The Sheik

The Sheik Diana Mayo Is Young, Beautiful, Wealthy And Independent Bored By The Eligible Bachelors And Endless Parties Of The English Aristocracy, She Arranges For A Horseback Trek Through The Algerian Desert Two Days Into Her Adventure, Diana Is Kidnapped By The Powerful Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan, Who Forces Her Into Submission Diana Tries Desperately To Resist But Finds Herself Falling In Love With This Dark And Handsome StrangerOnly When A Rival Chieftain Steals Diana Away Does The Sheik Realize That What He Feels For Her Is Than Mere Passion He Has Been Conquered And Risks Everything To Get Her Back The Power Of Love Reaches Across The Desert Sands, Leading To The Thrilling And Unexpected ConclusionOne Of The Most Widely Read Novels Of The S, And Forever Fixed In The Popular Imagination In The Film Version Starring The Irresistible Rudolph Valentino, The Sheik Is Recognized As The Immediate Precursor To The Modern Romance Novel When First Published There Was Nothing Like It To Readers The Story Was Scandalous, Exotic, And All Consuming To Such Critics As The New York Times The Book Was Shocking, Although Written With A High Degree Of Literary Skill In The Author S Native England, The Bestselling Book Was Labeled Poisonously Salacious By The Literary Review And Banned From Some Communities But The Public Kept ReadingThe Influence Of The Sheik On Romance Writers And Readers Continues To Resonate Despite Controversy Over Its Portrayal Of Sexual Exploitation As A Means To Love, The Sheik Remains A Popular Classic For Its Representation Of The Social Order Of Its Time, Capturing Contemporary Attitudes Toward Colonialism As Well As Female Power And Independence That Still Strike A Chord With Readers Today

Edith Maude Henderson was born on 16 August 1880 in the Borough of Hampstead, London, England, UK, the daughter of Katie Thorne, of New Brunswick, Canada and James Henderson, a shipowner from Liverpool As a child she traveled widely with her parents, even visiting Algeriathe setting of her novels In 1899, she married Percy Winstanley Hull b 1869 in London and the couple moved to Derbyshire in

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  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • The Sheik
  • E.M. Hull
  • English
  • 04 December 2018
  • 9780553104974

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    One of my GR groups was reading Trade Wind and having an in depth discussion about whether a relationship spoiler for Trade Wind here view spoiler that begins with rape can really lead to lasting love hide spoiler

