Series:  Standalone
Genres: Historical Romance
Heat Level:  4 | Legend
Publisher: Maroli SP Imprints
Publication Year: 2010, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9862431-4-1
Formats: Digital, Print

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A dark, seductive sheikh with a tortured past fights to control his obsession for a woman who offers him a wager he refuses to lose.

 “…Burns has a charismatic and confident writing style.”

— Sacramento Book Review

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It was a gamble she was born to make…

Raised in a brothel at a young age, Allegra Synnford quickly learned that survival meant taking charge of her destiny. Now, a renowned courtesan skilled in the pleasures of the flesh, she chooses her lovers carefully—vowing never to be vulnerable to any one man. Until a mesmerizing Sheikh strips that control from her…

With a man who wasn’t used to losing.

Sheikh Shaheen of the Amazigh has been hiding from his past for a long time, but not enough to forget how another courtesan made him abandon his life as the Viscount Newcastle. It’s why the yearnings this dangerous temptress ignites within him are so troubling. Worse, thoughts of Allegra pervade every fantasy, threatening to undermine his cover. With old enemies circling, experience tells him he must resist her charms at all cost. In fact, he’s betting on it. That’s a risky wager when it comes to a woman of pleasure. But Allegra has her own reasons for playing games…with a man who can’t afford to lose.

What happens between them is Kismet.


2010 CAPA – Best Erotic Historical


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Ramblings on Romance

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“KISMET is an epic romance that brings to life the vibrant land of Morocco and its people….looking for something new, edgy and passionate, look no farther than KISMET. The romance is passionate and the end is heartbreaking, leaving the reader in a puddled mush of tears and smiles.”

— Lovin’ Me Some Romance

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“Kismet is a great historical romance…I am admonishing myself as to why I have never read Monica Burns before! Kismet is definitely a keeper.”

— Joyfully Reviewed

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“I was so emotionally invested that by the end of the book, I was in tears and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”

— The Romance Studio Winner of 2010 CAPA

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“KISMET has everything a good novel should, romance, passion, action, adventure, and intrigue. KISMET is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone”

— Romance Junkies

Critical Acclaim

“Burns’ story is hotter than the desert sands! She succeeds with a classic captive/captor romance akin to a Johanna Lindsey classic. Relax and enjoy the sizzling show — complete with a lesson in bananas and seduction.”

— RTBOOKreviews – 4 Stars

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“This sizzling hot historical and its compelling characters will leave you panting for more! Monica Burns writes with sensitivity and panache. Don’t miss this one!”

— Sabrina Jeffries, NYT bestselling author

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“After reading the bio posted on her website, I was afforded a deeper understanding into the wealth of emotions she poured into Kismet.   Tenacious, sassy heroines and strong, sexy heroes are her signature style and she’s boldly penned one of the best books I’ve read in years.”

— TwoLipsReviews

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 “…a wonderful historical fiction voice. The way she builds up the attraction between her hero and heroine shows her skill as an author…”

— Babbling About Books, and More

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“The imagery that Monica Burns paints of Morocco and its people is mesmerizing. So captivating is the love story that is truly romance at its best, purest and most captivating that you will regret not absorbing every word on the page.”

— Book Junkie

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“The romance is passionate and the end is heartbreaking, leaving the reader in a puddled mush of tears and smiles.”

— Lovin’ Me Some Romance

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“Burns has crafted a sensual tale set in the mysterious deserts of Morocco, populating the story with characters that are authentic to their culture and demonstrating that a love that brings out the best in people…”

— Book Binge