The Sheik's Secret Bride

The Sheik's Secret Bride

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ISBN: 9780373243310
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Jun 25, 2012

The Sheikh's Secret Bride (5 stars)
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Prince Malik Khan spots single mother Liana Archer when she first arrives in El Bahar and is instantly drawn to her and her daughter Bethany. In the inimitable arrogance of a crown prince, he sweeps the two off to the royal palace so that he can keep them nearby. Liana has already endured a marriage with an incredibly self-centered man and is annoyed to find her plans for a new life thwarted by another man's selfish impulses. /
Even more frustrating is her reluctant attraction to Malik. He maintains a friendship with Bethany even after allowing the Archers to move out of the palace. Just as Liana begins to make peace with her growing attraction to Malik, they are married without her knowledge or consent. He now has 30 days to convince her to stay. Malik suspects that Liana is the only woman who can help him (and his eventual sons) be a man, not just a crown prince. /
The isolation of his upbringing and the humiliation of his first marriage have led Malik to believe that giving his love would be a sign of weakness, but he desperately craves Liana's love. She wants to soothe his loneliness, but needs to feel loved and respected as an equal. I understand those desires, but her reaction in the scene where she confesses her love (and he does not) is pretty ridiculous. 1) Loving someone is not about what they can do or feel for you, and 2) you can't expect an emotionally repressed and verbally cautious person to suddenly flip a switch and profess their love when you give them the first indication of committment. She spent a lot of time declaring that she was going to leave - he has reason to be guarded. But at least she didn't immediately run away, and for that I respect her. I also respect her for leaving when she did, and the ending was very satisfying, except for the random foreshadowing of the last paragraph. That was kind of weird.

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