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    Ah yes, the book that launched a million Harlequins Imagine, there d have been no The Playboy Sheikh s Virgin Stable Girl if not for Edith Maude Hull s 1918 bodice ripper, which turned sheiks into literary catnip forever, for all time, and I m pretty confident into infinity and beyond.This is the original virgin ravished by sheik romance, with all the required alpha male swagger and conceit, as well as the shamed heroine s vows of eternal hatred eventually blossoming into consuming love It s a great story, and I was pretty amazed at just how modern it read Really, in so many parts it would be difficult to decide whether it was written in the age of World War I or disco Which leaves me to wonder if some of those 1970s authors remembered the steamy sheik book they sneaked peeks at when visiting Grandma back in the day The only thing it s missing is explicit descriptions of sex, although Hull leaves no doubt just what Diana Mayo has endured night after night at Ahmed Ben Hassan s brutally sensual hands Her pride was dying hard Her mind travelled back slowly over the days and nights of anguished revolt, the perpetual clash of will against will, the enforced obedience that had made up this month of horror A month of experience of such bitterness that she wondered dully how she still had the courage to rebel For the first time in her life she had had to obey For the first time in her life she was of no account For the first time she had been made conscious of the inferiority of her sex I bet her body betrayed her I betcha While I don t mind the explicit stuff though I tend to skim it often than not , it was awesome to read a novel where the author was unable to come right out and say it, so she had to be circumspect with just a hint of salacious description and the book still got banned It takes skill, and Hull succeeded superbly I do wonder how readers filled in those blanks back then, in those long ago days when porn was much harder to come by and would most likely get you arrested if caught with it They had to let their imaginations run riot I sort of envy them, not having romance porn right on hand that leaves nothing to the imagination The reader gets a workout when they have to imagine those scenes, and I enjoyed the opportunity to do that.Like this Rudolph Valentino fangirl found it to be a burden Tchah As if Not surprisingly, since this sold like hotcakes from its first appearance in print, Hollywood sniffed an opportunity and cranked out a version in 1921 with Valentino as Ahmed Ben Hassan We all know that this role made Valentino a superstar and utterly typecast him for the rest of his short career I watched the movie in conjunction with reading the book and Hollywood really toned down Hassan s character to make him romantic and palatable In the book, he out and out rapes her, while in the movie the moment is delayed until her tears make him back away completely and feel like an utter heel for wanting to ravish her There is no indication that he has done the dirty deed on her quivering British virgin flesh before the end of the movie, where he vows his love and she melts with joy.So the book is far bodice ripping than the movie And violent, too This book is plenty violent, with a high horse body count one instance pure cruelty on Ahmed s part , and a wanton murder by the villain, Ibraheim Omair There are numerous descriptions of blood and wounds, as well as a horse stumbling over a body, the sound of its hoof striking the skull Little details like that which made a scene seem all the vivid, whether it was during an action scene or something quiet and domestic The Frenchman came back with coffee and cigarettes He held a match for her, coaxing the reluctant flame with patience that denoted long experience with inferior sulphur.The only carp I have about it is that Diana discovers she s in love with Ahmed too suddenly It really ends up sounding like a case of Stockholm Syndrome But I thought about it some , and Ahmed s rape and possession of her is the only love she s known, and she clings to it so possessively in the end that she s driven to desperate measures at the thought of it being taken away from her I don t think she intends it to provoke Ahmed into groveling for forgiveness, but it does and seals up the HEA quite tidily.Diana s a pretty interesting character, not the normal uptight unmarried high society gal one sees in romances Her mother died in childbirth, her father committed suicide shortly afterward, and so she was handed off to her 19 year old brother Aubrey to raise Aubrey hates girls, likes to hunt and travel in luxury, and he didn t want to be put out by anybody while expecting to have everyone inconvenience themselves on his account , so he raised her to be someone he wanted around him sporting and sexless and utterly at his beck and call Thus Diana was raised in an emotional void when it came to real love and affection She appreciates beauty in songs and a desert sunset, but she honestly doesn t understand romantic notions or emotions That s why when Ahmed rapes her, she feels totally and utterly crushed, because her beliefs didn t see her through that awful AWFUL night And since it is her first experience with sexuality, it s all she has to work from And I still think that pesky little body betrayed her Her shame and self loathing is really dwelled upon sooooo much I m going on at length here, but I really enjoyed this book way above and beyond what I expected As for Ahmed, is he ever a bossy, alpha bastard in love with his own awesomeness Needless to say, I fell hard Because I wanted you Because one day in Biskra, four weeks ago, I saw you for a few moments, long enough to know that I wanted you And what I want I take andFor a moment an ugly look crossed his face, and then he laughed again Hate me by all means, ma belle, but let your hatred be thorough I detest mediocrity, he said lightly, as he passed on into the other room.and You didn t suppose you were the first, did you he asked with brutal candour Don t look at me like that They were not like you, they came to me willingly enough too willingly Allah How they bored me I tired of them before they tired of me and The life of an Arab woman would hardly be to your taste We teach our women obedience with a whip andHis hand reached out suddenly and he dragged her down into his arms again with a laugh And if I have, are you jealous What if the nights I spent away from you were passed in my harem what then Then may Allah put it into the heart of one of your wives to poison you so that you never come back, she said fiercely Allah So beautiful and so bloodthirsty, he said in bantering reproof Then he turned her face up to his, smiling into her angry eyes with amusement I have no harem and, thanks be to Allah, no wives, cherie. Does that please you Why should I care It is nothing to me, she replied sharply, with a vivid blush.He held her closer, looking deeply into her eyes, holding them as he could when he liked, in spite of her efforts to turn them away a mesmerism she could not resist Shall I make you care Shall I make you love me I can make women love me when I choose He s a dictatorial asshole with skilled fingers his hands are a real focus for poor Diana and a soft, lethal voice in command of a tribe that would gladly die for him I pretty much adored him.I also really enjoyed the character of Raoul de Saint Hubert, Ahmed s French novelist friend who has an unrequited passion for Diana, but who gallantly sets aside his own desires when he knows his own cause is hopelessly lost Even though he serves as the catalyst for Ahmed to re examine his attitude towards Diana, he was a grand character in his own right.So all in all, yeah, it s quaint and mildly titillating according to today s jaded readers, but it really is a rocking read The action is intense, the description of the desert and Ahmed s tent castle is really evocative and, while long winded at times the paragraphs really do go on forever in spots , it is still tightly written I got a real sense of the characters and setting and, most importantly, I understood Ahmed s hold over the emotionally crippled Diana Can t ask for from a romance than that.To be honest, it really isn t all that different from later bodice rippers All it requires is a bit of imagination for the dirty stuff.The book can be downloaded for free here.

