A Thorned Rose in the Sand

The erotic interracial romance A Thorned Rose in the Sand was released by Evernight Publishing in May 2018.

It ranks as #1 on the Goodreads list Romance Novels set in Africa.


A Thorned Rose in the Sand

Cover art: Simply Defined Art


When life in a big U.S. city becomes too much, Stevie Jones decides to live her wildest dream – compete against the tough guys in a motorcycle rally across Morocco. But the real excitement is found away from the race track, in the shifting sands of the desert.

After his studies in London, Ragab has returned to the nomadic lifestyle of his Bedouin family and the majestic silence of the Sahara. He dreams of the perfect wife, until a beautiful but feisty biker stuck in a sand dune turns his quiet world upside down.

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Shortly after release, it climbed up to #9 on Bookstrand’s bestsellers list “Erotic Interracial Romance”.



In January 2019, it won the Evernight Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 in the “Interracial” category.

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5 stars


I loved both Stevie and Ragab!! Stevie is a motorcycle racer who is tough as nails, completely independent and has no trouble competing with the boys. She takes on a race in the Sahara desert where she meets up with Ragab. Neither one really wants to fall for the other but this is a Lea Bronsen book so Yes, they absolutely do. I enjoyed this couple, the desert aspects, the cultural aspects and the story.

If you haven’t read any of Lea’s work, you really should. Start with A Thorned Rose in the Sand and then pick up the other 14.

– Janis Frisch


5 stars

First of all, make sure you clear your schedule before reading this because you will want to drop everything and book the first flight to Morocco, and that can be inconvenient you have other plans. The setting of this comes so deliciously to life, you want to go and see the bazaars, the dunes, eat the scrumptious food … meet the hotties.

Oh yes, the hotties. Ragab, deary me *fans herself*.

And Stevie! I know nothing, absolutely nothing about motorbikes or rallies, but I immediately related to this stubborn, pesky, spiky, feisty girl. It’s the kind of heroine I love most, dirty, sweaty, dusty, a real action woman, with a thick hide and a soft core.

The story is wonderful. It explores (beautifully) the ways in which similarity and difference both contribute to make love happen. Stevie and Ragab have many things in common, but they do come from vastly different cultures. And yet this difference between their culture is exactly what is needed to bridge their reserve (I can’t say more about this, or, spoilers). That was really magical. Well done, Lea.

(also, now I want a dromedary)

– Katherine Wyvern


5 stars


I was lucky to beta read A Thorned Rose in the Sand and can’t recommend it enough. This book has it all. A whirlwind romance, an exotic location and sweet and sizzling moments expertly penned in Lea Bronsen’s writing style, which easily drew me into a world radically different from my own.

Ragab is a smart, considerate and sensitive young man. There’s something about him that just squeezed my heart and wouldn’t let go. Steve on the other hand is headstrong, resolute and sees the world in a way which complements Ragab perfectly.

As an erotic romance this story doesn’t disappoint. The sex scenes are HOT. I’ll just say: hidden glimpses in the desert and wild camel rides. A Thorned Rose in the Sand is a must read!

– Elyzabeth M. Valey



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Thanks to all these lovely bloggers for hosting the release:

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