's Iris Johansen. The storyline is fairly predictible, opposites attract, the men are alpha males, there are disagreements between the couple, and then the main characters realize their mistakes. Definetly not politically correct or a modern romance.
Other books later in the Sedikan series are offered by Audible with different narrators, to varying degrees of success according to the performance reviews. The change to Elisabeth Rodgers is a welcome addition to the series.
If you want a short, traditional 1980's series romance, this is a good story, well written and an interesting beginning to the series
I rate it 8 out of 10.
The first time they made love.
At the rodeo when David made a scene and when the rodeo was over and Sabrina learned she was being watched.
Billionaire and the belly dancer.
I enjoy romances like these. Reminds me of Harlequin romances from the 80's.
This book was appalling! Iris Johansen has been a favorite of mine for years, but this book was disappointing. The male character is more like a stalker. The main character is put off by his threatening, controlling behavior, but the next minute she is swooning in his arms. There is nothing appealing about the guy's attitude. She should running to the police to get a restraining order, at the very least. And I'm not a person that minds a little rough and tumble play. I only got a little farther than halfway through the book before I couldn't stand to listen to it anymore.
I know this is an old book... If a man treated a woman like this today... Instead of falling in love with this "hero", I would hope the woman would win a very large court settlement and, during the process, would fall madly in love with the brave detective who helped her prove her case.
The story is too perdictable A little 2 graphic I enjoy her Mysteries and will continue to buy and enjoy the ones she writes and the ones she writes with her son but I will skip the older Love Stories from now on. I didn't even finsh the book I got bored with the same old... same old ...if you know what I mean
I enjoy the books on tape Genre because I am in the car two hours driving everyday on my way to school and home and my life is crazy enough right now I don't have time to read but this way I get to enjoy the books but someone else does the reading while I do the driving.
not the Character but all the sex
she has grown greatly in her style of writting she should stick to the mysteries from now on.
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