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King of the Desert,
Captive Bride

Book 2 of The Desert Kings series
(Book 1 is The Sheikh's Chosen Queen, Book 3 is Duty, Desire and the Desert King)

Captured for the Sheikh's marriage bed!


UK Paperback Edition
January 2008
Mills & Boon
ISBN: 0263863948

When Sheikh Khalid Fehr rescues innocent Olivia Morse from the hands of his country's enemies, he guarantees her freedom by pronouncing Liv as his betrothed...

Khalid has vouched for Liv with his honour... and this desert King is determined that his new wife will fulfill her duties: by his side as his regal Queen...and as his captive virgin bride!

 

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King of the Desert, Captive Bride
North American Edition
May 2008 - Harlequin
isbn: 0373127251


2011 special release featuring
King of the Desert, Captive Bride

April 2011 - Mills&Boon
isbn: 0263887553


» "It's a romantic adventure as only Jane Porter can write to exotic ports and places with an incredible honor bound sheikh, Khalid Fehr you'll adore!"

~ The Pink Heart Society reviewing
King of the Desert, Captive Bride

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(posted May 2008)

» "If you are a sheikh romance fan, then King of the Desert, Captive Bride is not to be missed! Jane Porter pens a wonderful, romantic entry in the sheikh subgenre overflowing with all the elements that sheikh romance fans adore about the fantasy: a wounded alpha hero, a heroine needing rescue, wealth and luxury, and exotic locations."

~ The Romance Readers Connection on
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(posted May 2008)

» "Travel agent Olivia Morse takes an exotic vacation to the Middle East.  But her dream turns into a nightmare when she’s put in jail on trumped-up drug charges.  Sheikh Khalid Fehr rescues her.  Although he’s isolated himself from emotional entanglements, he’s helped many people in trouble.  Unfortunately, his country and the one where the prison is are at odds and they want to make and example out of Olivia.  The only way Khalid can get her out is by proclaiming her as his betrothed.  Will a marriage of convenience turn into something more?  Jane Porter’s King of the Desert, Captive Bride (4) is a captivating story about finding love with a most unexpected person in trying circumstances.  The vivid descriptions add a nice ambience. "

~ Romantic Times BOOKReviews awarding
King of the Desert, Captive Bride FOUR STARS!

(posted April 2008)


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» BESTSELLER! King of the Desert, Captive Bride climbs to #2 on the Walden’s Bestseller list. It debuted the previous week at #3. (posted May 2008)

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» Travel to Egypt with Jane where King of the Desert, Captive Bride takes place.

Egyptian pyramids

RECIPE from King of the Desert, Captive Bride

Egyptian Bread & Butter Pudding

One of the desserts served in King of the Dessert, Captive Bride is Bread & Butter Pudding, an Egyptian spin on the traditional English bread pudding, and yet it has neither bread nor butter in the recipe. Fragrant with cinammon and rose water, this dessert features custard poured over layers of delicate sweetened pastry.

INGREDIENTS:
» 10-12 sheets of filo pastry
» 2 1/2 cups milk
» 1 cup heavy cream
» 1 egg beaten
» 2 tbl rose water
» 1/2 cup each chopped pistachio nuts, almonds and hazelnuts
» 3/4 cup raisins
» 1 tbl ground cinnamon
» Light cream to serve on side

King of the Desert, Captive BridePREPARATION:
1. Preheat oven to 325 F
2. Lay the filo pastry sheets on top of each other on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 min until crisp. Remove from oven and increase the oven temp to 400 F
3. Scald the milk and cream by pouring them into a pan and heating very gently, until hot but not boiling. Slowly add the beaten egg and the rose water. Cook over a low heat, until it thickens, stirring all the time. Remove from the heat.
4. Crumble the pastry using your hands and then spread it in layers with the nuts and raisins in the base of a greased shallow baking dish.
5. Pour the custard mixture evenly over the nut and pastry base and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until golden. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with single cream.

 

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King of the Desert, Captive Bride

Prologue

Sheikh Khalid Fehr read the message posted on the internet bulletin board again.

American Woman Missing in the Middle East.

Help desperately needed. My sister disappeared two weeks ago without a trace.

Her name is Olivia X. She’s twenty three years old, five four, 105 pounds, blonde, blue eyes. She speaks with a Southern accent and is on the shy side. If anyone has seen her or knows her whereabouts, please call or email me. Her family is frantic.

In his tent, sitting at his laptop computer, Khalid reread the last sentence—her family is frantic—and felt a heavy weight lodge in his gut.

He knew what it was like to be frantic about a family member. He knew how it felt to be an older brother panicked about a sister. He’d once had two younger sisters and then one day they were gone.

He scrolled back through the message on the internet bulletin board and discovered an earlier message from the same Jake X.

Missing American woman! If you’ve seen this woman please call or email immediately.

There was a photo attached and Khalid clicked on the attachment and waited for the photo to open.

It finally did, although slowly due to the connection being via satellite phone, and Khalid found himself looking into a black and white photo that had to be a passport photo. White blonde hair. Light, light eyes. Pale, translucent skin. She was definitely pretty. But what really held his attention was her expression, the tentative smile and the look in the eyes—shy, curious, hopeful.

Hopeful.

His chest tightened and he leaned back in his chair, away from his desk.

His sister Aman used to look at the world that way. She was so much shyer than Jamila, the more outgoing twin. Aman’s tenderness and quiet sense of humor always brought out the best in him, brought out the best in everyone, and when she died a week after Jamila he’d felt his heart break. His heart had never been the same.

Frowning at the computer screen, he ran his palm slowly along his jaw, the short rough bristles biting at his skin. And again he looked into this missing Olivia’s eyes and tried to imagine where she was, tried to imagine her circumstances. Was she sick, hurt, dead?

Had she been kidnapped? Murdered? Raped?

Or had she disappeared by choice? Was there someone, something, she was running from?

It was none of his business, he told himself, rising from his computer. He’d left city life and civilization behind to live in the desert, far from violence, noise, and crime. He’d chosen solitude because he hated how most people lived.

But what if this was his sister?

What if Aman or Jamila had gone missing?

They wouldn’t, he brusquely reminded himself. They’d been princesses—royal—and security detail had followed them everywhere.

He didn’t know this Jake, didn’t know anything about the man but he could still see the words he’d written, could still hear the plea for help echo in his head.

Turning at the edge of his tent, Khalid looked back at his computer, at the enlarged black and white photo. Olivia X, twenty-three years old, five foot four, and one hundred and six pounds—if that.

With a snap of his wrist he flung the tent flap back and exited his tent and called for one of his men.

He might live in the middle of the Great Sarq Desert and he might be a nomadic sheikh, but he was still a king, one of the royal Fehrs, blessed with power, wealth, and infinite connections. If anyone could locate this American, he could.

 

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