Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Scandal by Annie West. Speculation surrounding exiled rebel Prince Tahir Al'Ramiz has reached fever pitch! After being spotted causing mayhem in an exclusive Monte Carlo casino, Tahir decides to fly home for his brother's coronation. But when the remains of his helicopter are discovered, the worst is assumed Until he comes back from the dead, with no explanation as to how he survived!
Now a mysterious beauty has moved into the palace. Rumors of a pregnancy abound Could it be that this notorious playboy prince's lost days in the desert camouflaged a secret affair? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by Harlequin first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Scandal , please sign up.
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More filters. Sort order. Sep 01, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: heroine-i-adore , made-me-swoon , made-me-cry , steamy. Great book. Hero had a horrible childhood and was abused as a child by his father. My heart broke for him. He deserved to be loved and he finally found happiness with our sweet loving heroine. Gotta love a tortured hero!
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May 09, Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta rated it liked it Shelves: amnesia , deception , doctor-nurse-or-vet , hp-mb , he-has-a-title , he-is-bad-boy-rebel-or-daredevil , he-is-cold-too-proper-or-grumpy , he-is-mean , he-is-ott , he-is-tortured. It was an interesting plot but his ass-holeness rested points. Sep 06, Vorbis rated it did not like it.
Can I introduce you to my least favourite trope? A man and a woman meet. They begin to fall precipitously in love. Usually because, heaven forbid, the guy is actually nice and attentive and seems interested in her. He sees her falling in love with him. She'd forget about him and get on with her life with never a backwar Can I introduce you to my least favourite trope? She'd forget about him and get on with her life with never a backward glance.
That's great, skippy. In your arab country that prizes virgins so highly, it's really fucking generous of you to decide not to fuck up her life by letting her be in a loving, consensual relationship. One that even if it doesn't last she doesn't regret. That would be awful. Instead, why don't you treat her like shit? Make her regret it right now, and look back thinking how pathetic she is for not having kept her virtue and for having trusted someone intimately who turned out to be a fuckwit.
When did this become a thing? How does this keep showing up in books? Is it like the bad boy trope where in fiction we hope we can redeem him? Is this the version where you were treated like shit by someone you trusted, but it was just his way of protecting you? Bitches about the food you made him 2.
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Calls your sex 'over-exertion' and says he feels like death. Suddenly recovers his memory after having had convenient amnesia 4. Whinges that staying with you made him miss a party, and leers at you saying he enjoys a good party with prostitutes. Commands "Don't touch me" when you go to help him, in the tone of voice "As if she weren't worthy to breathe the same air as him. Rolls his eyes in disgust at you.
Refuses to even look at you, saying "You can't imagine how much" he can't wait to get away from you. Well, what a fabulous morning after! Just what I want in my romances! And gee, you're so lucky to be pregnant to this guy. This is surely a happily ever after waiting to happen. Dec 17, Roub rated it liked it. Tahir was besotted wid Annalisa though he himself did not realise it. View 1 comment. Nov 05, willaful rated it it was ok Shelves: series , amnesia , ministering-angel , prisoner-of-love , a-matter-of-class , pos-the-world-revolves-around-hero , same-old-same-old , tortured-hero.
An okay read, but never got very exciting. There were a number of continuity errors. Aug 19, Jacqueline J rated it it was ok Shelves: harlequin , baby-child-involved , owned , owned-but-available. A pretty basic HP. This was a made up desert country and this guy one of the princes. It was interesting that the heroine was not an English girl but half Dutch half a member of the made up country's people who had never been out of the country although she was raised basically as a western woman.
There was the requisite amount of misunderstandings etc. Decent but nothing I would gush about. Nov 14, RomLibrary rated it liked it Shelves: kindle , sheikh , amnesia , jerk , alpha-to-extreme , angsty , hero-repents , highly-rated , v-card , bad-boy.
She nurses him back to health after his helicopter crashes in the desert. Rumors She nurses him back to health after his helicopter crashes in the desert. Could it be that this notorious playboy prince's lost days in the desert camouflaged a secret affair Sep 01, AelixRage rated it really liked it. Reading my fair share of sheikh's and deserts, I'd dare say that this book, as simple as it is, was to my liking. The hero was not a hardcore alpha male, he wasn't raging against his emotions like most, and he wasn't at all bristling with indignation at the possibility of falling in love with the heroine.
I liked him. As for the heroine, well, what can I say? I love how Annie West writes them.
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They're not the weak, doormats that most HP seem to present. They're not entirely "weak" and they actuall Reading my fair share of sheikh's and deserts, I'd dare say that this book, as simple as it is, was to my liking. They're not entirely "weak" and they actually have pride and personality, which I like.
