Series: The Chatsfield #1
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Royalty
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Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!
Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful sheikh's desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!
To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, the synopsis wasn’t exactly clear on that. From the front cover I assumed it would be modern times, but someone said it sounded more like a historical romance, so I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. Plus there was mention of a harem, so I was kind of expect that too. What I knew for sure was that it would be a love story involving a culture I am pretty unfamiliar with, so I was looking forward to having my questions answered.
So first things first, since my expectations were unclear going in, I want to clear up some of the confusion I had going in. It’s definitely a modern times book, private jets, smart phones, and all. And while there are several references to there being a harem, one does not exist in this book, so if you coming into this book thinking there will be harem you will be quite disappointed. What I can tell you is this an Arabic culture romance, and it’s sweet and modern.
So Liyah is an educated woman, college degree and all, and she comes to work at the London hotel in order to meet her father, the owner of said hotel. She is the chambermaid for the Sheikh and his entourage while he is staying at the hotel, and given that her mother was from the same country she has a good familiarity with the culture. After a particularly disastrous encounter with her dad, she escapes to one of the empty rooms rented by the Sheikh to drown her sorrows, and it seems like the Sheikh has the same idea.
The two of them have chemistry, which is nice. Sayed is definitely arrogant as Liyah points out on numerous occasions. The book is pretty fast paced, so things happen rather quickly and it makes it a little bit difficult to form a real emotional bond to the characters. Also, there’s this whole scene after their one night together where there is talk about her period and pregnancy and man traps, that it just seems unnatural and kind of crude. I don’t like the way Sayed just kind of swept her away just because of their one night, and I didn’t like even more than she was so willing to just go along with what a man she barely knew said.
This is definitely a short read, and it has it’s moments of cuteness, but for me it felt way too quick. I’m not sure how accurate the culture representation was, and while I did appreciate that the author made it easy for someone with no knowledge to get a quick picture of the culture, but I worry that it felt like a caricature. Overall, I would say this book is one I could see as a beach read, quick and easy, with an interesting couple, and if that’s what your looking for then this might be the book for you.