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He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him! Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him! Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his. His choice--take her as his mistress, or become the king he was born to be....


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He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him! Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him! Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his. His choice--take her as his mistress, or become the king he was born to be....

30 review for Tamed: The Barbarian King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Teach me how to feel nothing, like you," he said in a low voice. "I'm tired of having a heart. From the moment I loved you, it has never stopped breaking." This quote from the hero pretty much sums up the angst and pain the hero and heroine both experienced throughout this book. Don't get me wrong. It wasn't all heart-wrenching. This book was filled with lots of loving moments between the hero and heroine. Thirteen years before Kareef and Jasmine were separated by sorrow and scandal when it was r "Teach me how to feel nothing, like you," he said in a low voice. "I'm tired of having a heart. From the moment I loved you, it has never stopped breaking." This quote from the hero pretty much sums up the angst and pain the hero and heroine both experienced throughout this book. Don't get me wrong. It wasn't all heart-wrenching. This book was filled with lots of loving moments between the hero and heroine. Thirteen years before Kareef and Jasmine were separated by sorrow and scandal when it was revealed Jasmine had gotten pregnant and lost the baby in an accident that left her unable to have any more children. For those thirteen years, Jasmine blamed Kareef for the scandal she faced alone and one that caused her to be sent from home and her family. Jasmine returns to her home country in order to marry a respectable man and bring honor back to her family. Only the man she was to marry is good friends with her ex-love, Kareef. Forced to spend time together while her fiance is away, Kareef and Jasmine realize how much they still want each other and later, love, each other. They spend this time together at his desert home. It brings back memories of what happened all those years ago. Much of the parts in the desert are a bit overly-dramatic but it really didn't take away from the story. This was a great book with two people who never should have lost each other. The hero was never once a jerk to the heroine even when she said cruel things to try and force him away since she can't give him children. What surprised me about this one is that not only were both of them virgins when they were first together but neither one slept with anyone else the thirteen years they were apart. Usually it is just the heroine. This is a wonderful story about two people who will always belong together but who are destined to be kept apart because of duty and honor. The ending was great and we get a nice little epi too. This book is just another reason why Jennie Lucas is a favorite author of mine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Minimal plot synopsis because, well, it's really NOT important. Be honest, that's not why you're reading this. The H and h were teenage lovers. After leaving the fictional sheikdom in a cloud of scandal, she's back with an arranged marriage to a jackass who will make her and her family acceptable again. Too bad the schmexy sheikh is there to loom over the new relationship. This is PURE fantasy fiction. It might as well be set on Mars or Venus for all the resemblance to reality it has. If you love Minimal plot synopsis because, well, it's really NOT important. Be honest, that's not why you're reading this. The H and h were teenage lovers. After leaving the fictional sheikdom in a cloud of scandal, she's back with an arranged marriage to a jackass who will make her and her family acceptable again. Too bad the schmexy sheikh is there to loom over the new relationship. This is PURE fantasy fiction. It might as well be set on Mars or Venus for all the resemblance to reality it has. If you love the following: 1. Purple prose and undying promises or twue wove and devotion against the vagaries of us vs you; "you" meaning everyone else including the universe 2. Martyred heroines who take on the weight of the world (for thirteen years) due to misogynist, pity-partying parents and an too-alpha-to-notice hero whose head is...elsewhere. 3. Fictional sheikdoms with antiquated rules and customs. 4. Slut shaming out the wazoo that the heroine never defends. No skillets in the sheikdom. 5. A hero sheikh who wants his cake and make love to it too. (view spoiler)[He's willing to give the h the divorce she wants so he can marry another, more worthy doormat, one with a working womb. He says, okey dokey, THEN you get to be my mistress. Wow, what a deal, you charmer you. The H does divorce her with his magic 8 ball, I mean magic divorcing emerald. (hide spoiler)] This is an over the top ROMANCE of epic and damaged proportions blah, blah, blah. Angsty all the way. For those that read it, didn't you want the H to become sheikh just so he could fire, or, I don't know, cut off the vile vizier's head. What's the point of being an all powerful sheikh in a makeup land if you can't cut the heads off characters that displease you? My favorite quote is when the h's fiancee breaks up with her minutes before the wedding because he got the nanny pregnant is..."I probably shouldn't have courted you while I was sleeping with another woman. Gee. You think? Eye rolling ridiculousness aside, fun.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta

