Historicals are my romance sub-genre of choice. Big revelation, huh? I also enjoy a strong-minded heroine. This can present a bit of a challenge in my reading. If a book’s true to history, then its female characters, by virtue of when the story takes place, aren’t always in the driver’s seat of their own lives.
Nowhere is this truer than in the bedroom. And often, in romance fiction, this creates much of the conflict between the hero and heroine. How can an experienced man keep from harming an inexperienced woman?
Wouldn’t it just tickle you to read about a woman who fits the time period but is in charge when it comes to the boudoir?
That’s exactly what you get in Monica Burns’ alluring and steamy “Kismet.” Set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Middle East, Burns’ romance pits a determined, self-sufficient lady against a man so resolute and confident and sexy that he melts her resolve. It’s great fun watching her confront the one thing she’s not used to – a challenge – and some of their scenes will linger in your memory long after you’ve closed the book.
One of the most sought-after courtesans in all London, Allegra Synnford has accrued wealth, education, and, most important, the power to pick her own lovers. In Marrakech, Morocco, for a friend’s wedding, she catches the eye of a sheikh with hypnotic eyes and a kingly bearing, a man the mere sight of whom excites her. She decides immediately to steer clear of him; if they were to spend even one night together, she knows she would be at the mercy of her own desires.
The sheikh who sets her blood on fire is known as Shaheen. An Englishman by birth, he has escaped the memories of his old life by staying among the Bedouins for fifteen years. Allegra stirs up painful thoughts; he was once burned badly by her kind. Yet he’s determined to seduce her, if only so he can get her out of his head.
The two embark on a sexually-charged game of push and pull, each overwhelmed by their attraction and burdened by their refusal to give in. Allegra is determined to not choose a man who will threaten her independence. Shaheen can’t quite get over his past long enough to contemplate a future. And complicating everything is danger of a different sort. One of Shaheen’s great enemies is ruthless, amoral, and dead-set on having Allegra for his own.
“Kismet” presents us with a classic a battle of wills between two characters unafraid to use sex as a weapon. They fight their temptation and the consequences of falling in love against an exotic, sensual background that’s beguiling and seductive. You’ll wish you were booked on the next plane to Morocco, when you
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Do you like it when a heroine is as experienced in the bedroom as her male counterpart? What memorable romances can you recommend where this is part of the premise?
***Please hang with us here in the pink this week, cause there's big doins with your fave RBTB teamers and authors:
Tomorrow: Ann Herendeen returns with the true story of Darcy/Bingley and "Pride/Prejudice!" Great fun to welcome her back. Feature Rev. of the read here.
Thursday: RBTB correspondents PJ and Gannon call all cyber-pals to gather as they dish Lori Wilde's "Sweetheart's Knitting Club," when you can win a cool knitting/book set.
Friday: RBTB Contrib Ed Amy Kennedy brings you the d.l. on Ann Hinnenkamp's BOB para, "Dyad Quest."