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With this ring… When naive Polly Dixon lands in the desert kingdom of Dharia clutching an ornate ring—the only link to her hidden past—she never expected to be arrested and deposited at the feet of the country’s formidable ruler! I thee blackmail! King Rashad is suspicious of desirable Polly, but her possession of the ring has caught the imagination of his country. They beWith this ring… When naive Polly Dixon lands in the desert kingdom of Dharia clutching an ornate ring—the only link to her hidden past—she never expected to be arrested and deposited at the feet of the country’s formidable ruler! I thee blackmail! King Rashad is suspicious of desirable Polly, but her possession of the ring has caught the imagination of his country. They believe that Polly is the bride he’s been waiting for, so Rashad begins a fiery sensual onslaught to melt away Polly’s resolve and have her begging to walk down the aisle!...

Title : The Desert King's Blackmailed Bride
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The Desert King's Blackmailed Bride Reviews

  • Vashti
    2019-06-17 03:49

    3.5 stars!My second foray in as many days into the world of LG romances.This time around the location is in a fictional Arabian desert kingdom where our stalwart hero is the King.Our heroine is the eldest sister and upon her estranged mother's death,she and her other sister find out that there is another younger sister whose where abouts are unknown.Sounds like familiar territory here!Anyways,the heroine sets off to said fictional desert kingdom and promptly gets taken to a holding room at the airport because somehow,it was made known that she is in possession of some sacred ring that was presumed missing or stolen many years ago.It seems that long,long ago,a foreign princess came to this desert kingdom and gave the King said ring and all was happy and prosperous .That is untill the present King's father was in power and he and his entire family were murdered and the hero was spared and sent to live in the desert with an uncle who was the ruling sheikh of his tribe.This is where it gets intresting,the heroine is brought to the royal palace to meet the King.Lust at first sight for him,he is in a quandary, see he has to marry and provide an heir since his first wife died and childless.What is the poor heroine to do,but marry him of course.What I did not like in this romance was the hero constantly having thoughts of the dead ex,seems like she was his first cousin too!He felt guilty at her death and did not want to destroy her memory of others.He was in a rage when the unsuspecting heroine wore his dead wife's parue of Amber jewelry,it was her favorite piece and he could picture her wearing it many times.I did not feel his love for this heroine,I felt that the dead wife was too much in this book,her presence was felt by this reader way to much and that is a no no for me.Even at the end when love was declared and pregnancy was announced,I still did not feel the love.The next story up is with the sister of the heroine and the best friend of the hero. His name is Rio and I swear,the song Rio by Duran,Duran was in my head whenever his name appeared.The story started out as a strong 4,but when the dead wife came into the picture,weak 3.5 stars for me.

  • Jenny
    2019-06-06 08:07

    Good marriage of convenience story. Hero is a widower and his first marriage was not a good experience for him so he is not sure how to be good husband material. I loved loved his jealousy and possessiveness. Polly is virginal and fierce. I liked how open and honest she was with her husband. Can't wait for heroine's sister and hero's best friend story though I know I will not like it cause Ellie is super feisty.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-06-04 09:58

    Sweet story. Nothing OTT. So that is going to hold it back from more stars from me. When I read HPs I like to read about alpha asshats, gobs of angst etc. Here not so much. He was a nice guy. His only real problem was he was a bit clueless. He was just so reasonable when he saw the error of his ways and he saw them early and often. She was sweet and when she had a problem, she explained it at once to him in a rational manner. So nice in real life not so fun in HPlandia.Now other pet peeve. Books that take place in some made up middle eastern country. First of all I have never liked made up countries just so you can have a story about a prince. Secondly, it is difficult to suspend my disbelief when I know that that part of the world is in a turmoil right now. I just don't like sheikh books, at least modern ones because they have to ignore so much of the real world and they do.I know, I know. HPs are in no way real but at least if they are not kings of made up countries I can pretend a little easier...Why aren't there more Swiss guys or Norwegians or ... There used to be heroes from many more countries than just Italy and Greece with the occasional Australian thrown in.

