Celia's life has changed quite a lot in the last year. She got married and although her marriage isn't going as planned, she is satisfied with it. And she's enchanted by the country her husband's career has taken her to. The breath taking beauty of the desert may not be apparent to everybody, but to her it's incredible. And then tragedy occurred - her husband was killed in a skirmish with bandits. And then she found herself in the desert prince's harem (just a short explanation: harem isn't intended only for concubines of the sheikh, it a place where women of the family together with the children reside).
Prince Ramiz isn't sure what to do with the delightful woman who found herself at his mercy. He did notify the British autorities of the circumstances, but until someone comes for her, she is in his home. And she is irresistible.
I really loved Celia - she is calm and collected, not prone to hysterics and drama. She's also not afraid of saying her mind, not even to the prince.
I also liked the setting. Although the period is 19th century, we an unusual place - a small desert country on the Red sea. The atmosphere is seductive and it seems that the regular world doesn't exist. There was a quote that I liked about that, but I can't seem to find it now.
I loved the way the romance between Ramiz and Celia developed. No unnecessary drama and angst. They were two rational people slowly falling in love. They were aware that it could lead nowhere, but they couldn't stop themselves.
Of course, there was one misunderstanding that led to harsh words and accusations, but it didn't bother me much.
I'm not sure why I didn't give the book a higher rating, I liked it, but it simply didn't strike me as a book that deserves 5 stars.