Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Sheikh’s Chosen Queen - 1st in Desert Kings Series
Author: Jane Porter
Publisher: Harlequin (Presents)
Release Date: March 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day United Arab Emirates and Country of Sarq
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Jane's Website: www.janeporter.com
Jesslyn Heaton is finished teaching for the year and is on her way to a wonderful traveling vacation. As she prepares to close her room for the summer, someone wanting to see her interrupts her duties. Expecting a parent of a student, she is stunned when her former boyfriend enters the room. Nine years later, playboy Sharif Fehr is no longer the prince. He is the King of Sarq. He seems to be a different person, one who expects his every word to be obeyed. When he asks her to give up her holiday to tutor his children over summer, she says no.
Unfortunately, one of her students pulls a prank that day that goes seriously wrong. As a Westerner in an Arab country, he hadn’t thought of the punishment if caught. It will be emotionally and physically scarring. To try to save her student, she agrees to tutor Sharif’s children for the summer if he gets her student released.
Can she ever forgive him for marrying a princess six months after their breakup? Can he forgive her for letting him go?
Jesslyn and Sharif have a lot of past baggage to deal with. Each of them kept secrets from the other back when they were dating and those secrets have only grown. Can they bridge the gulf between them to help save his daughters from despair? Whenever the two of them are together, the sparks fly. He is accustomed to every command being carried out immediately and without question. Jesslyn questions everything and refuses to jump at his command. He realizes she is the only person who will tell him the truth about his daughters. With each of their moves being countermined by nannies and grandma, they may never get to the truth about his daughters. Will they ever share their darkest secrets with each other or will they continue to live apart and longing for more?
My heart was captured by the love Sharif has for his daughters. We get to know the girls through the story and my heart broke for them as each new piece of the puzzle was revealed. Jesslyn is a teacher and has that deep love of all children—especially those in need. In many ways, her personality and compassion reminded me of Princess Diana and all she did for children. Sharif is a man who has become adept at making sure no emotion leaks out. However, still waters run deep. I was rooting for him to be as assertive in his life as he is with his country. Jesslyn and Sharif really touched my heart and I am looking forward to the other stories in this series.
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