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THE COBRA AND THE CONCUBINE
Genre: Historical Romance
Vanak's latest novel recalls the big, exciting historical romances of the pastthe ones with lots of adventure, exotic locales, heroines who survived rape, captivity and true villains and then found redemption and real lovebut with some entertaining plot twists of
Badra, only 15, has already been made a slave to a villainous sheikh and lost her baby girl. Abducted by another tribe, she's expected to become the concubine of their sheikh, Jabari. Her terror cools his interest, but he doesn't shame her with rejection. He appoints Khepri, the Cobra, to be her falcon guard.
He loves Badra and believes she
Of course, the lovers meet again. Badra's need to rescue her secret baby from sexual slavery becomes an important factor as their love story moves toward the best possible ending. SENSUAL (May, 304 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed By: Gerry Benninger
Published: May 2005