Friday, January 7, 2011

Review: Desert Destiny by Mardi Ballou

Desert Destiny
by: Mardi Ballou
$5.20 ebook
Ellora’s Cave
Fantasy Erotica
Released: November 2010

“Her find of a buried scroll will boost Marisol Murray’s career and impress her arrogant project head, Grant Drury. Then the earth moves—and she’s face-to-face with two eunuchs and a prince. April Fool’s? Not.

Suddenly, feminist Marisol is headed to a harem in sixteenth-century Indurlia! She’s slated to become the king’s latest concubine, a sexual toy for male pleasure, only Marisol meets his hot son, Prince Grentoori, first. Instantly attracted, they break with tradition and have lots of heated sex—the forbiddenness of their actions driving them on. But when a traitorous general discovers the prince’s sexy transgression, the battle is on. Grentoori can’t leave Marisol, so the prince escapes with her in a carriage that becomes caught in an earthquake…

Marisol comes to in a transformed Grant Drury’s arms. Could it be? Is he the insolent boss she left behind or her sixteenth-century lover?” (Quoted from Ellora’s Cave book blurb)


Desert Destiny shows a side of harem life that I have never considered, but should have realized, that these women were not always given a choice but forced into the harem or that their families would consider it an honor to be chosen for this duty. Marisol is a full character and mixes well with Grent, the prince. Much of the story is from Marisol’s point of view but it does shift to others in the story. It pulls you in just as the jar does that Marisol finds. Desert Destiny gets hot, sizzles, and is a full story. It makes you want to take your own spa marathon. You the reader try to figure out the palace intrigue that goes on; guess what will happen next, and when the jar will jerk Marisol back to her own time. Once Marisol is back in her own time, the story jumps but quickly ends. I personally would like to have had a little more time with Grant, the project head, and Marisol to see what happens between them. The story is worth getting and reading, I just wish it was a little longer and did not end so quickly.

Moriah gives this book a

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