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Whence the Black Irish of Jamaica? kG and repeated rape of the heroine at the hands of the hero were appalling the rapes took place behind closed doors Nonetheless I couldn t seem to pull myself away from it either It was akin to watching a train wreck I wouldn t be surprised if this book was the genesis for the Bodice Ripper and it screamed Stockholm syndrome and the mental affects of an abusive relationship Still I read the book from start to finish and I have no doubt that I will be thinking about it for some time to come Stockholm Syndrome muchWow I have finally found a character as contemptible as Bella Swan Diana Mayo is an insult to women everywhere How could anyone on principle love a rapistI couldn t find one single attribute in her I could relate to Honestly if it were me I would haveilled him as soon as he gave her that gun and said he trusted herHow can a woman in her right mind see the bruises on her arm and think It s not his fault he doesn t Rich Men, Single Women know his own strength If heilled me I d still love him How entirely disgusting Where is your sense of dignity Diana WhereStill I have to admit the book was a page turner and even shocked and disgusted by their character and actions I really was curious to Twice Retired know how Ahmed and Diana s love story would end Itept me entertained Serious trigger warning for sexual violence abusive relationship animal harmThere are all inds of observations I could make about this book Diana s perceptions of Arab women were especially interesting to me I didn t even mention the godawful racism below but that could be another post just as long This post is about rape Discussing other things in the comments is fine and welcomed thoughSetting aside the issue of assigning a potentially triggering text I would totally assign The Sheik in an advanced feminist rhetoric class I took one of those once so that makes me competent to design my own right folks It would be perfect for examining the uestion of why women write and read romances in which the hero stalks harasses insults idnaps andor rapes the heroine prior to their declaring their mutual loveThe classic answer to this uestion is that rape fantasies are actually empowering to women because the fictional rapist is actually under the control of the writer reader or fantasizer In the only feminist criticism of the novel I could find on JSTOR Karen Chow in a 1999 Feminist Review article sums up an earlier critiue by Patricia Raub in 1992In hindsight the initial rape scenes participate in a rape fantasy that is a common trope in romance novels the typically stunning always desirable hero forces the heroine into sex an event that while hardly empowering allows her to lose her inhibitions without taking moral responsibility for doing so conseuently the heroine is able to express herself sexuallyChow complicates this argument by pointing out that Diana is completely passive throughout never taking any actions to win the Sheik s love or sexual attention ratherit is not Diana the character but the woman reader writer and filmgoer in the material world who is liberated by reading these steamy passages Diana may not be active or liberated but Hull as author might be in giving Diana power over Ahmed at the end of the book Hull offers women the chance to identify with Diana s passions and share them vicariously In choosing to buy books like The Sheik through which they could treat themselves to an erotic and emotional fantasy women readers became active participants in a woman made market of desireI think these ideas can be useful but I don t think that they are adeuate to explain The SheikI think The Sheik is about survivalDiana is trapped by the Sheik She cannot escape even through suicide She has given up hope of being rescued He has absolute power over her and has systematically taken away everything from her her bodily autonomy her ability to dress to please only herself her privacy her pride in her independence her obedience No one no matter how ind who has access to her has the ability or inclination
to free her Even as she attempts to escape she nowsThe effects would remain with her always nothing would ever free her Even as she attempts to escape she Period Power knowsThe effects would remain with her always nothing would ever the same again but the daily dread the daily contamination would be gone the helpless tortured feeling the shame of submission that had filled her with an acute self loathing that was as intense as her passionate hatred of the man who had forced her to endure his will The memory of it would live with her for ever He had made her a vile thing She had been down into the depths and she would carry the scars all her lifeThen he captures her again shooting her horse from under herThe Sheik leaped to the ground and ran towards her He caught her wrist and flung her out of his way and she lay where she had fallen every nerve in her body uivering She was beaten and with the extinguishing of her last hope all her courage failed her She gave way to sheer overwhelming terror utterly cowed Every faculty