Why Do You Love Sheikh Romances?
by Michelle Conder, author of Hidden in the Sheikh’s Harem
The idea behind Hidden in the Sheikh’s Harem came to me as I was finishing Prince Nadir’s Secret Heir. As soon as I heard Zachim speaking to Nadir in PNSH I knew I had to write a book for him. But it wasn’t until the end, when he returns to the palace just in time for Nadir’s wedding that the heroine, Farah Hajjar, came into the picture. Hearing Zach describe her to his brother was hilarious in my mind. It was clear he was completely put out by this female and I just couldn’t wait to write their love story.
And it was such fun to write. Scenes kept intruding into my mind while I was writing other books until I knuckled down and let it come to life.
I have to admit that I love to write tomboy heroines and Farah was the ultimate tomboy. She grew up in a small, secluded village in the desert and has no experience of high heels or high-end parties. Zach, although a prince of her land, has grown up knowing little else. He is a man who thinks he knows women and boy is he in for a surprise with Farah.
Although I love many types of romances, sheikhs hold a special place in my heart. Possibly because they seem to be one of the most exotic, and also the most extreme. Having to deal with the desert climate and a supercharged alpha male set on getting his own way is just swoon worthy for me! Then there’s all that male supremacy and you just know sparks are going to fly. In fact the scene that came to me first with these two is when Farah meets Zach for the first time in the tent where her father is holding him hostage. Farah is sincerely intent on negotiating his release so that no one suffers, but Zach is even more sincerely intent on escaping – with no deal at all!
Here’s a snippet:
‘If you’re so interested in getting me to eat, then you feed me, my feral little cat.’
Feral little cat? The shock of those soft words had Farah rocking back on her heels as feminine pride kicked in. She might not look her best but she was hardly feral! And as for feeding him… She felt steam rising out of her ears. Even tied up and at her mercy he assumed the superior position. ‘I have no intention of feeding you,’ she snapped.
He gave a soft, deep chuckle that took up residence in the pit of her stomach. ‘Well, there goes that fantasy.’
Farah’s mouth tightened at the taunt. He’d already made it clear he thought she was lacking in the female department so his comments could only be to try and throw her off. Though to what end, other than to rile her, she didn’t know.
Deep down Zach is just a big pussycat, and Farah a lioness, so together they balance each other out beautifully.
When it comes to sheikh romances, what is it you love about them so much?
About Hidden in the Sheikh’s Harem:
Prince Zachim Darkhan of Bakaan never expected to find himself bound and at the mercy of his nemesis. But with a skillful ease borne of years as a warrior he escapes his bonds…then takes the man’s daughter as his captive and hides her away in his harem!
But Farah Hajjar is no man’s prisoner, and as the power play between them escalates so, too, does Zachim’s desire to taste the forbidden, sensual delights their chemistry promises. As the line between hatred and desire blurs he’s led past the point of no return.
Now they’ll find themselves captured…in marriage!