Review: The Sheik and the Bought Bride by Susan Mallery

The Sheik and the Bought Bride (Desert Rogues, #13) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1999)

It was bad enough being hauled out of bed by palace guards. Now Victoria McCallan had just offered to pay off her father’s gambling debts–with herself as the prize So the palace secretary was shocked when sexy Prince Kateb made her a counteroffer….When Kateb whisked Victoria off to the desert to be his mistress for six months, the widowed ruler had no intention of falling in love. But the outspoken Texas transplant was soon tempting him to change his royal ways. Duty decreed the El Deharia sheik should wed a proper mate, but Kateb’s heart was telling him something else: to claim Victoria as his woman–now and forever.

Title: The Sheik and the Bought Bride
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373654812
Genre: Romance
Release date: October 1st 2009
Number of pages: 256

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I liked Victoria form the previous book and she didn’t disappoint me in this one. She’s still fun and very forward, nothing is left behind with her, but did not appreciate the reasons why she ended up in the desert on the first place.

Prince Kateb sounded like a wounded guy since the first time I saw him. But to use Victoria the way he did, was very wrong. She’s just a nice girl, looking for the future, nothing wrong with that and he didn’t knew her reasons, so in the end she’s not bad, just a little lost after everything she’s been through.

I feel like something is missing at the end of this series. I’ve met several princes and Kingdoms, but I wanted the last book to show how things would be in a few years and everybody happy.

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

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Review: The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride by Susan Mallery

The Sheik and the Pregnant Bride (Silhouette Special Edition, #1885) (Desert Rogues, #12)

Maggie Collins had come to the exotic kingdom of El Deharia to restore Prince Qadir’s antique car…not to get married. The no-frills mechanic had been burned by love before, and marriage—even to a seductive sheik—didn’t top her agenda. But then Qadir made her an offer she should have refused.
It was meant to be a temporary engagement…until Maggie discovered she was pregnant. Now Qadir was honor-bound to give Maggie and her child the protection of his name. He never expected her to sweep him off his feet.
Would there be a royal wedding after all?

Title: The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373248857
Genre: Romance
Release date: February 1st 2008
Number of pages: 256

 
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I liked this new country El Deharia, but I think is important to show all the players before start the show, so far I’ve only met As’ad and now Qadir. Maybe I would feel better meeting the rest of the family and seeing how they work together.

This is the second book in the family and this time there’s no aunt meddling, but this couple is actually together to escape the King’s matching making attitude. Maggie is a simple mechanic, but she matched perfectly with Prince Qadir, because he’s big on cars and is actually closest to Earth than the rest of his family.

I thought Maggie would get pregnant after a night of passion, but it’s actually different and she’s expecting her ex-boyfriend baby. That made things really interesting and the King didn’t like the news. But Qadir being the good guy he is, supported her and tried to make her happy and save while not thinking about the pregnancy at all.

This book was all about Maggie and Qadir, but I happened to enjoy the time Victoria appeared. She was fun and always made things interesting by her way of thinking. The next book is about her and she wanted a prince to marry, but it looks like she finally managed her wish, but with the wrong prince.

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: The Sheik and the Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery

The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (Desert Rogues, #11) (Desert Rogues #11)

FROM ROYAL NANNY TO PRINCESS BRIDE?Dedicated teacher Kayleen James was determined to safeguard the future of her orphaned students–even if it meant defying Prince As’ad of El Deharia himself But the seductive ruler stunned her by offering to adopt the three little girls. On one condition?
Suddenly As’ad was a single father in desperate need of a nanny, and Kayleen was the only woman for the job. Soon the palace was in an uproar–all because of the spirited redhead. Losing his heart wasn’t part of the arrangement, until Kayleen showed the honor-bound sheik what he’d been missing. Could he convince her that she belonged in his exotic desert kingdom as his princess–and his wife?

Title: The Sheik and the Christmas Bride
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373248628
Genre: Romance
Release date: January 1st 2008
Number of pages: 256

 
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As’ad was a nice surprise and I wasn’t expecting a change in kingdom. Never heard about El Deharia before, but it was nice meeting a new place and seeing a different family. But the story continues the same and a King wants his sons married and with babies on the way.

The interesting part about As’ad was the fact he never once lived as a bachelor, but still had trouble accepting the idea of a marriage. All these princes know about the future and how they need to think about the country and marry, but they sure put a lot of fight.

Kayleen was such a nice girl, with a very bad past. It was really interesting seeing her with the girls and how protective she became. She’s like a little lioness, fighting for the little ones. I liked how strong her relationship became with the girls and we could see them trusting and crying with her.

It was really different seeing him so nice with the girls when you realize he was raised among boys. But As’ad showed a nice side and I really liked him, her listened his aunt and even tried to make Kayleen special.

Best part was Hassan being back and finding love again. He totally deserve after putting his family on the right way.

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary by Susan Mallery

The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary (Desert Rogues, #10) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1723)

The wedding of my dreams was only days away…until I discovered my fiancé had a nasty habit of unfaithfulness. So to mend my wounded pride, I turned to the most eligible man I knew: my boss, Prince Rafiq of Lucia-Serrat! Although the dashingly handsome prince had enticed dozens of women, I had just one thing in my mind when I proposed becoming Rafiq’s mistress: revenge on the man who’d humiliated me.

It was easier than I’d expected to go from Rafiq’s chaste secretary to his lustful lover. What I didn’t expect was to fall head over heels for a man who could give me anything I wanted, except for his heart…

Title: The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373247230
Genre: Romance
Release date: December 1st 2005
Number of pages: 256

 
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I loved this story. It was strange to jump into this sheikh story without a desert around, but Rafiq is actually very romantic in his own way, plus it was fun to see how he reacted seducing his secretary. She’s sweet and virgin, just like that happens in this short of books.

