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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Spider Prince by Rebecca Goings

The Spider Prince by Rebecca Goings
Desert Princes of Jikkar book four
Publisher: Carnal Passions
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (161 pages)
Other: M/F, attempted rape
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed By Myrtle

Amani Bantish has been passed over five times for marriage. She fears she has no hope for a husband until finally, the Spider Prince accepts her as his bride. Not for love, but to bear him an heir.

Two years ago, Ziyad Bihar lost his first wife, Karis, and their unborn son under the hooves of a raider’s horse. No one else could possibly compare to the woman he’d once loved, therefore his new bride will not be his princess.

But Ziyad cannot deny that the more he gets to know Amani, the more he fantasizes about his minx of a wife. Yet his loyalty to Karis pulls him deeper into his despair. When Amani’s life is threatened by the very man responsible for Karis’s death, Ziyad realizes he must fight for the woman he loves, or risk losing it all again.

I have one word for this book: magical.

The beginning of this magical tale starts when a woman agrees to marry knowing that her new husband does not love her, and tells her she will never be the Spider Princess. What a cruel and heart breaking way to begin a marriage and it did something to my heart just thinking about how Amani must have felt. With a beginning like that, it made it impossible for me to put this book down ones I started reading. Before I could get far into the book I found tears in my eyes -- my heart bled for Amani Bantish Bihar.

However, if I had a broom I would have loved to use it on Ziyad Bihar, the Spider Prince. Talk about getting lost in a book! The Spider Pince is one that will pull you in and hold you until the end.

It was Ziyad Bihar who put a wall between Amani and himself in the beginning, but when he finds himself sleeping alone with the ghost of Karis, his dead wife, Spider princess and the woman he’d loved with every piece of his soul, he soon learns that a ghost is a cold bedfellow.

It was good to see how, after Amani is married she is not shy about pointing out that she is not his "Princess", only his wife -- as he stated before their marriage. As the story continued, I found myself so proud of her, because there is nothing like making a man eat his words. Tears and laughter will keep you reading long into the night.

Will Ziyad put Karis in the past and look to the future or will he destroy what he can have with Amani? This story kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. It has such an amazing plot and the characters come to life in the pages of this book.

Would I recommend this book? You bet I would and as well as tell you to have a few tissues ready as the story unfolds. I would, however, recommend starting with the first book in the series. Even though The Spider Prince is a stand alone book there are a few places in the story that will make more sense if you do.

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