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Midnight Flame - by Alessandra Shahbaz
 
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Category: Historical Romance, Historical Mughal Empire. Indian Romance: "Sari Ripper"
Length: Novel
MSRP/List Price: $5.75
Our Cover Price: $4.49
Available Format: eBook  
Description:
 
Bored with life in Delhi, Shazia ignores the intrigues of palace life, yet when her brother is taken captive she will stop at nothing to win his release. With danger on all sides, there is no right way to turn, and Shazia finds herself torn by her uncontrollable attractions to two men.  Can she play the game of seduction and emerge unscathed?  Or will her heart and soul be victory's price?


Reader Alert! 
A complete innocent, Shazia has no idea that a man's touch can cause such exquisite torture…. She's even more surprised to find her body responding with equal intensity to the caresses of two men!  When a dark horseman seizes her in the garden, she matches his hunger and shocks herself with her own ferocity.  But soon she's writhing in the arms of a golden-skinned archer in a shadowy grove.  Beware!   When you read Midnight Flame you'll find that you want to be wanton.  The night in Delhi is long and hot and it will leave you thirsty for more.   


To My Readers: I spun out this story while wandering along country roads and through crowded streets, both in the US and in India.  The images came to me like something out of a dream… a bower of flowering jasmine, white petals touched by moonlight, a dark horse thundering beside the waterways of a sleeping city, a woman waiting breathlessly for her lover… afraid that he won't come… afraid that he will.  Once I had my story idea and felt that I understood who my characters were and what they wanted, I began to plot the book on paper and fill in the holes.  I spent two years researching the Mughal Empire, finding the right words to give the story life on the page.  I hope that the story transports you to 17th century Shahjahanabad so that you can see the oranges glowing in the orchards and smell the sandalwood wafting through the marble halls!  One of the things I love most about historical romance novels is that they create fantasies that empower feminine expressions of desire.  The increasingly global slant of romance novel publishing broadens the reach of those fantasies, giving readers and writers of all backgrounds more opportunities to explore diverse cultural contexts and perspectives on romantic love.  With Midnight Flame, I hope to contribute to this important movement.

About the Author: 
A wanderer by nature, Alessandra Shahbaz has lived all over the world, although as of last year she's been splitting her time between Delhi and Denver.  She spends the majority of each day writing, reading, talking, or thinking about love!  Her dream is to one day write romance for a living, but for now she's content to pen her novels in the off hours.  She can eat more fresh figs than anyone alive (if a challenger wants to put her to the test she's ready!  Come bearing figs!) and probably ranks in the top three for lichees.  If she ever settles down long enough she'd very much like to have a garden.
ISBN: 9781603108096 1603108092 Publication Date: 05/2012

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Review – Midnight Flame By Alessandra Shahbaz

Midnight Flame

Title: Midnight Flame

Author: Alessandra Shahbaz

Publisher: Red Sage

Reviewed By: Rachell

Blurb:

Bored with life in Delhi, Shazia ignores the intrigues of palace life, yet when her brother is taken captive she will stop at nothing to win his release. With danger on all sides, there is no right way to turn, and Shazia finds herself torn by her uncontrollable attractions to two men.  Can she play the game of seduction and emerge unscathed?  Or will her heart and soul be victory’s price?

Review:

The writing style from this author takes some getting used to as it was written quite poetical. I found that some sentences were too long because of this.  I think it could have had the same effect if those were written in fewer words. And at times I wasn’t sure from whose point of view I was reading, from Shazia herself or from the eyes of Shakuntala. This all made it difficult for me to get into the story, as a matter of fact I didn’ get into the story.

While reading I came to the conclusion that this book just wasn’t for me, the story, pace, and the characters just didn’t appeal to me. While the blurb had sounded so nice, I quickly lost interest.  However this does not mean it couldn’t be a good read for someone who loves to read historical romances, especially the one’s about India.

 
 
 
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