by Maisey Yates, author of Forged in the Desert Heat
What if the hero bought the heroine?
That was the thought that wrapped itself around my brain and wouldn’t let go. And it was the thought seed that grew into Forged in the Desert Heat.
Of course there had to be a reason for the heroine being sold. And a reason for him to buy. And from there came the story.
As I was writing, I called Zafar The Gypsy Sheikh. He’s sort of a Robin Hood in the desert. Robbing from the rich army his corrupt uncle has placed through out the kingdom, and using the funds to care for the Bedouin tribes that are the most effected by the corrupt regime.
When the books opens, he’s on his way back to the capitol city for the first time since his banishment, and that’s where he meets Ana.
Kidnapped by a band of bandits, Ana, the fiancee of the sheikh from a neighboring kingdom, has been held in the middle of the desert for a week.
When Zafar rides by on his horse (who he hasn’t named…who the heroine forces him to name later…but that’s another topic) he encounters these thieves, realizes who Ana is, and that her being kidnapped by citizens of his country could potentially start a war. So he ransoms her (or buys her, they debate this through out the book) and brings her back to the palace until he can sort out what to do with her.
What follows is a whole lot of forbidden lust, and hero torture (which is my favorite).
Sometimes it’s that one weird question you ask yourself that ends up becoming a whole book.
And because I feel generous today…leave me a comment and you can win a copy of said book!!
After you read the mandatory haiku, of course:
Oh! My Gypsy Sheikh!
You’re too sexy for your horse
But just right for me
About Forged in the Desert Heat:
A woman that could start a war
The Gypsy Sheikh, betrayer, modern-day marauder—Zafar Nejem has been called many things. And now he is to be called Your Majesty. Returning to the throne of Al Sabah, his first act is to rescue American heiress Analise Christensen from her desert kidnappers.
Since Ana is engaged to the ruler of the neighboring kingdom, her discovery must be concealed until Zafar can explain her presence, or else he risks war. But as the sun rises over the sand dunes, so does the forbidden heat that burns between them, threatening everything….
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