Desert Kings: Veronica: Stranded with the Sheikh

Mangrove
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Shy architect Veronica Baxter finds herself on a jet with dangerously charming Zadir Al Kilanjar, heir to the throne of Ubar. When their plane crashes in the deserted Empty Quarter, they search for a way to escape—and discover each other.

 

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Jennifer Lewis loves heat in all its forms including spicy food, steamy temperatures and smoking hot heroes. She is a USA TODAY bestselling author and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in sunny South Florida and when she’s not sitting at her laptop she can often be found at the beach.

 

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Mangrove
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Aug 20, 2014
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55
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English
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Royal heir Osman Al Kilanjar must choose a bride to claim his throne, but he’s tired of the gold diggers who flock around him and knows he’ll recognize his true mate when he meets her. Film producer Samantha Bechtel has her life mapped out like the shooting script of one of her documentaries—but it takes a detour when she breaks down in the desert and is rescued by the commanding and charismatic sheikh. Osman decides to put the local marriage festival she’s filming to good use and claim his bride. Sam is shocked by Osman’s bold seduction—and even more surprised when she finds herself falling under his spell.

EXCERPT:

The scent of his skin filled her nostrils, binding them closer together. She wanted to inhale him all the way down to her core and let him fill her up. The roughness of his chin excited her, along with his hard jaw and the thick, roping muscles of his back. He felt so different from any man she’d ever kissed before: more masculine, more powerful, more demanding—and more giving.

Passion crackled in his touch, and she could hear it in his breath. He was a king—or almost king—with an entire country at his command, and he was totally immersed in kissing her, Samantha Bechtel, mild-mannered producer of public television documentaries who didn’t have a scrap of makeup on and who had been wearing the same easy-care travel attire all day long.

His fingers pressed into the flesh of her hips, and her body responded with a flare of heat at its core. They’d done nothing but kiss yet already she felt thoroughly ravished.

And she wanted more.

Veronica: Stranded with the Sheikh (FREE!)


Book 1: Osman: Rescued by the Sheikh


Book 2: Zadir: Bought for the Sheikh

A Christmas Wedding (FREE!)

Book 3: Gibran: Return of the Rebel Sheikh


Book 4: Amahd: Captivated by the Sheikh

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 On the eve of releasing her book about Waiting for Mr Right, Serena Raines can’t bear to tell people that her fiancé has dumped her. Worse yet, she succumbed to a holiday fling and now she’s pregnant—by a virtual stranger. Who just happens to be a royal prince.

Sandro Leone is stunned to hear that Serena is pregnant and hurt when she coolly rejects his offers of money and support. He does agree to keep her secrets—that she’s single and pregnant—until her big-budget book tour is over, but he’s determined to get her back.

Serena tries to focus on making the money she’ll need to support her baby, and rejects Sandro’s bold advances. But when it’s time to reveal the truth to her readers, she accepts Sandro’s offer to hide out in his remote European homeland. She soon discovers she’s jumped out of the frying pan into the fire—passion flares and family secrets and intrigue threaten their budding romance. Will she dare to risk her heart for a chance at happiness?

EXCERPT:
It’s him.

An electric jolt of recognition struck her, and despite her worries she knew Sandro instantly. His long strides carried him toward her, hair tossing in the cold breeze and leather jacket zipped over his muscled form. His eyes locked on hers, dark and dangerous, as he covered the tarmac between them.

The icy landscape blurred, and time slowed to an agonizing crawl as she tried to figure out the best way to tell him.

Sandro, I’m pregnant.

“Hi! I’m so glad you called. I was beginning to think you were avoiding me.” He embraced her in a big bear hug that stunned her so much she didn’t lift her arms from her sides.

I was.

Silence hung awkwardly between them. She couldn’t begin to figure out how to make polite conversation with this harsh truth hanging over them.

Sandro looked a little confused. Then smiled. “How’d the book release go?”

“It got delayed. It’s out next week.” Her own voice sounded oddly distant.

“That’s great. I’m sure it will be a best seller.”

“That’s what my publisher says, but I haven’t told them my fiancé left me.” How could you call yourself an expert on relationships when you couldn’t even keep your own? She’d been licking her wounds from this breakup when Sandro burst into her life.

“Did you finally tell your family?”

She shook her head, as shame crept hotly up her spine. “Not yet.”

To her surprise, he laughed. “You’re so secretive. Seriously, you should just open up to people. You might find they like you more for it.”

