Review: Desert Warrior by Nalini Singh

Posted September 21, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 17 Comments

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Review: Desert Warrior by Nalini Singh
Desert Warrior

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin Desire
Released on September 14, 2015
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway
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The Delight

It’s been a while since I read a desert sheikh romance and it startled me that this author wrote one as one of her earlier books for the Harlequin Desire line.  Most of the stories in this category of romance that I’ve read are cheesy and some can be under-developed, so I kept my expectations lowered, but still looked forward to a fun escape read.


The story begins with Jasmine coming from New Zealand to Tariq’s small desert country.  It has been four years since they parted on bad terms when she gave into the demands of her family and cut things off with Tariq (shades of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, here).  Her family was not worthy of the sacrifice and she’s now in a better place to make a second effort to restore what she had with Tariq if he’ll have her.  Tariq is all for it.  He feels the attraction is as strong as ever.  The pair can’t keep their hands off each other.  However, its different this time.  He’s still angry about the way she treated him and his love even if he can’t let go of a second chance.  They are both different.  He’s running the country now, but he keeps his emotional walls up with Jasmine and she does as well when she figures this out.  There is no way he is giving Jasmine his heart to stomp all over again and she gets this after she gets her feelings hurt when he holds her at a distance and won’t let her get close to him emotional.  She’s wondering if the secret she keeps will push him away for good.

They have their miscommunications and big misunderstanding moment.  They do a reset and try to start building something together based on who they are now and its doing alright, but both still have their doubts after what happened before.  The secret is blown out of proportion and not worth the fuss as far as I was concerned.  Fortunately, it was a fast read.

I enjoyed it for all the reasons one picks up a desert sheikh romance, but, moderately so, since I got exasperated with the pair just as much as I enjoyed them together.  It was fun to go back and read one of the author’s earlier efforts and realize she has grown and mastered her craft so much since then.  If you love swoony dominating rich and handsome Arab men, feisty women who won’t be pushed around, and a second chance romance, I give you exhibit A.


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About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

LOL, it is hard when the couple make you crazy one minute and loving them the next. Did this feel dated at all?

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

Never mind I thought it said 2005 release date,

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Actually, that is a re-release. It was originally released in 2003. It was definitely dated in the style and some parts of the setting. I didn’t mind and expected it since I knew it was older.

Oh yeah, this pair drove me crazy- sometimes in a good way and sometimes not so much.

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I used to read these types of sheikh romances but for the most part I stay away from this type of book these days. I agree, they just seem cheesy and I don’t enjoy them anymore.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yep, I had my day of grabbing up lots of books like this and then had to move on. Nowadays, its alright if I pick one up on occasion, but I’m very aware of what I’m getting into. 🙂

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

Frustrating characters, not a fan of those. I am glad you were still able to enjoy it though.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

If they had just sat down and talked, probably half this book wouldn’t exist. Grrr. 😉

Carole Rae
4 years ago

eh. Characters that annoy me TOO much are a no-go

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

They definitely pushed my buttons with their lack of communication and leaping to assumptions. Grr.

Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

I haven’t read these books yet, but I love those desert Sheiks hehe And plus its Nalini Singh. But I do hate it when characters are annoying.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I thought it was fun that she’d written an older sheikh romance. It was a pretty good one, but yeah… this pair. Oys!

4 years ago

Haven’t tried sheikh romance before but this one sounds like a decent read. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

Blushing Geek

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Oh you really haven’t lived until you’ve experienced an old-school sheikh romance, Vaness. Haha! I’m just kidding, but yes, they can be a fun trope to try.

4 years ago

I don’t think Sheikh romances are for me. I do like some of the books from this author but I haven’t gotten very far into the series, even tho I liked them. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Northwomn

They are definitely an acquired taste. LOL And, her more recent contemporaries, paranormal and urban fantasies are definitely a better option. 🙂

herding cats
4 years ago

Oh it’s been a while since I read a sheikh romance. I’m glad you enjoyed it even if they had some…moments. lol

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yes, for me, as well. I had a good time with that part and even a little about their reunion romance. But, all the misunderstandings simply b/c they wouldn’t talk and leaped to conclusions was driving me nuts.