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    1 Melodramatic and Very Disturbing StarsI don t know where to start with this very disturbing, highly repetitive, and very melodramatic book Oh, the melodrama A previous reviewer stated that she kept thinking of a silent movie while reading the reactions and internal dialogue of the heroine I couldn t agree All I kept seeing in my mind s eye was this picture The Sheik, written in 1919, both horrified and intrigued me at the same time I truly HATED the storyline the racism, animal cruelty, perpetual smoking, and repeated rape of the heroine at the hands of the hero were appalling the rapes took place behind closed doors Nonetheless, I couldn t seem to pull myself away from it either It was akin to watching a train wreck I wouldn t be surprised if this book was the genesis for the Bodice Ripper, and it screamed Stockholm syndrome and the mental affects of an abusive relationship Still, I read the book from start to finish and I have no doubt that I will be thinking about it for some time to come.

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    Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of Classic Literature Romance For info on this challenge, click here In my review of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER, I said that Woodiwiss is often credited with writing the first bodice ripper While she was certainly one of the first mainstream authors to publish a widely read romance with an open bedroom door wink , THE SHEIK has a shockingly similar formula to the modern bodice ripper, and it was published in 1919 The only difference is a deliberate omission of sex scenes, but it s clear that they re happening and it s equally clear that they re nonconsensual WARNING SPOILERS Diana Mayo that last name kills me, by the way I kept picturing her as a pasty white jar of mayonnaise rolling through the desert is a tomboyish, independent woman of noble birth who enjoys gallivanting through exotic locales with her rather unwilling and prissy brother, who thinks that she ought to be submissive and demure She turns down a marriage proposal from a desperate admirer perhaps the first recorded incident of someone being placed in the friend zone and like most guys in the friend zone , he doesn t get the rules , so you know she s independent, and then rejects her brother s suggestion that she perhaps oughtn t to ride through the desert alone, except for a caravan escort of natives, because, again, independent.Unfortunately for Diana, her escort has sold her out and she s ridden down and then captured by the eponymous sheik himself, Ahmed Ben Hassan Who then rapes her Many times.While reading this book, I kept thinking to myself that this probably would have not just been banned but probably also set on fire if it had been published in the late 70s, when all those absolutely insane bodice rippers were being published and everyone was trying to out WTF each other This book desperately wants to be dirty, and since sex is off the table, it compensates with violence and racism Horses are beaten bloody, a servant is whipped, Ahmed shoots Diana s horse to punish her twice once to wound, once to kill , a woman is killed by having a knife driven through her heart, and a man s hand is shattered when his rifle explodes while he was holding it It was as if the author was like, By God If they won t let me write about the one bodily fluid, I ll just write about the other More disturbing still is that all that horse breaking serves as an allegory for the hero and the heroine s unconventional relationship by the end of the book she is utterly broken, a shell of her former self She admits that she no longer has any pride where he is concerned, that she would die for him and when she finds out that he intends to send her away out of love for her , she decides to do just that by taking his revolver and attempting to shoot herself in the head He misdirects the bullet just in time by whacking her hand That must be the slowest moving bullet ever But as disturbing as the violence is, it was the racism that I found most shocking Granted, this was written in the 1910s, so it s not going to be imbued with the PC friendly content we expect from the romances of today, but it was still quite a shock to see just how acceptable it was to write such casual racism in mainstream publications The n word is used several times both kinds the Algerians are repeatedly referred to as Arabs phrases like Oriental beast and primitive and uncivilized and savage are casually thrown around every other page and the biggest kicker was this it turns out that Ahmed isn t actually Algerian at all He s half Spanish, half English, and was adopted by a sheik who fell in love with his mother, and out of love for her, bequeathed to him his name and title.One of the conflicts of the book is Ahmed s blistering hatred of English people, and his refusal to speak in anything but French or Arabic It turns out that his father was abusive to his mother, and that s why he hates English people When he found out about his English heritage, he threw a major temper tantrum, refused his title, ran off to the desert, and never spoke English again even though apparently he can speak it and understand it Part of the reason he was so cruel to Diana is because it made him feel like he was getting back at his father and his father s people, which is all kinds of messed up Seriously, dude Also, Diana is kidnapped by a rival sheik named Ibraheim and of course he s ugly and dirty and fat and has blackened teeth and really dark skin although not so dark, the book says, that you can t see the dirt all over him I ve never seen an author use so many adjectives to make a character as unappealing as possible He even speaks French villainously and I m not sure how one speaks a language villainously, but there you go At this point, I was giving the book the stink eye, and when I found out Ahmed wasn t even Algerian, I got even angrier, because it felt like the message was, Oh, he s white after all, so it s not bad, and that s why he s better This is why I tend to avoid reading bodice rippers about sheiks and Native Americans they always do this The alleged hero of color is always a half breed and yes, they do describe them that way in the blurbs sometimes , and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with being biracial or multiracial, there is something wrong with making a character part white for the purpose of suggesting that this whiteness makes them better.This book was popular enough that a movie was created by the same name, starring Rudolph Valentino The movie is supposed to be a lot better no rape, I believe , and Rudolph Valentino is a babe and a half, so if you re interested in this story that seems to be the way to go although if you re feeling masochistic, you can grab it for free on Kindle I noticed that there is a sequel available called THE SONS OF THE SHEIK It isn t available for Kindle in English, but I did find a Spanish version, so if I ever feel like I want to work for my masochism, I ll buy that and let loose.Interestingly, the plot of this story is very similar to Johanna Lindsey s CAPTIVE BRIDE, from the escape attempts, to the rival sheik, to the fact that the sheik is half white I m sure Lindsey was probably inspired by THE SHEIK, but wanted to write a modern, sexier version now with 80% less racial stereotypes She succeeded I vastly preferred CAPTIVE BRIDE to this I m giving THE SHEIK two stars instead of the one it probably deserved because the constant melodrama could sometimes lead to unintentional hilarity, rather like Louisa May Alcott s rather bodice rippery and decidedly lesser known book, A LONG FATAL LOVE CHASE Yes, the Louisa May Alcott of LITTLE WOMEN fame Talk about another book that also desperately wanted to be dirtyP.S Another way you can really feel the 1910s is the fact that everybody in this book chain smokes, often at hilariously inopportune times When Diana escapes the sheik, she stops under a palm tree and lights up SmokingBreak2 stars

