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The Sheik Retold by [Vane, Victoria, Hull, E.M.]
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"THE SHEIK RETOLD is an intriguing update to the classic novel 'The Sheik'; a fascinating tale of two headstrong people and their bumpy road to an improbable love...This enticing tale by Victoria Vane is a story of warring wills and cultures; action packed as well as incredibly sexy, and a recommended read." FRESH FICTION 
 
"Victoria Vane has modernized and vastly improved on Hull's book. She builds on the characters, showing more of their thoughts and feelings, and takes readers through the veiled curtain into the bedroom where we begin to understand what drives Ahmed Ben Hassan...Ms. Vane has done a wonderful job of turning Hull's novel, The Sheik (which could be viewed in a modern world as a violent and rather distasteful story), into a stirring love story." ROMANTIC HISTORICAL LOVERS

"Vane is a masterful storyteller! A must read for both erotic romance readers,readers of historical romance, as well as those who enjoy the re-telling of classic romances. An enjoyable read! I have not found a story yet, that Ms. Vane has written which I did not enjoy, and "The Sheik Retold" was no different! I received an ARC of this title for an honest review from the author." MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE

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AUTHOR'S NOTE
When firstpublished in 1919, E.M. Hull's The Sheik was an overnightbestseller with over fifty  printingswithin the first two years of release. The book was also made into a silentfilm that catapulted its leading man, Rudolph Valentino, to superstardom. Givenits huge success in its time, I have no doubt many readers will wonder at mymotive in re-writing this romance classic.
 
As a reader, I havealways found the "forced seduction"/rape-to-love trope appalling, andhave never had such mixed feelings about a book as I did after reading TheSheik. It had so much to offer with its strong characters and beautifuldescriptive prose, but it fell sadly short for me in so many other ways. Ifound the narrative too repetitive and the pace plodding. There was too muchnavel-gazing on the heroine's part, and far too little actual interactionbetween the hero and heroine for a romance. In sum, I loved and loathed it inequal measure.
 
Nevertheless, thisstory captured my imagination and even though I had a number of other writingprojects in progress, The Sheik held me hostage and absolutelyrefused to let me go. Once I began fantasizing about alternate scenarios,dialogue, and plot twists, I knew it was calling to me. I had no choice but tore-tell this story the way I envisioned it.
 
While I have takena number of liberties in my re-telling, the main plot, characters, anddescriptive passages are largely unchanged. I kept everything I loved and changedwhat I loathed. Although my version is not completely devoid of violence (toomit all of it would only have watered down Ahmed's powerful alpha character),I have taken out the rape and animal abuse which I abhorred in the original. Ihave also thrown the bedroom door wide open.
 
Most important, however,is my portrayal of Diana. Even though she falls deeply in love with her captor,my version of the character stays true to her strong and self-willed natureright to the end.
 
While I believe TheSheik Retold will compare favorably to E.M. Hull's The Sheik, readers of this book will be the ultimate judge.

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  • File Size: 1384 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC (January 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV516XU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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