If she is pregnant they will be married, but if not then there’s always room in his harem! ‘Carol Marinelli breaks my heart several times over. A must read!’ – Dara. Banished To The Harem By Carol Marinelli – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. Banished to the Harem by Carol Marinelli Banished to the Harem is a category novel that takes the captivity narrative and works it into a.
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His return to the throne imminent, Rakhal seizes the chance to discover if Natasha is as fiery between the sheets as her flaming red hair, but his recklessness has consequences. Natasha might be carrying the Alzirz heir, so Rakhal whisks her away to the desert to await the truth.
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Banished to the Harem (Empire of the Sands #1) by Carol Marinelli
Preview — Banished to the Harem by Carol Marinelli. A black eye and a night in prison was not how Sheikh Rakhal Alzirz expected his latest fling to end, but it was worth it, for the pleasure of meeting his next conquest! Natasha might be carrying t A black eye and a night in prison was not how Sheikh Rakhal Alzirz expected his latest fling to end, but it was worth it, for the pleasure of meeting his next conquest!
Published October 16th by Harlequin first published Empire of the Sands 1. Rakhal AlzirzNatasha Winters. London, England United Kingdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Banished to the Haremplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Banished to the Harem.
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 12, Dee rated it did not like it Shelves: Hhmm, I think this one has to be ranked pretty high in the list of the worst Harlequins I have read this year! As my friends know, I love a good sheikh book as they are usually very sexy Alpha type men who are arrogant and usually gets what he wants.
Banished To The Harem
I was ok with the story when it came to Rahkal’s character and his demands but it was his traditions regarding marriage that got to maribelli. The idea that a Sheikh can only make love to his wife baniahed days of her fertile period a month and that they only ever Hhmm, I think this one has to be ranked pretty high in the list of the worst Harlequins I have read this year!
The idea that a Sheikh can only make love to his wife 2 days of her fertile period a month and that banisued only ever see each other at this time. If and when she happened to fall pregnant he would not touch her or see her for a year – the nine months that she carried the child and 3 months afterwards to rest and recover from the pregnancy and birth.
After that all bets were off he would be back to doing the deed 2 days a month to impregnate her again Why not be done with it and just use a test tube because all she would really be to hzrem is a brood mare!
I also had to laugh at the idea that he had a harem to satisfy his needs during the other 28 days or so of the month and it would be considered unfaithful czrol his wife if the harem girl had an orgasm during the act I struggled to finish this ludicrous story and ended up skipping through the pages to see what happened in the end. I was pleased to see that Natasha had a back bone and refused to be his wife on those grounds and that it would be a real relationship instead of that farce.
I also liked that she warned him pretty early on that if he should sleep with another woman she would not tolerate it and she would walk away. I am really sorry Ms Marinelli carpl in my opinion you were way off base ho this one. The writing style is not the problem as it does flow easily, it is just the storyline that I struggled with.
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I appreciate that we all are different and somebody else may thoroughly enjoy this, but it is not one I would be prepared to recommend! View all 4 comments. I knew chances are the story is going to be bad and I would cringe and hate it, but from time to time I found myself grabbing one from the store book shelf and it found its way in my shopping cart.
How could I resist? Did I regret buying it? Jul 19, Jenny rated it it was ok. It was just ok. Nov 17, Lesley rated it did not like it. Sometimes books with the dumbest titles are the best books you will read. This is NOT one of those books.
The heroine is basically kidnapped and forced to a foreign country – even though he claims she’s not a captive because she can call people as long as she lies about why she’s there. Then when she can finally leave, she runs to the harem to wait for his return – even though she’s disgusted with that concept.
I really kept thinking of Stockholm Syndrome reading this. The book doesn’t make much Sometimes books with the dumbest titles are the best books you will read. The book doesn’t make much sense, especially trying to figure out why his country was split and all the rules about whether the countries will reunite or not. I found it hard to like the main characters, let alone hope they find a happy ending.
The way this story was written, I think the happy ending should have been her telling him off and going home a free woman. Even though it also set up the next story in this series, if she plans to keep writing her heros like the one in this story, I’m going to pass. Apr 21, Gege86 rated it it was amazing.
I gave it 5 stars, but actually it deserved ten, and don’t get me wrongthat’s not because it was that good, but for its total silliness. Please don’t tell me that anyone who read this one actually believed that this how the Arabs live there lives. It was completely fiction and made up stuff. And in some point I literally fall off the edge of my seat laughing, and every time I read the word “harem” I burst out laughing so hard every one around must’ve thought I was crazy or something.
On to the next one, I really want to know where is the author going with this. Sep 13, Tia rated it it was ok. Errrm this novel was all sorts of fucked up.
The whole tradition thing with the heroes kingdom barem had me throwing up. Jun 03, Caro rated it it was ok Shelves: Esta novelita tiene demasiados elementos locos como para catalogarla en: Los pocos flashes de sobriedad que tuvo la autora, estuvieron bien.
Dec 04, Carol Storm rated it it was ok. Started well, but fell apart after the abduction. The icky custard, the weird rituals — who has the time for this stuff?
Nov 12, Ann has a dirty mouth rated it liked it. I think that this book should banidhed either one star for stupidity or five stars for its completely surprising wackiness.
Here is what I liked: Natasha is not the usual Harlequin Presents mega sweet ultra virgin. She actually had some backbone. She was a fun character, and I really appreciated how optimistic she was given all the crappy things that happened to her.
Here is what dropped my jaw: After Natasha is kidnapped by the Sheik of Made-upistan, she has to learn to deal with a world of wacky cu I think that this book should get either one star for stupidity or five stars for its completely surprising wackiness.
After Natasha is kidnapped by the Sheik of Made-upistan, marinellii has to learn to deal with a world of wacky cultural quirks, which include only making love to her husband two days a month the book is careful to specify that this does not mean two times and is then expected to go months and years at a time without seeing him. She also lives in a tent, is bathed by maidens and is force fed custard before bedtime.
Here is what I did not like: This book is way short even for a category length. I read like 5 Harlequins this weekend what?
By that, I mean it was half the length of the others. Probably because of this, I thought that the last third of the story was very rushed, and I would have liked the conflict to play out with a bit more detail, especially Natasha’s reconciliation with Rakhal. All in all, I liked that this one was so unique, but I probably won’t continue with the series. Jun 07, Hemavathy DM Suppiah rated it did not like it.
So cliched, so stereotypical that I was LOLing throughout the book. One particularly bad as in corny scene had the hero and heroine pretending to have sex with appropriate sound effects so that the listeners outside as in his voyeuristic subjects as he is after all, a prince would be convinced. Ms Martinelli really scraped the bottom of the barrel with this one. Jul 02, Mudpie rated it really liked it. This book is terribly good.
I read this when it first came out but never recorded it in GR; within the first chapter I remember vaguely the plot because the pink sapphires gifts were wickedly clever Here we saw it in action! To me there’s a horrid fascination with the details What it meant when music was playing, what he or she would get This book is terribly good. What it meant when music was playing, what he or she would get when their respective bell rope was pulled! He got a harem girl, she’d get custard!
It was funny yet horrifying for a modern non Muslim woman like me to even imagine.