    Vintage warned me but I didn't drink the kool aid... my bad. BTW if you want to understand my brief ranting you have to read Vintage's review first. We got a hero that has only ever exercised his magic P with the heroine. That made me add to the rating, imagine if he had exercised somewhere else. I had this crazy idea that Umar knew that Kareef and Jasmine had a past and were not over it so he did everything on purpose. But no, he was just another ass-hole. Still, the h went to bed with the H being Vintage warned me but I didn't drink the kool aid... my bad. BTW if you want to understand my brief ranting you have to read Vintage's review first. We got a hero that has only ever exercised his magic P with the heroine. That made me add to the rating, imagine if he had exercised somewhere else. I had this crazy idea that Umar knew that Kareef and Jasmine had a past and were not over it so he did everything on purpose. But no, he was just another ass-hole. Still, the h went to bed with the H being betrothed to the other ass-hole and being married to the H at the same time. So, her martyrdom didn't move me. Don't know why but I'm feeling too correct today so it was a bad day for my choosing this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    It was just too tragic for me. It was a great book but man way too sad. I was in a funk for 2 days because of it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Marsden

    This book really restored my faith in modern series romance. The author has taken the meaning of true love and demonstrated it with her tale about young lovers reunited after 13 years apart. This story has a lot of remembered tragedy in it and at times the pain of the hero and heroine are potent. But the ending, the willingness of both of Kareef and Jasmine to make sacrifices and the fact that both of them deserve a truly happy ending make this a lovely and uplifting read. The fidelity of both l This book really restored my faith in modern series romance. The author has taken the meaning of true love and demonstrated it with her tale about young lovers reunited after 13 years apart. This story has a lot of remembered tragedy in it and at times the pain of the hero and heroine are potent. But the ending, the willingness of both of Kareef and Jasmine to make sacrifices and the fact that both of them deserve a truly happy ending make this a lovely and uplifting read. The fidelity of both lovers to each other was the final jewel on the crown of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Many plot spoilers ahead read at your own risk : I was going to rated this book 4.5 stars, but after I got writing this review I decided to give it a five stars because I really did enjoy and love this book. The story captured me as did the characters. I loved how story played out, but especially loved the romance and love that was in this book. It was just all consuming and really heart felt throughout the entire book. It couldn't help but touch my heart, and it did on so many levels. It was a Many plot spoilers ahead read at your own risk : I was going to rated this book 4.5 stars, but after I got writing this review I decided to give it a five stars because I really did enjoy and love this book. The story captured me as did the characters. I loved how story played out, but especially loved the romance and love that was in this book. It was just all consuming and really heart felt throughout the entire book. It couldn't help but touch my heart, and it did on so many levels. It was a really great book, and the more I wrote this review the more I realized it and gave it the full five stars that it totally deserves. Another winner from Jennie Lucas, who just knows how to tug at the heartstrings with this being no exception. This was an emotional read with roller coaster kind of journey that was easy to go on as well as hard to put down and go away from for even a little while. As stated above I really enjoyed this story and don’t have too much to complain about in this story. This book had everything a good romance should have: passion, sexual tension, emotionally intense, longing, as well as a good bit of angst thrown in to really gut a reader like myself. Also I thought the characters were really great and easy to root for. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this story was that it was a second chance love story so there had been history between the characters before the story started, which added another layer of depth to the whole story and seemed to up the emotional stakes because of that. So much going on emotionally. It was delicious. I had joy and pain while reading this book. It was great. It was beautiful. A little bit about the story and the book before I continue on with the review. First of this is the second part of The Dark-Hearted Desert Men miniseries by Harlequin Presents. I read book one, and I also read the last one in the series earlier this year featuring Kareef’s playboy brother, and I thought that one was pretty good as well. This one I thought was a little better with me being more drawn into the story of Kareef and Jasmine than Tahir and Annalisa. This was just a more compelling story and a more loving and believable story I thought. Anyway this miniseries revolved around the country of Qusay and finding its next ruler of the nation. Zafir abdicated so he could be with his wife, and it was now passed down to Kareef and it was his turn to rule. In this story, he was set to do his duty and become king that until the lovely Jasmine reappears in his life after 13 of being apart. Thirteen years ago they were young and had a passionate yet tender love affair that was pure and true, but tragedy struck and circumstances tore them apart. Mainly the fact that Jasmine could no longer bare children, which was demanded in his role as king. He needed heirs so he believed he could never be with her again once his duty came up. He never counted on her reappearing in his life after 13 years set to marry another man. He was not abound to let that happen so he set about to seduce her and be with her like he longed to do all those years ago. Then it was a passionate romance with painful things from their past coming to light that they had to confront before moving along so they could get their happily ever after together. It was a roller coaster ride to say the least. What was unique about this story than any other I have read in the past was that I was completely convinced that they two of them were both madly deeply in love not only in their youth but currently as they came together again. I never felt so much love pour off of a page so early on. It didn’t sappy either. It was really sweet, tender and beautiful how their emotions were on their sleeves and didn’t really take a genius to figure out that they were totally in love with each other even after all this time apart. It was really nice to see and experience along with them. Just