Jackie Ashenden: Sheikhs are the Ultimate Fantasy

Ashenden_JI became a huge fan of New Zealand author, Jackie Ashenden, the very first time I read one of her books.  Her strong writing style coupled with a sharp wit and intense, sexy characters made it all too easy to get hooked. Then Jackie wrote Never Seduce A Sheikh, featuring a bad boy who is also a Sheikh… two of my very favorite types of heroes rolled into one.  Isma’il is a delicious bad boy and so very easy to fall in love with!  What more could a girl ask for?

Jackie and I had a quick chat about Never Seduce a Sheikh and bad boys and here’s what she had to say —

Okay so I LOVE a bad boy. Especially their flaws because it’s their flaws that make them human and not just some cardboard cut-out, perfect man. But a bad boy who’s also a sheikh? Well, that’s one of my ultimate, alpha fantasies. A sheikh is a king, a warrior, a man whom no one can say no to. He rules his domain with an iron hand, is strong and in total command of himself. Yes, he may be arrogant, but if you’re a king you need a certain amount of arrogance, not to mention confidence, because who wants an uncertain, unconfident king?

So why is he an ultimate fantasy? I think the appeal of this kind of hero lies in the idea of a strong man brought low and changed by the love of his heroine. And it’s appealing because it makes the heroine a very powerful force. And what woman doesn’t want to feel that powerful? 🙂

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How deep into the darkness will she have to go to help bring him into the light?
Oil baronness Lily Harkness isn’t so much steel magnolia as titanium cactus. She’s used to living in a man’s world and when she plays, she plays to win. She wants exclusive oil rights to ensure her company remains at the top and she’s not walking away empty handed.
Sheikh Isma’il al Zahara rules his country his way. Always in command, he has his own plans for his country’s oil and it’s not just about the money. But he’s intrigued by the buttoned up business woman who’s come to his country to strike a deal. He can’t help but wonder what’s beneath her icy facade.
Lily’s desires are buried down deep, but her attraction to Isma’il is too strong to deny. Will seducing the sheikh cost Lily her body and her soul?

Thank you, Jackie!  For those of you who haven’t yet read Tule’s Bad Boys series, do be sure to grab Jackie’s Never Seduce A Sheikh soon.  This Sheikh is simply irresistible!

I also have a special giveaway for you.  For a chance to win, tell me if you’ve read any of Jackie Ashenden’s stories before and if so, which title you enjoyed most.  Or just tell me about your weekend reading!  One lucky winner will win this awesome prize package!


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