The Sheikh's Forced Bride (Sharjah Sheikhs, #1)by Leslie North
Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi’s playboy ways have finally caught up with him. After creating a scandal during a diplomatic visit to America, Khalid is given a choice by his father—marry or face banishment. Rather than lose his family, Khalid bows to his father’s wishes but an outspoken American interrupts Khalid’s would-be wedding. Now Khalid has
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Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi’s playboy ways have finally caught up with him. After creating a scandal during a diplomatic visit to America, Khalid is given a choice by his father—marry or face banishment. Rather than lose his family, Khalid bows to his father’s wishes but an outspoken American interrupts Khalid’s would-be wedding. Now Khalid has a new plan that might please his father, secure his inheritance and leave Khalid still able to go on with his life …he’ll take the beautiful American as his bride—and then his father will hate her so much he’ll beg Khalid not to get married after all.
Journalist Casey Connolly has never been afraid to share her opinions. While researching an article on arranged marriages, she lands in trouble when she crashes a royal wedding to get a quote from the attending American guests.. The sexy groom offers to set her free if she’ll step into the role of his fiancée—just for a short time. Seeing a chance to get the scoop she needs, Casey agrees.
Soon there’s no denying the chemistry they share. But Casey’s boss is pushing her to complete her piece and head back to the States, while Khalid’s father is still pushing for a hasty wedding. Will this pseudo-romance become the real thing or buckle under all the pressure being put on these two?
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Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi playboy days are over after a scandal during a diplomatic visit to America Khalid had been given a choice marry or face banishment. Khalid was not ready to say goodbye to his brothers or his country. Khalid understood his father's reasoning but the main reason was it would combine both families wealth. Khalid thought when he finally married it would be for love like his father. But here he was to marry Fadiyah until an American woman broke into the room and started asking about arranged marriages. Then Fadiyah burst into tears and said she could not marry anyone that she would not be treated like a barrel of oil. Casey had been arrested and she had been in her cell for two days. Casey was an investigative journalist and this wasn’t the first time she had ended up in jail. Casey often had to call her boss Luke to be bailed out. But she had not even been allowed a call. Khalid showed up at Casey's’ cell and told Casey if she pretended to be his fiance she would be released to him. Also his father may decide he did not want such an outspoken woman for a daughter and release Khalid from his promise to marry in a month. Casey agreed as long as Khalid helped her get an inside story on arranged marriages. After she was released Khalid took Casey to the palace as she had one hour to get ready to meet the Sultan as Khalid’s fiance. Casey knew there was an attraction between her and Khalid. I liked this story a lot but didn’t feel it was really realistic. But this is definitely a fun and quick read. I liked the plot and the fact that their are still arranged marriages in today's’ world. I felt the attraction was insta/attraction as was the love but for this story it was fine. I liked that Khalid finally stood up to his father and toke his brother’s place so the wedding didn’t happen. All and all a good read. I liked the plot a lot. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story. I recommend.
I picked up this book because of two reasons firstly because I have never read a love story of Sheikhs and secondly because the description sounded too good. Now jumping straight to my thoughts about this book. Casey and Khalid's love story has the common theme of the playboy finally finding his girl. But still the way it was told touched my heart. They both complimented each other. There were many passionate, intense and heartwarming moments and also some in between sheets action. I quite liked Casey's character. She is absolutely fearless, strong and spoke her mind. She is not someone who is easily oppressed by anyone. Now coming to Khalid's character. He was also a likeable character. You people may think that Khalid will be a male chauvinist, but actually he respected women. He was also a good person as he was respected all over Sharjah. Another thing that I liked about this book was that it also showed a father son relationship apart from a love story. I liked the way Khalid came out of his father's shadow to show him that he has grown up and can be trusted and handed over the responsibilities. Lastly I would say that I also loved Sultan's character. He was not the Sultan image I had in my mind. He seemed tyrannical but he had his reasons for it and by the end of the story they appeared quite justified too. Another point in his favour, he understood Fadiyah, Khalid's ex fiancée's desire to marry someone who is not of a comparable class even when her own father was against it. Overall I would say that I loved this story and would definitely recommend it to all romance lovers.
What's not to love of a Sheikh being forced to wed a woman to join families and become business partners and allies? Even better is when said hot couple is interrupted at the alter by a headstrong reporter trying to blow a lid on arranged marriages in the country of Sharjah? Nothing is better (except maybe the next book in the series)! Khalid and Casey's story is refreshing and fun but too short. (I say that about most of Leslie's books because they're so good I want more) I love the twist that come about throughout. A great read and another lovely couple.
After all of the mystery of the Karev brothers, it was nice to sit back and relax with less heavy action and more light satisfaction. The Sheikh's Forced Bride changed it up nicely. Khalid and Casey made the saying "a little less talk and a lot more action" words to live by in their relationship. Brought together by desperation and chance, these opposites made for a hilarious transition but were still a winning match. Count on Ms. North to write delicious romance.