She stiffened, embarrassment mingling with indignation. He had no idea what she’d gone through the past few days. “I didn’t come here for advice. I came because I have to tell you something.”

You can do it. Just say it! She could rattle on for ages—on video—about how to apply liquid eyeliner or organize your bathroom cabinet, but when it came to the hard truths she was pathetic beyond belief.

“What? You’re scaring me.” He scanned her face. “Are you ill? You look ill.”

“I’m pregnant.”


THE ROYAL HOUSE OF LEONE SERIES:
The King’s Bought Bride (Darias and Emma)
A Prince for Christmas (Free short story with Sandro and Serena’s first encounter)
The Prince’s Secret Baby (Sandro and Serena)
The Princess and the Player (Lina and Amadou - coming spring 2017)
The Princess’s Scandalous Affair (Beatriz and Lorenzo - coming summer 2017)
Taming the Royal Beast (Rigo and Bella - coming fall 2017)

Royal heir Zadir Al Kilanjar is determined to woo renowned architect Veronica Baxter to his homeland of Ubar to design his palace—and become his wife. Ronnie first met Zadir when their plane crashed in the Empty Quarter (Desert Kings – Veronica – Stranded with the Sheikh) and she hasn’t been able to get the seductive sheikh out of her mind. With her career in high gear and her heart surrounded by more stone walls than her projects, she’s resolved to resist Zadir’s advances—but he’s just as determined to win her.

EXCERPT:

“I’ve always had a vivid imagination.” Right now her imagination was causing her all kinds of trouble. Zadir’s arms still hung by his sides, but she could visualize them wrapping around her as they had that scary night in the desert, when he’d held her close and offered her comfort—and so much more.

And that mouth. Damn it, but she wanted to kiss him. It wasn’t fair of him to stand so close to her, those sensual lips just a few inches away, tantalizing her with the memory of them on her own. “Uh, I guess I should get some sleep.”

“Yes.” He didn’t budge. His eyes had turned ocean blue and gazed right into hers. She couldn’t move. Or breathe. How did he have this effect on her? This was exactly why she didn’t return his phone calls. Why she knew she needed to stay far, far away from him.

It happened so slowly that it didn’t quite seem real. There was certainly no conscious thought or intention involved. One moment she was thinking about how she should definitely not kiss Zadir Al Kilanjar, and the next moment she was doing it.

Their lips came together like a force of nature that couldn’t be stopped—a flash flood or a bolt of lighting striking out of the clear blue sky. Suddenly his arms were around her, just as she’d imagined, and her palms pressed into his back.

Desire raced through her with alarming force, deepening the kiss and drawing them closer. A tiny groan escaped her mouth, which should have shocked her into stopping, but she was too far gone in the all-enveloping kiss.

Zadir’s heart beat against her chest as he held her close. His passion was evident in the way he caressed and kissed her like his life depended on it.

The West family ranch predates Texas and contains some of the most beautiful and remote land in the Hill Country. Jesse and Bowie are brothers and bull riders who are tough in the rodeo ring but when they fall in love - they fall hard!

Explore the Hearts of the West series:

A Cowboy’s Heart: The One That Got Away

His Fearless Heart: The Bull Rider’s Baby Surprise

His Untamed Heart: The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion

A Cowboy’s Heart: The One That Got Away

Bull Rider Jesse West is on top of the world and fighting for the title of a lifetime at the bull riding finals in Las Vegas—until he crashes into Tara Kent in the stands at the rodeo arena. He seizes the opportunity to confront the girl that broke his heart by disappearing out of his life.

His Fearless Heart: The Bull Rider's Baby Surprise

Twenty-seven year-old Lucy Neel is sure she's the world's oldest virgin. Ready to take a risk, she pursues a vacation fling with a sexy bull rider…and winds up pregnant.

Notorious playboy and daredevil bull rider Bowie West didn't plan to seduce Lucy, but the passion that ignited between them was too strong to resist. Bowie's well on his way to becoming world champion until a late-night shooting leaves him on the hook for murder murder. The only way he can prove his innocence is to put the innocent woman he seduced on the stands.

Can their budding relationship survive the heat of public accusation? And can Bowie convince Lucy that the ultimate bad boy is ready to settle down?

His Untamed Heart: The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion

Professional rodeo cowboy Jesse West has made a career out of going with his gut and holding on tight. When he learns that the woman of his dreams is suddenly single, he’s determined to win her back.

