I read and loved another book by this author. It was called MAKE YOU MINE, from her Nine Circles series. And it was good. Shockingly, surprisingly good. Good enough that I devoured it in a day and immediately applied for the sequel on Netgalley and cried a little when I didn't get approved.
What I did get approved for was this. NEVER REFUSE A SHEIKH. The guy on the cover looks distinctly un-sheikh-like, but whatever. MAKE YOU MINE was awesome, so surely this book, my first sheik romance, would be awesome as well.
NEVER REFUSE A SHEIKH is a really short book--under 100 pages long--and even though I suspect that it partly responsible for some of its problems, it was also its saving grace because there was no way I'd have finished if this was a full-length work.
Princess Safira was spirited away when her royal parents were attacked. She's been waiting in hiding, under guard, all this time--until Sheikh Altair comes to collect her and make her his bride.
There isn't a whole lot to say. She's a virgin, obviously. And the two idiots fall in love way too soon, despite the fact that Altair is an asshole and Safira, in keeping with the theme, is an idiot.
Do they use protection when they have sex?
Of course not.
Also there's this REALLY IRRITATING THING that happens, that kind of ruined what remained of the story for me.
Do you want to know what it is?
...Are you sure?
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER
Altair is the man responsible for her parents' murders. They were casualties in his anger against someone else--but hey, it got him the throne and the girl. Also, the girl doesn't even get mad. Keep in mind that until she met Altair, she was devastated over her loss and angry about being kept a prisoner, but when Altair confesses, she's just like, "THAT'S OK. SHIT HAPPENS BRO-DAWG."
What makes this even more infuriating is that this happens right after they have sex for the first time.
But you want to know what does make the heroine mad?
When they have sex and she wakes up and he isn't there.
So let's get this straight:
Killing parents? Ok.
Booty call? Not ok.
Also, I found it very Mary Sue-ish that the female MC has blue eyes. I know Middle Eastern women can have green or blue-ish eyes, but it isn't common, and everyone makes such a big deal about them in this book, and I don't know...it just felt like cultural white-washing to me.
I also took issue with the fact that bridenapping was portrayed as this romantic, desirable thing that the heroine has always secretly wanted. It's actually quite horrid.
1 out of 5 stars.