Published by Harlequin Desire
Released on September 14, 2015
It’s been a while since I read a desert sheikh romance and it startled me that this author wrote one as one of her earlier books for the Harlequin Desire line. Most of the stories in this category of romance that I’ve read are cheesy and some can be under-developed, so I kept my expectations lowered, but still looked forward to a fun escape read.
The story begins with Jasmine coming from New Zealand to Tariq’s small desert country. It has been four years since they parted on bad terms when she gave into the demands of her family and cut things off with Tariq (shades of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, here). Her family was not worthy of the sacrifice and she’s now in a better place to make a second effort to restore what she had with Tariq if he’ll have her. Tariq is all for it. He feels the attraction is as strong as ever. The pair can’t keep their hands off each other. However, its different this time. He’s still angry about the way she treated him and his love even if he can’t let go of a second chance. They are both different. He’s running the country now, but he keeps his emotional walls up with Jasmine and she does as well when she figures this out. There is no way he is giving Jasmine his heart to stomp all over again and she gets this after she gets her feelings hurt when he holds her at a distance and won’t let her get close to him emotional. She’s wondering if the secret she keeps will push him away for good.
They have their miscommunications and big misunderstanding moment. They do a reset and try to start building something together based on who they are now and its doing alright, but both still have their doubts after what happened before. The secret is blown out of proportion and not worth the fuss as far as I was concerned. Fortunately, it was a fast read.
I enjoyed it for all the reasons one picks up a desert sheikh romance, but, moderately so, since I got exasperated with the pair just as much as I enjoyed them together. It was fun to go back and read one of the author’s earlier efforts and realize she has grown and mastered her craft so much since then. If you love swoony dominating rich and handsome Arab men, feisty women who won’t be pushed around, and a second chance romance, I give you exhibit A.
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