The previous reviewer has given a good synopsis and review of the book, and I actually read it based on that. I am glad that I did not buy it, as I found it boring and slow, despite having read similar M&B offerings by class authors such as Charlotte Lamb and Anne Hampson, from the 70's - those had more passion and more action than this novel.
Yes, he was a sheikh and she just an ordinary female, and their worlds were apart, but I couldn't see where the alleged passion between them came from. We got no explanation as to his almost-perfect English, nothing much to his background other than his father was an 'Arab' in the very looses sense, playboy who married a model, causing scandal, and that both died prematurely. We know barely nothing about him, yet a fair bit about the female lead and what has made her the woman that she is.
The sex scenes were tame, boring and barely descriptive, and the very obvious 'plant' i.e. the invention of a fiancee, some 20 pages before the end of the book, was the icing on the cake. But not icing on the cake in a good way - no, for me, this is possibly the end of my relationship with M&B.
Yes, I know most M&B readers want a bit of escapism, but these days, they are more modern readers and so the books need to move with the times, instead of being so cliche'd. Yes, it's nice to see an 'ordinary' i.e. from a working class background female lead who is feisty taking on a sheikh i.e. Arab royalty, but the relationship needed to be more even and more fleshed out. For him to suddenly announce that there never was a fiancee and to propose marriage...just felt contrived, and for her to immediately accept felt as if her once-there backbone disintegrated....oh well, this was only 40p wasted, and not the entire RRP.