  • Fatimama
    2019-06-05 01:48

    Hero is a Desert King and not a manwhore, quite a sensitive soul too. Heroine is actually quite good, she’s not a shrew and not a doormat either. I liked this LG HP. The point of angst is the Hero was married before when he was very young and his first wife died. The heroine was kinda jealous but it all got resolved when Hero confessed he wasn’t in love and it was an unhappy marriage

  • JennyG
    2019-06-04 02:58

    Reminiscent of Arabian Courtship by LG, but AC was much better in my humble opinion. This is more of a 3.5 star read because I had to skim a couple of pages of unnecessary inner thinking.P.S. I'll keep the 4 star rating IF I still remember this at the end of this month. If not, I'll have to go down to 3 stars.

  • Vintage
    2019-06-15 04:58

    Sweet as sugar and about as intellectually nutritional.Beta hero, beta heroine, and beta romance.Tiny h and her sister were left mysterious rings and the names of their fathers after she dies. Raised by a disapproving and distant grandmother, they never knew their mother. I don't think it was too much of a loss as she spent her time trying to develop a child-care business rather than get to know her daughters. All three of them from different men because somewhere, out there is a younger sister they never knew they had. Oh yes ma'am, the Tomb of Judgement has been opened.Anyhoo, this sweet little heroine heads to the made-up sheikdom with what turns out to be the ancestral ring of power. Kind of. She meets up with the handsome 6' 4" Greek tycoon Sheikh who is happy to have the One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them; One ring to bring them all and in the darkness.... Turns out imaginary sheikdoms have social media issues as well as the western REAL world, and the populace of that fake kingdom want Frodo the h to marry the widowed king. It's fate or in this case Kismet. Having been married and widowed at a very young age Greek tycoon Sheikh doesn't want to get married again. No, he doesn't want to sleaze it up (too many watchful eyes for that), but he does want some time to be free to be me He's shocked when Frodo the h agrees to marry him. She doesn't want to admit it, but she really, really likes 6' 4" Greek tycoon Sheikh's with six pack abs and movie star looks. I like a girl who has her priorities in order. Plus she can pay off her sister's school loans and learn how to paint. Practical too.Sexual chemical combustion helps bring these two together in a big way. He can't believe how addicted he is to her, and she is just mighty fine with that. There are a few breaks in the road with the sourpuss sister of the dead wife, and the hero wallowing in guilt about what a babe he has now versus the rather sad young girl he married and that died too early.We have our HEA and a hint of what's to come for the sassy little sister. (view spoiler)[The H actually TELLS her that he loves her, and that SHE, not the baby they conceived almost instantaneously, is what makes him happy. What a moment. All his past broodiness and sad sack guilt trips are forgiven. (hide spoiler)]All in all a very sweet read. Cleansed the palate of too many bad Doms with bad spanking technique, angsty dual, you-complete-me POV from young lovers, heroes who love their soul mates so, so, so much they are compelled to sleep with anything that moves and require massive doses of penicillin, heroines who martyr themselves with misplaced spines, more spineless tiny h's that forgive the most egregious sins.

  • Rgreader
    2019-06-10 08:00

    The Desert King's Blackmailed Bride began with intensity then went downhill into naval gazing about the past. Unfortunate turn since therapy should have been used to work that out so the hero & heroine can focus on the marriage.

  • Ivy H
    2019-06-17 05:09

    I LOVED this novel ! Polly was my fav among the three sisters in the series and Rashad was an absolute gentleman alpha of a hero. I adore the strong, silent type. Sometimes less huffing and puffing is sexy in a man.

  • Shruthi
    2019-06-17 07:06

    FOUR AND HALF AMAZING STARS! I didn't think I would like this story after reading it's synopsis, but damn this was good. Polly was an absolute sweetheart and I loved her. Rashad had his idiotic moments, but he was lovable too. I loved her parents story, but certain parts of the story bore resemblance to LG's previous gems... And so, it lost it's half star. Excited for the next book in the series.

  • JennyG
    2019-06-10 09:10

    Reminiscent of Arabian Courtship by LG, but AC was much better in my humble opinion. This is more of a 3.5 star read because I had to skim a couple of pages of unnecessary inner thinking. P.S. I'll keep the 4 star rating IF I still remember this at the end of this month. If not, I'll have to go down to 3 stars.