was suspended swallowed up in the one dominating force the dread of his voice and the dread of the touch of his handsThe Sheik uestions her about her escape then pulls her up to sit before him on his horse as they return to his camp She made noind of resistance a complete apathy seemed to have come over her This ride is the turning point of the story Diana has reached the nadir of her captivity all of her hopes finally crushedIt was useless to try and struggle against him any Her brain was a confused medley of thoughts that she was too tired to unravel strange conflicting ideas chasing wildly through her mind She did not understand them she did not try The effort of thinking made her head ache agonisingly She was conscious of a great unrest a dull aching in her heart and a terrible depression that was altogether apart from the fear she felt of the Sheik She gave up trying to think she was concerned only with trying to Biblical Standard for Evangelists keep her balanceIt is on this ride that Diana begins to think of herself as in love with the Sheik First through a fog of misery and confusion she begins to think of him with ambivalence instead of hatredHis nearness had ceased to revolt her she thought of it with a dull feeling of wonder She had even a sense of relief at the thought of the strength so close to her Her eyes rested on his hands showing brown and muscular under the folds of his white robes Shenew the power of the long lean fingers that could when he liked be gentle enough Her eyes filled with sudden tears but she blinked them back before they fell She wanted desperately to cryAnd then her conflicted emotions and thoughts resolve themselves into loveuite suddenly she Until Again knewnew that she loved him that she had loved him for a long time even when she thought she hated him and when she had fled from him She Jesus Calling knew now why his face had haunted her in the little oasis at midday that it was love calling to her subconsciously All the confusion of mind that had assailed her when they started on the homeward journey the conflicting thoughts and contrary emotions were explained But shenew herself at last and new the love that filled her an overwhelming passionate love that almost frightened her with its immensity and with the sudden hold it had laid upon herThis is how Diana will survive when all hope and possibility have been taken away from her If the Sheik controls everything about her the only choice left to her the only thing that even seems like a choice is how she can feel in the secrecy of her heart She can continue as before with her desires being exhaustingly the only unambiguous vote against what the Sheik is doing to her Or she can align herself with every facet of her environment that supports him I imagine her as an iron filing struggling to resist a giant magnet and finally giving in No wonder it s a relief No wonder it feels giant magnet and finally giving in No wonder it s a relief No wonder it feels read The Sheik as a survival manual for women a guide to living with your
rapist when no one will ever uestion his right to your body your attention your work How do when no one will ever uestion his right to your body your attention your work How do do this You fall in love with him You notice and cherish his every gentle action even his omission to rape you sometimes You explain away his cruelty to yourself Your goal is to be certain that he loves you back because if he does then everything was worth it Diana does all of these things in the second half of the novel and they work for herThe marital rape exemption the legal idea that one cannot be raped by one s spouse was formally abolished in England 72 years after the publication of The Sheik Twenty years after that clients of the rape crisis center I volunteer at in a state which abolished the exemption two years later than England are still battling against the notion that people have the right to their sexual partner s consent Films made during that 72 year period have treated the corporal punishment of a wife by her husband as ordinary sexy or funny Before and after 1919 I have found numerous uses of the word seduction whether by nineteenth century feminist reformers or twentieth century film critics that display not a shred of interest in whether the seduction was welcomed by both parties or perpetrated by only oneI have some idea of how bad things are now for women who are sexually physically and emotionally abused by their partners It is their stories that I recognized in The Sheik But it gives me the horrors to think about what things were like before the rape crisis movement I would bet anything that a very significant part of what made The Sheik a bestseller was its value as a survival manual The validation in what would have been for many women an accurate portrayal of their psychological journey The balancing of anger and hatred against a man who hurts with love and wanting of the same man who is the entire world and can give what no one else can give This book says Yes I now what it feels like It hurts You can t think clearly about it But you now and I now that that