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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Oasis by Imari Jade

Oasis by Imari Jade
Publisher: Sugar and Spice Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length Short Story (95 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia

While taking pictures of a snake on the African desert, Charisma Romaine meets a man on camelback who has a problem with a woman being alone in the desert. Although she can’t clearly see his face, there’s no mistaking the look of interest in those dark brown eyes. Normally, she would have been flattered, but he had to go and spoil it all with his arrogant, chauvinistic words and a very blatant comment about the size of her butt.

The last thing Shakir Hakeem expected to see in the desert was an Hispanic beauty taking pictures of a snake and acting like it was perfectly normal to be out there alone. Hair the color of autumn leaves, sizzling exotic eyes and a behind so spectacular it made him weak. He knew trouble when he saw it. Too bad he was a glutton for punishment. Would he do the right thing and just forget about her? Or would fate bring them together again?

This multi-cultural, interracial story is as exotic as the author’s name. A prince and a future first lady feel the draw of desire as hot as Africa’s desert heat as they verbally spar while the heroine struggles to make a choice between her family’s expectations and her own wishes.

After growing up in a political household, though not engaged, Charisma’s parents expect her to marry a long time friend and potential presidential candidate, even though he’s never gone further than kissing her in all the years they’ve known each other. Wanting a career as a photo journalist, she faces the dangers of nature’s creatures with a brave face to climb to the top of the journalistic ladder.

An arrogant, stubborn prince of Africa, Shakir finds the sight of Charisma’s ‘big butt’ her greatest feature. Knowing she must choose between their fiery sudden romance and family duty, he waits for her decision even when the possibility of their love seems lost.

Not only is there great friction between the prince and the potential candidate for Charisma’s affections but also thrown in the mix is Shakir’s mischievous ex-girlfriend. From one continent to another, their passionate link remains unbroken, giving the reader hope for a reunion.

The many typos in the story as well as the heroine’s naivete balanced incongruously with a confidence in sexual knowledge slowed the story down slightly yet it had a great plot and awesome characters.

This story deserves 4 Cherries and is a good read. Something not too long yet filled with an intriguing relationship and vivid characters.

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