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Panther's Prey
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
I somewhat enjoyed this sequel to The Panther and the Pearl, but mainly the part that picks up with the life of Sarah, Kalid, and friends. As expected, it was wonderful to see that the once arrogant panther Kalid is now a well-mellowed pussycat, having grown into a much better kitty under Sarah's influence. The Sarah/Kalid romance was delightful. I can't share the same enthusiasm for the young lovers since Malik lacks Kalid's charm and is after all a human-trafficker. It is hard to forget that point, since in this day and age human traffickers are the most irredeemable of the sub-human scum, and I seriously doubt that that wasn't also true in turn-of-the century Turkey. Anyway, you just can't make a noble and honorable compassionate hero-of-the-common-man out of sub-human scum, and, IMHO, Ms. Malek failed in her attempt to convince us that he only sold kidnapped virgins into sexual slavery, torture, and probable death out of the most noble of motives--just can't be sub-human scum and noble at the same time, sorry. Except for that rather significant problem, this would have been a good romance. Definitely, read The Panther and the Pearl first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2011
I enjoyed this book but it wasn't quite as exciting as previous book, The Panther and the Pearl. There was a lot of action and great descriptions of life in 1800's Turkey.

The hero, Malik, meets Amy when he holds up a coach that she is traveling in on her way to live with her aunt and uncle in Constantinople after her parents die in an accident. Malik kidnaps Amy, intending to sell her to slave traders to earn money for his fight against the Sultan, who is responsible for murdering his family. Malik takes her to his camp but isn't able to give Amy up. He finds out that she is related to the pasha of Bursa's wife Sarah by marriage, so he ends up getting a bribe out of Kalid, along with a promise from Kalid to help in the revolution. Malik and Amy are both very attracted to each other during the time she spends in the rebels camp, but Malik will not touch her because he promised Kalid she would be unharmed when he returned her. Eventually Amy is taken to live with her aunt and uncle, but both she and Malik have trouble forgetting each other. But how can they have a future when Malik is an outlaw fighting against the Sultan and Amy is stuck in Constantinople?

The romance was good and enjoyable but the leads spend a bit too much time apart in the later half of the book. The story was very interesting to read. Overall, it was a great sequel to the exciting Panther and the Pearl, plus we got to see Kalid and Sarah 10 years later which was nice because we see a lot of them and how they made their different backgrounds work into a happy marriage.

I would definitely recommend reading The Panther and the Pearl before this book so you understand what is going on much better. Panther's Prey was still a good historical romance set in an exotic location.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2000
This story is about a woman named Amelia who had to move to Turkey with an aunt she barely remembered. She was kidnapped by a handsome man whom she couldn't resist. There are many colorful characters whom I will never forget.
When I read this book, I can visualized myself in Turkey and being captive under this man named Malik Bey. The story described him as a handsome irresistable captor who has trouble pronouncing such English words. I truly enjoyed this book and have read over and over. The reason I also enjoyed this book is that this book is able to carry you away to another place and time the second you read the first sentence. If you haven't this yet, read it immediately or you will miss the adventure of a lifetime!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 24, 2010
Set in exotic Turkey with a dashing hero and a resourceful heroine, Panther's Prey is a wonderful story. What makes this book so enjoyable is the interaction between the leads who express their emotions passionately.

Boston Born Amy is on her way to Constantinople to be with her Aunt after her parent's death. She has crossed the ocean and is now travelling by train when her locomotive is stopped by bandits. She is taken off the train by the Turkish rebels and brought to a camp in the countryside.

Malik Bey is the leader of the rebel band that has kidnapped Amy. His ragtag unit needs funds so he has every intention of selling Amy to a slave trader but instead is smitten with the young feisty beauty. He tries to fight his attraction and keep her at a distance but Amy makes that almost impossible as she runs away causing Malik to search for her. When he discovers that Amy must reside in his camp longer than expected, Malik really struggles to hold his feelings at bay.

Amy is young but wise and she is brave. She stands toe to toe with Malik and has some zippy one liners too. She is more in touch with her feelings than Malik but she knows that their time together is short lived or is it?

This pair of lovers is star-crossed and exciting. They have a longing for each other that demonstrates itself in words and deeds. Amy doesn't play games and she is quite loyal even in the midst of harsh circumstances. Malik is a fine hero, a true rebel with a cause and he is fully committed to his people. He is bold yet sweetly charming. This is a fantastic story that takes readers on a romantic ride through some colorful locals with two vibrant characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2012
This book is interesting in that it is dealing with human trafficking, but it's a romance novel. That makes reviewing this book a bit difficult. I liked the fact that the rebels are fighting for a more democratic land, but I don't like their desire to steal innocents to sell as slaves.

In this case, the hero falls in love with his captive and decides not to sell her, and even risks his freedom and life to be with her, but getting past the kidnapping is hard. I enjoyed the book as it is a work of fiction, but I understand the first book in the series is similar in that the heroine was a slave as well. I don't think continuing a series like this is a good thing as it says that it's OK to sell women as long as they find love in the end.

I enjoyed the love story between the hero and heroine, but I caution potential readers that the hero does participate in human trafficking. However, the rebels treat their captives quite well, and there is no violence against the women in this novel. Furthermore, the heroine is the only captive in this book, which is a good thing.
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on January 21, 2013
I love this author. Her work is fresh and crisp and keeps you turning those pages.

THe action and the plot of this story centered in the Ottoman Empire makes we want to be in Constantinople and the other Bissintine cities during this time frame.

The hero of the revolution that is brewing and his American captive whom he intends for the slave markets of the area make this a stunning read. It kept me holding my breath with anticpation. As Amelia (Amy and her captor race toward the ultimate love story, so does you heart.

I love this story and I know you will too. Especially if you have read any of Doreen Maleks other works.

Buy Read and ENjoy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2001
This was a great romance that should be read by anyone who needs a little faith in love. I will admit, I at first was hesitant, because it was another women captive who falls for her captor story, but it still worth the effort. Malik may at times seem like an unsympathetic hero, because after all he does capture innocent women and sells them into the slave trade, all under his cause of freeing a people under an evil dictatorship. Amelia was one of his captives. (...) A very satisfying romance, I would recommend it to everyone!
Cyndi
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on June 13, 2012
This story follows the path of a pretty typical romantic plot and was an enjoyable read. The most amazing thing about the book though is that the political background could have been pulled directly from today's headlines. Following the political plot ended up being as interesting an endeavor as the romance itself. Strong women, handsome and smitten men, political intrigue.....what's not to like.
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on May 30, 2014
I enjoy these books although they are a little tougher to read. I really like the ending and the twist in it. It was a little tough at first to like Malik since he would sell girls for his cause but I did like him in the end and understood better. I recommend this book if you like sheik romances.
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on May 10, 2015
Loved this romantic book. Hated the ending.....all the build up for a fizzle at the end. It was as if this author ran outa gas. But the plot and characters are charming and Malik is just sexiness personified. Recommend highly for the romantic out there.
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