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    Serious trigger warning for sexual violence, abusive relationship, animal harm.There are all kinds of observations I could make about this book Diana s perceptions of Arab women were especially interesting to me I didn t even mention the godawful racism below, but that could be another post just as long This post is about rape Discussing other things in the comments is fine and welcomed, though.Setting aside the issue of assigning a potentially triggering text, I would totally assign The Sheik in an advanced feminist rhetoric class I took one of those once, so that makes me competent to design my own, right folks It would be perfect for examining the question of why women write and read romances in which the hero stalks, harasses, insults, kidnaps, and or rapes the heroine prior to their declaring their mutual love.The classic answer to this question is that rape fantasies are actually empowering to women because the fictional rapist is actually under the control of the writer, reader, or fantasizer In the only feminist criticism of the novel I could find on JSTOR, Karen Chow in a 1999 Feminist Review article sums up an earlier critique by Patricia Raub in 1992 In hindsight, the initial rape scenes participate in a rape fantasy that is a common trope in romance novels the typically stunning, always desirable hero forces the heroine into sex, an event that, while hardly empowering, allows her to lose her inhibitions without taking moral responsibility for doing so consequently, the heroine is able to express herself sexually.Chow complicates this argument by pointing out that Diana is completely passive throughout, never taking any actions to win the Sheik s love or sexual attention ratherit is not Diana the character but the woman reader, writer and filmgoer in the material world who is liberated by reading these steamy passages Diana may not be active or liberated, but Hull as author might be in giving Diana power over Ahmed at the end of the book Hull offers women the chance to identify with Diana s passions and share them vicariously In choosing to buy books like The Sheik, through which they could treat themselves to an erotic and emotional fantasy, women readers became active participants in a woman made market of desire.I think these ideas can be useful, but I don t think that they are adequate to explain The Sheik.I think The Sheik is about survival.Diana is trapped by the Sheik She cannot escape, even through suicide She has given up hope of being rescued He has absolute power over her and has systematically taken away everything from her her bodily autonomy, her ability to dress to please only herself, her privacy, her pride in her independence, her obedience No one, no matter how kind, who has access to her has the ability or inclination to free her Even as she attempts to escape she knows The effects would remain with her always, nothing would ever be the same again, but the daily dread, the daily contamination would be gone, the helpless tortured feeling, the shame of submission that had filled her with an acute self loathing that was as intense as her passionate hatred of the man who had forced her to endure his will The memory of it would live with her for ever He had made her a vile thing She had been down into the depths and she would carry the scars all her life.Then he captures her again, shooting her horse from under her.The Sheik leaped to the ground and ran towards her He caught her wrist and flung her out of his way, and she lay where she had fallen, every nerve in her body quivering She was beaten and with the extinguishing of her last hope all her courage failed her She gave way to sheer, overwhelming terror, utterly cowed Every faculty was suspended, swallowed up in the one dominating force, the dread of his voice and the dread of the touch of his hands.The Sheik questions her about her escape, then pulls her up to sit before him on his horse as they return to his camp She made no kind of resistance, a complete apathy seemed to have come over her This ride is the turning point of the story Diana has reached the nadir of her captivity, all of her hopes finally crushed.It was useless to try and struggle against him any Her brain was a confused medley of thoughts that she was too tired to unravel, strange, conflicting ideas chasing wildly through her mind She did not understand them, she did not try The effort of thinking made her head ache agonisingly She was conscious of a great unrest, a dull aching in her heart and a terrible depression that was altogether apart from the fear she felt of the Sheik She gave up trying to think she was concerned only with trying to keep her balance.It is on this ride that Diana begins to think of herself as in love with the Sheik First, through a fog of misery and confusion, she begins to think of him with ambivalence