Marry a sheikh in return for a hefty financial reward? Shy researcher Jane Smith would normally have laughed in Zayed Al Zawba’s handsome face. Except it’s only for six months and the money will rescue her sister who’s mired in debt…
Sheikh Zayed will do anything to inherit Kafalah’s neighboring oil-rich lands, even wed plain Jane: he’ll never long to consummate a marriage with her! But Zayed hasn’t bargained on Jane’s frumpy clothes hiding delicious curves…or her quick mind and untouched beauty teasing and tempting him beyond his wildest imaginings!
Review: Sheikh Zayed al Zawba can have any woman at his beck and call, yet when he finds himself needing a wife in order to fulfill the conditions of an inheritance, he seeks out a true plain Jane.
Jane Smith is comfortable with her calm, predictable life. However, she finds herself in a predicament when her sister gets into deep financial trouble. When Zayed offers Jane a solution, she agrees to become The Sheikh’s Bought Wife.
Author Sharon Kendrick did an excellent job creating two very different characters in Zayed and Jane. Their mutual disdain for each other is evident with every conversation. Zayed is the epitome of a playboy who sleeps with any female who catches his eye. The very idea that he would be with Jane, much less marry her, seems absurd. From head to toe, Jane is very much a woman who blends into a crowd, with her sharp wit hiding her innocence.
To add some spice to the story, it turns out that Jane’s plainness is easily remedied with fashionable clothing and some basic hair and makeup tips. As the beautiful swan emerges, the characters find themselves struggling to maintain the hands-off conditions of their agreement.
It’s been quite a while sine I’ve read a Harlequin. I was incredibly impressed with the heat level and its intensity. I found myself thoroughly caught up in the storyline, especially the desert kingdom of Kafalah. The author used rich descriptions to help make me feel a part of the country’s culture and history.
While somewhat predictable, I found this to be an engaging story. I would definitely read more from this author.