It was a familiar ache. An appetite which demanded to be fed. Desire could sometimes be all the more powerful when it was indiscriminate—and Kaliq was a highly-sexed man.
Polo-playing sheikh Prince Kaliq Al’Farisi loves his women as much as his horses. They’re wild, willing – and he’s their master!
Stable girl Eleni is a local Calistan. Raised by her brutal father on the horse-racing circuit, she feels unlovable. When her precious horse is given to Sheikh Kaliq, she refuses to be parted from them.
The playboy sheikh is determined to bed Eleni – and when Kaliq realises she’s a virgin, the challenge only becomes more interesting...
Behind the book: When my editor rang last year and asked if I’d like to write a story for a new series of books about a royal family torn apart by pride and the lust for power, my first comment was: “Yes please!” My second was to beg her to let me write a Sheikh – because the more I began to learn about the islands of Aristo and Calista – the more my Sheikh began to grow powerfully within my imagination. And Kaliq was born.
Kaliq is a fantasy made real. An autocratic alpha-male with untold riches at his fingertips and charisma to burn. Who sizzles with danger and excitement – and spells instant heartbreak to any woman foolish enough to try to get close to him. And a dowdy little stable-girl would never dare to fall in love with a Sheikh, would she?
Eleni was born to a life of hardship and thankless, back-breaking work – her only joy and salvation was to be found in riding her beloved horse, Nabat. When her drunken wretch of a father gives the horse to Prince Kaliq – Eleni is devastated, but determined. Where the horse goes – then she goes, too!
Kaliq is intrigued – and his jaded sexual appetite is awoken by the lowly and virginal stable-girl. He is determined to get her into his bed, and Kaliq has never before failed to seduce a woman. But how on earth could Eleni ever cope with the appetite and sophistication of one of the highest-born men in the land?
It’s a pretty unbelievable idea, isn’t it… a royal Prince and stable-girl? But I so enjoyed writing this book and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much. The characters became very special to me and it was the kind of story I didn’t want to leave.
So look out for:
THE SHEIKH’S VIRGIN STABLE-GIRL. Out UK, June, 2009
THE PLAYBOY SHEIKH’S VIRGIN STABLE-GIRL Out NA, August, 2009
No, that isn’t a typo! And neither have I written two books with confusingly similar titles. Just that the word “playboy” appears in the north American addition, but not in the UK edition. Not quite sure why. Maybe I’ll check with my editor and report back to you!