instead of hatred.His nearness had ceased to revolt her she thought of it with a dull feeling of wonder She had even a sense of relief at the thought of the strength so close to her Her eyes rested on his hands, showing brown and muscular under the folds of his white robes She knew the power of the long, lean fingers that could, when he liked, be gentle enough Her eyes filled with sudden tears, but she blinked them back before they fell She wanted desperately to cry.And then, her conflicted emotions and thoughts resolve themselves into love Quite suddenly she knew knew that she loved him, that she had loved him for a long time, even when she thought she hated him and when she had fled from him She knew now why his face had haunted her in the little oasis at midday that it was love calling to her subconsciously All the confusion of mind that had assailed her when they started on the homeward journey, the conflicting thoughts and contrary emotions, were explained But she knew herself at last and knew the love that filled her, an overwhelming, passionate love that almost frightened her with its immensity and with the sudden hold it had laid upon her.This is how Diana will survive when all hope and possibility have been taken away from her If the Sheik controls everything about her, the only choice left to her the only thing that even seems like a choice is how she can feel in the secrecy of her heart She can continue as before, with her desires being, exhaustingly, the only unambiguous vote against what the Sheik is doing to her Or she can align herself with every facet of her environment that supports him I imagine her as an iron filing struggling to resist a giant magnet, and finally giving in No wonder it s a relief No wonder it feels good.I read The Sheik as a survival manual for women, a guide to living with your rapist when no one will ever question his right to your body, your attention, your work How do you do this You fall in love with him You notice and cherish his every gentle action even his omission to rape you sometimes You explain away his cruelty to yourself Your goal is to be certain that he loves you back, because if he does then everything was worth it Diana does all of these things in the second half of the novel, and they work for her.The marital rape exemption the legal idea that one cannot be raped by one s spouse was formally abolished in England 72 years after the publication of The Sheik Twenty years after that, clients of the rape crisis center I volunteer at in a state which abolished the exemption two years later than England are still battling against the notion that people have the right to their sexual partner s consent Films made during that 72 year period have treated the corporal punishment of a wife by her husband as ordinary, sexy, or funny Before and after 1919 I have found numerous uses of the word seduction, whether by nineteenth century feminist reformers or twentieth century film critics, that display not a shred of interest in whether the seduction was welcomed by both parties or perpetrated by only one.I have some idea of how bad things are now for women who are sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by their partners It is their stories that I recognized in The Sheik But it gives me the horrors to think about what things were like before the rape crisis movement I would bet anything that a very significant part of what made The Sheik a bestseller was its value as a survival manual The validation in what would have been for many women an accurate portrayal of their psychological journey The balancing of anger and hatred against a man who hurts, with love and wanting of the same man who is the entire world and can give what no one else can give This book says, Yes I know what it feels like It hurts You can t think clearly about it But you know, and I know, that that s the way the world is That s what men are like and that s what women are for Once you understand that you can redirect your pain so that it s not useless, so that sometimes there will be happiness And if your happiness is not enough, then you can share Diana s I need to give some credit for helping me to process these ideas to Janice Radway s Reading the Romance 1984 , which introduced me to both the empowerment theory and the idea that women who lack resources and cultural narratives for escaping unsatisfying relationships can use romance novels to reinforce in themselves the idea that their relationships can be satisfying.I have refrained from discussing Stockholm Syndrome because I don t know enough psychology to make authoritative statements about it, but I found this essay useful in confirming that Stockholm Syndrome does have something to do with what I m writing about One of the Google ads I m seeing on that page says Make Him Addicted To You Say These Secret Words To Make Him Fall Madly In Love With You.

