on August 1st 2016
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Shipwrecked with the sheikh!
Sailing to India to marry a stranger, Constance Montgomery is shipwrecked off the Arabian coast of Murimon. The world believes her lost at sea, and only the kingdom's ruler, Kadar, knows the truth. She's honor-bound to leave, but the brooding prince tempts Constance to stay…
Kadar knows that no matter how beautiful Constance is, she is forbidden. But every moment with her seduces him, until temptation becomes torment! Kadar thinks he has no heart left to offer any woman… Can Constance prove him wrong?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Sheikh’s Mail-Order Bride is the second book in the Hot Arabian Nights series by by Marguerite Kaye. I have read the first book and although our Prince Kadar had his introduction in the first book, it’s definitely not necessary to have read that book to fully enjoy this one.
This is the story of Kadar new Prince of Murimon, and Constance Montgomery a woman on her way from England to India by sea, to meet a man she is to marry in return for him paying a large amount of money to her father. The latter has a lot of debts and needs the money to pay them off. Well that is what he is supposed to do with it. Whether or not he does is another thing entirely, and one that Constance suspects he won’t do.
Her journey to India is where the action begins in this book. The weather gets stormy, and despite the excellent captaincy of the ship, the boat ends up sinking, but not before poor Constance gets thrown overboard. She ends up separating from the main survivors and is reported lost at sea, presumed dead. In actual fact she has washed up in a more distant cove and for 3 weeks is looked after by the people there. She loves her time there and is a little disappointed when a man arrives at the settlement and tells her he is there to rescue her.
He takes her to Kadar. The Prince hasn’t long been back in the kingdom. He had exiled himself for 8 years and spent that time earning his place giving business advice to many influential people. He loved his work and was very disappointed when he was called back to the kingdom to take the place of his recently deceased brother. Not only was he to take on the Kingdom, but he also had to take on the man’s wife to be. Their betrothal would benefit both families, with trade being the main thing in mind from her side of the family, and her dowry being most necessary for Kadar to reform the Kingdom into a prosperous modern place that will ensure no hardship ever befalls his people. He knows he has to marry, but has managed to put if off until at least after his coronation.
When Constance meets Kadar the sensual sparks fly, she nearly swoons at the sight of him because he is so attractive. She is horrified to learn that her family and betrothed have been told that she is dead, but at the same time enjoys the idea of having some freedom until a ship arrives in port that can take her to India. It could take up to 3 months, and by then the man she is supposed to marry will probably have given up on her. Money wise it didn’t matter because her father had already been paid, but at the same time, Constance knew she had to leave the Kingdom to see for herself if the man still awaited her. She felt duty bound to do no less. In the mean time though she fully intended to enjoy the Prince’s hospitality.
During the time they spend together, they discover so much to like and admire about each other, and yes they found themselves desperately attracted to each other. Almost from first sight they were fighting their desire for each other. Both had responsibilities to take on, both betrothed to other people they didn’t know or love. And both wanting nothing more than to forget what they had to do, and to just enjoy the here and now. Do they give in to their attraction, of course, but do they give up their responsibilities to others, can they have a happy ending without causing chaos?
I absolutely loved this book. The author tells a story in such a way that you are transported there. You could imagine the spray of the ocean on your face, and the utter exhilaration onboard the ship, that is before you realise it’s going to go down of course. Then there are the details of the Kingdom, the palace and the people in it. The glorious description of the clothes worn, of the oasis they visit, of every little thing about the place, it was just perfect.
The romantic and passionate scenes between Kadar and Constance were perfect. So beautifully written, the build up to each kiss, the pure sensation to those kisses were portrayed so well it was very much worth a hearty sigh when reading. Their love making was beautiful, and it was so obvious that they were perfect for each other. From the very start as a reader you can’t wait to see how long it takes them to realise they must find a way to be with each other and to somehow put themselves first before the people who have so much expectations of them.
This book was colourful, exciting, and took me far away from the dreariness of grey old Wales and for that alone it is worth a full 5 star rating. I love this series and am looking forward to reading the next book very much.