Feature book: The Sultan’s Harem Bride
Jacqui Fletcher, a top Australian journalist, has grown up in a dysfunctional family. She has spent time between two families with stepbrothers, so she has always been a bit of a tomboy. She thinks she doesn’t have a good body and dresses so she is not noticed. Her job takes her all over the world as she reports on wars and disasters. Her cameraman, Imran, is probably her best friend. When they are doing a story in a war-affected country, there is a bomb blast that shatters her life. Jacqui gives up her job to stay out of the spotlight and decides to write a book about the old harems in the country of Jazeer, where Imran is from. Imran organises a meeting with his grandmother to help her, but little does Jacqui know this will change her life forever.
Sultan Asim of Jazeer has led a life of luxury, living with parents who are very self-centred and thoughtless towards their two children, Asim and his sister Samira. For Asim, love is not something he believes in. He has led a life with lots of women in it but never anything permanent. The time has come for him to take a wife and beget an heir, but he has secrets he must keep. While he is strong, powerful and extremely handsome, he is also very caring with his grandmother and sister. So when he discovers a woman sleeping in the old harem buildings, he is shocked and stunned to feel such a spark towards this unknown and beautiful woman.
Asim wakes Jacqui from one of her nightmares, and it takes a bit for her to reorientate herself. She is stunned to discover such a sinfully gorgeous man in the room with her, but he is also not very happy about her being there. He is very distrustful of her. When Jacqui explains why she is there and that his grandmother has invited her to stay, he becomes even more suspicious because of his mistrust and wariness of journalists. Until he can speak to his grandmother, he takes Jacqui to his apartments in the palace where he can keep an eye on her.
This is such an amazing, beautiful story as Asim and Jacqui travel a rocky path to a HEA. They learn so much about each other and themselves. They are really both such caring and beautiful people. Asim helps Jacqui overcome her reserve about her looks, and Asim opens up about his sister and their life growing up. Jacqui becomes very good friends with Samira and his grandmother, and Asim realises that Jacqui is there for the right reasons. It still takes Asim a bit to realise how much he loves Jacqui and that she is the woman he wants as his wife. Their affair is extremely sensual and passionate. The setting is wonderful, and this story will have you smiling and cheering them both on. I highly recommend this one. Don’t miss it.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 13 May 2015 will go into the draw to win a copy of the book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Cassandra S.)