  • Danielle
    2019-06-05 03:05

    3.5 - 4 stars. Okay, first of all I was debating what star rating because I was kind of on the fence with this one. On one hand, I really enjoyed the set up of the story and was really intrigued with the long lost sister, the rings, and possibly revelation of the girls' fathers. It added just a level of mystery to this Lynne Graham miniseries. It was interesting and different for Presents. And I really like that part of the book. But on the other hand, the romance between Polly and Rashad was kind of underwhelming. The pieces and elements were there typical of Lynne Graham were there, but the edgy, emotional stuff wasn't. It just felt very weak and not as big of an emotional pay off as I would have liked. It needed to go there more on the emotional content. More angst. More friction. Just more pain. Just have it more so I felt more invested in the love story. I will say that the love scenes were pretty steamy and showed off their chemistry. And I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. Their first time during their honeymoon was beautiful and romantic with that extra topping of steam. I just wish it felt more emotional than just the physical aspect of their relationship. In fact I wish all their love scenes had more emotional content because it really felt like all that was between them was lust and nothing more. In fact that was the only basis for their relationship because there wasn't a lot of exploration on the emotional side. It didn't make the love scenes less hot just less meaningful in my opinion. Like I said there were many different threads that the story could have gone on and explored in depth, but instead it was either bypassed too quickly or not at. For example, the fact that Polly was a people pleaser. There was so much potential there and how she handled her marriage. It could caused deep emotional hurt because she was just trying to please him to the determinant of her own feelings. This could have played a huge part in the plot, but in reality to me she didn't seem like a people pleaser. Like at all. IAlso thought there would be more done with the sister in law and her causing trouble more throughout the book instead of just here and there. I also thought it might be addressed more about him only wanting her to produce an heir. Stuff like that to add to a more emotional story. It was kind of a let down that these threads weren't used more than they were. It would made the story more intense and so much stronger in my opinion. Just more emotional raw. Also I wanted to believe he was head over heels for her, but I just couldn't. Yes, he did things for her. Yes, he opened up to her about his marriage that no one else knew about, but I just felt like I needed something more on his part. I needed more wooing or a romantic gesture. Something to show that he cared for her more beyond the passion between them. I just didn't think he was in love with her. I needed to believe it. I did really like the fact that the identity of her father came early on. That was the reason she was coming to Rashad's country in the first place so I was glad that it was answered pretty quickly. And I also really like the fact that she got to know about that side of her family. In fact it was sweet and cute and just overall adorable. I wish I felt that about the romance. Overall I liked the story and the characters. It was the romance that I felt kind of blah about. There was no rawness. No intensity to their romance. There was not really a lot depth between them. It lacked that edge that was desperately needed. There was so much potential with the threads that were presented but it didn't happen. That would have given it some oomph to the story if those threads were utilized more than they were. I think that if there was more angst or I felt more of that friction between them that would help. And overall I really just needed more emotional content going on in the story than there actually was.

  • IamGamz
    2019-06-02 08:01

    Lynne Graham is one of my favorite HP authors and this book is a great example of why I love her work. Rashad is such a wonderfully, damaged character. He’s not an a-hole, he’s just needs control because he learned from childhood that this is the best way to survive. He meets Polly when she enters his country with an Opal ring that belonged to his family and had been lost for years. The circumstances causes Polly to become a hero to his people and as King, he has to listen to the needs and wants of his people. In his zeal to do the right thing for his country, he proposes to Polly. Having had a very bad marriage when he was younger, this was a huge sacrifice that he is making. Polly, sweet, innocent Polly only travelled to Rashad’s country to find her unknown father. Since she never knew her mother, she was looking for a familial connection. Getting arrested and held in the country’s castle by its king was not part of her vacation plans. And then he proposed. What I loved most about this book was Polly’s straight talk. Without her directness Rashad would have stayed locked in himself. He was so terrified of being a husband again and changing habits ingrained from childhood that another approach would have sent him deeper into himself. And when he finally opened up - it was glorious! Polly became his strength. She became the one person he knew he could trust his true self to and who would love him unconditionally. And that is a beautiful thing.

