Harlequin author Olivia Gates is Egyptian. I met her at RWA a few years back and she is the nicest person you’d ever want to meet. She had on a stunning gown, too, and I’ll tell you that she looked like a romance novel heroine. I have this vague recollection that she did not want her day job to be a matter of public knowledge, but she’s a brilliant woman with a job to match. It’s also a job (not a political one) that makes me worry about her safety during the unrest in Egypt.
As you can imagine, even if the Mubarak regime had not essentially cut off Egypt’s access to the internet, this is not the time for an Egyptian author to be promoting a book. All of Egypt has bigger issues to deal with right now. Gates has a book out right now, and I bought it a couple of days ago to support a fellow Romance author. I urge you to do the same. her website has various buy links.
To Tame a Sheikh
Some of you may know that I have only recently gotten my feet wet with category romance– thanks mostly to Harlequin’s free digital offerings. I’ve since bought a few but have found the experience a bit rocky at times. As with any genre there are writers who work for me and those who don’t. I confess I wasn’t at all sure about a Sheikh book.
But ohmygosh, I LOVED this book. Loved it loved it loved it and I’m going to get the rest of Gate’s books. At first, the hero is what you might call an Alpha-hole — everything bad about the alpha male but Gates subverts that in a way that utterly won me over. The writing is excellent and smart:
This was what the Prince of Darkness should look like. To seduce without trying, the enslave into eternity, to induce all sorts of unrepentant sins. To have a woman believe her soul was a trivial accessory.
Now that’s some serious charm.
Yes, he’s a total Alpha, but the hero of this book completely gets that his heroine is a smart woman. He defers to her area of expertise (she’s a physician) and he has no intention of limiting her professionally or in any way, other than his intention of securing her love. He’s perfect to the point of bordering on magical, but I ended up loving that. By the middle of the book, I was saying, oh, girl, just sleep with him now, because you know you’re going to and he’ll blow your mind.
So, go get this book. Support an author who isn’t in a position to do the promotion that more and more falls on the author rather than the publisher. And let me know what you think of it. Were you, too, won over by the Sheikh?