Alright, so the TBR Jar took a hiatus (after only 1 post), life got hectic, things got crazy.
With the new year, I've got new resolve. And I jumped into the TBR Jar.
I got this one as a freebie on Amazon.
P.S. The kids are mad because I didn't let them pick for me.
The Sheik's Furious Prisoner (The Quabeca Sheiks #1) by Leslie North
Saja is summoned back home to the province of Quabeca and is to be forced into a marriage with Prince Basil Al-Qadir.
But Saja is not interested in marriage, even if her betrothed is extremely attractive and wealthy. The Prince has the jawline of a Greek god, is strikingly tall and his muscular figure would intimidate most, but not Saja. After only meeting the man for 2 minutes she already hates him. He is controlling, argumentative and insufferably arrogant. Yet his dark broody eyes hold an intensity that Saja struggles to pull back from.
Prince Al-Qadir has never met a woman like Saja; she was almost a different species. She wears improper clothing, behaves inappropriately, and has no traditional values. And she did not fear him. In fact, her temper often flared around him. She needed taming. Yet he can't help but notice the feeling that surfaces in his groin when she was around, and the loneliness he felt when she wasn't.
Until he has tamed her, he refuses to let her go. But this may be a game he loses, and the Prince never loses.
Unfortunately, The Sheik's Furious Prisoner was just not for me. I didn't like the main characters and the situation that brought them together really didn't seem plausible to me. The majority of the book they spent arguing, not in a cute way -- it was more of an "I will stab you in the eye with a fork" way.
And then BAM! Cherry Poppin' Sexy Times. (I should mention, the author also messed up and called Saja (the main character), Macee during these sexy times.
I think the character interaction is what killed this for me. I really saw no major shift in Prince Al-Qadir's attitude towards women. Pretty sure, he was still wanting to "tame" Saja and there really was no emotion coming from him or her for that matter. He was being led around by a feeling in his groin, and I'm not even sure what she was being led by.
I wish I could say that somehow the story redeemed itself at the end, but it didn't. Maybe it's the trope. Maybe Sheiks just aren't my thing.
Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
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