Tuesday, April 28, 2020

BOOK REVIEW- The Sheikh's Stolen Bride-To-Be by Holly Rayner *

 This is a re-release of a book first released in 2017. It features an added epilogue, previously exclusive to subscribers to my newsletter. It is the second book in the All He Desires series

Book Details

Stephanie O’Hanlon is a typical American girl, caught in a very exotic bind. Under pressure from her old-fashioned parents - not to mention, more than a little eager to escape her small-town Vermont existence - she finds herself in the Middle East, on the eve of an arranged marriage to a man she’s never met.

Walking the dusty streets of El Farah, she meets a tall, dark, and devilishly handsome stranger, Mehdi, and in a desperate moment of honesty, she tells him all: her doubts, her fears, and the husband-to-be she’s never met. Hours later, and there’s only one man she can imagine marrying the next day.

On her way to the wedding venue, Steph realizes something isn’t right. She’s been stolen away from a fate she never asked for by Mehdi, the Sheikh of the land! But is he her kidnapper or her savior?

Swept away to paradise, Steph can’t escape reality forever. At some point, she knows she must face her parents’ wrath. And the groom she jilted…

Can this love transcend tradition? Will Steph ever find her way back to the man who broke all the rules to save the girl he met weeping at the fountain?   AMAZON LINK
         3 STARS

This story had potential, it had interesting main characters, and plenty of emotions. 
It also had me shaking my head when it came to Stephanie's mother and father's expectations.  You raise her as an American in America and you expect her to be totally okay with an arranged marriage to a stranger?  And she's expected to move to a foreign country that she knows almost nothing about.  It might be part of her heritage but they have told her practically nothing about that country either?  I found that kind of strange.

So much of the story was like being on a guided tour of El Farah and the surrounding countryside.  While it made for good world building it also began to feel a bit top heavy with it.
The book blurb is what got me interested in the story.  I have to admit that the story didn't exactly go in the direction that I thought it might. But that was an interesting twist.  There is another twist coming towards the end that I didn't see coming. It put a smile on my face though. 
It was sweet, charming story as well as including the challenges that Steph faced becoming her own woman.   She finds love instead of just bowing to tradition for traditions sake.  There is tender moments between Steph and Mehdi before everything gets cleared up.
There is a H.E.A. and a good Epilogue that pulls everything together. I just felt like it could have been deeper.

"I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

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