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    Re read, and loved it even the second time A total classic Where to begin Well first off this book drew me right in from the beginning to the end When I first started it I was expecting it to be hard to get into considering the date time it was written in by this author.But not at all It was very modern, and very easy to follow as well to connect with all the characters.So lets get to the characters Diana What an independent, obstinate, spirited, plain spoken woman.Raised as boy, with no affection from her guardian brother, no genteel upbringing, she knew little of what affection was and least of all love.She was a person unto herself and answered only to herself and made her own rules.So its not a wonder when she is kidnapped by Ahmed her body and mind recoiled and went into shock Alas..hate and fear are born.Until she learns what it is like to surrender and give of herself in ways than one Ahmed Ben Hassen Powerful Sheikh of the desert He sees Diana one time in Briska and has to have her A man who takes what he wants with no thought to anything but what he wants and needs.He kidnaps her and forces her into submission..night after night.Ahmed is a totally arrogant alpha male with a very complex personality and Diana tries to resist and defy him at all times but finds she cannot..and eventually falls for her dark and handsome captor Diana then fears he will get bored with her and send her away as others before her.I was really on the fence with Ahmed at times seeing him threw Diana s eyes, yet at the same time being as captivated myself by this mysterious man.If your expecting sizzling love scenes in this book you wont find it in The Sheik.What you have instead is a lights off and the rest is left up to your own imagination, which personally I found fun So..was there any eye rolling head shaking on my part Well yes, there was one for me Diana finally makes her escape after waiting so long for the right moment..and after riding so long she must stop at the next Osis to rest herself and the horse Ok..what of 2 things if I were in her shoes would I have thought of if I was making my escape into the hot and dry desert..water..check..some food..check, dang it all she thought of to bring was her cigarettes Oh well she needed them to calm herself she thought after all she had been through eyes roll here And sometimes through some of Diana s meltdowns they are quite dramatic at times I somehow found the silent film playing in my head LOL But all and all this is a story told in a prose that was totally enthralling and gripping A real classic romance and the reason I give it a 5 star is because most romantic stories today leave nothing to the imagination, where as this romantic Captor Captive tale let me do that I couldn t put it down and tried to slow down my reading as I didn t want to see the end And the end Worth the wait and that s all III give on that.If you can borrow from your library its worth every moment of your read time Luckily for me I found the sequel and cant wait to find out what happens further in the lives of Diana and her Sheikh

