Never Seduce a Sheikh by Jackie Ashenden


Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 10th 2014

I wanted to read this soon as I read the title… A Sheikh? I’ve never read a story about that before so I was all in to give it a try and see where it would take me.

As expected, it was so very different to a lot of stories I’ve read in some ways, while being similar in others. The differences lay in the setting and the whole oil business that had a holding on the story. Sheikh Isma’il is a prince trying to do better than his father before and therefore he looks to establish a relationship with Lily Harkness, the CEO of an Oil baroness company. Through that he wishes to develop and better the circumstances of his people but he has a lot to prove. Many people to please and he has to demonstrate clearly that his nature and intentions are pure unlike his father beforehand in order to gain approval and acceptance from the people of Dahar. And Lily will do her damn hardest to try and prove herself worthy of this business deal because she also has something to prove, and that is that she is just as good as her father.

The struggle that both characters endured was understandable but  I don’t think there was enough detail on how exactly they managed to conquer their fears. It cannot be just because of one passionate moment between the two. Even if all it took was a few sweet words I think it should have been explained in a little more detail, or may be included a little more drama to produce an understanding as to how their personal battles were fought. May be if it was written in first person rather than third I would have been able to make a personal connection with the characters which would have allowed me to bond with the story a little better too.

He’d imprinted himself on her, on her body, on her heart, on her soul. And it hurt.

The writing was great however. I think Isma’il had great potential and the fact that it’s a story about Arab royalty. It completely contradicted the stereo types of Arab royals which I think was a great point to touch on. And when he said Habibti he totally had me gushing. Some scenes proved really fun to read. Mostly during the beginning parts when everything was so new to Lily. However personally, I feel it wasn’t for me therefore I don’t think I can say much else. Give it a go though and see how you like it! It’s worth giving it a go. I think I will be trying other series from this author though as I’ve heard great things.

In his dark suit, perfectly cut as befitting his station, there was something almost dangerous about him. A strange though. Men weren’t dangerous. Because for them to be dangerous, she would have to be vulnerable. And she wasn’t vulnerable. Not ever.

Because passion is dangerous, Habibti. And you, of all people, should know that.

2 thoughts on “Never Seduce a Sheikh by Jackie Ashenden

  1. I think I’m as blown away by the title as you were! What a weird title! But it’s really good to get a review by someone who knows the culture. I feel I can trust it better. I was familiar with Habibi, but not Habibti. What’s the difference?!

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