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by Lynn Raye Harris

Isabella, the wife Sheikh Adan thought was dead, has just walked back into his life on the eve of his wedding to another woman.Now Adan is to be crowned King, Isabella must be his Queen—sharing his desert throne and the royal bed. But gone is the dutiful, pure girl he once knew; in her place is a defiant, sultry woman who makes Adan's blood run hot. A woman who has no memory of being his wife….
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ISBN: 0373130570
ISBN13: 978-0373130573
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Women's Fiction
Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Presents; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
ePUB size: 1684 kb
FB2 size: 1400 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 625
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***4.5 Stars***

Oh, my! What a fantastic read. This was so much more than I expected.

It was time for Sheikh Adan to settle down and get married. It was arranged and he met his bride one-week before the wedding ceremony two years ago. He most definitely didn't have any feelings for her. She was his broodmare to bare his heirs and that was about it. She had been raised by her father who drilled into her how to act as a woman from Jahfar ...submissive, meet their every need etc. The sheikh was a very poor husband. He spent no time with her, totally ignoring her wants, needs, pregnancy, and health. He didn't even attend the doctor's appointments that she asked him to attend nor was he present at the birth. Everything was on her. She was unliked and used by her family. She had no other relatives or close friends and there was no one who bothered to look after her. Not a single person offered to take her to the hospital to deliver her child. Even when she brought their baby home she was expected to do everything on her own. This A$$ of a husband left her to her own devices. Next thing you know she has disappeared into the desert. She was pronounced dead although there was no body.

Our illustrious Sheikh who was becoming King and he had to have a wife before the coronation so he asked one of his best friends to marry him and bare his children. He had less than zero romantic feelings towards her. Two weeks before the wedding he received a call to say his wife had shown up in Hawaii. He took off to find her and get a quick divorce so he could marry a perfect woman for who would require nothing from him and be a great mother for his son.

The A$$hat is just that. He treats her horribly convinced she left him and her baby son out of choice. She now has amnesia of that horrible time when she drifted into the desert and was found before death claimed her in some type of bad accident. But he doesn't care and blames everything on her. Apparently, she had some kind of melt-down related to a severe case of postpartum depression. She is not even aware she has a son and didn't recognize her husband.

She was expected to do her parents bidding, her husbands and everyone elses but NO ONE cared about her or looked after her and her newborn. She was so exhausted from and never receiving anything in return. Her emotional bank account was overdrawn. All she wanted was for one person in her life to love her and she got zip...nada...nothing. She is in her twenties and her parents have never said a kind word to her and made her feel she was never good enough. That is an awful feeling and the damage doesn't go away.

Her adoring husband (NOT) went to her room every night for the first month of their marriage and once pregnant he never went back...almost a year and nothing, not a single touch. She feels so abandoned and not knowing anyone around was tough. So was the severe morning sickness. Had he cared one iota he would have detected the after birth deep depression but he didn't.

Her own parents hid the fact that she had been married and given birth, keeping that from her. She thought she was alone in the world. Be prepared to get angry. She was the innocent party, used and never cared for with no memory of her life, husband or that she bore a child yet, as per her husband everything was all her fault. Real good story!
Prince Adan is ready to become King in just two weeks. He will be marrying his long time friend who will become a mother to his son. There is just one thing standing in his way. The wife he believed dead has been found alive in Maui.

Prince Adan travels to Maui to see for himself if this is indeed his wife. She is a singer who goes by the stage name Bella Tyler. Her really name is Isabella, and she has no memory of her husband and the child she left behind. She has been told by her parents that she had a car accident and hit her head, but this is far from the truth. Prince Adan brings her back to Jahfar with all intentions of divorcing her as he never really loved her and is very angry she walked away from him and her son. He does not believe at first that she has lost her memory.

Their marriage had been very one-sided. She was in love with him, but she was basically just a wife to him. Someone to bed and give him heirs.

Lynn Raye Harris addressed a very important issue with postpartum depression. When Isabella gets her memory back it is so heartbreaking. You can feel her pain and sadness.

There is so much more to this story than what I have reviewed.Very well written and well worth the read.
I enjoyed reading this story. I loved that both Sheikh Adan and Isabella were faithful through a 3 year separation even though she did not remember him and he thought that she was dead. Prior to reading the story, I read a summary of the book. I thought maybe that I may have a problem with the fact that Adan did not love Isabella prior to the separation. I always want the hero to be madly in love and sexually attracted to the heroine and especially if they are married. However, I did not have problem in this case for several reasons. First they only knew each other 1 week prior to their marriage. It was no love match for either. Also they only had sex for 1 month prior to her pregnancy. He stopped having sex with her after that, not because he wanted to but because he thought that he should be she was pregnant. I think abstaining because of pregnancy is stupid. I have 4 children and it would never have been ok with me for my husband not to touch me for 9 months at a time. But then again, I know nothing about his culture. It was probably expected that they stop having sex during pregnancy. Also even though he did not love her during the time they were initially together, he was sexually attracted to her and enjoyed having sex with her. It was not like he viewed her as a friend or sexless.

They hero and heroine had great chemistry and as a result of that and the fact that they had been sexually deprived for over 3 years, the sex scenes were hot. I liked the HEA and epilogue. The epilogue put to rest any concerns I had about them experiencing problems related to pregnancy.
This was a tough one. Imagine having postpartum depression so bad, you decide to just walk out into the middle of the desert. Now imagine, out of love, your father sends you away and allows everyone to believe you died in the desert.... BECAUSE your husband cares so little about you, if he found out you didn't die, he'd have you committed rather than help you. I didn't like who the H and h were the first year of marriage. The h was a doormat who existed only for what the H wanted. The H was an arrogant, selfish douchbag who didn't give a flying flip about the h much less her feelings or state of mind. I did, however, come to like who the H and h came to be. It was a tough and teary journey watching the h accept who she was and her state of mind at the time. The H also had to accept some harsh truths about himself as well. Obviously this kind of book won't appeal to everyone, but if feel up to it.... grab some tissues, be patient and know they become better people.. d:)