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    EDITED 7 20 13I decided that this book deserves a 5 star after never leaving my mind since I read it in 2011.Whew, Ahmed Monseigneur I have never feared a couple not ending up together as I did with Diane and Ahmed Up until the last page you are left in agonizing suspense When Diane loves or hate it is with such a passion that defies all reasoning In the beginning I was amazed by the hatred she had for the hero and couldn t see the way out of such blatant malevolence The animosity she had towards him was so great at times that I despaired of her ever falling in love with him My agony was unwarranted as she fell in love with him with such compelling passion that u are blown away by its intensity You feel everything the poor girl was feeling straight to the heart The transition from hate to love was non existent The author does not coddle the reader There were no softening of her feelings until the moment she fell Ahmad the cruel brute was also a wonderful complex character, seeing him bought to his knees by Diane was beautiful to watch Their story was told in a prose that was enthralling To say the least this book was gripping The last chapter was something to behold The author flipped the script in the end with something that you never see in romance these days I read the chapter twice just to feel the passion again I m sure I ll read this one again in the near future

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    Stockholm Syndrome much Wow, I have finally found a character as contemptible as Bella Swan Diana Mayo is an insult to women everywhere How could anyone, on principle, love a rapist I couldn t find one single attribute in her I could relate to Honestly, if it were me, I would have killed him as soon as he gave her that gun and said he trusted her.How can a woman, in her right mind, see the bruises on her arm and think It s not his fault, he doesn t know his own strength If he killed me I d still love him How entirely disgusting Where is your sense of dignity, Diana Where Still, I have to admit the book was a page turner, and even shocked and disgusted by their character and actions, I really was curious to know how Ahmed and Diana s love story would end It kept me entertained.

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    4 17 Guilty Pleasures moduleIf you think Beauty and the Beast has Stockholm Syndrome, this takes it to a whole new level.

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    My last recorded reading of this all time favorite was in 2003 but the first time was when I was a pre teen sneaking the book out of my grandmother s bookcase to sample forbidden fruit well over 50 years ago I was so taken by the romance and thrill of the story that I have never forgotten the feelings and this is my go to book when I need mental comfort food or to recapture the sense of being young and embarking on an adventure I collect copies of this book I still have my grandmother s copy, a 1921 American first printing which is now falling to pieces It still has Gram s maiden name faintly visible on the flyleaf so she must have gotten it shortly before marrying my grandfather I have since bought 4 copies of the Small, Maynard Co hardcover edition one was loaned to an acquaintance never seen again but I still have a July 1921 12th printing, a Nov 21 38th printing, and a December 21 53rd printing It was a wild best seller in its day and at least half of the re printings were before the release of the Valentino film I also own a 1963 mass market paperback version on the cover he s pop, op, and camp with photos from the film and a 2001 trade paperback reprint ed with a still from the movie on the cover pub by Pine Street Books of the Univ of Pennsylvania Press I passed on acquiring the Barbara Cartland Library of Love edition as it is an abridgement I don t do online purchasing for these books as it s too easy I like to rely on serendipity to find copies As to the story itself it does not really pass muster for modern sensibilities A little a LOT politically incorrect both racially and socially but I would still like to see a modern remake of a film version although it would have to remain a period setting In high school and later my college dorm room a large framed poster of Valentino in full sheik regalia graced my wall it s still hanging in my parent s rec room For a fun look at the Valentino Sheik hysteria watch Gene Wilder s movie The World s Greatest Lover

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