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5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsSheikh Romance meets Indiana Jones
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2016
Sheikh Romance meets Indiana Jones adventure whats not to love! Sheikh Masoud is bored with his opulent lifestyle. His brothers are boring to him his older brother wants to think only of politics and succeeding their father his younger brother is enjoying his lifestyle too much as a playboy. They make a bet with their father's best friend that neither of the boys will remain unmarried for year the last man standing wins an island that belongs to the family all his own. (Great set up for romance) In walks Fleur Summers a redhead archeology scholar who is on a quest to find the Solomon diamond and mines. Masoud is afraid to admit he is awestruck with the beauty who at first is more interested in his property than the man. Then the adventures ensue. Only thing missing is crazy booby traps and it would have been the female version of Indiana Jones! Nothing better. I loved the chemistry, her smarts and feisty-ness. He was alpha male and serious but he loosens up and becomes more flexible. They are a good fit and great story! Received ARC this is my honest review
4.0 out of 5 starsA great mix between adventure and romance
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
Ok this is a first for me. It is my first book involving Sheikh Romance and I must admit I kind of liked it. I have received an audio version from the author in exchange for an honest review
Starting with the big list of positives, I really really enjoyed the adventures Fleur and Masoud embark when deciding to find Solomon's diamond. In this exotic context, the sheikh becomes attracted to the archaeologist Fleur Summers. Her passion and her devotion towards uncovering history have aroused his interest. Travelling with her for days to find a precious jewel that will secure his family’s ruling only gets him more attracted to her and thus his desire to have her. This mix of adventure and passion is great and give the story of big big plus. It's simply something new and refreshing.
Analyzing a little the characters, Sheikh Masoud Khalidizack is used to women falling for him, especially for his money. When he meets someone clearly focused on something else but his looks and wealth, he becomes intrigued and even more committed to have her. Fleur is so caught up in continuing her parents’ research on the diamond that the romantic involvement does not seem as important as her mission to prove the existence of the jewel. Yes, definitely she sees the gorgeous man in front of her but she understands she only needs her to find a diamond and she needs him to approve for research on his land.
For the most part of the book, the focus is on finding the diamond, but when this is out of the way that is a shift towards the romantic aspect. Sort of like “Business first, pleasure later”.
Now here come some things I did not quite enjoy. From writing perspective, I would have wanted a little more insight into the sheikh’s culture, except the wealth. Also in the beginning, it all starts with a bet between the brothers and one would think this was a focus point as well. But no, until the end of the book I completely forgot about it. So for this story the bet was not significant at all. It may be for the other books in the series. We shall wait and see.
To close up, I am going with 4 stars for the story. An adventure with a lot of romance is a perfect combination for a great read. Hope you like it at least as much as I did.
I think that all the previous reviews does this book justice. The storyline and the characters were believable especially when they are searching for the Diamond. I can't wait for the rest of this series. The best of Leslie's Books are that although are in a series they are stand alone stories. Another great book and would have given it more stars
Love Leslie North books always a good read, this book also good read, If I could find fault it would be that to much of the storyline was given to the history of King Solomon mines I expected some discussions regarding it a this is what the link between the two main characters are, but little to much would have been five stars.