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S-HaBO-Day: Paris to the Desert

Chris remembers some bare details of this book she's looking for, and she thought it was a Christina Dodd novel, but her search hasn't yielded anything: 

This is starting to confound me. I want to say that I read this book back in 2005 when I was pregnant with my first. I borrowed it from the library, but it was on the regular shelves not the new ones.

It's a historical that originated in Paris, but they ended up in the desert with some sheikh. I want to say they were both English, but I'm not certain. I recall the heroine was kidnapped by the sheikh, at one point.

There was a libido increasing drug involved. It made for some sexy scenes. I think the hero was spying, but I'm not positive. I've been remembering bits and pieces and I can't even recall the author. This is driving me crazy.

I want to say it's Christina Dodd, but I've looked at all her historicals and I can't locate it. I even stopped in the library again today and got my kids to behave, so I could try to figure it out. Failure. If anyone has a clue, I would be most grateful.

Do you recognize this book? 


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  1. 1
    Deanna Foote72 says:

    I’m thinking Lion’s Bride or The Treasure by Iris Johansen. Good luck!

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    Diana says:

    It could be “A Touch of Sin” by Susan Johnson. Most of the details seem to fit.

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    Suzanna says:

    Is it Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey? Main characters are called Christina and Philip.

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    Kelly says:

    Captive bride is what I was thinking, too.

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    I was thinking about Johanna Lindsey’s Captive Bride too.

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    Christina Alexander says:

    I think that Diana nailed it. I’ve been reading the sample at B&N between parenting. It feels like the one I was searching for.

    I know it’s not CAPTIVE BRIDE. Lindsey is a favorite author of mine. :) I have read that one, also. And, I did actually check that one out when I was perusing prior to my HABO request. But, I was certain it was written by an author I don’t normally read.

    Thanks for HABO, ladies! This has been bugging me for a couple of years now. :)

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    Evangelines says:

    Maybe ‘As You Desire’ by Connie Brockway?

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    vulcan_girl says:

    Do the hero and heroine both get the libido drug and then ‘perform’ for the sheikh?

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    Christina Alexander says:

    I’m not sure. I think the heroine was rescued after she had ingested/been given it. I do remember thinking that I was shocked that the library actually had this on the shelves considering how erotic it was.

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    Laragrey says:

    I think that Diana’s right. My library has it as “Sinful”, by Susan Johnson, but it’s about twenty years old at this point; it’s quite possible it could have been remarketed/retitled “A Touch of Sin”.

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    Willaful says:

    GoodReads shows them as two separate books, both in the same series. (#1 and #4.)

  12. 12

    I am curious about this scene. Do you remember the book it is from? I think I would like to read it.

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    JillSorenson says:

    I’ve read A Touch of Sin. The heroine is rescued by the hero in Paris in the opening scene. At one point they take a coach to Calais and he says “I’m going to keep you filled with cock til Calais” or something like that. Later they go to some war torn area (desert maybe) and she’s kidnapped by men who drug her and violate her with a leather dildo contraption. She can’t remember this after.

    Was that recap helpful? Just doing my part. ;)

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    Lesterooni says:

    Could it be Burning Love by Nan Ryan? He’s English but raised as the son of a sheik. She’s some American heiress traveling and he kidnaps her because her family manufactures the bullets that local rebels used to kill his parents. I don’t remember an aphrodisiac, but I do remember some hot desert love – on horse back.

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    sweetsiouxsie says:

    I’m reading Love Storm by Susan Johnson. It has the shiek, the drugged heroine, a whole lot of erotic stuff going on and a rescue too. Could this be it?

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    Marie says:

    Yep, Susan Johnson for sure.

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    Nell says:

    Are you sure it isn’t Silver Angel by Johanna Lindsey?

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