the words they spoke not only to each other but internally told me of their love and respect for one another and just how much of a deep of a need they had for one another and not just on the physical level. They needed each other in all the way possible: physically, emotionally and mentally. They were true soul mates, and I don’t say that lightly. It hard to make that come across and make it believable but Jennie Lucas did a great job in having that come across. Again it was a very sweet and tender romance but very passionate as well. Another thing that I thought was unique and was kind of enjoyable was the writing and what was happening almost had a dream like quality to it. What do I mean by that? I mean when they get back together and kiss again for the first time after all this time of being apart that it happened easily and flowed nicely without too much of a hindrance or an obstacle in the way. They seemed to flow right back into their relationship. It was too easy, but not in a bad way like sometimes it’s in a romance where it just feels totally rushed and unrealistic, however because it seemed easy I was waiting for a twist or turn to come. The way it was written I almost believed that this was just happening in Jasmine’s mind like a dream and what she hoped would happen and not what actually was happening. I expected her to jerk out of bed breathing heavily having realized that she just dreamt it but it was a dream. A fantasy that whole steamy moment with Kareef. In fact all their steamy moments in beginning I thought was going to be a dream and something that wasn’t really happening with the twist coming in there. I could just see Jennie Lucas throwing that surprise in there and saying “gotcha ya.” I don’t know but that was just the feeling I got when reading it. I guess I thought it was too good to be true. That wasn’t the case, and I was glad that they got together and those moments happened, but think it would have been pretty unique if it did turn out to be a dream. I said this before but the depth of love that I felt throughout the story and it was true and pure from all aspects surprised me. They had an affair at a young age she was sixteen him eighteen and it was intense yet loving from the beginning. It was so sweet to see. It carried through throughout the years and never really stopped with neither of them giving their hearts to another nor did they give their bodies to another. It’s completely rare in a romance that both characters were pure their first time, had their fist time with each other, and never slept with anyone else when they were apart. Now for a heroine like Jasmine it would be the norm especially in a Presents novel, but not for the hero, Kareef. I though it was great that he remained celibate all these years and never had another love besides her. You never see that. I loved the whole one woman kind of feeling that he had for her because usually alpha males like Kareef go the opposite way and head to the playboy lifestyle, sleeping with anything that moves just to get their pleasure as well as to forget the pain they were facing. Using physical intimacy where it means nothing aside from slaking their lust and blocking their pain from unwanted emotions that they didn’t want to deal with. But Kareef didn’t do that and that made me love him even more and respect him so much more as a character. Plus it made it very believable that he was in love with her all this time and just how deep his love was for her. It showed that he needed her when he engaged in intimacy not the pleasure that intimacy brings. It showed how much he was effected by her as well as how much of a connection they truly had. It was just really beautiful. Speaking of the love making scenes. Oh my goodness. They were hot with a capital H. Their passion for one another was insatiable and uncontrollable whenever they were in the same room together. They could barely keep their hands off each other nor did they really want to. There wasn’t much of a protest or denial of their want. Once they had their first kiss after being reunited after all those years they were off and running and didn’t stop. Just all that pent up passion and desire that they had built after 13 years of being apart just exploded on the pages. When they came together they came together in every way possible but it wasn’t just about physical pleasure but it was about their emotionally connection to one another. It was great to see and see how much of a special bond they did truly have. It wasn’t all about getting off, it was about the connection and touching each other on every level. It was beautiful. It was beautifully written. It made my eyes stay glued to the pages for sure. Those scenes were sizzling and passionate and tender and emotional all wrapped up in one. I loved those scenes especially the first time one after 13 years of not being together. It was just a great scene. I could feel every touch and every kiss and every time their eyes connected to one. I totally saw and felt what they were feeling in that moment, and it was beautiful to see all that passion released after all that time apart. Also a bonus was each love scene was written from both points of view giving me as the reader double pleasure (no pun intended. Well sort of). I could experience what both of them were going through both emotionally as well as physically and how complete and connected it truly made them feel to be connected to each other one again. I just thought was a brillant decision on Jennie Lucas’s part to have both of their view points in their and just what they were going through in that moment. I wish all authors did that in romance novels. It would not only add to the steamy and give readers a double dose of it, but it also would show what the character was going through on an emotional level as well. And I think that helps the reader get a complete picture of what is going on as well as feel that you are on an emotional roller coaster with both of them not just one of them. I loved that the love scenes were reflected in both Jasmine and Kareef’s eyes because then I got to see how meaningful it was to both of them not just want of them. It was great. Another thing I really enjoyed seeing played out was just how much affection there was in this book. It’s very rare thing in romance to have affection that doesn’t lead to the bedroom shortly there after or after the bedroom scene, but the amount in this book was incredible and I loved every moment of it. Again it showed how deeply their feelings ran for each other and the connection they truly had with one another. There was a lot of affection in book, but it wasn’t over done or cheesy like it could been. It was natural and believable, flowing easily through the pages. I loved moments where Kareef just held her and wrapped in his arms like he didn’t want to let her go, which he didn’t, and it was beautiful to see that side of their relationship. It