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Sheikh Boss, Hot Desert Nights by Susan Stephens


Cover art: Sheikh Boss, Hot Desert Nights Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Sheikh Boss, Hot Desert Nights
Author: Susan Stephens
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
ISBN-13: 9780373128426
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/A’Qaban
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Susan's Website: www.susanstephens.net

Where business is concerned she’s self-assured and unwavering, but when it comes to men, a love life, Casey Michaels is, to put it mildly, an introvert. But that’s all about to change once she meets the ruler of A'Qaban, Sheikh Rafik al Rafar, "Raffa." He’s all that’s rugged and handsome, with a concerned heart for his country. And he makes her dream. Things she’s never dreamed before.

Raffa is testing his executives one by one. Most have failed his test, but this executive may be different. In Casey he sees an intriguing mixture of innocence and confidence. She is unlike anyone he’s ever met. He desires her but never before has he mixed business with pleasure.

It’s a struggle to keep her mind on business, to successfully complete the tasks Raffa has given her in order to land the job of marketing A'Qaban. The auction she planned that benefits the Bedouin was a rousing success. She has so many ideas for the country, countless dreams that include Raffa, and quite a number of fears. Which of these, she wonders, will win out?

Casey intrigues him. They are often of like mind, like heart. He may have found the person who not only can help him implement his vision for his country, but who could also be his better half. Unfortunately, he’s not looking for a wife; he’s married to his country and responsibilities.

Raffa exudes strength and masculinity, yet he’s kindhearted, and yes, romantic. He’s not the typical arrogant or brooding Presents hero and Hooray for that! Casey’s vulnerability and growing self-confidence and energy are well-blended with great splashes of humor. With this combination she is strong yet approachable. She isn’t out of reach to the reader.

Sheikh Boss, Hot Desert Nights takes the reader from glittering, posh A'Qaban to its desert interior, as Raffa and Casey explore the intense connection that sizzles between them. Ms. Stephens offers the reader great escape and a chance to dream along with Casey, if only for a few hours.


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