Synopsis: Alexandra Conroy is a doctor and could not allow her patient, Samarah, to travel without medical supervision. Alex found herself in Al Janeen living in the royal palace until she felt the Sheik’s mother no longer needed her help. During her stay, an earthquake hits and causes destruction to a desert village. Alex and Sheikh Azzam hurry to help the villagers, but to protect their honour the pair must marry. Can this temporary arrangement possible become one that is a little less temporary?
Author: Meredith Webber lives in Australia and has written over fifty romance novels. Over ten years ago she saw that Harlequin was looking for medical-based novels and decided to take up the challenge. She gave herself a couple of years to see if she could get published, and found that it wouldn’t take nearly that long. She has been writing, mostly medical romances, ever since.
Cover: I haven’t seen a lot of medical romance books, particularly since Harlequin’s redesign. The model is rather good looking with captivating eyes, but the “bellyband” which contains the title, author, and brand cut through the man’s face. It would have been better to lower the stripe a bit more so as not ruin the photo. And speaking of the title, it could definitely have been improved upon.
Writing Style: An Australian in the Arabian Desert could mean some confusion for a North American with unfamiliar phraseology and spellings, but there were few Australian colloquialisms and the unusually spelt names were still pronounceable.
Romance: The relationship between Alexandra and Azzam was gradual, albeit within a short timeframe. They had an immediate attraction, but each had obligations and obstacles they felt stood in the way. When they finally admitted their love to themselves and each other, it seemed right rather than rushed.
Quote: Here I was thinking that the worst thing that could happen was another earth tremor and the mountain could fall on us, but now you tell me a very large and probably hungry [leopard] could carry me off into the night!
I have to stop laughing but you must admit it’s funny. Here I am, given a choice of facing a stray leopard on my own or marrying a prince, and I’m dithering over it. Marriage or a leopard –it’s really not a choice.
The Verdict: A cute read, particularly for those who enjoy medical romances, sheiks, marriages of convenience, and scheming exes.