The Sheikh's Pregnancy Proposal

The Sheikh's Pregnancy Proposal

Paperback - 2015
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"This sheikh must marry the mother of his child! Twenty-four hours before he's to formally announce his engagement to the bride his father has chosen, Sheikh Kadin Gabriel ben Kadir gives in to a rare moment of temptation. But when one night with Sarah Duval leads to pregnancy, he vows he'll be part of mother and child's life. His plan: replace one political marriage for another. He'll wed the captivating history teacher who arouses such powerful desire and keep his heart out of the bargain. But Sarah wants a soul mate. How can she promise forever to a man who has sworn never to be ruled by love?"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2015]
ISBN: 9780373733873
Characteristics: 187 pages ; 17 cm.


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FindingJane Jan 30, 2017

Although the sheikh of contemporary romance may be a 21st-century ruler, his country is still steeped (mired?) in the traditions of the past. Apparently, one of them is that he mustn’t marry a foreign American woman. That’s because all Westerners are decadent heathens and infidels, right?

Okay, I may be projecting. I haven’t seen that written anywhere in any of the modern Harlequin romances I’ve read. But I have to wonder at the urgency of men who have a one-night stand with a woman, jet off into the sunset and only return and demand marriage when they find out their American lovely is pregnant. It basically states, “There is no way a man born into royalty would marry a woman like that unless she were expecting his child.” What other message can be inferred? Cinderella’s dream come true, this isn’t.

So we get another entry into this shotgun-wedding trope. This one has some unexpected additions. It turns out Sheikh Kadin Gabriel ben Kadir’s intended fiancée wasn’t the pure virgin she was supposed to be. She’s been seen keeping company with an Italian count. But his one-night fling, Sarah Duval WAS a virgin when he slept with her, making her a perfect substitute.

Sarah herself is a dreamer, a throwback to a bygone age when women saved themselves for the wedding night. But her demands of no nooky before marriage left her with three wrecked relationships. So she tosses her ideals out the window to sleep with a man she’s known for less than an hour. In real life, she’d be lucky to avoid getting murdered. But, hey, this is a fantasy so naturally she falls for him, he falls for her…and abandons her to marry his intended.

Sarah’s got entanglements of her own in the form of a pushy ex-boyfriend who only stuck with her to get his hands on some famous jewels. His on-again, off-again appearances are so lackluster and unconvincing he might as well not be in the novel at all.

I expect more from 21st-century romances that are only Regency romances thinly cloaked. Let’s face it, ladies. We deserve better than this.


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