In the first in an epic new series set in Egypt during the sumptuous reign of Cleopatra, one of her slave girls finds herself in a forbidden romance with a brooding Roman.
From the destruction of Roman battlefields to the delights of Egypt's bedrooms, he's seen it all. But as two ships crossed in the dangerous currents of Alexandria, Ramtat catches sight of the most intriguing woman he's ever beheld.
A tamer of wild beasts, the mysterious beauty is as fiery as the burning sands of her homeland, lush as a desert oasis. With kiss following sultry kiss, their desire knows no limits. Slave girl or princess, her identity can be unlocked by the emerald-eyed cobra charm that dangles between her breasts, but only her love matters to the . . . Lord of the Nile.
After a childhood spent living on the streets, Thalia had survived more danger than most men saw in a lifetime. Perhaps that was why she could not bring herself to accept one of the inexperienced young suitors her adoptive Bedouin mother encouraged her to marry. But when a stranger with silver eyes appeared in her garden, Thalia felta fear she had almost forgotten?and a desire she’d never known.
They called him the Destroyer, a commander of men, but at the first sight of his lost betrothed, Count Ashtyn’s heart surrendered. He made a vow then to win her love and restore the heritage that was stolen from her as a child. But another man had followed her into the desert, one that served a dark figure who had sworn never to rest until the formidable beauty had taken her proper place as his bride. He would do anything to own her, but Ashtyn would dare anything to stand at her side.
Egypt had finally fallen under the mighty fist of Rome. Queen Cleopatra lay entombed in the arms of her lover, and a false emperor ascended to the throne.
Young Julian Tausrat, Prince of the Badari and blood kin to the late Queen, was forced to flee Egypt. On the island of Bal Forea, he trained in the ways of the warrior and waited for the day when he could return to claim the desert land that was his birthright and the girl who had refused to betray him.
The Sabinah he found was no longer the child who had shadowed his footsteps, nor the slender young woman whose untutored kisses had awakened his own desire. This Sabinah held a secret that could free Egypt from Roman tyranny...or sentence Julian and his people to death. Only by trusting in her courage and his own strength could the Desert Prince save both the people he was destined to rule and the woman he was fated to love.