As the eldest son and his father’s heir, Salim Al Munsur has always been dutiful and well aware of what was expected of him. That didn’t stop him from falling in love with his college sweetheart even though he knew he could never marry a ‘commoner.’ His arranged marriage turned out to be a dismal failure but he firmly believes that if he could just purge Celia from his heart then he’ll be able to do his duty and remarry an acceptable bride.
Using the guise of needing Celia’s expertise at landscaping for his latest project - cleaning up an abandoned oilfield over what was once a thriving city – he lures her to Oman. Salim takes great pride in his excavation of the area and intends to bring the area back to life and have it serve as a way for people to learn about Oman, its history and people. Celia can’t help but share his enthusiasm for this project but she’s troubled by the feelings she still carries for him and his reaction to learning that she’s kept a huge secret from him - a three year old daughter she’s named Kira.
Celia knows that she really needs to tell Salim about Kira yet she fears his reaction and the very real possibility that he’ll enact Islamic law and take Kira away from her. There’s a very real possibility she can keep Kira’s existence secret. After all, Kira is staying in the U.S. with Celia’s parents while Celia’s in Oman working on Salim’s project. Just as Celia and Salim’s relationship seems to be growing once again, she overhears a conversation between Salim and his brother Elan and realizes that Salim is just using her. Will Salim and Kira ever find a way to bridge the gap between the old-fashioned traditions he treasures and the modern day lifestyle she enjoys?
With her latest release, THE DESERT PRINCE, Jennifer Lewis treats readers to an international romance steeped in tradition, problems, passion and second chances. Celia and Salim share an intense love for each other but the differences in their cultures and traditions forced them to part ways. Those same traditions could very well destroy their newfound relationship if Salim doesn’t figure out that some traditions just aren’t worth keeping. This story contains plenty of romance to bring a fine sheen of sweat to your brow and still provides an intense storyline that captivates the imagination and thrills the senses. Salim and Celia’s enjoyment in restoring the desert oasis to a usable area while retaining much of its original character and materials is really quite interesting. Of course, the whole situation with Salim and Celia’s daughter is a major focal point and I was on pins and needles waiting to find out how it played out. This is a beautiful story told with much compassion and emotion so readers can ‘embrace’ the characters and their plights.
Jennifer Lewis introduced the Al Munsur brothers in one of her earlier books entitled THE BOSS’S DEMAND. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to hunt up a copy of that book as well since Elan and Sara’s story does seem to play a major role in this one – of course it’s not necessary to read the books in order but I have to confess I’m very interested in reading more about what happened between them and have my fingers crossed for another book involving their younger brother, Quasar.