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- Print Length: 227 pages
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- Publication Date: June 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072MD5GQ8
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- Lending: Enabled
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Cathleen Ross, Mel Teshco, and Christina Phillips have written a trio of fabulous stories featuring three very alpha, very hot sheiks, all brothers with military training and Western tertiary educations. Whilst they are progressive thinkers (I was happy to discover they were all a little bit beta-male underneath), they are also bound by duty to country and family to each take a virgin bride. Each novella focuses on the romantic journey of each brother, Jamal, Zafar, and Tariq and their prospective partners—all strong women in their own right. There is also an overarching story throughout the series that focuses on the brothers’ efforts to end unrest in their homeland, Qutum (rebels have been threatening the peace and the stability for some years) and the theme of bringing about social change—particularly related to the rights and education of women.
I won’t recap each story in minute detail, but heavens, they were sizzling hot and all equally satisfying! I loved how each of the heroines were not push-overs, despite the circumstances they all found themselves in i.e. they’d been virtually hand-picked for each brother by Qutum’s very wily Grand Vizier. The conflicts each couple faced along their journeys to find love and their happily-ever-after were well done and rang true for me.
Stolen by the Sheikh by Cathleen Ross. This is Jamal and Lilly’s story. Lilly is a talented young designer with a passion for ancient architecture. Even though she’s been brought up in the UK, she is still very aware of her Middle Eastern heritage thanks to her strong-willed invalid grandmother who has an interesting past to say the least! I loved how smart and capable Lilly was—even in the face of danger—and that Jamal loved that about her too. I also adored how Jamal gave her the space she needed to come to terms with her past and her future rather than go all alpha a-hole on her (as you might expect an arrogant sheikh to do). It’s a very sweet but hot story.
The Sheikh’s Rebel by Mel Teshco. Zafar literally captures the spirited Amber, out in the field, and boy, do the sparks fly! Like Zafar, Amber, a princess from a neighbouring province, has seen active service as a soldier and I really loved this couple’s sizzling chemistry both in and out of the bedroom. Because of Amber’s past and her family’s meddling, it takes her a little while to trust Zafar who is actually very sweet beneath his alpha soldier/ruler exterior. The ending to this story just made me melt.
The Sheikh’s Reluctant Princess by Christina Phillips. I’ve read some of Christina Phillips stories before and she never disappoints in the sizzle department! Tariq and Sofia’s story is another fabulous super steamy story! Their first bedroom encounter was off-the-charts hot. Tariq is the youngest of the sheikh brothers and Sofia—a princess in her own right—has been studying to become a civil rights lawyer in London. It takes a little while for both Tariq and Sophia to adjust to their new lives together—to find a balance between tradition, royal responsibilities, career, and family—but the ending of this story was wonderfully sigh-worthy. I loved it.
Three talented writers combine to link three different stories together seamlessly.
Three brothers, Sheikhs of their own realms, must marry. Each of the women marked for marriage are from neighbouring tribes, but are westernized and have a different way of thinking.
Differing attitudes can cause problems, but love can show the way.
It takes talent for three separate writers to combine so the story flows well.
Stolen by the Sheikh by Cathleen Ross
Designer Lily is thrilled when she secures a commission to redesign the luxury London home and Qutum fort. However, she feels betrayed when she realises that her client is non other than Sheikh Jamal El-Amin and it has all been an elaborate ruse to trap her into a marriage she does not want. Despite her attraction to him she does not take kindly to being deceived. She resolves to escape, not wanting to remain a prisoner in a country that does not recognise women’s freedoms. Why has she been chosen as his bride? When secrets from her family’s past come to light she may have to reconsider her stance. Will she stay or go? It’s a sexy and entertaining fast paced romance which I lapped up.
Lilly and Jamal are well suited. Lilly is a modern and spirited young woman and Jamal committed to modernising his country’s social agenda. Politics dictates that he seeks Lilly out to marry, putting him in a situation that goes against his values. However, once he sees Lilly he knows she is perfect for him and he want her like no other woman before, yet he has a battle royal on his hands to convince her to stay!
The Sheikh’s Rebel by Mel Teshco
This is another romantic and passionate read. I loved Amber, the heroine, who is one strong and sassy lady committed to protecting her homeland, so much so that she has been living the life of soldier to help combat the insurgents who killed her mother. Betrayed by one of her advisors she is stunned to find herself in the hands of Zafar El-Amin, sheikh of a neighbouring country. Rather than dishonour her as she fears, Zafar offers her marriage, which he says will help protect her homeland. Amber will do anything to secure peace for her country and as she finds herself wildly attracted to Zafar she believes the liaison will not prove to be much of a hardship.
However, when evidence comes to light that Zafar is more involved with the insurgents than he led her to believe, she feels betrayed. What future can they have when trust has been compromised? Zafar who is used to being in control finds he has one very angry bride on his hands and their future looks bleak. Another read where I was rooting for the couple’s HEA.
The Sheikh’s Reluctant Princess by Christina Phillips
Sparks certainly fly between Tariq-El-Amin and Princess Sofia. They get off to far from a stellar start. Sofia is an independent young woman and has her future mapped out and it certainly does not include a husband, especially one from a country where women’s rights fall far behind those in the West and where her sole purpose is to be little more than a brood mare for her aristocratic husband. I enjoyed the growing relationship between the couple, as they navigate their differences and there are some super hot passionate scenes!
Yet although the couple are most definitely compatible in the bedroom Tariq’s behaviour in his homeland is far from Sofia’s liking and the couple have a lot of soul searching and compromising to do if their relationship is to last. Can Tariq change his ways or will he lose his new bride? Their romance is far from plain sailing and I definitely enjoyed their journey as Sofia chafes at the controls Tariq puts on her and Tariq seeks to both accommodate her and protect her from harm, whilst ensuring that his people love and respect her as much as he does.
Please note that a copy of this book was given to me for the purpose of a fair and honest review.