Dec 11 2014 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Sheik Romance?

The Sheik starring Rudolph ValentinoEarlier this week, Megan Mulry referenced a Maisey Yates book titled To Defy a Sheikh, and that reminded us that sheik/sheikh romances have been thick on the ground from 1919, when Edith Maude Hull published The Sheik, later made into a film of the same name starring Rudolph Valentino.

Have you ever read a sheikh romance? And if so, what was your first, and what do you remember about it? 

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Maggie Boyd
1. maggieboyd66
It would be great if someone remembered my first Shiekh book title because I don't. I do remember the story. The girl is an English model who was hurt in an accident and now limps. She signs up for an arranged marriage with a powerful shiekh and goes to his country escorted by a guard who completely turns her on and is all kinds of dangerous. Of course she finds out the guard is really the Sheikh. The two fall in love. I know at one point she gets stung by a bee while kissing a flower and the hero calls her silly for kissing a flower when she should be kissing him.

I haven't really read a sheikh book in years.
2. Scarlettleigh
@maggieboyd66 -- you're doing a lot better than I am because I don't remember really any plots or characters. I know I read them but zilch on the stories.
Melodie McCutcheon
3. Dragonkitty
Blue Jasmine by Violet Winspear. It was a nickel at a library sale when I was a very young teen. Purchased to hide the science fiction and fantasy books that the elderly librarian disapproved of for girls.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
@Maggieboyd66, I'm going to put your description out in a Morning Coffee and see if anyone recognizes it!
Michelle G
5. Michelle G
I found a copy of The Sheif and the Pregnant Princess by Susan Mallory in a bag of Harlequins that my mother had. That little book started me on such a romance journey! I will forever love that book because of that.
Lindsay Emory
6. lindsayemory
I've never read a sheik romance? I feel like I'm missing out on something fundamental in the romance genre. *shame*
7. Kareni
I probably read fifty or more Sheik romances back in the seventies and eighties; I guess they were the Billionaires of the day! I cannot recall a single plot, but I know I enjoyed them then. I ultimately burned out on them as I did Highland romances and now steer clear of any book with Sheik in the title.
8. PhoebeChase
Throw me in the lot with those that know they've read them but can't remember a title to save their life.
9. Rose In RoseBear
Catherine Coulter's Devil's Daughter. The first book of the "duology" had blown my mind ... I doubt I'd been reading romance for more than 2-3 months when I read Devil's Enbrace.
10. lauralee1912
I suspect I may have read a few sheik stories as a kid when we used to raid the stash of Harlequin books at my grandparents' farm but I can't remember much about them. I always liked the rancher stories best.

The only sheik story I've read in recent memory was The Sheik and the Christmas Bride by Susan Mallery which was a re-issue back in 2012. It came with A Fool's Gold Holiday novella which was what I really wanted to read.
Nicole Neal
11. icecharm
There was one that I really liked, but can't remember the name. The sheik kidnaps the English girl, impregnates her, she runs away and they meet again in England where she (unknowingly) goes to stay at his castle (he's English nobility too!) to have the baby. I probably wouldn't like it as much now as I did then.
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