I actually liked these two as a couple, they work really great and Rafiq was good about waiting and following the rules. Plus he’s rich and fun to have around. And I just loved the day he bought a puppy for her. So perfect!

Learning about his problems with his father and the way they tried to work together to patch things up, made me realize these sheikh’s need to learn a bit more about what a child needs. But everything turned up just fine at the end.

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No by Susan Mallery

The Sheik & The Bride Who Said No (Desert Rogues, #9) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1666)

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PALACE HAD ALWAYS INTRIGUED HER

Including the incredibly handsome crown prince himself. There was no denying that Murat was a man of mystery, power and many talents. But for a husband, Daphne Snowden wanted more. Sure, future "queen" sounded lovely, but she wanted someone who saw her as more than a woman to bear the next heir to the throne. Someone who respected her. Someone who loved her.

Still, there was that niggling burning desire and unfinished business between them. And though time had changed him, it had not erased her interest in the only man she ever loved. But obey his demands and marry him? Never!

Title: The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373246668
Genre: Romance
Release date: February 1st 2005
Number of pages: 256
 

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Not my favorite book in this series. Murat needed a serious neck smack. He kidnapped, keep stranded and even married a woman with an head injury. He seriously has issues with being the crown prince and having everything on his way.

I liked Daphne and completely understand her reasons to leave on the first place. Okay, she loved him, but also tried to move on. She had a normal life with a very dysfunctional family bugging her about choices, still she always made everything right, until her niece accepted a wedding with Murat and Daphne had to return and show him things would be different this time.

I liked when Murat finally realized he needed Daphne in his life and how much she actually meant for him. But he deserved to suffer a lot more.

 

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: The Sheik & the Princess Bride by Susan Mallery

The Sheik & the Princess Bride (Desert Rogues, #8) (Silhouette Special Edition, #1647)

YOU’D BETTER GET MOVING, BIG GUY…

Prince Jefri of Bahania had just been bested…by a woman! And not just any female, but Billie Van Horn, his gorgeous, take-no-prisoners flight instructor who was more than a match for this ultramasculine male.

Well, she might be an ace in the air, but when it came to romance Billie was determined to keep both feet on the ground. So why did the sexy sheik make her feel as if she were soaring high above the clouds? She knew that when royal honor called, her high-born lover would fly from her side forever…unless Jefri defied his destiny and chose love..

Title: The Sheik & the Princess Bride
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373246471
Genre: Romance
Release date: November 1st 2004
Number of pages: 256

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We never heard much about Jefri in the other books, only passing scenes where he’s called the funny and carefree guy of the family. I believe people say this because he’s the youngest and has no chance of assuming the crown, but his also the expert of flaying in the family. He’s very passionate about planes and the desert, which made him the perfect person to be responsible for the new Air Force that has been the talk for the last few books.

Billie is actually the perfect girl for him, because she’s carefree and her job is to teach pilots the offensive maneuvers in the sky. She spent her life flying and loves everything connected planes, but she’s very girlie and also loves shopping.

I liked this couple and how Jefri accepted his love and had to fight to be together with Billie. She’s just a normal regular girl and he had ordered a marriage of convenience and now had to deal with a fiancé and the love of his life.

The best part to me was discovering that the king was behind these love stories, it made me remember another romance series that I love written by Nora Roberts, Macgregor’s.

 

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride

#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride

Review: The Sheikh & The Princess in Waiting by Susan Mallery

The Sheik & The Princess in Waiting (Silhouette Special Edition, #1606)

"I’M WHAT.?"

No, not pregnant, thank heavens. Emma would have known that. But married? Well, if the man standing before her–the very love of her college life–was to be believed, she was. And suddenly he was claiming to be a desert prince, too. Sure, they’d had a "pretend" ceremony and honeymoon in the Caribbean. But it was pretend, wasn’t it?

Prince Reyhan claimed his father, the king, had decided it was time for him to marry. There was just one little glitch–Reyhan was already married. So, the king ordered Reyhan’s wife–Emma–to a two-week trip to paradise before he would grant a royal annulment. But wasn’t paradise the perfect place for love?

Title: The Sheikh & The Princess in Waiting
Author:  Susan Mallery
Series: Desert Rogues
Publisher:  Silhouette Books
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373246064
Genre: Romance
Release date: April 1st 2004
Number of pages: 256

 
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I liked Emma, but hated her parents. Its one thing to protect someone you love another really different is to suffocate someone. And reading things book, following how Emma discovered their lies was so sick and twisted love. I just don’t get why they would want their kid to suffer and live alone.

But I liked Reyhan and after all those years he was still looking after Emma, plus he still loved her and cared so much that he didn’t want another marriage. I understand it must have been an awful experience in college when everyone knew he was rich, so Emma with her kindness and so naïve made things more real;

They are a great couple and I loved seeing them finding the truth and learning about their relationship again.

 

Series in Order

#1 – The Sheikh’s Kidnapped Bride
#2 – The Sheikh’s Arranged Marriage
#3 – The Sheikh’s Secret Bride
#4 – The Sheikh and the Runaway Princess
#5 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Princess
#6 – The Prince and The Pregnant Princess

#7 – The Sheikh and the Princess in Waiting
#8 – The Sheikh and the Princess Bride
#9 – The Sheikh and the Bride Who Said No
#10 – The Sheikh and the Virgin Secretary
#11 – The Sheikh and the Christmas Baby
#12 – The Sheikh and the Pregnant Bride
#13 – The Sheikh and the Bought Bride