Review: A Surprise for the Sheikh by Susan M Anderson

May Contain Spoilers

I have loved several of Sarah M Anderson’s books in the past, so I was eager to get my hands on A Surprise for the Sheikh.  My local library obliged by purchasing a copy, so I checked it out with a great deal of anticipation.  I was disappointed when this book didn’t work for me.  I thought the hero was a big old zero, and his poor behavior definitely required a lot more groveling to make up for all of the grief he caused.

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Manga Review: Sheikh’s Betrayal by Yuri Takagi and Alexandra Sellers

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This was a big NOPE!  At least the cultural differences between Desi and Salah were addressed, in a simplified manner, which is rare in a sheikh romance.   When Desi was 16 and Salah was 19, they met and fell in love.  Salah was in Canada for his studies, and Desi was immediately drawn to the handsome, mature man.  This was the first NOPE for me – the fact that Salah and Desi had an affair when she was under age creeped me out, considering his views on sexuality.  When her modeling career suddenly takes off, Salah rejects her love, comparing her to a prostitute.  In his country, good girls don’t take off their clothes and pose in a bikini for a magazine spread.  He comes off as pompous, judgmental, and authoritarian, and Desi, bless her 16 year old heart, rejects his love, realizing that a lifetime with Salah in his native Barakat might not be the wisest life choice for her.

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Manga Review: Desert Prince, Bride of Innocence by Miyamoto and Graham

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Review:

This had pretty art and an angsty story. Jasim assumes that Eleanor is trying to seduce his older brother, the crown prince, in a bid to better herself. Eleanor is just a young woman visiting the man her mother loved and lost. When the King forbid the crown prince from marrying her mother, her mother married a professor instead. Doomed to a loveless marriage, her mother and father were unhappy and their discontent was reflected in their emotionless home. All Eleanor wants now is a husband and a family she can love.

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Manga Review: The Desert Lord’s Bride by Sakumi Hanada and Olivia Gates

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Review:

All of the sheikh stories I have been reading are starting to blend together. I think it’s time for a break, but there seem to be so many of them!  And I really did like the cover, so I jumped into The Desert Lord’s Bride with a great deal of anticipation.

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Review: His Defiant Desert Queen by Jane Porter

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Review:

I read His Defiant Desert Queen because it was included in the Harlequin Presents bundle that I borrowed from the library.  I randomly checked it out because it also included a Caitlin Crews title.  I didn’t read any of the descriptions prior to  gobbling them up, and I definitely had mixed success with this collection.  I had so many reservations about this title, my first by Jane Porter.  Though I ultimately enjoyed it, I had to resist the very strong urge to DNF it at the beginning.

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Review: The Sheikh’s Princess Bride by Annie West

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I waited a long time on library hold for The Sheikh’s Princess Bride.  After reading The Sultan’s Harem Bride, I was interested to see what happened to Asim’s sister, Samira.  I was ultimately disappointed, though, because the book featured one of my least favorite tropes – the miracle baby.  There wasn’t one hint in the synopsis about it, or I probably wouldn’t have checked it out from the library.  This trope almost never works for me, so it was no surprise that it didn’t work here, either.

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Review: Undone by the Sultan’s Touch by Caitlin Crews

Contains Many Spoilers

Review:

I haven’t read anything by this author before, and honestly, I’m not sure what prompted me to borrow this particular title from the library.  I don’t usually read the plot summaries for Presents, so it wasn’t that.  The cover?  Nah, I don’t think it was that, either.  Sure, the dress is beautiful, spread out around the couple, but the rest of it is a confusing mess.  Are those rose petals? A carpet?  Pink lily pads?  It was probably the latest Harlequin release that was actually available for check-out, so check it out I did.

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