  • Min Li Li
    2019-06-14 03:13

    Dixon kardeşlerin hikayesini anlatan üç kitaplık serinin ilki Efsane Yüzük.Şeyhli hikayeleri sevmeye başladım ama buradaki Şeyh pek olmamıştı bana göre. :D

  • Emona
    2019-06-03 08:07

    Review to come.

  • Liba
    2019-05-31 09:50

    Polly and Ellie are illegitimate daughters of Annabel, a professional nanny,abandoned by her and raised by their grandmother.Polly is 25 and Ellie is 23, a medical student.Polly had to give up her place at an art college in order to support them.Now both their mother and grandmother are dead.The sisters get a letter and a ring each from Annabel.They also learn they have a younger sister, Penelope (20).In the letters there are the names of their fathers.Polly learns that ber father came from a small kingdom of Dharia.She decides to come and look for him.But she is detained at the Dharian airport (a drug-bust operation ,she was chosen randomly).Her passport, phone and the ring are taken from her.(Threre is nowhere in the book stated that Polly got her passport and phone back).Hakim, the elderly advisor to the new king, is excited.Polly's ring is the long-missing ceremonial ring of the previous king! Hakim even ordered a replica of it for King Rashad.Rashad was the 3-d son of the previous king, never expected to rule.When he was six, there was a coup and the king, his wife (wives?) and two older sons were killed in a bombing.Rashad wasn't with them and thus survived.He grew up in the desert, with nomads, later to be educated in England.He was married at 16 to his cousin, who was barren.She died after ten years of marriage.Now Rashad must remarry .Hakim points out Polly's real name- Zariyah ,which is the name of Rashad's famous ancestor,a queen who lived 100 years ago.So Polly is brought to him and demands her ring back.Rashad refuses, as it is his by law.Polly shouts at him,irreverent of his status.The people in Dharia believe Polly came to marry their king, just like her namesake.Rashad is attracted to Polly and proposes to her.The blackmail is that either she marries him or she'll becone persona non grata in the kingdom.Polly is in a dilemma- to marry a virtual stranger or leave and never get to know her family.She has just learned that Hakim is her grandfather ,her parents did marry and her father was a war hero.So they marry.Ellie, who usually behaves as if she is the older one, berates Polly.Ellie meets Rashad's friend Rio Benedetti and they dislike each other on sight.Polly is frightened of the wedding night, while Rashad is cold to her and doesn't understand her decision to delay it.Rashad doesn't know how to express his feelings.Both he and Polly are volatile,only he tries not to show's meeting of East and Weat, modern and old-fashioned-in behavior,clothes ,rules.Also, Polly thinks her husband still loves his first wife and wants him to chose.As I've read Ellie's story first, I am confused.Polly and Ellie learn their sister's name is Penelope, later changed to Gemma.Fine. But the blurb inside Polly's story and Ellie's book give her name as Lucy.Inconsistency !!

  • Renaissancecat22
    2019-06-19 05:54

    This is trash. Not in the way that Harlequin Presents titles are trashy fun but just... you know, poorly written fluff. I'm not a fan of fetishizing whiteness in historicals but really, she couldn't think of another description besides "brown"? I guess it's good that the characters talked about their feelings but they did it so awkwardly and... badly. To cut to the chase, they were not recognizable humans. I thought the "villain" could be a Rebecca homage but it was barely an afterthought. The hero got rid of her with no prompting. There was barely an conflict in the whole story. I guess you could read it for the smut, but save your time. The rest of it is not worth the bother. The hero and heroine in this book are so stupid and illogical it's like the author cloned the archetypes they were based on and these are the 50th iterations. We're low on brain cells and defining characteristics but they still look pretty. Just don't let them talk. Her irrational jealousy? My God, I need to stop. Just don't. Publishing this book is frankly an insult to prospective readers.

