I’ve had this book and a few others in the erotic Black Gold series for several years and, after trying to find it on Amazon, I’ve realized the series is no longer available to be sold. Instead, it's been revised and edited and is now called the Oil Baron series.
Anyway, my reviews will be for the Black Gold series.
Love Slave is book one. Shana is a senior in college from Houston, Texas and comes from an oil tycoon family. Her little brother, Jake, is a freshman at the same college and ends up hurt during a football game. Shana meets Bear—his real name is Dahoud—the star line quarterback, when he comes to the hospital to check on Jake whom he hit too hard during the game. Like Shana, Bear comes from an oil tycoon family in Kuwait but was raised with both Western and Eastern values.
Shana has this extreme sexual fantasy about being kidnapped by a sheikh and used as a love slave in his harem. Shana and Bear develop a friendship over the next few months and they plan to enact her fantasy together, though neither of them expected love to blossom. After all, she’s Jewish, he’s Muslim, and they come from completely different societies and customs. They don’t think a real relationship would ever work out.
This story takes place in 1990, predominately in Kuwait, right before the beginning of the Gulf War. Shana and Bear fall in love, they have a dom/sub relationship in the bedroom, but they’re equals in everyday life. The reader can feel the love and desire they have for one another. The sex between them is amazing! It’s very graphic and detailed, but full of emotion and tenderness.
There are a few grammar issues, like missing commas to offset important words, but nothing too major to confuse the reader. There are POV shifts without proper scene or chapter breaks but the author does them in a way that the reader knows who’s talking and when. I didn’t have to re-read to find out who said what.
This isn’t just an erotic love story, however. The author added details about Kuwait’s ongoing conflict with Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s cruelty, and Muslim culture and attitude toward women and outsiders.
I absolutely love this book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants something a little different.
Disclaimer – I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I am a reader. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.