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Strangers in the Desert Mass Market Paperback – February 21, 2012

Book 1 of 2 in the Al Dhakir Brothers Series

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"An exceptional novel that delivers the exotic sensations of the desert along with the sensuality and emotional turmoil of the characters and an unforgettable romance." (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!)

"A most unusual romance as only the extremely talented Lynn Raye Harris can write." (Romancing the Desert - Sheikh Books)

"From the luscious shores of Hawaii to the scorching sun-baked sands of Jahfar, award-winning bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris mesmerizes readers with an exotic titillating romance in her latest book, STRANGERS IN THE DESERT." - (CataRomance)

"...strikes just the right note of hot steamy desert nights filled with sexy encounters, while balancing the emotional struggles the couple is going through as they come to terms with a difficult reality." -- (Okay Listen Here)

" intense and compelling romance that draws you in from the very first page and keeps you guessing until the very last.." - (Everyday Is the Same)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. The prize was an editor for a year -- but only six months later, Lynn sold her first novel. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome husband and two crazy cats. Her stories have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling."

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373130570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373130573
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,709,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lynn Raye Harris is the USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

You can learn more at her website,, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn's newsletter--where you'll be kept up to date about all of Lynn's books--text the word HOTTIES to 33733.

Books by Lynn:

Hostile Operations Team books:
Hot Pursuit (#1) - FREE!
Hot Mess (#2)
Hot Package (#3)
Dangerously Hot (#4)
Hot Shot (#5)
Hot Rebel (#6)
Hot Ice (#7)
Hot & Bothered (#8) - coming Summer 2015

From Harlequin:
Heiress's Defiance, Dec 2014, Harlequin Presents
Carrying the Sheikh's Heir, July 2014, Harlequin Presents
Gambling With the Crown, May 2014, Harlequin Presents
The Change in Di Navarra's Plan, December 2013, Harlequin Presents
A Facade to Shatter, October 2013, Harlequin Presents
A Game With One Winner, April 2013, Harlequin Presents
Marriage Behind the Facade, January 2013, Harlequin Presents Extra
The Girl Nobody Wanted, November 2012, Harlequin Presents
Captive But Forbidden, July 2012, Harlequin Presents
Strangers in the Desert, March 2012, Harlequin Presents
The Man With the Money, November 2011, Harlequin Presents
Behind the Palace Walls, June 2011, Presents Extra
The Devil's Heart, April 2011, Harlequin Presents
Chosen by the Sheikh, November 2010, Harlequin Presents
The Prince's Royal Concubine, June 2010, Harlequin Presents
Cavelli's Lost Heir, January 2010, Harlequin Presents
Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge, August 2009, Harlequin Presents

Harlequin Digital Short:
His Royal Love-Child, June 2013

Free Read: Maddie's Marine: A (Very) Short Story

Ten Random Things About Lynn You Might Find Cool:

1. I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This makes my husband a HODAR (Husband of DAR), which I find hilarious.

2. I used to ride show jumpers when I was a teenager. Other teens were going out with their friends while I was riding horses every evening after school.

3. I'll try any kind of food once, unless it's really weird (like scorpion-on-a-stick). I have eclectic tastes and I believe life is an adventure! Why not try the food, right?

4. I got married in Germany and I have two anniversaries. The first is the civil ceremony, performed by the Burger Meister, and the second is the church wedding, which was the next day.

5. I used to live in Hawaii. This was every bit as cool as it sounds.

6. Though I lived in Hawaii, I am not a water sport kind of person. I do not surf. I do not snorkel. I do not like sticking my toes in an ocean in which sharks also swim. I did it on occasion, but it's not my favorite thing to do. I'd rather look at the water from the beach.

7. Flying used to terrify me, and now I like it. Except for the long lines and security and all that stuff, of course.

8. I'm an introvert, which is pretty typical for a writer. I love going to events and meeting readers, but I'm kinda scared too. What if you don't like me?

9. I don't eat dessert very often. I'm just not a sweets kind of person. I'd rather have the savory than the sweet. Chocolate is good, and I like it, but I don't have to have it.

