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Have you checked into the Chatsfield? This opulent hotel is full of the wealthy elite, and with that comes scandal!

Now you have the opportunity to dive into this brand new continuity…for free. Head over to the Harlequin Facebook page to see how you can win 1 of 25 print copies of Engaged at The Chatsfield, the prequel by Melanie Milburne. The giveaway is open until 9pm, ET.

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About Engaged at The Chatsfield:

engagedatthechatsfieldA whisper, a rumor, a scandal!

Glitz, luxury and decadence—Juliet Montague should be having the time of her life. Her friend’s hen party is being held at the extravagant Chatsfield Hotel, London, but when she is surrounded by perfect, ultra-stylish women, each with rings on their fingers, a fake fiancé seems her only defense.

Until that very same fake fiancé arrives at the party! Now she must persuade Marcus Bainbridge, her older brother’s gorgeous best friend, not to give the game away. But as the charade deepens, will the lines between what’s real and what’s fantasy start to blur?

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

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Do you like a hero who struggles with his belief in himself?

by Tara Pammi, author of The Last Prince of Dahaar

I saw a review on Amazon UK that touched my heart so much and I think summarized my April release The Last Prince of Dahaar very well, so I’m going to put it here:

This story is about the passionate yet determined Zohra and Ayaan, a tortured soul who needed her feistiness and tenacity to get through to him to accept her love.

lastprinceofdahaarZohra and Ayaan bring everything that’s missing from each other’s life. Ayaan gives her honor, respect that Zohra’s always lacked as her father’s illegitimate daughter, and Zohra brings the tenacity and love and belief that Ayaan needs to realize he’s deserving of love and happiness.

Harlequin Presents are all about the Alpha heroes whom I do adore. But for me, it’s also the heroines that tug at my heart. And it was the same in case of Zohra too.

I thought she would be a martyr but she surprised me when, half way through, she realized what she had lost by letting her prejudices color her. And then she went for what she wanted. She challenged Ayaan, she told him that she wanted a life with him, that she would stick by him no matter what.

Ayaan Al Sharif, the hero of the book is the most noble hero I’ve ever written. At the beginning of the story, he’s just back in his home country Dahaar after five years of being mad following a terrorist attack that killed his siblings. His belief in himself is low, his is wrecked by nightmares of that horrible day and the worst of all, he’s facing the prospect of ruling his country and taking a bride. But duty means everything to Ayaan, so he will do it.

Do you like a hero who struggles with his belief in himself?

 

About The Last Prince of Dahaar:

A vow to break?

She’s a bullet point on the list of things he’s agreed to for duty. And as it is the only way to restore order in Dahaar and quash whispers that name him The Mad Prince, Ayaan Al Sharif will marry Zohra Naasar.

Zohra knows something of duty’s destruction—it’s stolen her freedom before, and it won’t happen again. She’ll convince Ayaan not to marry her—by refusing to sleep with him! Even if he does evoke a desire she’s never felt before.

Ayaan may have agreed to her outrageous demand, but is this the one promise the last prince of Dahaar can’t keep?

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The City of Love

by Michelle Smart, author of The Sicilian’s Unexpected Duty

One of my favourite things about writing for Presents is the research. I can happily while away hours searching for fabulous dresses for my heroine, plush homes for my hero, and learning as much about the location of wherever they happen to be as I can. When it comes to the latter, The Sicilian’s Unexpected Duty is my favourite. Although it starts off in Sicily, the majority of the book is set in Paris, the ultimate city of love. To me, Paris has everything; history, beautiful architecture, chic women, handsome men and a thriving art scene, all of which I used to wrap around the story. By the time I’d finished writing it, I was consumed with the need to get a flight across the channel and book myself into the Champ Elysees Plaza Hotel and while my days away wandering through the Louvre, reading books, drinking strong coffee and inhaling the scents of the city. Alas, my finances wouldn’t stretch and no-one would take the kids off my hands! Maybe soon I’ll be able to do it.

This has got me thinking though, about destinations other people consider to be romantic. Is it a tiny, deserted island with white sand? A log cabin high in the Alps where fresh snow greets you in the morning? A thriving city?

I would love to hear other peoples’ thoughts on their ultimate romantic destination.

Thanks for dropping by,

Michelle xxx

About The Sicilian’s Unexpected Duty:

One incredible night…

Cara Delany shouldn’t have been surprised when Pepe Mastrangelo—world-renowned playboy—disappeared after their unforgettable night, leaving only cold sheets and X-rated memories…. Or so she thought! Four months later, with more than herself to think of, she’s forced to face the sexy Sicilian again.

One very big consequence!

When the fiery redhead Pepe couldn’t forget hurtles back into his life proclaiming he’s the father of her child, it’s a role that he never expected—or wanted. Unsure if she’s telling the truth, Pepe has five months to uncover everything about Cara, and he knows just where to start!

