Burns' story is hotter than the desert sands! She succeeds with a classic captive/captor romance akin to a Johanna Lindsey classic. Relax and enjoy the sizzling show -- complete with a lesson
in bananas and seduction.
It has been prophesied that "a woman of fire will leave her mark" on Sheikh Shaheen, an English viscount living the life of a desert leader. Raised in a brothel, notorious courtesan Allegra Synnford has learned to use her skills to choose her own protectors. But she has never met a man as virile or as dangerous as Shaheen. Though he hates courtesans, Allegra tantalizes, teases and tempts him almost beyond control.
When she is kidnapped, Shaheen rescues her, then chooses to keep her in his camp. Their battle of wills escalates to explosive proportions while their enemies wage their own war against them. Kidnapping, misunderstandings and stubborn pride nearly tear them apart, but nothing can keep them from their destiny. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 380 pp., $14.00)