10. I will read just about everything. Except horror. It scares me.

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This romance was romantic.
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He took his blame and would have done anything she wanted to prove that he does love and care for her now and that he was sorry about how their marriage was before.
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I especially appreciate how the author handled post-natal depression.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nas Dean on February 22, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Strangers in the Desert (Harlequin Presents)
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Extranos en las dunas: (Strangers in the Desert) (Harlequin Bianca (Spanish)) (Spanish Edition)

STRANGERS IN THE DESERT by Lynn Raye Harris is a Mills & Boon Modern and a Harlequin Presents release.

Desert King Sheikh Adan was preparing for his upcoming nuptials when he gets information that his wife may be alive. Cancelling all his appointments he flies to a small Island and finds her singing in a bar!

He is outraged. And brings her back with him to his desert kingdom. Why did Isabella Maro leave her husband and a two year old son to go and sing in a bar?

When Isabella meets her two year old son, she knows for certain that she'll never be able to leave him and go again. Yet Adan wants to divorce Isabella so that he can proceed with his marriage preparations. Now that Isabella and his precious son had bonded, can he split them apart?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NancyCinNC on January 8, 2013
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Prince Adan is ready to become King in just two weeks. He will be marrying his long time friend who will become a mother to his son. There is just one thing standing in his way. The wife he believed dead has been found alive in Maui.

Prince Adan travels to Maui to see for himself if this is indeed his wife. She is a singer who goes by the stage name Bella Tyler. Her really name is Isabella, and she has no memory of her husband and the child she left behind. She has been told by her parents that she had a car accident and hit her head, but this is far from the truth. Prince Adan brings her back to Jahfar with all intentions of divorcing her as he never really loved her and is very angry she walked away from him and her son. He does not believe at first that she has lost her memory.

Their marriage had been very one-sided. She was in love with him, but she was basically just a wife to him. Someone to bed and give him heirs.

Lynn Raye Harris addressed a very important issue with postpartum depression. When Isabella gets her memory back it is so heartbreaking. You can feel her pain and sadness.

There is so much more to this story than what I have reviewed.Very well written and well worth the read.
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Post-natal depression kicks off the chain of events surrounding the H/h of this story. And it was quite a chain. So, post-natal depression and retrograde amnesia, an interesting premise, then.

An Arab prince and an American girl (raised in American culture). Another promising beginning because of the vast cultural differences. But sadly, a promise never fully realized because the Arab prince does not "feel" like an Arab prince, based on his description and dialogue. He lacked the necessary mix of fire and reserve one expects of a foreign prince, lacks the gravitas of a royal especially in countries where they really rule. In fact, this Prince Adan's description and dialogue would easily fit that of Joe Schmoe from Scarsdale, NY. Adan's being an Arab prince barely informed (if at all) his thought process, dialogue and interaction.

I can believe the heroine is an American, despite her father being the prince's subject. It would have been nice had she shared a few thoughts with the reader about how it felt to be half-and-half. It must at times have been a little uncomfortable being in the middle of two very different cultures. I get the feeling I should feel sorry for her which I can just about manage but I like to admire my heroines and there's not much for that here. There was this scene of her cooking omelettes and the prince eating- I know it's supposed to be humorous it failed to elicit one ripple of mirth. And on my day off work, in mid-morning, I'm quite receptive to being amused.

This book followed the writing rule of "dialogue, dialogue, dialogue." (Who laid it down and why?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RomReader VINE VOICE on September 25, 2012
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Lounge-singer heroine only agreed to go with sheikh Hero to his country when he informed her they have a 2yo son together. Heroine doesn't remember being married to him or having a child with him or having left them 2 years ago. Hero wants to get a divorce so he can marry his childhood friend & be crowned king in the next few weeks. But heroine resists their divorce to have access to their son & to solve the mystery of her selective amnesia. Hero gives her 2 weeks before they make a final decision re: their marriage. Their strong attraction to each other, new knowledge of what their marriage was like & who they are now, and their bond towards their son makes their final decision harder to make.

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My 1st Harris book & it won't be my last. Heroine's post-partum depression was handled well & made her subsequent selective amnesia believable. Pair that with her unrequited love for her husband and we have ourselves an angtsy read. It was dramatic yet the main characters were portrayed as mature & introspective people. We get both their POVs re: their feelings & thoughts about themselves & each other & their marriage. They both had regrets re: how they handled their marriage 3 years ago & we see how they've changed since then. We see them struggling with the persons they were in the past & who they were now & the feelings they have for each other now. Heroine especially underwent a huge personality change, going from a passive & no-personality doormat to a more vocal & assertive woman with solid inner strength.
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