s the way the world is That s what men are like and that s what women are for Once you understand that you can redirect your pain so that it s not useless so that sometimes there will be happiness And if your happiness is not enough then you can share Diana s I need to give some credit for helping me to process these ideas to Janice Radway s Reading the Romance 1984 which introduced me to both the empowerment theory and the idea that women who lack resources and cultural narratives for escaping unsatisfying relationships can use romance novels to reinforce in themselves the idea that their relationships can be satisfyingI have refrained from discussing Stockholm Syndrome because I don t The Quiet Front know enough psychology to make authoritative statements about it but I found this essay useful in confirming that Stockholm Syndrome does have something to do with what I m writing about One of the Google ads I m seeing on that page says Make Him Addicted To You Say These Secret Words To Make Him Fall Madly In Love With You One of my GR groups was reading Trade Wind and having an in depth discussion about whether a relationship spoiler for Trade Wind here view spoilerthat begins with rape can really lead to lasting love hide spoiler. Erary skill In the author's native England the bestselling book was labeled poisonously salacious by the Literary Review and banned from some communities But the publicept readingThe influence of The Sheik on romance writers and readers continues to resonate Despite controversy over its portrayal of sexual exploitation as a means to love The Sheik remains a popular classic for its representation of the social order of its time capturing contemporary attitudes toward colonialism as well as female power and independence that still strike a chord with readers toda. My last recorded reading of this all time favorite was in 2003 but the first time was when I was a pre teen sneaking the book out of my grandmother s bookcase to sample forbidden fruit well over 50 years ago I was so taken by the romance and thrill of the story that I have never forgotten the feelings and this is my go to book when I need mental comfort food or to recapture the sense of being young and embarking on an adventure I collect copies of this book I still have my grandmother s copy a 1921 American first printing which is now falling to pieces It still has Gram s maiden name faintly visible on the flyleaf so she must have gotten it shortly before marrying my grandfather I have since bought 4 copies of the Small Maynard Co hardcover edition one was loaned to an acuaintance never seen again but I still have a July 1921 12th printing a Nov 21 38th printing and a December 21 53rd printing It was a wild best seller in its day and at least half of the re printings were before the release of the Valentino film I also own a 1963 mass market paperback version on the cover he s pop op and camp with photos from the film and a 2001 trade paperback reprint ed with a still from the movie on the cover pub by Pine Street Books of the Univ of Pennsylvania Press I passed on acuiring the Barbara Cartland Library of Love edition as it is an abridgement I don t do online purchasing for these books as it s too easy I like to rely on serendipity to find copiesAs to the story itself it does not really pass muster for modern sensibilities A little a LOT politically incorrect both racially and socially but I would still like to see a modern remake of a film version although it would have to remain a period setting In high school and later my college dorm room a large framed poster of Valentino in full sheik regalia graced my wall it s still hanging in my parent s rec room For a fun look at the ValentinoSheik hysteria watch Gene Wilder s movie The World s Greatest Lover EDITED 72013I decided that this book deserves a 5 star after never leaving my mind since I read it in 2011Whew Ahmed Monseigneur I have never feared a couple not ending up together as I did with Diane and Ahmed Up until the last page you are left in agonizing suspense When Diane loves or hate it is with such a passion that defies all reasoning In the beginning I was amazed by the hatred she had for the hero and couldn t see the way out of such blatant malevolence The animosity she had towards him was so great at times that I despaired of her ever falling in love with him My agony was unwarranted as she fell in love with him with such compelling passion that u are blown away by its intensity You feel everything the poor girl was feeling straight to the heart The transition from hate to love was non existent The author does not coddle the reader There were no softening of her feelings until the moment she fell Ahmad the cruel brute was also a wonderful complex character seeing him bought to his nees by Diane was beautiful to watch Their story was told in a prose that was enthralling To say the least this book was gripping The last chapter was something to behold The author flipped the script in the end with something that you never see in romance these days I read the chapter twice just to feel the passion again I m sure I ll read this