showed the love and tenderness that they had for one another. It was one of my favorite things in this book. It wasn’t all roses and easily sailing as can be expecting otherwise this wouldn’t be a book right? They had things to confront from their and misconceptions to be cleared up especially dealing with the past. A painful past that cost them each other, and that was before this whole Kareef being crowned the next king coming into the story as another complicated piece to the puzzle. They had to deal with some deep hurts from the events as well as what happen afterwards as a result. And it hurt, but once they talked about it and forgive for past sins then they could move on emotionally from the past. But they had to do with the present with whole king issue came into play and the fact that she couldn’t give him heirs, therefore she wasn’t allowed to be his queen and must marry another. That hurt them both, and it was heartbreaking to witness and feel how pain they were going through at the realization that they would be separated once more even though they just reunited and were more in love than ever. Kareef tried to come up with solutions knowing that he would do anything to have her in his life, but there would still be consequences because of those solutions because no solution was easy. It hard to watch them struggle. Then the part near the end nearly ripped my heart out of my chest just like it ripped Kareef’s heart out. It literally stabbed me and left me breathless when they had this little confrontation. I kept saying myself “Don’t do this Jasmine. He doesn’t deserve to be hurt this way nor did you” though at the moment I was feeling more him than her because it was her actions causing him pain. It just broke me, and I wanted to give Kareef a big hug. I was glad she came to her sense soon after that and went after him to relieve him of that pain that she inflicted on him. Because it was bad, and I could see how her words just so broke him. Oh my goodness. Hard to watch it all play out. So hard. Luckily all was forgiven, and they could move on. The characters were another reason this book was such a success especially the character of Kareef. I have never met an alpha male like him before he Presents. I loved so much. He just really put it all out there with his heart on his sleeve. There was no question in my mind he was in love with her in the past and in current time. Anyone would have been a fool to question that. Now he did set out to ruthless seduce her and get her over to his side quickly, but that had nothing to do with pure lust, though part of it was, but a bigger part was the connection that they had. They love had. They had been without that for 13 years and they needed in their lives again both of them. They needed love and connection and defeat the emptiness that was within them. But he upped his game for sure. Wow. Did everything to seduce her, and though he didn’t have to try too hard it was nice to see his determination to get her back. In fact he had a determination in him the whole way through the novel and his belief that they should be together and never wavered from that ever. He knew what he wanted and he wanted her. It didn’t hurt he was hot and sexy as well. He was just yummy alpha male candy. Plus he had a heart. It wasn’t really closed off and very open especially when they reconnected again. I really enjoyed him. I enjoyed her as well. I loved Jasmine’s strength and her heart as well. Once she gave into him her heart opened back up to her without too much cajoling. She was a very complex, three-dimensional character I thought and felt very real to me (as did Kareef). I felt for her (I felt for him too). I understood and sympathized with all the pain she went through in the past and what was going through in current times. It was hard for her to believe that she could never be with Kareef because she couldn’t give him children and be with him like she wanted (he never indicated that being the case, but she believed it to be true). All she had to experience in past wasn’t easy. Loosing Kareef, believing he abandoned her because she couldn’t have children. She lost her child. She lost her family when they disowned her after learning of the scandal of her being pregnant sixteen year old, and how she went to New York alone and made it on her own even thought there was a huge hole in her heart for years and years. But despite the fact her family disowned her she forgave them. She understood where they were coming from and was still loyal to them. She even went as far as going into a marriage where there was no love just to show them how much she loved them even though her family was completely wrong in making her believe she had to do that in the first place to earn their love. She did it anyway. Though partly she wanted the marriage just so she wouldn’t have to be alone any longer. She battled sadness and loneliness. She had an equal balance of strength and vulnerability. I enjoyed her as a character. I rooted for her even though she made a mistake near the end, but quickly corrected it once she realized the error of her ways and wasn’t too proud to do. I loved that about her. I just really cared about her as did I Kareef. This was just a wonderful story filled with love and passion and what every romance novel should aspire too. There was drama and angst and friction and passion in equal measure to create a perfect blend of a heart wrenching love story that gutted me at times. It was beautifully written with lots of tenderness and affection thrown into the story to show the depth of the love and connection they had for it. There was a great balance of hot scenes with tender one and worked really well in the story together. It was obvious from the beginning that they were head over heels for each other not only in their youth but as adults too. Their connection never wavered. They remained true to each. I really liked that. It was also a very emotional, confronting past hurts as well as obstacle that remained so they couldn’t easily be together at least publicly especially in the wake of the whole king issue. It created tension between them. The sexual tension was off the charts as well and could be felt with every brush of his fingers along her skin or the touch of lips that promised so much more. It was just beautiful to witness, and then just seem the flame soar and burn like a fireplace. But it was passion combined with emotional connection, which was really great to see. I have never read a book where I was immediately into the story believing that what they had was love and not lust. It was just so good. Great job Jennie Lucas. A winner just like always. You know how to balance the passion with the emotional to make this intense love story that I am enraptured in and never want to pull away from until I see how it plays out on the final page. So good. Highly recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Simona

