on April 14, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book. It was predictable; however, it was light-weight, easy reading. I've gotten away from straight romance and this was a nice change from the paranormal that I've been reading lately. I like how, at the end, Clair is continuing to do some architecture work after marrying Rafiq.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Ima Dragon Keeper
on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I enjoyed The Royal Sheikh very much. It is a fast light read for someone like me who usually reads thick "phone book" novels (as my husband likes to call them). Clare is a bit wishy -washy for my taste but she evolves through the story and takes a firm stand at the end. Rafiq falls for her due to the fact that she likes him for his love of art and romanticism more than his money and title but his secret is almost his undoing. The story is somewhat predictable but if you are like me and read romances for their happily-ever-after factor then you will not be disappointed in this one. So Katheryn - are you going to tell us Louise's story next ? ;)
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Tia Silverthorne Bach
on Feb. 11, 2012 :
Beautiful scenery and an enjoyable romance are the basis for The Royal Sheikh. Clare McKay is focused on her career as an architect, working long hours and ignoring her personal life. A chance meeting brings Sheikh Rafiq Al Kahil into her life, and neither one of them can ignore the sparks.
Rafiq is used to getting what he wants and thinks Clare will be no exception. He lures her in but is surprised by her commitment to her career and her initial refusal to give into him. He’s intrigued, but it’s more than that.
Both Clare’s boss and best friend, Louise, caution her against falling hard and fast for the Playboy Prince, but she’s too far gone. The beautiful setting of Rafiq’s home country and his charm further cement her budding feelings.
Rafiq and Clare dig in their heels when a series of misunderstandings occur. The reader sees two strong-willed people fighting the overwhelming feelings taking over. Rafiq isn’t just a playboy, he’s a son with lots of responsibility who has been burned one too many times by people looking out for their own needs.
At times, I wanted Clare to be stronger, play hard to get a little more. But I appreciated Clare’s stand in the end; it proved the Sheikh’s worth and commitment while also strengthening her character.
The Royal Sheikh doesn’t really stray from the romance novel formula, but it’s a quick read and engaging story. For those who love a romantic tale with interesting lead characters, pick up The Royal Sheikh and prepare to be swept away.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Note: I’m being a bit nit-picky with my 3.5 versus 4, but there were some sections with awkward dialogue and prose that kept me from committing to a full 4 (although it will show as a 4 on Amazon, thanks to rounding up).
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on Dec. 6, 2011 :
The Royal Sheikh is a wonderful romance. I enjoyed the exotic settings and fell in love with Katheryn Lane's characters. I could not put this book down until I had read every last page.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 13, 2011 :
Just occasionally, it’s good for an older man like me to get away from the blood and musket adventure or crime thriller that would be my preferred genre, and settle down to read a good old fashioned romance, and that’s exactly what I found in this book. I read this novel from beginning to end which says a lot for it, because all too often recently, I have found the “Romance” genre to have been hijacked by being unnecessarily descriptive of bedroom intimacy, which quite frankly, turns me off. So if you like a straight forward romance… this is a great book but it is not steamy. It’s a good old fashioned romance where girl meets boy but boy isn’t all that he seems. What I really enjoyed was the way that the writer keeps the story moving. Even though I was not burdened with endless character descriptions, I am left with the feeling that I know the main characters personally. Now that’s the sort of achievement I like in a novelist. I enjoyed reading this novel but I didn’t quite love it. It therefore falls between 4 and 5 stars on the scale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2011 :
I was advised that this was a romance classified as 'sweet' in terms of levels of 'page sizzling' content. It was indeed 'sweet', but it was also very sweet as in old-fashioned. Not that I have actually read any, but it did occur to me that this might be a very Mills & Boon/Harlequin-romance-type novel. It was probably typical in that the format was quite stereotyped and predictable – boy meets girl, falls in love with girl at first sight, does his best to find her when he fails to find out her contact details, chance and luck play their parts, then follow misunderstandings causing boy and girl to break up, but boy and girl can't live without each other, chance and luck are at it again and before you know it, it all ends…….? Don't forget I did say it was predictable.
I liked it – it was indulgently sugary, innocent, charming and gave you a warm feelgood afterglow. It wasn't taxing, it was delightfully easy to read and the author had a very pleasant and especially refreshing style. There was something very clean and crisp in the writing as a result of the author's avoidance of any contractions in the narrative (not a 'wasn't' or 'didn't' to be found). It was very hard not to care about the two main characters, Clare and Rafiq. They were both independent, knew what they wanted and the misunderstandings that gave their relationship the runaround were neatly laced into their lives, never leaving you frustrated or wishing the pace of the story would step up a gear. Not a long novel, but it was well designed.
I think I prefer a slightly more robust romance – something in the middle of 'sweet' and erotica – but it was hard not to like this; it was light, airy and enjoyable, just right for a quick and uncomplicated read.
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
on Aug. 29, 2011 :
This was a great read. I have read it four times since I have downloaded it.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)