Thursday, August 15, 2019
BOOK REVIEW- The Sheikh's Wife Arrangement (The Safar Sheikhs Series Book 1) by Leslie North*
Ancient law dictates that Sheikh Fatim Safar has to marry or be disinherited by his 30th birthday. Fatim isn’t worried—he married years earlier and had two children with his wife before she died. But there’s a catch: the law states he must be married at age 30. Two weeks from his 30th birthday, there’s no time to change it or fight it...it’s more expedient to marry.
Calla Clark is out to prove her parents wrong. Instead of marrying well like her mother wanted, Calla’s in the Middle East to prove her design prowess. And what better way to do that then becoming seamstress for the royal family and getting to drape fabric over the sexy Sheikh’s rock-hard body. She can’t act on her temptations, of course. She’s got goals to crush. Still, when she watches the way the Sheikh commands his tribe, and cares for his kids, she can’t help but feel an undeniable attraction.
Fatim has taken a liking to Calla, too. She’s smart, thoughtful, and good with his children. With his birthday right around the corner, Fatim offers her the position as his wife. It’s only temporary, and in return for marrying him and helping with his children, he’ll give her everything she needs for the upcoming Fashion Week. Calla agrees...so long as he helps keep her dream alive.
With so many differences between them, Fatim and Calla’s powerful pairing could raise the tribe up to modern heights, or send it to the bin like last season’s cast-offs.
This book had it's charming moments with fairly good main characters. The ancient law was an odd requirement but there really wasn't any way around it.
Calla had a lot of skills other than just her unique style and brilliance as a clothing designer. One that started to shine was her ability and enjoyment of problem solving and coming up with wise ideas.
Fatim was beginning to enjoy his time with Calla as his wife, his Queen. That had him backpedaling many times, times that hurt Calla. He had this thought, this fear that love would destroy his life and his being a good ruler. He loved his children, his family and his people. But a woman in that position? He had drawn some erroneous ideas about that. And a lot of that had to do with his own pride.
Fatim's children of course, add to the story without taking over the whole story. Something that I felt did kind of take over parts of the story was the marital sex. And there was quite a bit of that.
The story includes an Epilogue which I enjoyed. The story also had some humor in it. Overall, I would say that most of the story was somewhat predictable. If you are looking for a fast, not real deep story with a H.E.A. then this one is for you.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”