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I somehow added this in the past, maybe because it came across my feed and the title seemed promising. But two chapters in and I realized there is nothing for me in the story. I hate long separations. I hate too soft heroes. The whole reason I'm reading sheikh romance is because of exotic nature of the relationship b/w MCs. Not a fan of stories about miscarriage and inability to get pregnant again. It already gives a morbid backdrop to the story. Also, the premise of the story is baffling. The h I somehow added this in the past, maybe because it came across my feed and the title seemed promising. But two chapters in and I realized there is nothing for me in the story. I hate long separations. I hate too soft heroes. The whole reason I'm reading sheikh romance is because of exotic nature of the relationship b/w MCs. Not a fan of stories about miscarriage and inability to get pregnant again. It already gives a morbid backdrop to the story. Also, the premise of the story is baffling. The h leaves country because of a scandal but somehow her betrothed doesn't know about it after 13 years?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chinablue_25 West Bostedor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok so what I liked about this one is that for a short book the two main characters already had a history together so it made their love for one another more believable. This author did a good job of portraying the feeling of utter despair and hopelessness. The story is about a woman who accepted the marriage proposal of a decent man who is widowed with 4 children. In a culture where marriage is more about decent families and how to improve upon business or social relations, the woman, Jasmine ha Ok so what I liked about this one is that for a short book the two main characters already had a history together so it made their love for one another more believable. This author did a good job of portraying the feeling of utter despair and hopelessness. The story is about a woman who accepted the marriage proposal of a decent man who is widowed with 4 children. In a culture where marriage is more about decent families and how to improve upon business or social relations, the woman, Jasmine has been exiled from her country when she was just 16 years old when word got out that she slept with many men became pregnant and because she didn't know who the father was decided to throw herself off a horse in order to abort the baby. The truth is that she fell in love with one of the royal family members and they married (secretly) then made love. She didn't know she was pregnant until she had the horse accident while riding with her husband, Kareef, and a doctor came to tend to her and informed them that she had been pregnant, lost the child and would never be able to conceive again. Jasmine's family disowned her and sent her to New York to live with an ailing old aunt. From there she went to school and made a business of her own, and became quite successful with her Park Ave apartment and all. When her kid sister showed up at her door 16 and pregnant, Jasmine decided to accept the marriage proposal from Umar so that her family would accept her again and she would be able to bridge the gap for her kid sister. At the engagement party, Umar gets a phone call and says he has to leave and will be back on their wedding day. Then he asks his friend the soon to be king to take his fiance under his protection until he gets back in like 5 days for the wedding. The soon to be king just so happens to be her first and only love and lover, Kareef. So the book continues with Kareef begging her not to marry Umar, and reminding her that she is still married to him. He wants to take her on as his mistress but she rejects the idea for fear of further shaming her family. He finally gives her the divorce (which consists of him handing back the gift she gave him to marry and simply say,"I divorce you") Kareef then in the end offers to renounce his throne so that he can marry her for real in public but she doesn't want to strip him of his throne even though he is miserable as king. In the end she said some harsh words to Kareef to drive him away. Then decides that she can't marry Umar, who all that time had been in France with his nanny trying to figure out what to do cause her emergency call was to tell him she was pregnant. Jasmine rushes to the coronation where Kareef is officially