The desert king's outrageous proposal!
Marry a sheikh in return for a hefty financial reward? Shy researcher Jane Smith would normally have laughed in Zayed Al Zawba's handsome face. Except it's only for six months and the money will rescue her sister who's mired in debt...
Sheikh Zayed will do anything to inherit Kafalah's neighboring oil-rich lands, even wed plain Jane: he'll never long to consummate a marriage with her! But Zayed hasn't bargained on Jane's frumpy clothes hiding delicious curves...or her quick mind and untouched beauty teasing and tempting him beyond his wildest imaginings!
I love romance troupe’s where the hero makes the mistake of not seeing the heroine for who she is, and then falling for her. This is that such story, but it failed to grab my attention.
Jane Smith is a woman so locked up, no one sees her for herself. Supposedly her twin sister got all the looks, while Jane got the brains. When her sister gets into trouble, Jane thinks to ask her boss, the Sheikh Zayed for the money even though she can barely tolerate him and his arrogance. When the Sheikh asks her out for dinner, she goes along with it even though her mind rebels.
Sheikh Zayed needs a wife, but doesn’t want one. He needs one to get his inheritance, so he decides Jane meets the criteria. In no way is he attracted to her so he won’t be tempted to consummate the marriage he intends to annul in six months. He is arrogant, thinks he is God’s gift to women and the world, and doesn’t intend to change his life.
The story if fraught with boring dialog, jumps in the timeline and no chemistry. No way to sugar coat it. I found myself skimming paragraphs between conversations. These two get so lost up in their heads. I didn’t like the hero from start to finish and even though he had some issues, I couldn’t feel any depth of sadness for him. The heroine lays in a bed of her own making. The transformation she makes isn’t so much surprising as much as non-existent. I mean it happens, you just don’t see how.
For example: you see her arrive in the country she will soon be the queen over and then it jumps to her walking down the aisle for her wedding. Suddenly she goes from the dowdy librarian to the sexy bride with exotic makeup and figure. Then a jump from the wedding night to some time later in Washington DC for their honeymoon.
I picked up the story, nostalgic for the Harlequin Romances I read when I was poor and could only afford these books. Unfortunately I wasn’t reminded so much of my past. It lacked a depth of story to engage my mind as well as my emotions.
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