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Kismet by Monica Burns


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Also by Monica Burns:

Dangerous, August 2015
Paperback / e-Book
Mirage, July 2015
e-Book (reprint)
Wanton Christmas Wishes, November 2014
His Mistress, April 2014
Paperback / e-Book
Love's Revenge, February 2013
e-Book (reprint)
A Bluestocking Christmas, November 2012
Obsession, May 2012
e-Book (reprint)
Kismet, February 2012
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
Inferno's Kiss, October 2011
Trade Size / e-Book
Love's Portrait, September 2011
e-Book (reprint)
Pleasure Me, March 2011
Paperback / e-Book
Assassin's Heart, September 2010
Assassin's Honor, June 2010
Kismet, January 2010
Mirage, June 2009
Dangerous, January 2009
Forbidden Pleasures, February 2006
Trade Size (reprint)
Holly, Ivy, and Me, December 2005
The Art of Pleasure, September 2005
Trade Size (reprint)
Rogue in Disguise, January 2005

Monica Burns

In the heat of the desert night, passion rises like a flame

February 2012
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Featuring: Allegra Synnford; Sheikh Shaheen
320 pages
ISBN: 0425246140
EAN: 9780425246146
Kindle: B0030CHFP8
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Romance Historical | Romance Erotica Sensual

In the heat of the desert night, passion rises like a flame...

Raised in a brothel, Allegra Synnford quickly learned that survival meant taking charge of her destiny. Now, as a renowned courtesan skilled in the pleasures of the flesh, she vows she will never be vulnerable to any one man...

Sheikh Shaheen of the Amazigh has been hiding from his past for a long time, but not enough to forget how another courtesan made him abandon his life as the Viscount Newcastle. When Allegra ignites his desire, his need threatens to undermine his cover.

With old enemies circling, experience tells him he must resist her charms at all costs. But Allegra has her own game to play...with a man who can't afford to lose.

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15 comments posted.

Re: Kismet

For me to say it is a "word fail" may not be quite right but I would have to say: 15 years ago I was in a terrible accident and I still have not been able to get the right words out say what that was like for me. My family and friends were an amazing support for me. I was truely blessed with their love and I can't even come close to describing that!
(Wendy Hulbert 8:49am February 15, 2012)

I am not sure if this counts but I suppose I might be able to say that going to "Harry Potter World" was one occasion were I experienced "word fail". I can describe some of the things I saw but it was an amazing place for me to go since I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Another place I experienced "word fail" would probably be the Grand Canyon.
Chelsea Knestrick 10:47am February 15, 2012)

I still laugh at myself because I had a Vice President come into
our company & I was supposed to represent our office. He
was the most handsome man I'd ever seen...I was literally
speechless. However, I did get over it & explained to him what
had happened. We all got a laugh out of it & I took a bit of
ribbing about it. Later, when we were at seminars, he would
ask to sit at my table...he knew I wouldn't be hitting on him as
so many did...He knew I was happily married & he'd just gotten I was safe. lol Penny K.
Penny Keeler 1:04pm February 15, 2012)

Sometimes the right words won't come out... I have had that happen a few times when trying to explain or describe something to someone... I find that I not great with words and have a hard time getting what I want to say out there in the right way...
Colleen Conklin 1:20pm February 15, 2012)

When I got to go see my favorite bands concert.
Natasha Donohoo 4:11pm February 15, 2012)

When I'm around an guy I have an attraction too.
Deb Pelletier 4:51pm February 15, 2012)

For me, I describe "word fail" as having an Alzheimer's moment (caused by mental block, forgetfulness and/or being nervous at the time). Usually, I don't have difficulty at all describing or remembering things all the way back to the age of 3 yrs. old, only when confronted or put on the spot about a certain event or episode, I may forget names or a word I want to describe what I'm talking about. It's frustrating, when I have to come up with another word which isn't the one I'm looking for to express myself.
Linda Luinstra 5:57pm February 15, 2012)

The Tut exhibit sounds amazing. I saw body works at the Science Museum and
couldn't stop talking about it for days. So not exactly a word fail =)
Traveling and seeing beautiful places would be a huge perk to writing about a
foreign country, I think I should try it (or at least tell my hubby I am!)
Lexi Hansen 7:21pm February 15, 2012)

I just love the name Kismet. I haven't heard that in years!
Molly Wilsbacher 9:22pm February 15, 2012)

Enjoyed reading your blog. Can't think of a comment, so I guess this is my word fail moment.
Sheila True 12:10pm February 16, 2012)

The truest "word fail" I ever had was delivering
my children, the joy, magic, happiness, and so
much emotion that can't be described.
I am an emotional person, one that feels music,
art, and history. The first time I heard boccelli,
the first time I saw the statue of the kiss, the
first time you stand in a spot rich with
history...the simple awe of them that leaves you
wordlessly and breathless.
Carla Carlson 10:26am February 16, 2012)

Ladies, I apologize profusely for not being here until now! The day job has not allowed me hardly any time to even answer email. Yesterday and today were 10 hr days. But I'm here now!

Wendy, what a fortunate woman you are to survive a terrible accident, and it's awesome that you had such a wonderful support system!

Chelsea, you've been to two places I've not been, but I totally get what you're saying I experienced that at the Golden Gate Bridge too! Definitely word fail there.

Penny, isn't it nice to be friends with a guy without any expectations at all! I've got several male friends who I wouldn't even think of in any romantic way. They're just friends. Sounds like you made one!

Colleen, I am TERRIBLE when it comes to expressing myself verbally. I can ramble on and never quite get to the point. So don't feel bad at all!
Monica Burns 10:02pm February 16, 2012)

Natasha, I imagine I'd feel the same way if I ever got to see Barbara Streisand in concert. I'm a HUGE fan of hers. Have been trying for years to get a ticket to her concert, but that moment would definitely be a word fail moment.

Deb, Don't you just hate it when you want to be totally cool and act like you're not befuddled when a good-looking guy is around??

Linda, I'm getting more forgetful every day. I've taken to Post-it Notes with a vengeance. My desk at work and home are covered with them!

Lexi, the Tut exhibit WAS amazing. I'd wanted to see the original one that came when I was in school, but my parents weren't interested and/or couldn't afford tickets or the trip. So going to Philly to see it was a dream come true. And YES, traveling for research is a MAJOR plus to writing!! LOL

Molly, I'm delighted to hear you like the title. I remember the very old, and not so popular, musical Kismet. My mom used to own the soundtrack to it. Don't remember much about the story line though. But it took me months to find the right title for the book, then suddenly BAM there it was. Go figure. LOL
Monica Burns 10:08pm February 16, 2012)

Shelia, LOL I'm glad *I* was the reason for your word fail, today. LOL Thanks for reading

Carla, I *totally* get word fail with child birth. You can't even begin to describe the pain, because the minute you have that small bundle in your arms, its as if you've never been in pain. I LOVE Andre Boccelli. His song The Prayer with Celine Dion is one of my favorites.
Monica Burns 10:11pm February 16, 2012)

i would love this book looks so good
Denise Smith 1:20am March 31, 2012)

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