Friday, 13 March 2015

Middle Eastern Romance with some inaccuracies

When the Sheikh comes to town

Determined to confront the father who abandoned her, Liyah accepts the position of chambermaid at his exclusive Chatsfield Hotel, London. Liyah must serve VIP visitor Sheikh Sayed bin Falah al Zeena and see to his every whim — and those of his harem! 

With his engagement irrevocably and publicly broken, all Sayed wants is to cast off the shackles of duty and embrace the desires and needs that only one woman can satisfy! Sayed knows Liyah’s blood is heated by the same desert sands as his own, making her irresistible… But could their one night together result in scandal for the proud Sheikh?

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

I really must stop reading books that are a part of a series; be it the first one or the 9th one.  And you guessed it; this is the first in a series of books with each novella being written by different authors.  I MUST also refrain from romance books that have instant love element which, let’s face it, is totally ridiculous.

The book is written to the usual tried and tested formula.  The characters are interesting but the emir is rather annoying to say the least.  He is not your usual alpha male but rather an honourable which is something refreshing, in this day and age, but annoying.  And we are constantly reminded that he is honourable throughout the book.  She is sweet, vulnerable, loyal, and taken advantage of although she did not put up too much of a fight.

There is very little for these characters to overcome and no angst to add to the tension.  The small inconsistencies in the story are off putting to say the least; not least the huge inconsistency which would NOT be tolerated in any form.  Finally, the HEA ending felt rushed and there was no epilogue which was rather depressing.  Overall this is a non-deep, quick easy read with some hot bits but for this reader there was still something lacking.

If you are looking for a short, cute romantic read then this is for you but if you want something more from your romance stories I would suggest you look somewhere else.

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I rated this 3 stars on Netgalley and 'I liked it' on Amazon (4 stars) and Goodreads (2 stars).

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