So over to Lynn now...
What is it about a sheikh? Maybe it’s that edge of wildness, that sense that he’s barely tamed, or the dark good looks and autocratic attitude (which our heroine will always change!) that he carries wherever he goes. Whatever it is, I’ve always loved reading about sheikhs in romance novels – and now I love writing them.
My latest sheikh, Malik ibn Najib al Dhakir, is the brother to King Adan, who readers met in Strangers in the Desert. Malik’s book is called MarriageBehind the Façade – and he was so challenging to write about! He’s dark, brooding, and arrogant – just as you would expect. But there’s more to Malik than meets the eye.
Malik’s wife, Sydney Reed, is a California girl. But she’s not the typical California girl with blonde hair, a tan, and a surfboard. No, Sydney is red-headed and pale – and she’s convinced she’s the ugly ducking in her family of swans. When Malik first swept her off her feet, she felt like her every dream had come true.
Until she realizes that her husband doesn’t actually love her.
Sydney leaves Malik, but when a year goes by and she sends him divorce papers, the last thing she expects is for Malik to show up on her doorstep and demand that she accompany him to the desert kingdom of Jahfar. She doesn’t want to go, but the only way they can ever divorce is if they live as man and wife for 40 days in Jahfar.
Naturally, nothing goes as planned. Malik isn’t quite what he seems on the surface, and Sydney has some growing of her own to do. It’s an emotional journey across a harsh landscape, but of course you know it works out in the end. It’s a romance! I hope you’ll give Marriage Behind the Façade a try, and that you’ll love Malik and Sydney as much as I do.
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