Published by Mills & Boon Historical on April 1st 2016
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Rescued by the sheikh!
Abandoned in the desert, Julia Trevelyan finds herself at the mercy of Azhar, an imposing yet impossibly handsome Arabian merchant. Determined not to be intimidated by her rescuer—or their sizzling attraction!—she asks for his help…
But Prince Azhar is in fact the rightful heir to the Qaryma throne, returned from exile to take back his inheritance! He knows a dalliance with the enticing English adventuress is out of the question, yet he can't deny the temptation to claim both his throne…and Julia!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Widow and the Sheikh is the first book in the ‘Hot Arabian Nights’ series by Marguerite Kaye.
The story revolves around Julie Trevelyan. She is in Arabia to finish researching and documenting fauna of the desert for a book her late husband began and which on his death bed he asked her to complete. Unfortunately she is too trusting, and her guide and his helpers leave her stranded in the desert with nothing but a few clothes they didn’t want. They stole everything else.
Thankfully she is rescued by Prince Azhar, although she doesn’t know he is a prince at the time. He is disgusted to learn what has happened to her and feels it his duty to make sure she is looked after. Azhar has come home to Arabia at his late father’s request. He is to take on the role of king and isn’t happy about it at all. As such he isn’t exactly pleasant company for Julie, but she is just very relieved to be rescued.
When they reach Azhar’s home, the palace, Julie is shocked to realise she is with a member of the royal family. Still, she has always spoken her mind and she carries on doing so. It is something that Azhar very much likes about her. He decides he wants to take her to all the places that she can find and document different flora and fauna, to help her carry out her late husband’s wishes. In that time he wants her to be honest with him about how she perceives his kingdom and his role in it while he allows his younger brother to carry on ruling for a month. His brother has been acting regent since their father died, but knows he has to give up the role now that Azham has returned. Azham and his father had a falling out and hadn’t spoken to or seen each other in 10 years. That’s why he is so shocked that he was called back to take on the role of the king, he seriously thought his brother would be given it.
During the month that they spend together both Azhar and Julie find themselves fascinated with each other. They decide that in the month they have they will enjoy every moment and put aside the fact that there can be no future for them. Their love affair begins and it sizzles. Both hating the fact that it has to come to an end, but both absolutely making the most of their time together.
Does the relationship come to an end, is there any way that they can work around the fact that he has to be King and that she would not be allowed to be his wife? He has to marry somebody of royal blood, making good connections etc. She has to go back to England and have her book published.
I absolutely loved this book. The authors descriptions of the places, the clothes, the weather, were all amazing, it really enabled me to imagine I was there amongst it all. The passionate scenes between the couple were very sensual, made all the more so because of how Julia feels dressed in the cool robes of the desert rather than her stuffy old English clothes.
There are very funny moments in the book, one that springs to mind is Julie attempting to ride a camel for the first time. There are some very emotional moments which I won’t go into because I don’t want to give spoilers. Suffice to say this book made me feel the gamut of emotions. Any book that can do that is always going to be a 5 star rated one for me. I very much look forward to reading the next book in the series, because if this one is anything to go by, the next is going to be a cracker!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.