: Kim Lawrence
Line: Harlequin Presents / Mills and Boon Modern
Release month: North America: March 2010 UK: November 2009
The S-Factor: Simmering
Set up against her will as a potential Arabian queen for the notorious Sheikh Karim, unworldly Eva has a plan to deter the desert king. She will convince him she's a modern, sexually experienced woman—and definitely not marriage material—even though she is really still a virgin.
However, the next thing she knows, Eva's become a bride! And her new husband is having a startling effect on her…. She finds herself increasingly impatient; could it be that shy Eva is curious about what lies ahead in the sheikh's marriage bed?
Kim Lawrence has written quite an enjoyable sheikh in The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin which is definitely about honor and duty.
Eva has recently found out the identify of her father and that’s she’s actually a Princess. Since both her mother and father are now deceased, she’s gone to the desert kingdom and met her grandfather, uncles and cousins. Her grandfather believes it’s time for her to marry and he has just the man in mind, Prince Karim Al-Nasr who just happens to be in London tending to his young daughter who has cancer. A date is set for them to meet but Karim has to cancel due to his daughter’s illness. However, fate steps in for the form of his aid who is so concerned that the Prince is not sleeping, that he drugs his tea. Like I said, fate steps in, Karim escapes the hospital one dark and dreary night and eventually ends up on Eva’s doorstep drenched to the bone. He falls asleep and somehow ends up in her bed in the middle of the night.
Karim is shocked to awake the redhead’s bed, spooned and caressing her in his sleep. He’s somewhat tarnished her reputation and that of her grandfather the King especially when the press get wind they spent the night together. He demands for reasons that will affect both countries that they have a civil ceremony and return home to their native land. Eva doesn't go willingly, she’s a hot firey redhead, one that on scholarship at the university, one that thinks the Prince to be arrogant and a bit cold, but she goes when everything is explained to her, and subconsciously goes between the fire that flows between them draws her to this handsome sheikh.
Eva is lonely and pretty insecure and Karim is busy with matters of state. However, she does spend an enjoyable time getting to know her stepdaughter. At a State function, she meets Layla, a dark haired, beautiful and lush family friend and it’s obvious the woman has designs on Eva’s new husband. She’s insecure because they haven't consummated their vows and she wants that more than anything but that evening she feels shunned and flees. Let’s just say their marriage takes a down hill turn in more ways than one and one wonders if they will ever have a chance at happiness. Environmental events cause them both to be put in danger and then they act on their passion. However, months later Layla tries to force Eva to leave and return to London but telling her untruths and their relationship is at stake.
The Sheikh’s Impatient Virgin was a great read, a sassy and entertaining one set in desert kingdom who in the end welcomed Princess Eva as one of their own.
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Reviewed by: Marilyn