made king, and tells him she didn't marry Umar that she really did love him and didn't mean the harsh things she had said but wanted him to know the truth before she went back home to NY to her normal life. He asks her to watch the coronation and she says yes and then in front of everyone he renounces the throne and told the story of what really happened 13 years ago and how they were married all along and then he asks her in front of everyone to marry him. Then in front of everyone they said the simple words to make it so. You get a glimpse of 6 months later and Jasmine is sitting outside their secluded little ranch oasis in the middle of the desert with her niece whom they have adopted.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Synopsis -Thirteen years ago Jasmine Kouri was publicly humiliated and exiled from her homeland when Prince Kareef Al’Ramiz seduced and abandoned her, and only by agreeing to marry a wealthy widower has she been reunited with her family. Loving Kareef only brought her shame and loneliness, so she’s understandably upset when he is invited to her engagement party. Her fiancé Umar saved Kareef’s life and has since been a valued friend, ally, and neighbor – there will definitely be no avoiding the n Synopsis -Thirteen years ago Jasmine Kouri was publicly humiliated and exiled from her homeland when Prince Kareef Al’Ramiz seduced and abandoned her, and only by agreeing to marry a wealthy widower has she been reunited with her family. Loving Kareef only brought her shame and loneliness, so she’s understandably upset when he is invited to her engagement party. Her fiancé Umar saved Kareef’s life and has since been a valued friend, ally, and neighbor – there will definitely be no avoiding the new king. Jasmine is the only woman Kareef has ever loved, and he meant the vows he spoke to her in the desert thirteen years ago. Before he grants her the divorce she didn’t know she needed, he has to have her again. A tragic accident resulted in Jasmine losing the baby neither knew they had conceived and left her barren, and the two young lovers were parted by a combination of grief, guilt, and scandal. He thought she could never forgive him, so when Kareef learns that she still loves him he's willing to do anything to keep her in his life. The needs of a nation, a fiancé, and a scandal-worn family weigh against the couple's happiness. Review - Apparently I read, or at least started, the One-Click Buy in which this story appeared at some point before. It’s obvious that this is part of a series (the 2nd of 4), although calling them Dark-Hearted Desert Men is not a great way to grab my interest. Then again, we are talking about Harlequin Presents… Considering the typical heroes of this imprint, Kareef is downright selfless and sensitive. While imperfect, he typically puts his country and other people first. He tries to fight his desire because he knows that his position demands things he cannot give if he stays married to Jasmine, and he cannot give her the family and respect she deserves if she becomes his mistress. However, while he may waffle about taking her to bed, he doesn’t actively punish her for his desire. Sad to say, but that’s pretty extraordinary for an HP hero. Because the details of the separation are slowly doled out, Jasmine’s reactions in particular can come across as confusing. At the beginning of the book, she hates Kareef for abandoning her, but in the limo through the desert she says that she was wrong to hate him. He hasn’t done anything to clear her honor or explain what happened to her at this point; the only change is that we know a little more of the story and he behaves sensitively when they pass the scene of their blighted past. It’s implied that she is talking about something his perspective has hinted, but that she hasn’t revealed, which muddles things. Both characters are admirable and fairly sympathetic, but the whole story feels like it has been soaked in heavy emotion. The word that kept coming to me as I read this was “overwrought.” "His kiss was so deep and pure that she was reborn in the blaze, fired in the crucible of their desire." Jeepers! I didn’t begrudge them their idyll in the desert, but I was antsy to learn the ending. And WTF!! Riding a horse off into a sandstorm? Jasmine needs medication. Dragging myself through the last half of the book was rather painful, and I actually had to switch to something else as a palate cleanser before I finished.

