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Posted January 12, 2014
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I had been eying this book for a while now. The title itself brings to mind the Harlequin Presents line, which always features people from far off lands, like Arabian Sheikhs. I’d just finished reading Ms Lane’s book Her Latin Lover, which wasn’t bad, just a little lackluster. So I figured I’d better give her another try by reading The Royal Sheikh. And I wasn’t disappointed.
The book is far from perfect. I found Clare to be overly emotional for my tastes. I kept wanting to reach into my Kindle and shake some sense into her. But at the same time, given the whirlwind romance and exotic, high profile world she landed herself in, I believe that your average woman would likely be just as emotional.
And then there’s Rafiq. He’s the image of the rich, handsome, playboy prince that every girl dreams to meet and fall in love with. It was interesting to watch Rafiq, not so much fight his feelings, but rather hide them and then stumble along as he screws up his relationship with Clare. At times I wanted to smack him as well, when his domineering, stereotypical Arab male, side made an appearance. But he made up for it in the end, so all was forgiven.
The plot wasn’t unique, but it had enough twists and turns to make it enjoyable. I’d like to see Ms Lane work on less telling and more showing (meaning more conversation) in future books, as sometimes it felt we spent too much time in the character’s heads and not enough time actually developing them and their relationship. And a few times she veered into random peoples heads, which was unnecessary. But overall, this was a good read and I’d recommend to those who do enjoy the Harlequin Presents books.
Posted December 28, 2012
Author: Katheryn Lane Published by: K.L. Age Recommended: Adult
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Published by: K.L.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"The Royal Sheikh" by Katheryn Lane was a real good romantic read for me. How this author was able to get this architect (Clare) and 'Middle Eastern Prince'(Rafiq) together was definitely a work of art. This prince had been known simply as a 'Playboy Prince'..but was this all true? "The Royal sheikh" was a light read that turned out to be very sweet and romantic... but not necessarily 'steamy.' I really did like the way Ms. Lane kept the story moving forward. The characters ...especially Clare's friend Louise was just that ...a true friend. Now, this is where I will say to find out all... you must pick up this good read to find out just what is going on in the enchanting romance with this prince.
If you are looking for a quick light romantic read... I would definitely recommend "The Royal Sheikh" to you as a good read.
Posted November 22, 2011
I could not stop reading...
Reviewed by Lisa M. for Readers FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"The Royal Sheikh" is a classic story of fantasy and fiction. Sheikh Rafiq Kahil is known as the "Playboy Prince". He is the ideal guy for many of the ladies in Arabia; he has the looks, intelligence and the cash to attract many women. Claire McKay is a self-sufficient architect intern with the goal to become a partner with her employer's architect firm. Both of them meet at an art collection and things take quite a turn. Their meeting starts off on a bumpy greeting, when Claire becomes suspicious of Rafiq's generosity. Rafiq is also suspicious of Claire when he thinks she is like most women he has known, for instance a gold-digger and a bimbo. Claire and Rafiq become amazed at how this relationship can become the best and the worst of their imaginations.
I liked reading this story. I could not stop reading until I finished the book. The author Katheryn Lane gives vivid details of the main characters, Rafiq and Claire. The author also makes the reader imagine all the amenities of living in Arabic royalty and of the Arabic culture and customs. I think this book is a great romantic story of how a charming, tanned and handsome prince realizes that not any woman, including a Princess, is the desire of a prince, and that the characteristics of a person should be the most important factor in deciding what is the right status of becoming a princess to a prince in marriage.
Posted October 19, 2011
Sweet and old-fashioned
I was advised that this was a romance classified as 'sweet' in terms of levels of 'page sizzling' content. It was indeed 'sweet', but it was also very sweet as in old-fashioned. Not that I have actually read any, but it did occur to me that this might be a very Mills & Boon/Harlequin-romance-type novel. It was probably typical in that the format was quite stereotyped and predictable - boy meets girl, falls in love with girl at first sight, does his best to find her when he fails to find out her contact details, chance and luck play their parts, then follow misunderstandings causing boy and girl to break up, but boy and girl can't live without each other, chance and luck are at it again and before you know it, it all ends...? Don't forget I did say it was predictable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I liked it - it was indulgently sugary, innocent, charming and gave you a warm feelgood afterglow. It wasn't taxing, it was delightfully easy to read and the author had a very pleasant and especially refreshing style. There was something very clean and crisp in the writing as a result of the author's avoidance of any contractions in the narrative (not a 'wasn't' or 'didn't' to be found). It was very hard not to care about the two main characters, Clare and Rafiq. They were both independent, knew what they wanted and the misunderstandings that gave their relationship the runaround were neatly laced into their lives, never leaving you frustrated or wishing the pace of the story would step up a gear. Not a long novel, but it was well designed.
I think I prefer a slightly more robust romance - something in the middle of 'sweet' and erotica - but it was hard not to like this; it was light, airy and enjoyable, just right for a quick and uncomplicated read.