Tara Kent has already lost everything she ever dreamed of. With her career in tatters and her longtime fiancée in another woman’s bed, she wishes she could crawl under the covers and hide. She definitely isn’t ready for a free-spirited cowboy to ride roughshod over her heart.

Jesse’s used to working with difficult horses—he knows how to take his time and gain their trust—but reaching Tara’s wounded heart is proving to be far more of a challenge. Can he convince the feisty beauty that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be loved?

Join the new release newsletter at www.jenlewis.com.

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"...hard to put down and decidedly addictive series."

"Ms Lewis has me mesmerized with her unique storytelling."

 "Hot, Hot, Hot love scenes, a well written, creative and intriguing story, plus inventive, vivid characters, all on top of seriously sexy romance. All of that is combined into this fantastic series... I didn't want to set it down....seriously, I was falling asleep over this book in the early hours of the morning!!"

 <b>Bold and passionate brothers return to claim their thrones in remote and beautiful Ubar after their estranged father dies and divides his kingdom between them.</b>

In <b>Stranded with the Sheikh</b>, shy architect Veronica Baxter finds herself on a jet with dangerously charming Zadir Al Kilanjar, heir to the throne of Ubar. When their plane crashes in the deserted Empty Quarter, they search for a way to escape—and discover each other.

In <b>Rescued by the Sheikh</b>, royal heir Osman Al Kilanjar must choose a bride to claim his throne, but he’s tired of the gold diggers who flock around him and knows he’ll recognize his true mate when he meets her. Film producer Samantha Bechtel has her whole life mapped out like the shooting script of one of her documentaries—but it takes a detour when she breaks down in the desert and is rescued by the commanding and charismatic sheikh. Osman decides to put the local marriage festival she’s filming to good use and claim his bride. Sam is shocked by Osman’s bold seduction—and even more surprised when she finds herself falling under his spell.

In <b>Bought for the Sheikh</b>, royal heir Zadir Al Kilanjar is determined to woo renowned architect Veronica Baxter to his homeland of Ubar to design his palace—and become his wife. With her career in high gear and her heart surrounded by more stone walls than her projects, she’s resolved to resist Zadir’s advances—but he’s just as determined to win her.

In <b>A Christmas Wedding</b>, Sam Al Kilanjar attempts to negotiate her first holiday season in a country with different customs, a big fat Ubarite wedding and the arrival of her drama-loving family, all without losing her mind—or her beloved, who is called away to deal with a crisis on the eve of their wedding. Veronica Baxter is excited about her wedding to Zadir Al Kilanjar, but worries that her estranged parents will ruin everything. Can they find Christmas miracles among the madness and enjoy the weddings they’ve dreamed of?

In <b>Return of the Rebel Sheikh</b> Widowed queen Aliyah has resigned herself to a life of loneliness until a rough-mannered stranger intrudes on her solitude. A professional warrior and protector, Gibran has kept his distance from the palace he once called home--until his royal half brothers invite him into their midst. By profession and inclination, he keeps his emotions on lockdown, but finds himself falling under Aliyah’s quiet spell. Will these two lonely people dare to seize the love they crave?

In <b>Captivated by the Sheikh</b>, Amahd Al Kilanjar is all work and no play. Yes, he needs to choose a sensible and traditional wife and produce an heir, but he’ll fit that into his schedule when the time is right…or so he thinks. Mackenzie “Mac” Malone travels to Ubar for a job in the oil fields, and is startled when an innocent flirtation with a handsome stranger leads to an explosive kiss. A Texas country girl and a prince from an ancient dynasty? Impossible, surely…or is it?

<b>Sign up for the new release newsletter at www.jenlewis.com.</b>

 

 On the eve of releasing her book about Waiting for Mr Right, Serena Raines can’t bear to tell people that her fiancé has dumped her. Worse yet, she succumbed to a holiday fling and now she’s pregnant—by a virtual stranger. Who just happens to be a royal prince.

Sandro Leone is stunned to hear that Serena is pregnant and hurt when she coolly rejects his offers of money and support. He does agree to keep her secrets—that she’s single and pregnant—until her big-budget book tour is over, but he’s determined to get her back.

Serena tries to focus on making the money she’ll need to support her baby, and rejects Sandro’s bold advances. But when it’s time to reveal the truth to her readers, she accepts Sandro’s offer to hide out in his remote European homeland. She soon discovers she’s jumped out of the frying pan into the fire—passion flares and family secrets and intrigue threaten their budding romance. Will she dare to risk her heart for a chance at happiness?

