Monday, December 10, 2012

A Golden Betrayal - Barbara Dunlop (HD #2198 - Dec 2012)

Series: Highest Bidder (Book 6)

Nothing will stop him....

In his Arabian kingdom, Crown Prince Raif Khouri commands, and women do his will...but then he meets headstrong American Ann Richardson. To get back the priceless statue he's convinced her minions stole, Raif kidnaps her!

Held captive by the sexy prince and mired in scandal at her auction house, Ann has her hands full. How can she convince Raif she's innocent...and convince her traitorous body to resist his sultry kisses?

But after one night with the woman his duty will never let him have, it's Raif who realizes the high price of ransom-his heart! 

Very good book and terrific conclusion to the series.  I really liked both Raif and Ann.  Ann has been at the center of scandal since the first book.  The controversy over the statue and accusations of theft have made her life very difficult.  Now Raif has taken her and won't let her go until he has the statue.  In every encounter with him the attraction gets stronger.  Once they get past the issue of the statue Ann finds that there in a lot in Raif that she respects and likes.  She soon realizes that she has fallen in love with him but that it can't go anywhere.  He will soon be king and cannot marry her.  I liked seeing her time in Rayas and how she managed there.  I liked her determination to help find the statue and how she wanted to help Raif's cousin Kalila.  I also liked the way that she was so willing to give him up so he could do the right thing.  I loved Raif. He has that whole alpha male confidence thing going on, and the certainty that duty is more important than anything else. Watching him realize that love matters was very satisfying. He was so sure that he was right and willing to do anything to get his statue back.  He had great interactions with his cousin Tariq over his actions with Ann.  He was very focused on his goal and couldn't understand why he could not get Ann out of his mind.  I liked his protectiveness when he decided that whatever was going on with the statue might be a plot against Ann and that he needed to keep her safe.  He was miserable over the fact that he couldn't have Ann.  I loved the conclusion and his methods.  The mystery of who was behind the trouble was solved.  Also solved was the identity of the man who helped each of the six couples find their happy endings. 

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