This was Jordan's first book, and it pretty much set the pattern -- cruel hero who despises the fragile, pathetic heroine until the end, when he blurts out his true feelings nonstop for several pages. I was surprised that the book is set in Kuwait, thinking that that was a much more recent hero fad. There's a lot of local color, though Jordan's attempts to write respectfully about another culture are kind of grimace-worthy today. (And not very accurate, according to another review.)I almost gave this three stars, because Jordan was certainly a good storyteller, but I thought the ending lacked payoff. Raschid was just so mean for so long; I needed more balance at the end to forgive him and think the relationship stood a chance.