After two weeks at the retreat, Bella decides to escape. She spies a stable across the street from her prison and decides to "borrow" a horse to make her way back to the city of Al-Rafid. She miscalculated at how far away the city was, and quickly finds herself lost in the hot sweltering desert.
Sheikh Zafiq Al-Rashid is ruler of Al-Rashid. He takes his responsibility of providing for his country and his family very serious. Each year, he allows himself one week of peace and tranquility at a remote location in the desert. As he makes his way to his secret oasis, he is shocked to see his favorite horse, Amira, carrying a female rider who is suffering from heat exhaustion.
Zafiq easily captures Amira, and mistakes the rider as a horse thief. When the woman awakes he learns that she was making her way to the city to escape being placed there by her father. He believes her story, but refuses to give into her pleas to escort her back to the city.
Bella is intrigued by the Sheikh, but frustrated that her womanly charms have no effect on him in getting him to take her back to the city. She knows that he will not give into her and escort her back to the city; she prepares to stay with him for the next five days. Not wanting to reveal her real name and identity, she introduces herself as "Kate".
As the desert heats up, so does Zafiq's arousal to "Kate". Their close quarters bring a sizzling flame that refuses to be extinguished. The two give into their baser needs and the days quickly pass by; when they get back to reality Zafiq discovers "Kate's" true identity. Will he forgive her of her betrayal?
BELLA AND THE MERCILESS SHEIKH is one outstanding book! You will quickly get caught up in the passion that radiates from Bella and Zafiq. This is the second Balfour Brides book that I have read; both can be read as standalone novels for they each offer their own unique story. The Balfour Brides series is one series you definitely do not want to miss. I highly recommend it to any true blue romance fan.
BELLA AND THE MERCILESS SHEIKH is the seventh book in the Balfour Brides series. The other titles in this series include:
MIA AND THE POWERFUL GREEK BY MICHELLE REID
KAT AND THE DARE-DEVIL SPANIARD BY SHARON KENDRICK
EMILY AND THE NOTORIOUS PRINCE BY INDIA GREY
SOPHIE AND THE SCORCHING SICILLIAN BY KIM LAWRENCE
ZOE AND THE TORMENTED TYCOON BY KATE HEWITT
ANNIE AND THE RED-HOT ITALIAN BY CAROLE MORTIMER