one again in the near future Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers New Years 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of Classic Literature Romance For info on this challenge click here In my review of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER I said that Woodiwiss is often credited with writing the first bodice ripper While she was certainly one of the first mainstream authors to publish a widely read romance with an open bedroom door wink THE SHEIK has a shockingly similar formula to the modern bodice ripper and it was published in 1919 The only difference is a deliberate omission of sex scenes but it s clear that they re happening and it s eually clear that they re nonconsensualWARNING SPOILERS Diana Mayo that last name ills me by the way I Nights of the Round Table kept picturing her as a pasty white jar of mayonnaise rolling through the desert is a tomboyish independent woman of noble birth who enjoys gallivanting through exotic locales with her rather unwilling and prissy brother who thinks that she ought to be submissive and demure She turns down a marriage proposal from a desperate admirer perhaps the first recorded incident of someone being placed in the friend zone and like most guys in the friend zone he doesn t get the rules so younow she s independent and then rejects her brother s suggestion that she perhaps oughtn t to ride through the desert alone except for a caravan escort of natives because again independentUnfortunately for Diana her escort has sold her out and she s ridden down and then captured by the eponymous sheik himself Ahmed Ben Hassan Who then rapes her Many timesWhile reading this book I Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval kept thinking to myself that this probably would have not just been banned but probably also set on fire if it had been published in the late 70s when all those absolutely insane bodice rippers were being published and everyone was trying to out WTF each other This book desperately wants to be dirty and since sex is off the table it compensates with violence and racism Horses are beaten bloody a servant is whipped Ahmed shoots Diana s horse to punish her twice once to wound once toill a woman is When Miss Gangster Meets Her Match killed by having anife driven through her heart and a man s hand is shattered when his rifle explodes while he was holding it It was as if the author was like By God If they won t let me write about the one bodily fluid I ll just write about the other More disturbing still is that all that horse breaking serves as an allegory for the hero and the heroine s unconventional relationship by the end of the book she is utterly broken a shell of her former self She admits that she no longer has any pride where he is concerned that she would die for him and when she finds out that he intends to send her away out of love for her she decides to do just that by taking his revolver and attempting to shoot herself in the head He misdirects the bullet just in time by whacking her hand That must be the slowest moving bullet everBut as disturbing as the violence is it was the racism that I found most shocking Granted this was written in the 1910s so it s not going to be imbued with the PC friendly content we expect from the romances of today but it was still uite a shock to see just how acceptable
it was to write such casual racism in mainstream publications The n word was to write such casual racism in mainstream publications The n word used several times both Aliens Among Us kinds the Algerians are repeatedly referred to as Arabs phrases like Oriental beast and primitive and uncivilized and savage are casually thrown around every other page and the biggesticker was this it turns out that Ahmed isn t actually Algerian at all He s half Spanish half English and was adopted by a sheik who fell in love with his mother and out of love for her beueathed to him his name and titleOne of the conflicts of the book is Ahmed s blistering hatred of English people and his refusal to speak in anything but French or Arabic It turns out that his father was abusive to his mother and that s why he hates English people When he found out about his English heritage he threw a major temper tantrum refused his title ran off to the desert and never spoke English again even though apparently he can speak it and understand it Part of the reason he was so cruel to Diana is because it made him feel like he was getting back at his father and his father s people which is all True Paradise kinds of messed up Seriously dudeAlso Diana isidnapped by a rival sheik named Ibraheim and of course he
