Stolen Lives by Manda Mellett

Nijad

I’m a Sheikh, third son of the emir of Amahad, a small but powerful Arab state. After bringing shame on my country and acquiring the well-earned title of the Savage Sheikh, the emir banished me to the desert, where for three years I have led the primitive tribes; my job to prevent jihadists from crossing the border. Do I want a wife? Heck, no, I can’t risk letting another woman getting close to me. What if I lost control again? But it seems I must marry, and my bride is to be an Englishwoman, kidnapped and forced into this arrangement as retribution for the crimes of a father she didn’t even know

Cara

I don’t need a mirror; I know what I am. Preferring to avoid pitying looks, I live as a recluse, working from home. Professionally I’m a forensic accountant, but on the side, I’m an adept computer hacker. What I am most definitely not is someone who’d be kidnapped, stolen from their home, and forced to marry a desert sheikh. Coerced into an intimate relationship with a man who has a frightening reputation, and who’s a complete stranger to me.

Set amongst the backdrop of a multi-cultural Arab state struggling to keep out jihadists who threaten the freedoms of its peoples, Stolen Lives follows the story of two people, pushed into a relationship neither of them wants, forcing both to deal with the hand the past has dealt them.

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