  10. 4 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    spoiler alert ** "Teach me how to feel nothing, like you," he said in a low voice. "I'm tired of having a heart. From the moment I loved you, it has never stopped breaking." He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him! Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the sto spoiler alert ** "Teach me how to feel nothing, like you," he said in a low voice. "I'm tired of having a heart. From the moment I loved you, it has never stopped breaking." He's as wild as the desert, a barbarian prince, a revered leader. Long ago he loved a girl, but the power of their feelings almost destroyed them both. Now that woman, the only one he could ever love, is forbidden to him! Betrothed to another, unable to bear him sons, she is unfit to be his queen.... But she can stop the storm that has raged in his heart since he last made her his. His choice--take her as his mistress, or become the king he was born to be.... both of them virgins when they were first together but neither one slept with anyone else the thirteen years they were apart.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl C. Nash

    By golly gee.... That was BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!! I NEVER cry reading M&B's or HP's, so the fact that I cried reading this, is a testament to how emotional the book was... By golly gee.... That was BLOODY BRILLIANT!!!! I NEVER cry reading M&B's or HP's, so the fact that I cried reading this, is a testament to how emotional the book was...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jasbell76

    Beautiful story :) 4.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    elstaffe

    I really do need to stop picking up books because of their titles at booksales, because it just means I end up with shelves upon shelves of Harlequin Presents. Aside from the usual sheikh/virgin Presents tropes (and boy howdy, do I wish that wasn't a thing I have typed more than once), the story had something unusual: (view spoiler)[the hero, while having taken the heroine's virginity and ruined her as usual, was not only a virgin while he did this BUT has never slept with anyone else other than I really do need to stop picking up books because of their titles at booksales, because it just means I end up with shelves upon shelves of Harlequin Presents. Aside from the usual sheikh/virgin Presents tropes (and boy howdy, do I wish that wasn't a thing I have typed more than once), the story had something unusual: (view spoiler)[the hero, while having taken the heroine's virginity and ruined her as usual, was not only a virgin while he did this BUT has never slept with anyone else other than the heroine! A sexually inexperienced Presents hero! It boggles the mind! (hide spoiler)] In a positive way! Unfortunately, that was the only enjoyable part of this book for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    amanda s.

    I loved it! Typical Harlequin book, short and full of angst, this book is quite different yet I loved it. Mostly because the story is good and the wait its author write is suit me well. Kareef is in love but he hurt the love of his life, Jasmine. And now engaged with Kareef's friend, Jasmine is ready to moving on. But apparently, not Kareef.. Again, I enjoyed it. Can't wait to read another book from this author. (I purchased this book for free on iTunes earlier 2014) I loved it! Typical Harlequin book, short and full of angst, this book is quite different yet I loved it. Mostly because the story is good and the wait its author write is suit me well. Kareef is in love but he hurt the love of his life, Jasmine. And now engaged with Kareef's friend, Jasmine is ready to moving on. But apparently, not Kareef.. Again, I enjoyed it. Can't wait to read another book from this author. (I purchased this book for free on iTunes earlier 2014)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Makii

    "—Jasmine, a veces —empezó Umar con calma—, es preciso dejar a un lado a la persona que todos quieren que seas para convertirte en la persona que estas destinada a ser. " Ohhhh Kareef♥ Y se vino la 2da renuncia al trono!!! Libro 10 de la serie La Casa Real de Karedes! "—Jasmine, a veces —empezó Umar con calma—, es preciso dejar a un lado a la persona que todos quieren que seas para convertirte en la persona que estas destinada a ser. " Ohhhh Kareef♥ Y se vino la 2da renuncia al trono!!! Libro 10 de la serie La Casa Real de Karedes!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridie Coleman

    Good book - now want to read all in that series

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natalija

    This was a true pleasure to read: emotionally intense, tender and gripping story with exotic touch and fascinating characters. Brava to Jennie Lucas! Highly recommended!