#s ugly and dirty and fat and has blackened teeth and really dark #ugly and dirty and fat and has blackened teeth and really dark although not so dark the book says that you can t see the dirt all over him I ve never seen an author use so many adjectives to make a character as unappealing as possible He even speaks French villainously and I m not sure how one speaks a language villainously but there you go At this point I was giving the book the stink eye and when I found out Ahmed wasn t even Algerian I got even angrier because it felt like the message was Oh he s white after all so it s not bad and that s why he s better This is why I tend to avoid reading bodice rippers about sheiks and Native Americans they always do this The alleged hero of color is always a half breed and yes they do describe them that way in the blurbs sometimes and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with being biracial or multiracial there is something wrong with making a character part white for the purpose of suggesting that this whiteness makes them betterThis book was popular enough that a movie was created by the same them betterThis book was popular enough that a movie was created by the same starring Rudolph Valentino The movie is supposed to be a lot better no rape I believe and Rudolph Valentino is a babe and a half so if you re interested in this story that seems to be the way to go although if you re feeling masochistic you can grab it for free on Kindle I noticed that there is a seuel available called THE SONS OF THE SHEIK It isn t available for Kindle in English but I did find a Spanish version so if I ever feel like I want to work for my masochism I ll buy that and let looseInterestingly the plot of this story is very similar to Johanna Lindsey s CAPTIVE BRIDE from the escape attempts to the rival sheik to the fact that the sheik is half white I m sure Lindsey was probably inspired by THE SHEIK but wanted to write a modern sexier version now with 80% less racial stereotypes She succeeded I vastly preferred CAPTIVE BRIDE to this I m giving THE SHEIK two stars instead of the one it probably deserved because the constant melodrama could sometimes lead to unintentional hilarity rather like Louisa May Alcott s rather bodice rippery and decidedly lesser nown book A LONG FATAL LOVE CHASE Yes the Louisa May Alcott of LITTLE WOMEN fame Talk about another book that also desperately wanted to be dirtyPS Another way you can really feel the 1910s is the fact that everybody in this book chain smokes often at hilariously inopportune times When Diana escapes the sheik she stops under a palm tree and lights up SmokingBreak2 stars Ah yes the book that launched a million Harleuins Imagine there d have been no The Playboy Sheikh s Virgin Stable Girl if not for Edith Maude Hull s 1918 bodice ripper which turned sheiks into literary catnip forever for all time and I m pretty confident into infinity and beyondThis is the original virgin ravished by sheik romance with all the reuired alpha male swagger and conceit as well as the shamed heroine s vows of eternal hatred eventually blossoming into consuming love It s a great story and I was pretty amazed at just how modern it read Really in so many parts it would be difficult to decide whether it was written in the age of World War I or disco Which leaves me to wonder if some of those 1970s authors remembered the steamy sheik book they sneaked peeks at when visiting Grandma back in th. Diana Mayo is young beautiful wealthy and independent Bored by the eligible bachelors and endless parties of the English aristocracy she arranges for a horseback trek through the Algerian desert Two days into her adventure Diana is idnapped by the powerful Sheik Ahmed Ben Hassan who forces her into submission Diana tries desperately to resist but finds herself falling in love with this dark and handsome strangerOnly when a rival chieftain steals Diana away does the Sheik realize that what he feels for her is than mere passion He has been conuered and risks every.
E.M. Hull ò 2 ReviewE dayThe only thing it s missing is explicit descriptions of sex although Hull leaves no doubt just what Diana Mayo has endured night after night at Ahmed Ben Hassan s brutally sensual handsHer pride was dying hard Her mind travelled back slowly over the days and nights of anguished revolt the perpetual clash of will against will the enforced obedience that had made up this month of horror A month of experience of such bitterness that she wondered dully how she still had the courage to rebel For the first time in her life she had had to obey For the first time in her life she was of no account For the first time she had been made conscious of the inferiority of her sexI bet her body betrayed her I betchaWhile I don t mind the explicit stuff though I tend to skim it often than not it was awesome to read a novel where the author was unable to come right out and say it so she had to be circumspect with just a hint of salacious description and the book still got banned It takes skill and Hull succeeded superbly I do wonder how readers filled in those blanks back then in those long ago days when porn was much harder to come by and would most likely get you arrested if caught with it They had to let their imaginations run riot I sort of envy them not having romanceporn right on hand that leaves nothing to the imagination The reader gets a workout when they have to imagine those scenes and I enjoyed the opportunity to do thatLike this Rudolph Valentino fangirl found it to be a burden Tchah As ifNot surprisingly since this sold like hotcakes from its first appearance in print