Finally!! A more than decent Sheikh story. Heck, forget above decent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ok, let’s flail in an orderly fashion.
Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!
Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful sheikh’s desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!
The rather modern customs and the language were great. There’s a thing with Arabs speaking English. It’s very proper, especially if we’re talking educated people. Most definitely royals. That was very well executed. The use of the words Melech and Melecha was surprising, but I loved them. Originally Hebrew words, they are used in Arabic for “ruler”.
I loved this story. I think Monroe captured the Arab culture beautifully. Sayed and Liyah were great personifications for the western woman and eastern man. There was sexual tension between the two of them from the very first moment they met and I loved how Monroe tiptoed around the forbidden acts and Liyah’s circumstances.
Sayed is fantastic. I liked that he had the typical macho reactions to some things, that he was vulnerable and idiotic as most men are. I loved that Liyah did what she had to do in order to watch her heart, but didn’t back down from his challenges. And I kind of liked Sayed’s bodyguard. Lol
There are several issued dealt with in this story; one main one that is not culturally related, but more a familial situation that I felt was a little frustrating, but pretty real, all things considered.
I wouldn’t have minded this story to be a little more developed depth wise, a little more weight for the characters that would somehow enhance their arc and give the swoons in the story (there are a few nice ones!) more of a “whoa” factor.
Bottom line: I think if Lucy Monroe decided to write another Sheikh romance, I wouldn’t hesitate reading it.
Sheikh’s Scandal is out April 15th
* My thanks to Harlequin via NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
Award winning author Lucy Monroe had her first book published in September 2003. Since then she has sold more than 50 books to four publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England. She writes sexy category romance for Harlequin Presents including her own ongoing mini-series, The Royal Brides. If you prefer a longer book, but want to keep it steamy, try her Mercenary trilogy or Goddard Project series from Kensington Brava. If you’re a historical fan, Lucy’s written a sensual trilogy for Berkley as well as her Children of the Moon series, sexy shape shifters in Medieval Scotland. She’s also published a historical single title with Samhain as well as two Inspirational romances under the pseudonym LC Monroe. Lucy just plain loves romance! She’s a passionate devotee to the genre and keeps a vibrant blog (http://lucymonroeblog.blogspot.com) where she chats with readers, authors and industry professionals – as well as a celebrity guest blogger here and there. Her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten. Whatever the type of romance, Lucy’s books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all.