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Kiya has been living on the streets of Memphis, in Egypt, for years and has been posing as a man and working on the Great Pyramid for the last 2 When a group of desert tribesman perform a raid on the work site, Kiya is captured by Tahar, who is determined to sell her in marriage to someone wealthy so he can afford to sail back to his homeland But he doesn t expect to fall in love with her, and once it occurs to him what he s actually about to do, he becomes set on seeing Kiya happy, no matter what it takes But setting her free doesn t give Kiya her freedom instead, Kiya finds herself the obsession of the Pharaoh and engaged to be married to him But she misses and loves Tahar, who she fears she ll never see again.So this started out very promising First of all, the setting is totally unique in the romance genre Not many romances out there set in Ancient Egypt And the establishment of their developing connection, their chemistry and the moral conflict as Tahar begins to understand his own intentions were excellent I loved this book right up to the 50% mark But then Tahar sets Kiya free and things kinda go down hill I was disappointed that, when Kiya became the fiancee of the king, it was so easy for her to set Tahar aside She claimed he was always in her mind, but she ACCEPTED her marriage to the king awfully quickly when it came to itno resistance whatsoever That bothered me a lot because I seriously began to question how much she loved him Tahar s love I had no doubt ofuntil she saw him on her wedding day and we got nothing of any sort of reaction to him I mean, here he is watching the woman he loves about to marry someone else and we never get to see his reaction was he angry devastated happy for her what A man in love is going to have a reaction but he didn t really have one Things ultimately work out, though there are enough questions left at the endsuch as whether Tahar and Kiya would ever be allowed to return to Khemet, whether they ever saw Imhoter again and whether they ever found Tahar s mother Some of that could have easily been summed up in a much needed epilogue. Il est plut t rare de lire des historiques sur l gypte Une histoire int ressante qui a eu quelques longueurs sur le d but mais qui finalement trouve son rythme sur la seconde moiti. Good writing and setting BUT H wants to marry an independent woman even though he has been brought up in a society where a woman does not look at a man in the face and he is on a road trip to auction off a slave woman.Where did the idea of marrying an independent woman come from Kiya is an orphan who has lived on the streets for years She disguised herself as a man and has been working on the building of the pyramid When desert raiders attack the pyramid Kiya is captured by a raider with the intend to sell her Tahar needs to buy a boat to return to his homeland and family And he knows he can get quite a bit of money for a young maiden But Kiya is not your typical maiden and defies him at every chance Soon they are both on a wild journey that pits them against the king and the desert raiders, all who want them dead.I ll be honest, this wasn t a book that I would normally read But I was bored and love historical fiction So I picked it without reading anything about it, including the title It was set during the ancient Egyptian time when the pyramids were being built, not something I would normally gravitate towards But surprisingly it was fascinating The plot is pretty simple, but it is rich in details about the terrain, various tribes, pharaoh s culture, and the customs of the time period The author did a great job with character development, adding some surprise elements to the plot, and creating interest in where the story would lead I was very impressed considering I never would have touched the book had I read a bitabout it So it was a pleasant surprise that I m glad I read.I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Orphaned and left on the streets of Cairo, Kiya disguises herself as a boy to work on the Great Pyramid of King Khufu But then fearsome raiders arrive and, running for her life, she is captured by a desert trader Tahar is a desert trader, a member of the despised barbarian tribes bordering the Egyptian lands However his tribe is an adopted one, and his real family lives far away, across the big blue When his tribesmen raids the workers building the pyramid, Tahar captures Kiya He immediately sees through her disguise, and realises his opportunity to sell her for a handsome price, and finally find his way back to his family This isn t a book I would normally read, but I saw it on netgally and thought I would give it a go I m glad I did Kiya was wonderfully spirited and very capable, and Tahar was a fascinating character The plot was fairly straight forward, but the details about the settings, tribes, and Egyptian customs was wonderful There were a few surprises throughout the book, and the character development really carried the story I m glad I read this story. At the beginning of this book I was intrigued because there aren t many romance novels that include this time period and setting ancient Egypt and I give the author credit for re imagining a story in this way I like that she really includes the mythology of the time period But I became increasingly frustrated with all the characters It should be subtitled, Women who fall in love with bad men and who lie about themselves First of all, Kiya lies about her truth self to EVERYONE She disguises herself as a boy to become a pyramid building slave, and the reason why she does this is unclear Then she doesn t tell the trader, Taher, or the Egyptian king who she really is She allows them to believe that she s either a goddess or named after a goddess And, again, the reasons why she does this are omitted from the story Secondly, Taher the trader is no hero he s an absolute scumbag until the last chapter, and then the author decides to make quick amends to his character when he practically says, Oops, I m not really that person you thought I was For me, it was too little, too late I was pissed off with his character by the half way point of the book, and the author lost me on feeling any kind of affection towards him He takes Kiya hostage because he decides that she would make a great meal ticket by exchanging her to some rich man down the river so that he can buy a boat She s not a human being in his eyes she s chattel As the story progresses, he doesdamage to her than you can imagine, so his precious bargaining property doesn t escape She is lanced in the arm with a spear by one of his allies while he holds her underwater She is bitten by a poisonous snake from which she could have escaped had she not had her arms and legs tied together so that she wouldn t escape Taher s camp He later ties her to a tree in the desert for an entire day and leaves her alone with no food, no way to relieve herself, and no way to drink water because he has her mouth gagged, and then he wanders off to find the nearest brothel so he can have sex with some other woman What a complete jerk And then she falls in love with him Boy, the desert heat must have really affected her brain Later, she is sent off alone with Taher s horse and is discovered by the King of Egypt The king desires her for her looks and decides he wants to claim her as his bride But Kiya, at this point, wants the cruel Taher By this point, I ve decided that the author must love female characters who love to be masochists. .Free ♫ Enslaved by the Desert Trader ⚇ Passion Hotter Than The Egyptian Sun In The Great Pyramid Of King Khufu, Resourceful Kiya Works Tirelessly, Disguised As A Boy But Then Fearsome Raiders Arrive And, Running For Her Life, She Is Captured By A Hardened Desert Trader When He Realizes What A Beauty He Has Enslaved, Tahar Knows He Could And Should Sell Her For A Handsome Price But Kiya Is Not Easily Tamed And When A Wild Heat Explodes Between Them, Shattering All Thoughts Of Resistance, Tahar Must Find A Way To Keep Her As His Own Under the Egyptian SunKiya survives two years of drought by disguising herself as a mute boy and hauling stone for the Great Pyramid of King Khufu She remembers little of her mother except two warnings Beware the three serpents And, stay away from men they mean to enslave you.Tahar lives among the desert people as a trader but he is not one of them When he captures Kiya during a brief alliance with raiders, his first thought is to sell her for a high price and return to his homeland across two seas He travels with his captive, saving her, teaching her, and learning from her.Ms Gilbert s tale is set in an ancient world Don t let the setting fool you the characters live and speak values and truths applicable to modern life. For those who can t get enough of ancient Egyptian history and culture, Gilbert s desert romance is a tale to prize The backdrop is as intriguing as the characters, and though readers might wish they werefleshed out, many will simply savor the fascinating historical details Definitely a must for those hunting for the exotic RT Book Reviews. Tahar could be a sneaky little devil and I liked that, first I must take my rest, he said, but his large hands were doing anything but resting Soon he was atop her, slowly kissing her breasts This is the best rest I think I have ever had I really liked this book I loved Kiya s spirit.