Hollywood sniffed an opportunity and cranked out a version in 1921 with Valentino as Ahmed Ben Hassan We all Croatie : Cte Adriatique, Dalmatie know that this role made Valentino a superstar and utterly typecast him for the rest of his short career I watched the movie in conjunction with reading the book and Hollywood really toned down Hassan s character to make him romantic and palatable In the book he out and out rapes her while in the movie the moment is delayed until her tears make him back away completely and feel like an utter heel for wanting to ravish her There is no indication that he has done the dirty deed on her uivering British virgin flesh before the end of the movie where he vows his love and she melts with joySo the book is far bodice ripping than the movie And violent too This book is plenty violent with a high horse body count one instance pure cruelty on Ahmed s part and a wanton murder by the villain Ibraheim Omair There are numerous descriptions of blood and wounds as well as a horse stumbling over a body the sound of its hoof striking the skull Little details like that which made a scene seem all the vivid whether it was during an action scene or something uiet and domesticThe Frenchman came back with coffee and cigarettes He held a match for her coaxing the reluctant flame with patience that denoted long experience with inferior sulphurThe only carp I have about it is that Diana discovers she s in love with Ahmed too suddenly It really ends up sounding like a case of Stockholm Syndrome But I thought about it some and Ahmed s rape and possession of her is the only love she snown and she clings to it so possessively in the end that she s driven to desperate measures at the thought of it being taken away from her I don t think she intends it to provoke Ahmed into groveling for forgiveness but it does and seals up the HEA uite tidilyDiana s a pretty interesting character not the normal uptight unmarried high society gal one sees in romances Her mother died in childbirth her father committed suicide shortly afterward and so she was handed off to her 19 year old brother Aubrey to raise Aubrey hates girls likes to hunt and travel in luxury and he didn t want to be put out by anybody while expecting to have everyone inconvenience themselves on his account so he raised her to be someone he wanted around him sporting and sexless and utterly at his beck and call Thus Diana was raised in an emotional void when it came to real love and affection She appreciates beauty in songs and a desert sunset but she honestly doesn t understand romantic notions or emotions That s why when Ahmed
rapes her she feels totally and utterly crushed because her beliefs didn t see her through that awful AWFULher she feels totally and utterly crushed because her beliefs didn t see her through that awful AWFUL And since it is her first experience with sexuality it s all she has to work fromAnd I still think that pesky little body betrayed her Her shame and self loathing is really dwelled upon sooooo muchI m going on at length here but I really enjoyed this book way above and beyond what I expectedAs for Ahmed is he ever a bossy alpha bastard in love with his own awesomeness Needless to say I fell hardBecause I wanted you Because one day in Biskra four weeks ago I saw you for a few moments long enough to now that I wanted you And what I want I takeandFor a moment an ugly look crossed his face and then he laughed again Hate me by all means ma belle but let your hatred be thorough I detest mediocrity he said lightly as he passed on into the other roomandYou didn t suppose you were the first did you he asked with brutal candour Don t look at me like that They were not like you they came to me willingly enough too willingly Allah How they bored me I tired of them before they tired of meandThe life of an Arab woman would hardly be to your taste We teach our women obedience with a whipandHis hand reached out suddenly and he dragged her down into his arms again with a laugh And if I have are you jealous What if the nights I spent away from you were passed in my harem what thenThen may Allah put it into the heart of one of your wives passed in my harem what thenThen may Allah put it into the heart of one of your wives poison you so that you never come back she said fiercelyAllah So beautiful and so bloodthirsty he said in bantering reproof Then he turned her face up to his smiling into her angry eyes with amusement I have no harem and thanks be to Allah no wives cherie Does that please youWhy should I care It is nothing to me she replied sharply with a vivid blushHe held her closer looking deeply into her eyes holding them as he could when he liked in spite of her efforts to turn them away a mesmerism she could not resistShall I make you care Shall I make you love me I can make women love me when I chooseHe s a dictatorial asshole with skilled fingers his hands are a real focus for poor Diana and a soft lethal voice in command of a tribe that would gladly die for him I pretty much adored himI also really enjoyed the character of Raoul de Saint Hubert Ahmed s French novelist friend who has an