The Sheik and the Christmas Bride

The Sheik and the Christmas Bride

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From royal nanny to princess bride? Dedicated teacher Kayleen James was determined to safeguard the future of her orphaned students -- even if it meant defying Prince As'ad of El Deharia himself! But the seductive ruler stunned her by offering to adopt the three little girls. On one condition ... Suddenly As'ad was a single father in desperate need of a nanny, and Kayleen was the only woman for the job. Soon the palace was in an uproar -- all because of the spirited redhead. Losing his heart wasn't part of the arrangement, until Kayleen showed the honor-bound sheik what he'd been missing. Could he convince her that she belonged in his exotic desert kingdom as his princess -- and his wife?
Publisher: New York : Silhouette Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781426808234
1426808232
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Alternative Title: Sheik & the Christmas bride

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Jul 11, 2012

Maybe it's just my fondness for Mallery, but none of the characters felt flat. They were all believable and (mostly) likeable. It was hard to suffer through Darlene, but it gave Kayleen opportunities to grow, so it was worth it. The romance between King Hassan of Bahania and Princess Lina of El Deharia made a transition between this and the previous Desert Rogues books. I liked getting to see Hassan giddy and in love, even if 1) this is, what, the 3rd love of his life and 5th wife? and 2) it's hard to get a handle on their long-distance courtship. I'm a little sad that my library doesn't have the next book in the series, so I'll be skipping ahead to the last book, The Sheik and the Bought Bride. Apparently 3 of the brothers don't get brides? Or will Mallery start doubling up? Since the last book of the series came out in 2009, I find it hard to believe there are more coming, but there was a 3 year gap between this book and The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary...

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vloveg
Jul 11, 2012

When Kayleen James left the convent where she was raised to teach at an orphanage in El Deharia, she never expects to wind up living in the royal palace. Yet, that is exactly what happens when she defies a tribal chieftan determined to separate three orphaned sisters she has taken under her wing. To defuse the situation, Prince As'ad agrees to adopt the girls, but only if Kayleen will be their nanny and take responsibility for their rearing. That definitely puts a kink in her plans to return to her American convent, as does the unexpected attraction that flares between her and the prince.
As'ad was trained to believe that emotions weaken a man, so he doesn't want to love his new daughters or their nanny. However, in order to ensure that Kayleen stays in El Deharia to care for the girls (and get his dad off his back about marriage and heirs), he asks her to marry him. She's beautiful, she will make an excellent mother, she loves his country and its people, and he enjoys her company - he couldn't have ordered a more suitable bride. But Kayleen realizes that she can't marry a man who doesn't love her, and As'ad is forced to acknowledge that he truly needs these four women in his life.

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