The Sheikh’s Contract Fiancée by Leslie North – Book Review

There are days when you need just a light romantic book by your side and a good glass of wine. During one of those instances I picked up this book, The Sheikh’s Contract Fiancée written by Leslie North.

Blurb –

She’s expecting a simple business deal, but he’s expecting much more…

Annabelle works tirelessly for her father’s mining company, despite their rocky relationship. So when he asks her to travel to the Middle East to complete an important business merger, Annabelle sees an opportunity. It’s her chance to prove her worth, but the culture clash proves difficult for the strong-minded American woman. She’s supposed to work closely with the son of the oil company’s CEO, but Annabelle’s not sure what to make of Imaad. He may be gorgeous, but she refuses to be cowed by his good looks or his old-fashioned ways.

Sheikh Imaad is ruthless in his business dealings for the family oil company, but standing up to his traditional father is not as simple. When he learns his father’s full intentions–that the business arrangements include an arranged marriage to the American executive, Imaad wants to refuse. His intended bride is both beautiful and brash, but Imaad has a plan. If he can convince Annabelle to go along with the fake marriage, they might both get what they truly want. Sounds simple, but Imaad soon realizes it won’t be easy to tame a western woman.

To please their families and prove their worth, just how far will Imaad and Annabelle be willing to go? And what will happen when the charade starts to get a little too real?


My Review –

The book is a short read which you can finish in one sitting. The story is simple and written in a way that makes it easy to read.

I feel that there were a lot of elements in this book which could have made it a bit more interesting, for example the cultural differences, family etc. and because of which I feel that a lot of drama could have been added in this book. This could have been much spicier. In spite of all that I quite like the story.

I was not able to connect with the main character Annabelle. She was described as a fierce business woman but she just did not come across that in the book. Also, somebody who has had good education, she did not have urbane or sophisticated language. Especially if she is going to meet a client.

The book for average but definitely not as I expected. I would rate it a 2.5/5.

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