Pushover heroines make me cringe. All in all, it was a nice story. Not a most original plot, but it was all good. Feb 25, Lynsey A rated it it was ok Shelves: harlequin-presents , part-of-a-hp-series , annie-west , prince , pregnancy , baby , books-i-own , sheikh , hero-tortured-past , reads. Got 2 stars because it was a bit boring in parts. Decent enough ending to the series but I liked the others in the series better. May 16, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: harlequin-presents , read , may-read , harlequin-presents-challenge This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Let's get started. First of all I wavered in what rating I wanted to give this book, and kind of went back and forth because there were aspects of this book I liked then other things I didn't quite care for. Hence the above rating with the range of 3. I will say I li 3. I will say I liked this book. I didn't love it nor was a blown away by it like I usually am by Annie West books, who I love as an author by the way.
Just there was a spark missing for me that are usually in her books that keep me totally enthralled in her story, her world, the romance and the characters that makes me come back time and time again, and never tire of it. Plus just the emotional stories are so great and satisfying and very heart felt yet gut wrenching at the same time. I usually feel everything that the characters are going through and it touches my heart or it punches me in the gut until I am breathless and completely consumed by it all. That's why I love Annie West as a writer, but like I said this one didn't quite hit the mark for me, nor make much of an emotional impact like some of her other stories I have read in the past.
It didn't mean that the story or the book was bad, but it wasn't as impactful or at least it wasn't to me. But it was likable and an enjoyable book to read, and definitely not the worst book I have read. This book was part of a mini-series called, Dark-Hearted Desert Man , which featured the story about three brothers and a cousin, and the country of Quasay, with the fore mention country needing a new King to rule over its people.
With the exception of Tahir, the hero in this story, but more because he had no choice in the matter. It was him or not one. And he stepped up and decided to do his story and it followed his story to the throne as well as his love story with Annalisa. So that was what this mini-series was about the road of the new ruler and the love of their lives. I read book number one Wedlocked: Banished Sheikh, Untouched Queen over two years ago, and have yet to read the other two in the series.
My expectations for the book may have been a little skewed because from what I read from the back blurb I thought I would be getting something a little different than what was executed on the page. Not that the whole synopsis was misleading just maybe the second paragraph, which could totally be my fault and based on my own interpretations. Because the second paragraph was very much interpretation because as I reread now I do find that I could see where this came from. It was just unexpected. I read wrong and with my set idea in my mind, I just had a totally different view of how it was going to play out and go on.
Again my fault but it definitely made me view the book different because of those set expectation and delineate my joy of the book. In fact the synopsis, reading it again, was very vague, I was one that filled in the blanks before I even turned to page one, so again that skewed my view of the book and made me have a less that favorable view at some parts.
The beginning just felt very choppy to me, and I felt like I was kind of jostled around from place to place until I was all over the place. Even though it was choppy, I understood why it was written that way. First off it was setup for the story as well as Tahir circumstances in the world as well as how Annalisa came into his life, and how she cared for him when he was gravely injured from the helicopter crash.
But he knew that his brother needed him and wanted to come home so he decided to do so, but still being emotionally torn by it all. But more of the choppiness came into from the crash to when he landed at her camp was because he kept passing out from the pain of his injuries. It was kind hard to get through at the time and did have me feel like the story was stopping and starting instead of just flowing like I want my stories to be doing.
So that was a bit of a turn off. Now this paragraph might seem a little contradictory but I am going to try to explain as much as I can what I mean. Like I said the chemistry was there, and the attraction was there and I could understand why they were drawn to each other. Tahir finally had the loving touch of a woman, who was nursing him and helping him getting better from his serious wounds. She always felt like an outsider being that she was half Western and half Quasi aka Middle Eastern with strict views of women in society and very oppressive for them.
So the pull was there for them, and as more time went by I could see them getting closer and closer until the inevitable conclusion came to pass. And it was a built up over time to show not only their emotional closeness but the fact that he was getting better more and more with each day. Books I would never have managed to buy and read in time before they were whisked off the shelves are now at my fingertips. Excitingly so. I had come across one of her books years ago. I came across the book again recently and was excited to see it was part of that same series.
Thinking it was a different book I read the blurb again. There were none, not even a star rating. So I left it. I will refuse to read a book upon reading its blurb. So when I want to read a book I need it to be wonderful from the get go. I know exactly what I want. Is it me? Is it the books?
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I was about to turn to my idols Patricia Wilson and Jennie Lucas. The rest is history. On the way home from visiting the doctor this morning with an incredibly sick toddler and my husband sitting next to him on the back seat of the car I had to let it all out. So when I said in the title I had a discussion with my husband, it was more like me gushing wonderment and my husband nodding a smiling.
Also, him telling me to keep my hands on the wheel. That essay is for another day.
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I suppose what we need to know here is how Sheikhs have been portrayed in romance novels over time and how Annie West has turned the tables. I suppose all I wanted was the tall dark and handsome with traditional values but with modern ties. Someone who is strong and capable but can show vulnerability and need. Annie West manages to do all this. All of it. With all of her Sheikhs. All of them. While still creating completely different characters with completely different motivations.
Why was I still cautious? Somebody go back in time and slap me. Tahir is a man desperate to feel. Living on the peripheries of life. Never connecting. His feet never touch the ground. He welcomes the opportunity of death and finds relief in the blackness. Annalisa is a woman stuck between two cultures.