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The Life She Left Behind (The Santina Crown) [Kindle Edition]

Maisey Yates
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Santina Crown... Royalty has never been so scandalous!

Heiress Angelina Carpenter traded in diamonds for denim—and the freedom to make her own choices—when she fled from her arranged marriage to Sheikh Taj Ahmad. Now working as a nanny for the royal family of Santina, Angelina can't help but risk a glimpse at the glamorous life she left behind during a lavish party...and runs straight into Taj! And this time, the ruthless sheikh has no intention of letting his runaway bride get away...

A prequel novella to The Santina Crown series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 217 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Presents (March 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073EW5AE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a weak hero. March 3, 2012
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I'm not a big novella reader. I find them,well, short. I'll confess I bumped this up my TBR list after I saw the first review, claiming the hero was too soft and respectful to be believed. This is a Harlequin Presents and I couldn't imagine how that would work for a Presents, but I didn't find it true at all. It certainly didn't bother me that he was Arab.

Taj is a strong hero, and I really enjoyed reading his story.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining and Emotional! March 2, 2012
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The Life She Left Behind (A Santina Crown Short Story)
The Life She Left Behind

THE LIFE SHE LEFT BEHIND is a fantastic story of love triumphing over all else by a master story-teller!

Taj, a Sheikh, doesn't know about love as he thinks whatever he needs can be bought with money. So he wants Angelina and he does what he knows form a merger with her father businesswise and get her in the bargain! The author knows or researched about the hero's traditions and depicts this very convincingly.

Angelina wouldn't take this and runs away! Yet Taj can't forget her. What will happen when they meet up now? Taj now realizes he loves Angelina and wants to make her his Queen. Will Angelina agree? After all she also haven't forgotten him!

I loved the way this author depicted the Sheikh hero who is traditional yet is an honorable man who respects woman!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but thin March 3, 2012
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There's not much plot to this little story: boy meets girl, boy attempts to buy girl in business transaction with her father, girl tells boy to shove it, boy and girl spend three years pining and then are reunited, boy realizes that pining + lust = love and figures out how to show it, happy ending.

That said, there are some interesting elements. Yates does a credible job of portraying an Arab man who was raised with antiquated beliefs about the proper roles of men and women--and who rules a country where many people still hold those beliefs--but also lives in the modern world and desires an American woman who feels very strongly about independence. A few obvious stereotypes and errors still show up; for example, Taj says several times that he was brought up in a household without love, which doesn't sound like any Arab family I've ever met, no matter how wealthy. Nonetheless, I appreciated Yates's effort to show that Taj is a kindhearted person who doesn't conform to common American notions of the abusive, woman-hating Arab male. I just wish HP had put similar effort into getting a model of Arab descent for the cover.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. March 5, 2012
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This one earned two stars for the simple reason that it had an editor.

Really, it was amusing but totally not worth the read. The ending is awful. The Sheikh- so basically the King- falls in love with a really young girl from Texas. She disappears when she thinks he only sees her as a possession (which he does). In three years, he cannot find her...she is living in Italy as a nanny to someone in his social sphere- so somehow she has paid for plane tickets, used her passport and there is still no trace of her?

Basically, she gets pregnant and they have to get married. And they both believe it, like it's a foregone conclusion. I am old-fashioned, but that really blew the story for me. She basically only calls him again after disappearing a second time on him to say "I'm pregnant, yeah, we have to get married."

So he finally gets what he wants: her. Realizes that he doesn't want her against her will. Lets her go. She puts aside her pride and confesses that she only ran because she doesn't just want to be his arm candy. He realizes that he wants her because he loves her. I will give the author points for having a hero that grows and learns something, despite that fact that it was ridiculously played out.

It has all the components necessary for a short story, but I think you will regret reading it. There are better reads out there. Unless of course if this is your genre and you live for stories so far fetched that they are ridiculous - enjoy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Romance March 7, 2012
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I'll be honest that while I read a decent amount of romance novels--I'm not incredibly well-versed in Middle East modern culture so I can't really speak to that aspect of other reviews.

As for the story itself, it was a novella--very, very short and meant to just encapsulate moments in a relationship, and I think it did that well--especially for a prequel to a series. The characters obviously came from different cultures and had different expectations for what was entailed in a relationship, but as Raj spent more time with Angelina, he realized what he felt for her was stronger and more real than just the need to dominate and rule.

Is it an accurate portrayal of a Sheikh and an oil-baron's daughter? I have no idea. On the other hand, I didn't look at the cover and expect a documentary based on a harsh reality where perhaps women aren't valued as they should be. If you did, well... you might need to reevaluate your book-choosing paradigm... I'm just sayin. I was looking to escape for a short space of time in a world I don't live in with a romance that might be more of a fantasy. I got it. This was a quick romance with genuine heart and just enough words to make me believe.

My favorite line in it was: "There are simple kisses, Angelina, and then there are the kinds of kisses we shared that night. And they are not the same thing."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair
love at first sight romance with mildly interesting characters and storyline. Another side story in the Santina saga which I found that I could have missed reading without being... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mflan
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
This is the first time reading this author and I did enjoy reading this book . About love and these arrogant sheik and the women who
Published 7 months ago by Iralene
5.0 out of 5 stars Good...spoilers
He saw her 3 years before and had a strange feeling that hit him hard and he wanted her. She fell in love and when she found out about the bargain, she ran. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Book was very enjoyable, and entertaining. Greatly enjoyed the book. Loved this book, had a great story line and romance.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the story
I like the story line. A nice love story. Have always loved love stories. Thank you for this lovely book.
Published 14 months ago by Elmarie
2.0 out of 5 stars A must not read
I really wasn't impressed the story line was horrible I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I really wasted my money and time with this book.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars ended way to soon
this had the potential for being a good book. It seemed like it started ot really good, but it seems that it ended way too soon. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carla Teegar
Got it when it was FREE which was the better price for this short read.

So Taj and Angelina father conspired to work out a MOC b/w Taj and Angelina. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Vanessa
3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY
I enjoy reading, but this book was just okay. I have read other books by this author that I could not put down. Read more
Published 17 months ago by HappyReading
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Easy reading and entertainment for a few days. I enjoyed escaping the everyday world and slipping into the story of this book.
Published 20 months ago by cat woman
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it's been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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