unreuited passion for Diana but who gallantly sets aside his own desires when he nows his own cause is hopelessly lost Even though he serves as the catalyst for Ahmed to re examine his attitude towards Diana he was a grand character in his own rightSo all in all yeah it s uaint and mildly titillating according to today s jaded readers but it really is a rocking read The action is intense the description of the desert and Ahmed s tent castle is really evocative and while long winded at times the paragraphs really do go on forever in spots it is still tightly written I got a real sense of the characters and setting and most importantly I understood Ahmed s hold over the emotionally crippled Diana Can t ask for from a romance than thatTo be honest it really isn t all that different from later bodice rippers All it reuires is a bit of imagination for the dirty stuffThe book can be downloaded for free here 417 Guilty Pleasures moduleIf you think Beauty and the Beast has Stockholm Syndrome this takes it to a whole new level Re read and loved it even the second timeA total classicWhere to begin Well first off this book drew me right in from the beginning to the end When I first started it I was expecting it to be hard to get into considering the datetime it was written in by this authorBut not at all It was very modern and very easy to follow as well to connect with all the charactersSo lets get to the characters Diana What an independent obstinate spirited plain spoken womanRaised as boy with no affection from her guardian brother no genteel upbringing she new little of what affection was and least of all loveShe was a person unto herself and answered only to herself and made her own rulesSo its not a wonder when she is idnapped by Ahmed her body and mind recoiled and went into shock Alashate and fear are bornUntil she learns what it is like to surrender and give of herself in ways than one Ahmed Ben Hassen Powerful Sheikh of the desert He sees Diana one time in Briska and has to have her A man who takes what he wants with no thought to anything but what he wants and needsHe idnaps her and forces her into submissionnight after nightAhmed is a totally arrogant alpha male with a very complex personality and Diana tries to resist and defy him at all times but finds she cannotand eventually falls for her dark and handsome captor Diana then fears he will get bored with her and send her away as others before herI was really on the fence with Ahmed at times seeing him threw Diana s eyes yet at the same time being as captivated myself by this mysterious manIf your expecting sizzling love scenes in this book you wont find it in The SheikWhat you have instead is a lights off and the rest is left up to your own imagination which personally I found fun Sowas there any eye rolling head shaking on my partWell yes there was one for me Diana finally makes her escape after waiting so long for the right momentand after riding so long she must stop at the next Osis to rest herself and the horse Okwhat of 2 things if I were in her shoes would I have thought of if I was making my escape into the hot and dry desertwaterchecksome foodcheck dang it all she thought of to bring was her cigarettesOh well she needed them to calm herself she thought after all she had been through eyes roll hereAnd sometimes through some of Diana s meltdowns they are uite dramatic at times I somehow found the silent film playing in my head LOL But all and all this is a story told in a prose that was totally enthralling and gripping A real classic romance and the reason I give it a 5 star is because most romantic stories today leave nothing to the imagination where as this romantic CaptorCaptive tale let me do that I couldn t put it down and tried to slow down my reading as I didn t want to see the end And the end Worth the wait and that s all III give on thatIf you can borrow from your library its worth every moment of your read time Luckily for me I found the seuel and cant wait to find out what happens further in the lives of Diana and her Sheikh 1 Melodramatic and Very Disturbing StarsI don t now where to start with this very disturbing highly repetitive and very melodramatic book Oh the melodrama A previous reviewer stated that she This Poison Will Remain kept thinking of a silent movie while reading the reactions and internal dialogue of the heroine I couldn t agree All Iept seeing in my mind s eye was this picture The Sheik written in 1919 both horrified and intrigued me at the same time I truly HATED the storyline the racism animal cruelty perpetual smokin. Thing to get her back The power of love reaches across the desert sands leading to the thrilling and unexpected conclusionOne of the most widely read novels of the 1920s and forever fixed in the popular imagination in the film version starring the irresistible Rudolph Valentino The Sheik is recognized as the immediate precursor to the modern romance novel When first published there was nothing like it To readers the story was scandalous exotic and all consuming; to such critics as the New York Times the book was shocking although written with a high degree of lit.