If you were to mix the classic Eleanor Glynn novel The Sheik and the movie "The Mummy," you'd get the sexy adventure romance THE FALCON AND THE DOVE.

Archeologist Elizabeth Sommer is a woman in a man's world, joining the dig at Akhetatena and searching for the mystical Almha, symbol of magic and power.

Jabari is sheik of the tribe that guards the Almha in the name of their Queen Kiya, Nefertiti's rival. When the foreigners begin desecrating the sacred city,

Jabari must find a way to stop them. His sudden attraction to Elizabeth stuns him and he abducts her.

There is no denying her overwhelming attraction to Jabari, but Elizabeth does not want to be any man's wife. However, after the Almha is stolen, Elizabeth may have to sacrifice her freedom to bring the ancient symbol back to Jabari and his people.

This is a classic romance story of forbidden love on the hot desert sands, reminiscent of Johanna Lindsey's Captive Bride. Ms. Vanak's tale is a bit updated (Elizabeth is part-Egyptian), and readers will easily be caught up in the fantasy of the love of a powerful sheik. SENSUAL (Nov., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin