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The Sheikh's Bartered Bride (Royal Brides #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  417 ratings  ·  31 reviews
After a whirlwind courtship, Sheikh Hakim bin Omar al Kadar proposes marriage. Shy, innocent Catherine Benning has already fallen head-over-heels in love and she accepts....

After their wedding day--and night--when the sheikh claims his virgin wife, Catherine and Hakim travel to his desert kingdom. There Catherine discovers that this is no love match for Hakim--he's bought
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Published May 24th 2010 by Harlequin Presents (first published 2004)
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The first half of this book was hard to read because the heroine had no self-esteem and seemed way too naive about men for a 24 year old. Plus we know the whole time the hero is deliberately courting her to make her fall for him so he can marry her as part of a business deal, so I couldn't trust anything he said.

The second half really picks up after Catherine finds out about Hakim's real motivation. She grew a backbone but she also thought things through and gave their marriage a chance. I thoug
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I really enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would. Although Catherine was insecure, it was very believable why she had her insecurities. And although Karim did marry her without telling her it was an arranged marriage, he had good reasons. I was glad that although Catherine did spend a short time being angry with him, she did try to put that behind her and make the most of her marriage because she did see that he had best intentions to be a good husband to her.
LOVED this book! Beautiful romance between an arrogant Sheikh and a romantic librarian. In my opinion, LM never fails to deliver a touching, sexy romance. Hero's arrogance was so funny and endearing. He respects and protects the heroine and his old fashioned courtship made me swoon. He is an alpha male with heart, very much in love with Catherine. He doesn't express his feelings with words but his actions show a devoted honorable husband.

Catherine was so sweet, shy and naive originally but I li
Synopsis - Catherine Benning is a 24-year-old virgin librarian. During her formative years, she felt like an outcast among her peers and her family due to an early growth spurt and disfiguring acne. After her ugly duckling days were behind her, she never gained confidence in her own appeal. This was only compounded when her parents tried to set her up with men who she thought were more interested in a connection to her wealthy father than in her personally. She's unaware that the sexy sheikh swe ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I liked that the hero..Hakim was so different. I thought the author did a wonderful job of portraying an alpha character but within the limitations of his culture. Catherine's shyness and naivete were credible. Hakims use of language and courteous manners fit the image. I loved the whole courtship thing..and it was a nice change of pace to see the two of them really wiling to work out their differences and respecting that their marriage was not disposable.

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Just okay. She was pretty wimpy and he didn't come out of it smelling like a rose. I guess it just wasn't romantic enough for me. The first part where he was fake romancing her was too long for my tastes and the end was just so so
Dean MacKinnon-Thomson

A enjoyably enough piece with big letdowns.

Let down one: the female protagonist is the ultimate anti-feminist wrapped in pretendie feminist clothing. She eventually just abandons her apparent principles and values on equal treatment in favour of Hakim cock, his brooding stares and 'cos she (view spoiler)

Let down two: there was a total anti-climax twice in this novel. Firstly between Catherine & Hakim after she discovered the truth about their marri
Penny Watson
I hated the first half of this book. UGH! But then the 2nd half perked up. One of those.
I couldn't finish this. The language was silted, there was little to no chemistry between the two... I mean the author told us there was chemistry but sure didn't show us. She was as weak as a mouse. The initial meeting and courtship phase jumped from event to event without warning, it was all very abrupt. When she said she was in love with the hero it cane as a shock because they'd barely been shown to talk and they'd been in about 3 scenes together. I never got to know the characters well enou ...more
4 Stars! ~ Sheikh Hakim bin Omar al Kadar set out to woe Catherine Benning and he succeeded in sweeping her off her feet. Catherine was very much in love when she accepted his marriage proposal and she thought Hakim felt the same way. After their fairy tale wedding in Seattle, they flew to Jawhar to meet his family and have another ceremony prepared by his grandfather. At their first dinner in Jawhar, Catherine learns that her marriage had been arranged by the King and her father; her father's c ...more
24yo heroine is awestruck that handsome & stately Middle-Eastern Hero would be interested in a shy & virginal librarian like her. Their 3-week-long courtship ends in an unexpected proposal of marriage. She can only surmise that he must love her too. Heroine learns days after their wedding that their meeting, courtship, and marriage were all part of the business bargain her father & his uncle struck. Her pain & sense of betrayal were immense. It begs the questions of whether she w ...more
Catherine thought her love was reciprocated so after briefly dating -- where not even a single kiss was exchanged, mind you -- she accepted his proposal. However, shortly after their wedding, she discovered that their first meeting at the library was engineered by her father and the hero Hakim and that the marriage was an elaborate oil-for-visas scheme not unlike those hatched up by the United Nations.

What followed was a mini-tantrum on her part. She insisted on a divorce because she wasn’t mar
Debra Parmley
Like all romance stories of Sheikh's and virginal heroines, this is a romantic fantasy. One of the reasons I like reading romance is that it isn't reality.

Here are the elements of this story that I liked:

The endearments are utterly romantic and of the sort to sweep a girl off her feet. Which is just what he intends to do.

The old fashioned courtship. Where the hero proposes before they have ever slept together. He both respects and protects the heroine, maintaining control of his desires. He ma
Arranged Marriage Or Passionate Love Story.... d:)

You've been married 2 days, head over heels in love and while having dinner with your husband's family, (that you've just met)..... you find out its an arranged marriage! Yep, that's a mood killer. The h was shy but strong when pushed, the H was a good and honorable man. While the H accepted his "duty" you could tell he cared about the h and wanted to work their differences out. Worth reading.... d:)
ชอบมาก หวาน ลึกซึ้ง ดำเนินเรื่องช้าๆ ละเอียดละเมียดละไมทุกบททุกตอน รู้สึกว่าเข้าถึงตัวละคร ทั้ง Hakim และ Catherine ชอบพระเอกพูดเพราะสมเป็นเจ้าชาย อ่านสำนวนภาษาอังกฤษแล้วจะเห็นความแตกต่างมาก เพราะรูปประโยคจะเป็นทางการตลอด เนื้อเรื่องก็ดีค่ะ อ่านจากปกหลังแล้วจะรู้สึกเหมือนนิยายทั่วไป แต่เรื่องจริงๆ ออกมาดีกว่านั้น

เรื่องนี้หนังสือออกมาตั้งแต่ปี 2004 มั้งคะ ค่อนข้างเก่าแล้ว นิยายของ Lucy Monroe ยุคนั้น ที่เขียนได้ลึกซึ้งถึงตัวละครแบบนี้ ทำให้เรากลายมาเป็นแฟนนิยายของเธอ คอยตามหาเล่มเก่าๆ ของเธอมานาน
Kaycee Sapinoso
Generally, I always enjoyed Lucy Monroe's work but in this book, there's something missing here or maybe because I find the heroine a bit annoying and she got on my nerves. Or maybe because the dialogues and moments between the hero and heroine left me wanting more. It seems like the heroine fell in love based on her daydreams alone.
Amanda Sheila
Okay, this one is.. Good.

Catharine with her shy attitude's falling all over Hakim, Prince of Jawhar. When he asked her to marry him, she said yes right away and flew happily to Jawhar. Until she found out that Hakim insisted to marry her only for her father and his uncle's benefits..

The ending is kind of disappointing. Because I expect some action where Cat got hurt or got shot or something like that and Hakim's sooo sad and regret for not telling her that he loves her. I expect scene like tha
I won this as a prize from the authors website. What little girl hasn't at one time wanted to be stolen away by a gorgeous desert sheikh? Twenty four year old virgin Cat Benning lives in her world of dreams working at the library and looking at the stars. Into that world comes Sheikh Hakim. He sweeps her off her feet with a whirlwind courtship and marriage. Then Cat discovers she’s been set up. Her father is working a deal with Hakim’s king and the marriage is part of the deal. There is a clash ...more
I had trouble categorizing this, when i started reading this could have been a historical romance with how the couple talked and expressed themselves and then all of a sudden they´re in a limousine. *hmm* So the first 50 pages had me confused and more focused on what time period this was than their "whirlwind romance". Did not feel the romance, at all, it felt strained and how many virgins are sold nowadays in America to a Sheikh? Couldn´t finish this. Not even with a sundrained brain to tired t ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Still in the mood for this kind of books :D
This one is ok... The heroine is a naive, little [insert here derogatory term/noun] and the hero thinks he is such a smart, sexy, obsessed with "the good of the people first, good of the family 2nd and, somewhere in there, think for myself" dude... All in all it's fun in a "never going to happen in the real world, not in a million years" book.
Stupid things to say when/during sex: Oh, my gosh!(if I could think of smth more off putting, I couldn't)
the heroine clearly had no pride n was really dumb..he never said he loved her !? hw can she assume he did ? n she still wanted 2 be his wife after learning the truth. the book was well written n entertaining but i cud not bear the naivete of the heroine. it disgusts me. in her place, i wud have made him grovel
This book was good, it was fun, had a deep reason of emotions on both sides as the hero and heroin learn to lead a life based on the present and the future instead of the mistakes or confusions of the past. Fun, light read :)
Brenda (b)
This was a typical Harlequin storyline -- they met, fell in love, married and had a misunderstanding that needed to be worked out. I liked the characters and how they handled the conflict.
not bad but boring. I really didn't feel any passion between them. And she was a little too doormat, for my tastes. Onto next one (hoping it's better...)
I absolutely love this book it has got to be one of my favourite Mills & Boon books of all time. I have to admit to having read this book at least 30 times.
Pingle McCloud
emm...sweet sih ceritanya,,
tp berasa datar, konfliknya kurang tajam..
but it's ok..cukup menghibur..
Boring and predictable. I recommend The Greek's Christmas Baby (by Lucy Monroe). 1/5 stars.
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Ok, but I think she let him off pretty easily-culture or not.
Un des rares Azur que j'ai adoré à 100% !
Tonya Warner
A really romantic tale.
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Award winning author Lucy Monroe had her first book published in September 2003. Since then she has sold more than 50 books to four publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England. She writes sexy category romance for Harlequin Presents including her own ongoing mini-series, The Royal Brides. If you prefer a longer book, but want to keep it steamy, try her Mercenary trilogy or ...more
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