  • Yulia Anggraini
    2019-06-16 02:09

    duh, kadang tante Lynne graham ngasih nama tokoh cew ny agak gimnaaa gtuu... ;pnama2 yg dipilih ssring ny cocok utk cewek pirang berotak bodoh bin manja... Polly... hadeeeh....yg minggu kemaren gw baca nama heroine ny Pixie... ;pbeda t am nama hero ny yg power full bin arogan...ceritany boleh lah...waaupun g bikikn emosian... cuma 100an halaman...pffft...sukaa saat polly akhirny ketemu am keluarga ayahny...

  • Agustina
    2019-05-30 07:15

    Seri ini polanya sama dengan seri Sister Brides, ada adik perempuan yang baru diketahui, pasangan dari Timur Tengah, Italia dan Yunani, tapi di buku ini sifat Heroinenya lebih kuat daripada heroine lainnya yang dikarang oleh Lynne Graham dan author ini selalu konsisten dengan epilog yang selalu manis untuk semua tokohnya.

  • Mary
    2019-06-05 05:01

    First in the series. Polly and her sister have each received a ring and a name from their deceased mother with the instructions that they may lead to each one's father. Polly's ring leads her to Dharia, and an unexpected marriage to the king.Decent enough story, nothing sticks out either way.

  • Natha
    2019-06-17 05:07

    Plot awal gemesin, begitu sampai keadaan memaksa mereka untuk bersama juga menggemaskan. Tapi kenapa bagian buntutnya, klimaksnya itu kurang dapet ya? Sayang banget deh ah. >.< Aku mau lebiiiiihhh! :P

  • Lynn Smith
    2019-05-27 01:54

    Enjoyable read

  • Uchatadara
    2019-06-05 06:12

    Layaknya harlequin pada umumnya

  • Ishara Pillay
    2019-06-02 07:49

    Enjoyable first book in the trilogy. Polly was very likeable, not the usual doormat type. Rashad... dreamy hero! Overall, a great read!

  • Diana McVicker
    2019-06-10 10:14


  • L H
    2019-06-20 09:54

    Started with an interesting plot...but didn't deliver. If I remember correctly they met once he proposed or blackmailed her into marriage the second time that they've met...they got married had a fight on their wedding night... then sleep together the next night and then you jump a few weeks after that and she is pregnant and they are in love...eye rollThe use of Arabic words and phrases is so silly...don't they have people to check these thing?! And the traditions! Really? Bowing and going down on their knees?! As an Arabic, I find these things very offensive! I don't understand how some authors and editors completely fail to use fact checks on things they write of! Double eye roll

  • Kelly Bird
    2019-05-31 08:56

    A letdownStarted well. Lynne Graham needs to stop writing for a while. All of her characters are the same right down to the names. Used to love her older stuff and keep hoping one of her newer books will bring back the joy of reading one of her books. Guess it's time to find a new author.

  • Bec - Book Magic: Under a spell with every page
    2019-06-02 04:47

    4.5 Star Review posted at HarlequinJunkie.comPolly Dixon’s holiday to Dharia doesn’t turn out how she expected. When she arrives, she’s taken into custody and then soon after finds herself in the company of the country’s ruler, King Rashad. He’s determined to learn how a royal heirloom came into her possession and he isn’t afraid to blackmail her to learn the truth. Will Polly marry the King to be able to stay in the country and discover more about her family, or will she be forced to leave before she learns anything? Read More

  • Mudpie
    2019-05-29 09:14

    A short and simple read. As with all category romance it follows a formula and in this case the instant lust is strong haha. I find it incredible how fast Polly fell in love with Rashad but she at least had the sense not to tell him right away. I liked the developing background story of Polly and Ellie's mother and their search for the missing last sister nobody knew about.Not meant to be a spoiler but nethinks there's something brewing between Rio the best man and Ellie hehe. ..A light read, not bad but neither did it wow me. Miss the old Lynne Graham stories that were full if drama and angst lol.

  • Meetu
    2019-06-08 02:00

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It is a good story material but did not quite explore the depth of character of H & h. It fell a little flat but finished it after skipping some sections that dragged too much.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-30 06:07

    The first of a two book series involving two sisters and the adventure they entail. They are each left with a ring and a mystery name and they must solve the mystery. In this first book we meet Polly and her ring takes her to the desert where she returns to the place where her father was from.