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In Too Deep anthology (Brenda Jackson and Olivia Gates)

17 Aug
Cover for In Too Deep: A long chaise by the side of a pool at dusk; there's a red bikini top hanging precariously from the top of the backrest, a side table with half-full wineglasses, and some lit candles by the side

This month’s TBR Challenge theme is Blue Collar, but I’m throwing in the towel entirely when it comes to the theme. On the other hand, this has been sitting in my TBR print shelves over a dozen years, so at least that part of the challenge is working.

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Category release alert: To Tempt a Sheik, by Olivia Gates

31 Jan

To Tempt A SheikhTomorrow, February 1st, Harlequin will release a number of category titles. Among them is Egyptian author Olivia Gates‘s To Tempt a Sheikh. (Available at eHarlequin, both as a print and as an electronic book)

Born of the desert. Bound to the throne.

He rescued hostage Talia Burke from his royal family’s rival tribe and swept her into his strong embrace. But Prince Harres Aal Shalaan soon discovered there was more to the brave beauty than he knew. Talia held information vital to protecting his beloved kingdom…and she had every reason not to trust him.

Marooned together at a desert oasis, Talia couldn’t resist Harres. Yet even as his sizzling seduction entranced her, his loyalty to his family and country would always make them enemies. Falling for the sheikh would be her heart’s greatest mistake…but she feared it was already too late….

Some of you may remember that I’ve read and reviewed a number of Ms Gates’s previous novels (here, here, here and here).

To Tempt a Sheikh is the second book in the Pride of Zohayd, Ms Gates’s latest trilogy. It is also the trilogy’s second top pick by Romantic Times Book Reviews.




As most of you know, due to the current unrest in Egypt, communication via email or the internet has been shut down. This means that Ms Gates is unable, at this time, to promote her new release. Obviously this is a very small thing compared to the many ill effects this situation has on many, many people–both in Egypt and elsewhere. However, as a lover of romance and as someone who admires and appreciates Ms Gates, it bothers me to think of the adverse effect this can have on Ms Gates’s book sales.

So even though, I am ashamed to admit, I didn’t connect the dots by myself, I hasten to correct my oversight now that Bonnie Vanak has pointed it out to me.

The Once and Future Prince, by Olivia Gates

16 May

I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia Gates at the crazy-huge signing on the last day of the Romantic Times Convention. Since she lives in Egypt, it is not often that she gets to meet many of her fans face to face, let alone sign books for them. Being an RT virgin, I didn’t think to bring any books with me to the signing, but man, I wish I had had my copies of her Throne of Judar trilogy with me!

However, she had some copies of her May release to give out, and she kindly signed one for me (with a lovely message too; thank you again, Ms Gates!), so you can imagine how difficult it is to write a negative review for it.

The Once and Future Prince, by Olivia Gates


First in Ms Gates’ new trilogy, The Once and Future Prince introduces the setting for these stories, a mythical Mediterranean island kingdom. This kingdom, like real life small kingdoms and principalities in Europe, is the product of many varied and, occasionally, opposing influences. In this case, Moorish and Italian are the prevalent heritages. So far, Castaldini has survived in part due to its location and relatively small size, and partly due to the foresight of its first king, whose succession law decreed that it would be personal merit first, and bloodlines second, that make a worthy heir to the crown.

And yet, it is this same law that produces the conflict behind these stories.

Here is the train wreck of a blurb: Continue reading

The Desert King, by Olivia Gates

5 Mar

The Desert King, by Olivia Gates

The conclusion to Ms Gates’ Throne of Judar trilogy, The Desert King tells the story of Kamal, the youngest Aal Masood brother. While reading the first two novels is not indispensable to enjoying this one, I strongly recommend it, as it gives some background to the political pressures and maneuvers that push the protagonists together. (For the short version, read my review of the second title, The Desert Lord’s Bride, here.)

Basically, however, the peace of a rather large section of the Middle East hinges on a marriage of state between about-to-be-crowned Kamal and reluctant princess Aliyah. Getting these two married is not easy to begin with, what with this being the twenty-first century and all, but the situation is further complicated by the history between them.

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