Synopsis

Work always comes first for Sheikh Nassir Adjalane. From an early age, he learned business was infinitely more important than having a personal life. But with pressure from an opponent on his board, Nassir suddenly has only one month to marry, or risk being voted out of his company. With everything he’s worked toward on the line, Nassir desperately needs a bride…and only one woman will do.

Wedding planner Janna Davis never imagined she’d be summoned to the Middle East to plan Sheikh Nassir’s nuptials. But the outrageous sum he’s offered will finally give her what she needs to stand on her own two feet. As the planning gets underway, Janna is put off by Nassir’s businesslike manner, but she can’t deny his appeal. No matter what she’s feeling though, Janna has a job to do.

Janna values her independence and refuses to fall for a soon-to-be married man, but what will happen when she learns that she is Nassir’s intended bride?

Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit that I have not read a book from this author before. I have a few of her books sitting on my Kindle, but I haven’t really gotten around to reading them. I took a chance with this book because it was the first in its series, so I thought this would be a good way to start and acquaint myself with the author.

Overall, it was a pretty enjoyable book. I always enjoy a good sheikh/Arab romance. I remember all those Harlequin category romances that I read before, and a lot of them had amazing sheikh heroes falling in love with lovable woman who was almost always from a different culture. This book is very reminiscent of those HP books. The hero was a royal who needed to marry an American woman because he had to project an image of being open minded. The heroine was a wedding coordinator who thought she was arranging another marriage that turned out to be her own.

Ironically, the fact that it reminded me too much of an HP book is also the main reason why I will only rate this book 3 red hearts. I love those HP books, but they weren’t perfect. They were simple. The plot usually had many holes. They were always too short for character development. The story almost always feel like it was hurried, and I sometimes find it hard to relate with the characters. It’s much like how this book makes me feel.

Author

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

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