January 2008, Series Romance
Harl Romance #3999, $3.99, 192 pages, Amazon ASIN 0373174896 Part of a series
I try to stay away from romance novels with
titles such as the one here. But having read and
enjoyed a another romance by Liz Fielding (Reunited: Marriage in a Million), I decided to give The Sheikh's Unsuitable Bride a
try. I'm glad I did.
Diana Metcalfe is a single mother, living in London,
with her parents. She works as a chauffeur for a car
service, where she is assigned to make school and
airport runs. When several of her higher ranked
co-workers fall ill, she is assigned to the most
luxurious car in the company’s fleet, along with the
company’s VIP clientele. When Diana learns she will
be the driver for Sheikh Zahir al-Khatib, the nephew
of the Emir of Ramal Hamrah, she is filled with
excitement, and a bit of trepidation. Excitement
because this is her opportunity to prove herself to
her boss. Trepidation because unlike her usual
clients, this client is royalty, and she is expected
to treat him as such. This means wearing a full
uniform and minding her tongue, which she has a very hard time doing.
Zahir is in London on business before returning home
to get married to a woman of his family’s choosing.
The moment he sees Diane, he realizes that there is
something different about her, something intriguing.
Diane and Zahir’s first meeting is an unmitigated
disaster, and the interactions that follow are funny.
Zahir tries to fight his feelings for Diane. She is
not the type of woman to be interested in a no-strings
dalliance. She is a single mother who has been hurt
by love before, and has difficulty trusting someone
with her heart again. Despite his best intentions,
however, he soon falls in love with her beauty, her
zest for life, and her zany sense of humor. The fact
that she seems completely unaffected by his obvious
wealth makes him love her even more. Despite herself, Diane is enamored
with Zahir, and while she is initially wary, she soon
throws caution to the wind, allowing herself to fall
in love with him.
The author does a great job writing complete
characters. Despite the book's brevity, I felt like I knew Diane and Zahir - and the bond between them. The ending is particularly touching, and it summed up nicely why I loved this couple.
Ms. Fielding's writing works for me. Her novels are enjoyable and the characters she creates are utterly refreshing. The Sheikh’s Unsuitable Bride comes in a short package, but it sure delivers.
-- Keisha Hudson
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