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Kristi's journalist brother was a hostage, and only one man could help: Sheikh Shalef Al-Sayed. He had power and influence at his fingertips - but how could Kristi win his support? Shalef was way out of her league. His world of wealth and privilege was closed to Kristi Gate-crashing his glamorous cocktail party was the only way of grabbing hi.
Gate-crashing his glamorous cocktail party was the only way of grabbing his attention! But Kristi got more than she bargained for. Becoming the mistress of this enigmatic, dangerously attractive man hadn't been part of her plan, yet this was the deal and Kristi had no choice.
If she wanted Shalef's help Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Desert Mistress by Helen Bianchin. Desert Mistress Forbidden! Bargain with the devil! Gate-crashing his glamorous cocktail party was the only way of grabbing hi Bargain with the devil!
Get A Copy. Paperback , Harlequin Presents , pages. Published March by Harlequin Books first published May More Details Original Title. Shalef Al-Sayed. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Desert Mistress , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Desert Mistress. Nov 14, boogenhagen rated it liked it Shelves: bickery-bickerfest-temper-temper , hplandia , nicely-done , road-trip-from-hell , snarktastic , the-tropy-of-the-tropiest , travelogue-hp-style.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am pretty sure she was waiting for confirmation that there is gourmet twenty course meals and luxury showers along with fresh ground coffee available in the desert. It turns out in an HB Desert Sunset Passionfest, there IS luxury power showers built for two, along with the proper servant offered luxury dining and endless cups of black coffee when you're in a Desert Palace Hunting lodge kilometers south of Riyadh and your host is an uber rich half English Sheikh with an international business conglomerate.
This one features an orphaned photographer socialite h who gets her London diplomatic friends to get her into a billionaire Sheikh's exclusive diplomatic party.
The h's photographer brother got himself captured by a warring faction of Saudi Arabian desert tribesmen and the h is hoping to convince the sheikh to use his long standing acquaintance with the desert tribesman's leader to get her brother released. There is all the usual HB standby's of couture clothes, high society parties, multiple showers with appropriate moisturizing, some times two in one chapter and it is an eleven chapter book, endless cups of coffee and a roofie kissing moment at the end of every h and H interaction.
The h manages to get the H's attention by spilling hot black coffee on herself and in the subsequent burn treatment scene, the h pretty much blackmails the H into taking her with him to visit Saudi Arabia by threatening to reveal his long standing connections to the aforementioned desert tribesman leader, who is apparently viewed by the rest of the world as bit on the dubiously fanatic side.
The H is very intrigued by this feisty young miss, so after a lot of verbal dueling, he agrees to take the h with him on his trip and contact the tribal leader, but the h will have to pretend to be his mistress. So off to Riyadh we go and we get some travelogue and some wanna be OW catty remarks and we learn that the ladies in Saudi Arabia love, love, love the European High Fashion Couture Collections. The h manages to sneak off to the H's Desert Palace of Deelites when she thinks the elusive desert tribesman leader will be there and then she gets run off the road and shot at by ruffians on the long desert highway.
The Sheikhy H rescues her in his big shiny helicopter and of course they become madly passionate lovers after the the most clinical and non-explosive Purple Passion Unicorn Grooming License Revocation in the last five HP outings.
It was extremely AWKWARD and the h did not have a good time with it, but the H managed to sneak a Lurve Mojo manual in while she slept and his early morning seduction passion blitz went much, much better. By the end of the h's desert vacation, the brother is released and the h is in love. The H offers up a mistress position and when the h refuses, the H then offers marriage. But the h isn't about to marry a man who isn't wholeheartedly in love.
So good for this h for standing up for herself. The H claims he doesn't do romantic love and never will and then he politely escorts her to the door. The h goes home to Australia and does her HB Society Mopey bit, then the H cleverly books the h for an appointment to photograph his new Sydney home for his long distance interior decorators.
The unknowing h shows up to do the supposed rush job pictures and the H toys with the h and her unreasonable demands for a marriage where both parties are mutually in love. Then he tosses in the towel and finally gives in to the h's stubborn stance.
He wins the h's deepest devotion with the big "I love you and adore you and will forsake having twelve other wives for you" declaration. The h is overjoyed and More Purple Passion Moments ensue, cause the H paid a visit to India and found a copy of the Kama Sutra with excellent and descriptive pictures. This one was pretty quick and fairly well done.
I was amazed that HB managed to get all those showers in, but I guess she was really worried about the dust in the h's hairstyle.
Still it was good to know that even in the desert, HB's h would be able to get her shower moisturizing, high fashion groove on, complete with little cups of coffee and we can rest assured that the H made his showers big enough that he can personally supervise the whole process, for another day in the HB HPlandia office.
View all 14 comments. Feb 06, Aou rated it liked it Shelves: as-booge-said-hero-needs-skilleting , oldies , virgin-h. View 2 comments. Dec 09, Figlet rated it it was ok Shelves: my-romances. The cover of this vintage HB tome just cracks me up every time I look at it.
What's even more awesome is there is a scene in the book where the heroine wraps herself up in a sheet. Anyway, sheiks and sultans are not my favorite Harlequins so I rarely indulge, but this book was just okay. A little long in the tooth and it took forever to get to any steaminess it felt like forever at least. I did enjoy the HEA. Rated 2. Aug 27, Ann Keller rated it liked it Shelves: romance.
Kristi set her trap well, dressing in an alluring gown certain to catch the eye of the powerful Sheikh Shalef bin Youssef Al-Sayed. Shalef was handsome, rich and powerful, the perfect suitor for any woman, but could Kristi ever reach his heart? Shalef could have any woman in the world and Kristi could on Kristi set her trap well, dressing in an alluring gown certain to catch the eye of the powerful Sheikh Shalef bin Youssef Al-Sayed. Shalef could have any woman in the world and Kristi could only wonder what the great sheikh might see in her.
Nov 02, RomLibrary marked it as to-read Shelves: hq-bookshelf , sheikh. Becoming the mistress of this enigmatic, dangerously attractive man hadn' Bargain with the devil! Desert Mistress Though H. Bianchin wrote this story I felt it was just another cookie cutter story of an Arabic alpha and an Aussie woman almost cliche. Like many other authors who extol the mysteries of the desert and the men who find themselves involved with a woman not if their culture.
Nov 04, Elaine rated it liked it. I didn't really like the sheikh character. Nov 18, Janine rated it really liked it Shelves: hp. Apr 22, Francis rated it it was amazing. Apr 21, Cem73 rated it liked it Shelves: harlequin , vf.
Titre vf : La magie du desert. Gudlaug rated it liked it Oct 04, Beng Alano Servidad rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Eunice rated it really liked it Oct 29, Laura rated it liked it Jul 14,
Barbara's love affair with writing began the day her best friend, Kim, shared her "novel," an illustrated tome about her cat. One read and she was hooked. She went home and penned her own. Needless to say, that novel, The Adventures of Ginger the Cat, failed to hit the bestseller's lists. That didn't matter; a writer had been born. In high school, while other kids played Pac-Man and checked out the Eagles' latest, she was in her room pounding out stories on her manual typewriter. Looking back, romance played a central role in her stories from the beginning.