  18. 4 out of 5

    MaryD

    Danielle has done a marvelous job of reviewing this (with lots of spoilers as marked), so I'm not even going to try. Just be prepared for lots of angst & remembering young love. Danielle has done a marvelous job of reviewing this (with lots of spoilers as marked), so I'm not even going to try. Just be prepared for lots of angst & remembering young love.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meetu

    I loved this book. Sex is but a part of life but how much you can sacrifice for your love is but a true measure. This book excels on all the fronts that are important. The story is about young lovers a future king and a common girl who get married secretly full of ideal romance. An accident in desert results in a miscarriage and a chasm of guilt and treachery drives the couple apart. They meet after years once again each moving towards important goalposts in life when they rediscover the love, m I loved this book. Sex is but a part of life but how much you can sacrifice for your love is but a true measure. This book excels on all the fronts that are important. The story is about young lovers a future king and a common girl who get married secretly full of ideal romance. An accident in desert results in a miscarriage and a chasm of guilt and treachery drives the couple apart. They meet after years once again each moving towards important goalposts in life when they rediscover the love, maturity to forgive but once again have to sacrifice their feelings for the demands of duty. This is romance so of course they find togetherness but only after the circumstances have tested their love and ability to give up for each other to the maximum :).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I devoured every single page of this book from the moment I started. I initially started reading the book as I was curious about the character with whom I share the same name as. I am very glad I stumbled upon it. I would liken this book to The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger in terms of me bawling my eyes out or having my heart feel like it broke alongside the characters. Needless to say, I was cheering away for the ending. I've got to say that having it set in a patriarchal society I devoured every single page of this book from the moment I started. I initially started reading the book as I was curious about the character with whom I share the same name as. I am very glad I stumbled upon it. I would liken this book to The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger in terms of me bawling my eyes out or having my heart feel like it broke alongside the characters. Needless to say, I was cheering away for the ending. I've got to say that having it set in a patriarchal society which the men insist on their beloved becoming their mistress irks me quite abit. Definitely kills the romance whenever he asks that of Jasmine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Putri Septiana

    It exceeds my expectation. As of lately, I don't expect much from harlequin, mostly just to pass the time with some light reading. But this book remind me again why I love reading harlequin. What I love the most is the heart-wrenching story. The 'problem' looks real and hard. Not just some kind of hero's pride or heroine's fear of hurt and pain. It's about duty and honour, about obligation to the kingdom, to the family. And I just realize I gave book 1 of this series 4 stars. Guess I'll stick to It exceeds my expectation. As of lately, I don't expect much from harlequin, mostly just to pass the time with some light reading. But this book remind me again why I love reading harlequin. What I love the most is the heart-wrenching story. The 'problem' looks real and hard. Not just some kind of hero's pride or heroine's fear of hurt and pain. It's about duty and honour, about obligation to the kingdom, to the family. And I just realize I gave book 1 of this series 4 stars. Guess I'll stick to this series till the end :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    J.

    The synopsis for this book sounded so good that I just had to read it plus I'm a fan of Jennie Lucas! So here I was all set for a thrilling adventure..that never happened! The hero took way too long in my opinion to man up for his past actions (Oh and let's not forget the flimsy excuses)! As another reviewer mentioned there was that one redeeming point but that was about the size of it! Jennie Lucas as usual knows her stuff when it comes pretty descriptive sex scenes but the story line just fell The synopsis for this book sounded so good that I just had to read it plus I'm a fan of Jennie Lucas! So here I was all set for a thrilling adventure..that never happened! The hero took way too long in my opinion to man up for his past actions (Oh and let's not forget the flimsy excuses)! As another reviewer mentioned there was that one redeeming point but that was about the size of it! Jennie Lucas as usual knows her stuff when it comes pretty descriptive sex scenes but the story line just fell flat for me where I expected so much more! Better luck next time Ms. Lucas!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Stupid, but not as stupid as Montana Mistress. ONE REAL STAR, ONE ROMANCE STAR Harlequin Presents May 2010

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanetta

    Exactly what you'd expect in a Harlequin romance, ridiculous plots and cheesy sex scenes. Exactly what you'd expect in a Harlequin romance, ridiculous plots and cheesy sex scenes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Quanica Baptiste

    This book was the best I have never read a book like this before

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yoggita Rathakrishnan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Malone

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simmera

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dalia

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