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Monday, August 8, 2011

To Touch a Sheikh by Olivia Gates



To Touch a Sheikh by Olivia Gates
Publisher: Harlequin Silhouette Desire
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (184 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

No one gets past Prince Amjad Aal Shalaan's defenses. No one. But when Princess Maram shows up at Amjad's gala in her father's place, destroying Amjad's plans to reclaim what was stolen from his family, Amjad sees red…and uses a freak sandstorm to make her his prisoner of passion.

Swept to safety by the man she's always loved from afar, Maram knows she has one chance to make Amjad see her as a woman. His woman. But when the impossible prince and the unstoppable princess take shelter from the storm, neither is prepared for the aftermath of their desire…

I chose this book because I enjoy the Silhouette Desire series, and stories of Sheikhs. To Touch A Sheikh has it all. In this, the final book in Ms Gate’s Pride of Zohayd trilogy, the author’s writing is fluent, her settings pull you in and her characters have depth and strength, though they aren't altogether as memorable as usual.

Ms Gates' opening is a cracker. The attempted murder of her hero, Prince Amjad Aal Shalaan, results in shattered trust, retribution, and consequences that linger for several years.

Amjad may be a wounded hero who’s sworn off women but when Princess Maram foils his plans for her father, Amjad swiftly adjusts his plans. While I found it difficult to empathise with the hero’s actions towards the heroine to begin with, Ms. Gate’s creates a believable set of sequences that drew me in and kept me reading.

This story differs from the usual Sheiks in as much this one is of a Prince having to deal with a Princess, a woman from his own kind of background. And one who’s loved Amjad for as long as she can remember. But will her love survive her Prince’s latest act of retribution?

It is because I ‘knew’ Maram had secretly loved Amjad for the whole of her life that I understood why she put her trust in him so easily, even if at times she exasperated me with her level of acceptance. Since the whole theme of the book is about trust, past, present and future, it comes as no surprise that Maram has some major choices to make when her trust is severely tested.

Ms. Gates uses her secondary characters (some that you don’t even meet in this book)to spin multi-layered webs of deceit and treachery through the story.

To Touch a Sheikh is a pleasurable read with palace intrigues that ultimately force the hero and heroine to work together to uncover the mastermind behind the plots.

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