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Confessions of a Not-So-Secret Sheikh Lover

By Flo Nicoll, Editor 

Hello, my name is Flo, and I’m a high-functioning sheikh addict.

I’ve always known I’ve had a weakness for romantic heroes. From rakish Rupert Campbell-Black to dark-hearted Heathcliff to lovely Mark Darcy, I read every hero I could get my hands on. If pushed, I’d even have said I was a connoisseur.

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Then I started at Romance HQ, and made a *major* discovery. Far from being a connoisseur, there was a huge gaping hole in my hero knowledge. And what’s more, that hole could only be filled by the most dark-hearted, outrageous and/or protective men of all – the Presents sheikh! And so my addiction was born.

Let me explain why…

The heroes: to me, sheikhs are the ultimate heroes. Untamed, bound by duty, regal…you name it, I love it. Not convinced? Read of The Last Prince of Dahaar by Tara Pammi, released April 2014 – I defy anyone not to be enthralled by her gorgeously tortured hero!

The heroines: heroines need a special quality to capture the heart of heroes as powerful and charismatic as a good sheikh. Be it feistiness or an innocence that brings the hero to his knees, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching a heroine bag her sheikh.

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The fantasy world: it doesn’t get more high-fantasy than a sheikh romance! I love how removed they are from the world that I live in, and I find them a vehicle for total emotional escape. Take Sharon Kendrick’s Seduced by the Sultan, out in Presents April 2014 – nothing to say except a big ‘yes, please’ to that!

The settings: From the palaces to the desert, there’s just something about those desert kingdom landscapes that add an extra edge of drama and enjoyment. (Plus I’m British, so the idea of all that sunshine is dizzying!)

Finally, the heroines’ outfits! Call me shallow, but surely I can’t be the only one who wishes I got to wear jewel-coloured, gauzy, silky dresses? And the jewels… Major wardrobe envy. To be fair, I’m often jealous of the heroines I edit – they get a man, a lifestyle, and a wardrobe to die for. But those sheikh heroines… they’re just that extra bit lucky!

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So there you have it. My incurable addiction that I’m just going to have to learn to live with. (Luckily I work in the perfect place for my daily fix…! Next on my list? Lucy Monroe’s Sheikh’s Scandal, May 2014. A delicious combination of sheikh amazingness and the start to a brand new continuity, what’s not to love?!

So, who’s with me, and why? Or not, as the case may be! Let’s get sharing the sheikh love, I know I’m not the only addict out there. :)

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Under the microscope: Read on for an exclusive interview with Aaliyah Amari

by Lucy Monroe, author of Sheikh’s Scandal

If you had to pick your most public scandalous moment, what would it be?
Even if I hadn’t lived a rather sheltered existence prior to meeting Sayed, I would still definitely have to say being outed publicly as his lover in the press.  Those pics of us kissing with that obvious (to me anyway) post-coital glow still make me blush.

Was there an even more scandalous event that didn’t make it into the press
Oh, yes…let’s just say that the first night we kissed had a lot of other firsts too and leave it at that.

What is your biggest secret?
I’m not princess material. At all. But I love Sayed and I’ll do my best by the people of Zeena Sahra.

What do you love most about Sayed?
His heart. It’s hidden behind his nobility and strength, but he has such an amazing capacity to care for his family, for his people…for me. I never thought I would know this kind of love and I hope I never take it for granted.

sheiksscandalWhat were your first thoughts when you saw Sayed?
Thoughts? My brain stopped working completely.

If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be?
My mother’s locket.

What is the naughtiest thing you did at school?
I wasn’t naughty at school. I would have been mortified to disappoint my mother in any way. Until I met Sayed, Aaliyah Amari could have been synonymous with the word repressed.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Watching Sayed sleep, but shhh…please don’t tell him.

What is your worst habit?
Sayed says it’s thinking too little of myself. For that matter, so does his dear mother. Maybe it is.

What is your favourite film?
Until I met Sayed, my favourite film was the documentary Grey Gardens (1975) – the story of Big and Little Edie Beales, the agoraphobic eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy). However, Queen Durrah introduced me to romantic comedies and I’ve fallen in love with the genre. I’ve watched Valentine’s Day three times already.

What present would you put beneath the Christmas tree for Sayed?
I’m not sure what gift I’ll give Sayed this year, but it will have an ornament hanging from the bow: a pregnant woman with Baby’s 1st Christmas. Yes, we are expecting and I’m not at all sure I’ll be able to wait to tell him!

How will you spend your first anniversary as a couple?
Knowing the romantic streak that runs in the men of Sayed’s family, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t do something like fly us to Venice for dinner and the Opera.  He’s discovered my secret passion for it and my Emir seems quite dedicated to seeing all my passions met.

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About Sheikh’s Scandal:

When the Sheikh comes to town…

Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!

Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful Sheikh’s desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

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