EXCERPT:
It’s him.

An electric jolt of recognition struck her, and despite her worries she knew Sandro instantly. His long strides carried him toward her, hair tossing in the cold breeze and leather jacket zipped over his muscled form. His eyes locked on hers, dark and dangerous, as he covered the tarmac between them.

The icy landscape blurred, and time slowed to an agonizing crawl as she tried to figure out the best way to tell him.

Sandro, I’m pregnant.

“Hi! I’m so glad you called. I was beginning to think you were avoiding me.” He embraced her in a big bear hug that stunned her so much she didn’t lift her arms from her sides.

I was.

Silence hung awkwardly between them. She couldn’t begin to figure out how to make polite conversation with this harsh truth hanging over them.

Sandro looked a little confused. Then smiled. “How’d the book release go?”

“It got delayed. It’s out next week.” Her own voice sounded oddly distant.

“That’s great. I’m sure it will be a best seller.”

“That’s what my publisher says, but I haven’t told them my fiancé left me.” How could you call yourself an expert on relationships when you couldn’t even keep your own? She’d been licking her wounds from this breakup when Sandro burst into her life.

“Did you finally tell your family?”

She shook her head, as shame crept hotly up her spine. “Not yet.”

To her surprise, he laughed. “You’re so secretive. Seriously, you should just open up to people. You might find they like you more for it.”

She stiffened, embarrassment mingling with indignation. He had no idea what she’d gone through the past few days. “I didn’t come here for advice. I came because I have to tell you something.”

You can do it. Just say it! She could rattle on for ages—on video—about how to apply liquid eyeliner or organize your bathroom cabinet, but when it came to the hard truths she was pathetic beyond belief.

“What? You’re scaring me.” He scanned her face. “Are you ill? You look ill.”

“I’m pregnant.”


THE ROYAL HOUSE OF LEONE SERIES:
The King’s Bought Bride (Darias and Emma)
A Prince for Christmas (Free short story with Sandro and Serena’s first encounter)
The Prince’s Secret Baby (Sandro and Serena)
The Princess and the Player (Lina and Amadou - coming spring 2017)
The Princess’s Scandalous Affair (Beatriz and Lorenzo - coming summer 2017)
Taming the Royal Beast (Rigo and Bella - coming fall 2017)

The West family ranch predates Texas and contains some of the most beautiful and remote land in the Hill Country. Jesse and Bowie are brothers and bull riders who are tough in the rodeo ring but when they fall in love - they fall hard!

Explore the Hearts of the West series:

A Cowboy’s Heart: The One That Got Away

His Fearless Heart: The Bull Rider’s Baby Surprise

His Untamed Heart: The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion

A Cowboy’s Heart: The One That Got Away

Bull Rider Jesse West is on top of the world and fighting for the title of a lifetime at the bull riding finals in Las Vegas—until he crashes into Tara Kent in the stands at the rodeo arena. He seizes the opportunity to confront the girl that broke his heart by disappearing out of his life.

His Fearless Heart: The Bull Rider's Baby Surprise

Twenty-seven year-old Lucy Neel is sure she's the world's oldest virgin. Ready to take a risk, she pursues a vacation fling with a sexy bull rider…and winds up pregnant.

Notorious playboy and daredevil bull rider Bowie West didn't plan to seduce Lucy, but the passion that ignited between them was too strong to resist. Bowie's well on his way to becoming world champion until a late-night shooting leaves him on the hook for murder murder. The only way he can prove his innocence is to put the innocent woman he seduced on the stands.

Can their budding relationship survive the heat of public accusation? And can Bowie convince Lucy that the ultimate bad boy is ready to settle down?

His Untamed Heart: The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion

Professional rodeo cowboy Jesse West has made a career out of going with his gut and holding on tight. When he learns that the woman of his dreams is suddenly single, he’s determined to win her back.

Tara Kent has already lost everything she ever dreamed of. With her career in tatters and her longtime fiancée in another woman’s bed, she wishes she could crawl under the covers and hide. She definitely isn’t ready for a free-spirited cowboy to ride roughshod over her heart.

Jesse’s used to working with difficult horses—he knows how to take his time and gain their trust—but reaching Tara’s wounded heart is proving to be far more of a challenge. Can he convince the feisty beauty that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be loved?

Join the new release newsletter at www.jenlewis.com.

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