Monday, January 30, 2012
A Secret Birthright - Olivia Gates
Olivia Gates states in her "Dear Reader" that in A Secret Birthright" she had gathered some her favorite themes in writing this particular book. All I can say is was a most amazing love story thanks to this talented author. I mean twists and turns like no other I've read. A dark "sheikh" in a desert setting. Family secrets from both the hero and heroine, more than you'll believe. Love at first sight, a medical theme, family drama, royal intrigue, love at first sight and most of all, an "impossible" love.
I'm absolutely not kidding, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because from the very first chapter I was hooked. Prince Fareed Aal Zaafer was a remarkable surgeon and Gwen McNeal needed him to perform surgery on her son. However, it all had my heart racing because one was led to believe she had been the wife of Fareed's beloved younger brother and the father of her son.
Immediately upon their meeting it's obvious there are going to be some serious obstacles and issues to overcome. To say anymore would ruin this fabulous romance. Let's just say Fareed holds his own with his father, the father he blames for his youngest brother's death. The the same brother he believed married Gwen, the woman he lusts after. His brother last breath was to say goodbye and ask he brother to take care of "his Lyn". The same woman he's so attracted to and whose son needs his help, the same infant that has wormed his way as well as his mother into Fareed's heart.
A secret Birthright was torture to read because of the internal battle Fareed suffered. It absolutely was love at first sight for him. In the end, I knew he would sacrifice everything for her, he loved her that much but there was the internal battle he fought as well because he had loved his brother and he suffered his brother's passing. If you pick up this book, I highly suggest you allow time to read it from cover to cover. It was a most remarkable love story, and then the "bombs" drop, you'll need a comfortable setting to absorb everything this roller coaster brings.
Back of the Book
Prince Fareed Aal Zaafer is driven by one purpose—to find his late brother's family. But when Gwen McNeal arrives, needing his help, Fareed is relieved she is not the woman he seeks, for he must claim her for his own.
Fareed is Gwen's last—and most dangerous—hope. For he doesn't just overwhelm her senses, he sweeps her and her baby away to his kingdom—the last place she should ever go. Now she must hide the truth, and deny the desire between them at any cost. For if she fails, the result will be unthinkable….