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Arranged (1001 Dark Nights) MP3 CD – Unabridged, November 21, 2017
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Kash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali's sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash's usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can't stop thinking about her.
Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali's most respected families. The Oxford-educated scientist has dedicated her life to her country's future. But under her staid and calm exterior, Day hides a few sexy secrets of her own. She is willing to marry her king, but also agrees that they can circumvent the law. Just because they're married doesn't mean they have to change their lives. It certainly doesn't mean they have to fall in love.
After one wild weekend in Dallas, Kash discovers his bride-to-be is more than she seems. Engulfed in a changing world, Kash finds exciting new possibilities for himself. Could Day help him find respite from the crushing responsibility he's carried all his life? This fairy tale could have a happy ending, if only they can escape Kash's past....
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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 21, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1543666639
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543666632
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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Fast forward to present time, Kash is now the ruling monarch of Loa Mali. His sudden rise to power fifteen years ago, coupled with insecurities, resentments and guilt have led him to live a life nothing short of debauchery. Kash has a worldwide reputation as a playboy extraordinaire — this dude even has a YouTube channel featuring his sex tapes.
His mother, Queen Yasmine, has had enough, and uses her power as reigning queen to arrange a marriage for Kash. Utilizing the services of McKay-Taggart, the Queen literally has an outraged Kash dragged out of bed (where he's been “entertaining” three ladies), and hauled back to Loa Mali for the wedding. Once back at Loa Mali palace, Kash is stunned to discover that his mother’s pick to be his bride is none other that his Oxford love, Dayita Samar.
Dayita Samar returned to Loa Mali ten years ago, and she is now the head of Loa Mali’s education department. Unlike Kash, Day is self-assured — she knows who she is, what her goals and needs are and how to get them. One of her needs is to dominate, and Day, using utmost discretion, has indulged her need for dominance in some of the most exclusive BDSM clubs in the world. But now facing an arranged marriage that will see her become queen of Loa Mali, will Day be forced to give up the BDSM part of her life, or is there another way to fulfill her needs? With Kash now as her husband, perhaps Day can revive the feelings she and Kash were just beginning to explore fifteen years ago. Can Day bring out the submissive in Kash, without destroying their chance for a happy marriage?
Arranged is book 13.5 in Lexi Blake’s wildly popular Masters and Mercenaries series, as well as being the latest offering from the good people at 1001 Dark Nights. It is a stand alone novella, and you do not have to be familiar with the Masters and Mercenaries series to enjoy this story. One of the fine talents of author Blake is her ability to introduce (or reintroduce) her secondary characters to readers while maintaining an even pace to the story. The McKay-Taggart presence plays a prominent role without diminishing or interrupting Arranged’s main plot, which is the angst-filled relationship between Kash and Day.
The D/s relationship with a female Domme is usually not my cup of tea, but I found myself curious as to how the author would write this scenario, given the rigid circumstances of the plot. Kudos to Lexi Blake, who manages to orchestrate a very fine, believable dance between Kash and Day — it works without feeling forced or unnatural. What minor issue I had with Arranged was that Kash seemed to be completely ignorant of the fact that Day had been back, living on Loa Mali (his island kingdom) for ten years, unaware of her somewhat prominent presence in the Malian nation. I’m chalking that one up to Kash’s major case of manwhore in oblivion syndrome.
Another one-click winner from Lexi Blake.
Dayita Samar is an Oxford-educated scientist who has dedicated her life to her country’s future. But Day is not as staid and calm as she appears. She willingly agrees to marry Kash thinking that they will not have to change their lives or lifestyles.
One wild weekend in Dallas at Club Sanctum will open new avenues for both Kash and Day.
Ok, enough complaining, I'm still giving this story 5 stars because it sucked me in, kept me wanting so much more and hoping for Day and Kash' s relationship to work out, and I enjoyed the interactions of the other characters in the story I've grown to love and care about. With ALL that being said, "Wooh!" I can now move on to my version of what happened in this novella.
Kashmir is the King and has avoided getting married, avoided his home, and avoided any major decision that doesn't involve his pleasure. He had the role of being a king un expectantly forced on him. He had to walk away from possibly the only woman he loved, outside his mother, to take on a kingdom. He also lived with the guilt that scientist he hired to work on a project that would help his country, all were killed because of him. Then he's forced to get married and create an heir to the throne by his mother and her advisor. Then someone tries to assassinate him. On top of all that he finds out that his new bride is a kinky domme and wants to control him and have him serve her. How much more is he expected to deal with?
Dayita, the woman he truly loves, wants to be there for him, to stand by his side, and give him the calm he needs in the eye of the storm. It's his culture's way of thinking, and his image of what a man should be that won't allow him to accept what she wants to offer him. He spends the majority of the story fighting himself, Dayita, and everything else around him that he can't see his way out. It finally takes a long talk with Ian Taggert that gets him to open his eyes, and really see what's in front of him. He knew if he didn't step out on that ledge and grab Dayita's hand he was going to lose one of the most important persons in his life, and without her none of the rest really mattered.
Read, yet another great story by Lexi Blake that you won't want to put down even when you finish it.