Entrancing, lovely, gripping Beauty & the Beast fairy tale! 4* indeed!
Sheikh Azim al Bahjat, stood erect, still and his face was grave and unsmiling. His eyes were black and opaque; his hair was cut close, he had broad shoulders, tapering narrow hips and, long, powerful legs. He was however an attractive man, his features even and his mouth had a mobile, sensual curve. His voice, when he spoke was clipped and cold. ‘We will marry in one week’s time’.’By my side, in the palace harem----or in my bed’. ‘This man, who had not spared her so much as an introduction, who barked commands, whose smile seemed cruel, was going to be her husband.’ On the other hand , at first sight he saw,’ hidden from her view Johara, his bride to be, step out with her slippered foot first, small and dainty, a slim golden ankle, her form willowy and enticing and hair as dark as ink. She had large, clear grey eyes, framed by sooty lashes and gently arched brows’.’A pert nose, delicate cheekbones and full pouty kissable lips’. She ‘was gorgeous,’ innocent and sensual ‘and she didn’t even realise how alluring she was.’ Azim ‘gave her a single, blazing look.’ While she thought, ’had his lips really been that full?’
Her winsome, gentle ways will win the romantic, independent, readers who will become Johara’s admirers and try to win Johara’s battles for her! While the Sheikh’s ‘scar which snaked from the corner of his left eye to the curve of his mouth still looked red and livid’, may be off-putting for many readers, as they long for perfection in their Alpha macho hero. However not withstanding that scar, the plot is enticing and engaging, the linguistic style of the use of irony, wit, sarcasm, banter will bring chuckles to the readers. Phrases such as, ‘Azim laughed softly,’’ whispered close to her ears’, ‘growled angrily’, will entrap the readers into their problems of mistrust and suspicions about each other. The readers will empathise and identify with these larger than life characters! A pleasure to read this last duet about the Sheikhs and keep it in either a paperback or in a kindle in one’s home library. Superb indeed!