Maisey Yates' Harlequin Presents novels are some of my favorite romance novels. Lots of romance and angst in extreme settings.
To Defy a Sheikh started a bit slow, but even so, for much of the book, I was thinking Ferran was one of my favorite heroes. But that didn't last.
Things got a little too complicated toward the end. He was switching emotions every five seconds, he wanted her to be happy, but he didn't want to her to want him, he wanted to be married, but he couldn't love her. For me, it didn't make sense and didn't fit in with the character that we'd been reading about for the first 60-70% of the book. Also, it was all so quick. We had all this build up and development of their relationship and then it all fell apart. I remember my kindle saying I only had ten minutes left in the book and thought, how in the world are they going to resolve all of this so quickly?
They did, but not in a way I found satisfying. If anything, in the end, I didn't feel like their love was geniune at all. For her it was simply the result of him being the first guy she'd ever been with and for him, it was more out of obligation than anything else.
I still enjoyed the book, but not quite as much as I usually enjoy these books. Still provides all the necessary ingredients for a fun, quick, escape: a palace setting, tragic history, passionate characters.
If you're a fan of Yates' Sheikh books, then you'll probably enjoy this. If you haven't read any of them yet, and want to try some, I'd suggest Heir to a Desert Legacy or Forged in the Desert Heat, those are some of my favorites.
I received a review copy via NetGalley.