Saturday, 16 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #37
The Inherited Bride - Maisey Yates
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Princess Isabella was certain of three things...
She desperately didn't want to marry the Sheikh to whom she was
There was more to the darkly handsome, dark-hearted desert stranger
escorting her back to the altar than met the eye...
And, having kissed the stranger once, she was never going to be the same
This is the second book of Maisey's that I have read, a couple of weeks back I read and reviewed 'A Mistake, A Prince and A Pregnancy' (if you missed it here's a handy link!). This is a follow on from that book, with the heroine of this story being the sister of the previous book's hero, but don't worry if you haven't read that book as this is perfectly stand alone(although I highly recommend reading it eventually!).
The story begins with Princess Isabella sitting in a hotel room in Paris, when Adham arrives to escort her back to her intended husband. Isabella had escaped from her security detail in order to spend a few days experience of life outside of expectations and duty before entering into her arranged marriage due to take place in 2 months. Adham, unbeknownst to Isabella, is the brother of her future husband, and the only person trusted enough to bring Isabella back safely (and protect her innocence). At first Adham thinks that Isabella is nothing but a spoilt 'poor little rich girl', and after he is asked by his brother he agrees to look after her whilst she does some of the things she wanted to.
Isabella knows that she must marry and fulfil her duty, and understands this. However as she and Adham begin to get to know one another they slowly realise their attraction for one another. Adham feels like he has betrayed his brothers honour and when they get even deeper into a relationship and the arranged marriage is threatened things get even more complicated.
I adored this book! It had me hooked almost from the start. Maisey has written two fantastic characters. Adham is a scarred tortured soul who doesn't let anyone close to him and Isabella is a dreamer yet also mature enough to know her responsibilities. I really loved how both characters taught each other something; Isabella teaching Adham to let people close and challenging his misconceptions about her and Adham showing Isabella how to be more worldly and of course how to be a woman, if you get my meaning ;)! Maisey really made me have empathy with Isabella with her desires to do things that so many of us take for granted, such as having you picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower, eating a hamburger, going to the movies, or buying your own underwear!
This was a beautifully written romance, the settings and surrounding were also amazingly written and very descriptive. Maisey, if you keep writing books at this level then you will have a fan for life in me!!
If reading this book is simply not enough for you then hop on over to Maisey's website where you can listen to a song inspired by 'The Inherited Bride' written and recorded by her husband (link).