Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review: The Sheik Retold by Victoria Vane - 4.5 Wine Glasses!


Title: The Sheik Retold
Author: Victoria Vane
Format: Kindle, 276 pages
Published: August 30th 2013 by Vane Publishing
ASIN: B00EV516XU
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: ebook won from author
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 4.5/5
The Desert Was Never Hotter... 
Pride and passion vie for supremacy in this steamy re-telling of E.M. Hull's romance classic. 
A haughty young heiress for whom the world is a playground…A savage son of the Sahara who knows no law but his own…When pride and passion vie for supremacy, blistering desert days are nothing compared to sizzling Sahara nights…
"There will be inquiries." I choked out. "I am not such a nonentity that nothing will be done when I am missed. You will pay for what you have done."
"Pay?" His amused look sent a cold feeling of dread through me. "I have already paid… in gold that matches your hair, my gazelle. Besides," he continued, "the French Government has no jurisdiction over me. There is no authority here above my own." My trepidation was growing by the minute. "Why have you done this? Why have you brought me here?" 
"Why?" He repeated with a slow and heated appraisal that made me acutely, almost painfully, conscious of my sex. "Bon Dieu! Are you not woman enough to know?"

Thoughts:

Heat and passion collide with strong wills in The Sheik Retold. Vane rewrites Hull’s classic into a sensation.
Ahmed is a fierce blue eyed sheik. Curious yet? You should be, there is much more to this sheik than herds of horses. Strong and indomitable Ahmed has a hatred for anything English, until he spies the English rose Diana and has to have her. 

Diana is no wilting flower ready to do whatever is bid of her. She grew up as a boy, with a strong free will and viewing the world as her playground. She makes careful plans to cross the desert with an escort and when they are ambushed she fights. Ahmed is nothing like the men who usually fawn over her, he informs her she is his and he will have her however he wishes. 

This is where Vane’s version truly shines. Instead of a forced rape, Diana embraces the power her beauty has over the sheik and revels in her awakened sense of womanhood. Ahmed and Diana clash over and over, like oil and water yet they can’t get enough of one another until they seep into one another’s blood. 

It takes guts to rewrite a classic. Yet Vane does and in so removes many of the negative aspects that readers have with the Sheik. Simply amazing.


*Side note! I found it available for print at B&N! Guess what just got ordered and will end up in my Christmas stocking! 


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1 comment:

Victoria Vane said...

Thank you so very much for the truly lovely review!
Warmest regards,
Victoria Vane

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