Ahsan by Danielle Bourdon #Review

Posted March 30, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Ahsan by Danielle Bourdon #Review
Ahsan

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Series: #2 Royal Elite
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on February 13, 2016
Pages: 351
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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Haven’t read a good desert sheikh romance in a while so I was happy to see this one waiting for me.  New to me author and series.  This is book two, but it functions just fine as a standalone.  I’m reading this one as part of The Red Hot Lovers Box Set.

The story opens with Sheikh Ahsan Afshar joining his friends at a Gala held in Dubai.  He is distracted by a stunning vision in white, but he tries to play it low key since it is generally known that he never lets a woman turn his head.  But this one…

Sessily Pavel feels all twisted up inside.  She is at the Gala for one reason only: Sheikh Ahsan Afshar.  Ahsan’s brother is holding her sister hostage and forcing her to spy on Ahsan and perhaps something more deadly if Ahsan’s intent is to usurp his brother as the crown prince.  Ahsan is known to be hard to get close to and her assignment is to not only get close, but get invited into his household as a spy.  This turns out to be the easy part.  Ahsan surprises her with his gallantry, courteous hospitality and quiet life away from public view.  He is making it hard for her to hold onto the hate that will make her lies and spying palpable.  Then she sees the women and suspects Ahsan is in the human trafficking business with his hateful brother.

Ahsan doesn’t get Sessily.  He is drawn to her and is impressed that she doesn’t fawn on him and want something from him like most women, but it is obvious that she is keeping secrets and something is bringing the fear to her eyes.  But even as he tries to figure out Sessily, the political situation heats up and threatens to pull him in a direction he doesn’t want to go.

All right, this one isn’t deep, but was engaging.  I enjoyed the playful, flirting banter between Ahsan and Sessily.  The intrigue was a nice surprise and added enough to keep it interesting.  I liked that the narration was shared by both Ahsan and Sessily so I could get what both were thinking.  The romance develops with a little extra tension because of Sessily’s secrets and the misunderstanding about Ahsan and the captured women.  There was a fairy tale quality to the story and I enjoyed that tone.

Normally, I don’t care for stories that have the ‘big misunderstanding’ element because usually it’s obviously just a device to amp up the angst.  In this case, the author used it well.  The issue made sense in keeping with Sessily’s experiences and the fact that she doesn’t have much time to get to know Ahsan.  The reader knows the truth and it’s hard to see her suspect the very guy who can help her and yet it’s not a big stretch to see that she’s not being stupid to be cautious and trust no one particularly the bad guy’s brother.  So, all that to say, the conflict worked well for this story.

Now her second misunderstanding, that was just her willing to think the worst and her insecurities, but fortunately it didn’t carry on forever.

The romance was sweet with a bit of spice and happened at a rapid clip, but that is par for the course.  I liked this pair together and would have liked a bit more at the end of them together, but wasn’t too disappointed.

All in all, this was a quick, moderately satisfying read.  I want to get the rest of the stories about Ahsan’s friends.  This is for those who enjoy light, quick, fairytale like contemporary romances.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt

Thanks Sophia Rose I love me some Sheikh romance and this looks gooood 😉
oh and if you need some desert lovin you can always pick up a Harlequin Presents

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, I’ve read a couple of those. Mmhmm! 😉

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

Thanks Sophia Rose I love me some Sheikh romance and this looks gooood 😉
oh and if you need some desert lovin you can always pick up a Harlequin Presents

Braine TS
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Now this sounds like a good diverse read! I’m fine with it not being deep, it’s seems entertaining enough. And Dubai is a great backdrop

Sophia Rose
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It doesn’t really describe the setting much when they’re in Dubai, but his desert home and his modern- modified Arab culture is a little explained. It’s more escapist reading than anything else. I do want to get my hands on a true desert romance soon, though.

Lekeisha
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I love the setting and the characters seem like I’d enjoy this story. I haven’t read a Sheikh romance before.

Sophia Rose
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This one is a ‘city’ sheikh, but I think it still counts. Their a different version of the dominant alpha hero type and the heroine is usually a damsel in distress ala fairy talesque. Can be fun when you’re in the right mood.

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Shari Delighted Read

This series sounds good. I might start with book one before I read this one, but I have some NetGalley’s to get through first.

Sophia Rose
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Drat those Net Galleys. I’m doing better, but still need to catch up, too. I thought his group of friends sound nice so I was planning to go back for book one, too.

dholcomb1
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dholcomb1

sounds good–love the cover

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, that cover can make one spend some time in appreciation. 😉

Keionda Hearts Books
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I’m SO with you Sophia! 🙁 I hate the fact that some authors use that “huge misunderstanding” to create more drama and more angst in a story. It’s like….CAN THEY PLEASE JUST TALK IT OUT ALREADY SO WE CAN ALL GET ON WITH OUR LIVES?? Ugh.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah, talking…so overrated. LOL

Blodeuedd
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Ohh fairytale like, I like the sound of that

Sophia Rose
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Yes! It’s not a story you’re meant to believe is real life, but it has a modern day setting in the world of the wealthy of the Middle East.

Mary Kirkland
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That sounds really good, I like this type of story.

Sophia Rose
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They can definitely be a fun change up and nice escape from reality.

Lorna
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The guy on the cover looks deformed to me? Am I looking at it wrong? Anyway, I don’t think this would be one for me but I am glad it was a fun read for you 🙂

Sophia Rose
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LOL, I think his upper body is twisted toward the camera. It is different.
I would agree that this type story isn’t a universal like style. But it was fun for me. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Well that sounds fun, Sophia! I haven’t read a Sheikh in ages. Not a huge fan of the misunderstanding either but good to hear she handles it well. That’s always nice to see 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I needed to slip a sheikh in since it’s been an age for me, too.

Yeah, the first one makes sense, but the second misunderstanding had me eye-rolling a little, but the story was alright.