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Hired: The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress (Royal Brides #8)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  522 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Sheikh Amir bin Faruq al Zorha lives in New York, but the desert is where his heart lies. Now it's time for him to marry....Grace Brown, Amir's plain but indispensable assistant, isn't exactly queen material. No matter how tempted Amir is to take her innocence, she's off-limits. Until he returns to his homeland, where the barbarian prince replaces the businessman--and reso ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Presents #2747, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads
2 Lackluster Stars

I have a weakness for outdated, completely ridiculous, HQ romances featuring Sheikhs, billionaires, princes, arranged marriages, what have you...Seriously though, it's like crack to me.

This one was definitely not one of my favorites though. I didn't really like the heroine and I thought the progression was pretty lame. Also, she was his PA for 5 years while he fucked around with all these other women and then would ask her to buy them gifts for him? LMAO. So sad, so lame.

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
Lucy Monroe writes such great sweet romances as well as her hotter fare. "Hired: The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress" is her latest Harlequin Presents and is a true fairy tale.

Grace is a darn good personal assistant to Sheikh Amir. That's about the only really positive thing she can say about herself. She's plain and thin and hides herself behind baggy clothes and glasses. She also hides her love for Amir. She could be happy just be near him and working for him...until he asks Grace to pick out his
Kaycee ❤️

I've always liked books where one of the major character has been in love with the other for a while. I'm such a masochist, you know.

Grace Brown has been in love with Amir for a while. But she knew that she's not the one for him. Aside from the fact that he's her boss, her best friend, he's also a prince. And when Amir asked her to help him find a wife based on his requirements (intelligence, social standing and most important a marriage of convenience without love) she agreed. And (view spoile
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
I love LM but this is the most boring book I have ever read. I was waiting for sth to happen but it never did :(
I just found this one dull. There was not much angst or conflict, a lackluster makeover....
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Only one way to describe it……an exceptionally sweet romance featuring an innocent woman who doesn’t see herself as being worthy of a handsome prince’s love. He’s her boss, her very best friend and she loves and adores him and for Grace Brown the past five years working for him, travelling with him, getting to know his family has been heaven. He’s changed her world and “filled it with light, warmth and sound”.

In Lucy’s July release Forbidden: The Billionaire’s Virgin Princess the reader was intro
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, romance-sheikhs
Oh, guilty reads of guilty reads~! This one was fun and definitely hit my "pleasure button!" Hee hee snicker snicker! Sorry that always cracks me up.

Anyway this is a super fast and fun read of an alpha male, and an innocent woman, who both have one major thing in common - they are both idiots! But that is what makes these fun. Neither of them realizes they are in love, and have been in love. Even when everyone else around them knows it.

He's a cultured, wealthy, princely, sheikh, who's "tête-à-t
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I give this 3 star. I really liked the Hero and heroine...and enjoyed the whole premise of the book. Secretly in love with the boss for years...He secretly lusts after her, but denies it. It had such great potential and for 3/4 of the book it was wonderful. But then the very end fell somewhat flat. First, of all, the "whole" kitten thing really turned me off. Where it worked well in the "Sheikh's Bartered Bride" just fell flat on it's face in this book. I would have much preferred his endea ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: virgins, sheik-book
A fun, sexy read. I normally don't like sheik books, but this one is definitely an exception to that preference!
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: hp, lucy-monroe
Ok read but Mrs. Monroe can do better. I liked the first half of the book because of the friendship between h and H but skipped a lot trough the second half.
Rachel (Sfogs)
Boy did this book make me laugh!
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book and I mean loved this book.
Kristi (foxtail_too)
I like Lucy Monroe, and this may be my favorite book of hers so far.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: rntv-reviews
Reviewed by Kati Dancy
3.5 out of 5 stars

Harlequin Presents, how I love thee. Featuring overbearing alpha heroes, and demure, virginal heroines, where “Seduction and Passion are guaranteed” or so says the byline, they are magical, fun, passion filled books. The HP line is one where I know I’m guaranteed to find a domineering hero who I’d want to bash in the head in real life and a heroine who is far too meek for my tastes. And yet, I have an undeniable sense of nostalgia and affection for them. S
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
Grace Brown fell in love with Sheikh Amir bin Faruq al Zorha when she began working for him five years ago. After a near-miss with an arranged marriage, Amir has decided to be proactive about choosing his own bride of convenience and he wants Grace to help! Meanwhile, Amir has been fighting his attraction to the innocent Grace from Day One. He knows that he cannot offer her the love she deserves, and he refuses to lose the best assistant he has ever had (the inevitable result of a brief affair). ...more
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Harlequin romances have lost their glory now that I'm not a teenager, but I was due a trip down memory lane so I gave this a shot.
It leaves me with questions like: Why does the Sheikh always go after the virgin, never a woman with even a hint of sexual prowess? Why is he always a playboy while his chosen one is as pure as driven snow? Why is there always talk of arranged marriages? And lastly, why oh why does the heroine ALWAYS drop her precious cherry at his feet the moment he decides he wants
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
When friendship blossoms into a relationship....
another of my favourites
Grace is a wonderful PA, intelligent, jovial, innocent, and sweet...
(I actually fell in love with the character)
Very rare to find a male protagonist as Amir:
He does not put down women, is decent, and traditional yet realistic. (kinda hard to find such a character, usually)
He is not one of the those Sheikh's who actually does not capture the woman and make her his captive. (No offence intended, but most of the Sheikh charact
Tanya Mayes
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really love Lucy Monroe Sheikh stiries. Here Sheikh Amir vowed never to fall in love again. But for 5 years Grace has been his personal assistant. She has been with him every step if the closer than his own famiky. She has loved him fom tge beginning but she never told him. Grace us tired if not beening seen by him, Amir wants her to find him a wife. This is the last draw and Grace decides to resign. But before she leaves she would give him one last chance. Amir has wanted Grace too but wanted ...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I took great guilty pleasure in reading this book.

It features (as cliche as it may sound) a beautiful virginal woman who doesn't know she's pretty damn hot, and, of course, a dashing prince and to be honest, was incredibly enjoyable.

Go ahead, shoot me. But damn this was a very sweet, if not cliche, romance.

Recommended for a sexy, light read! :)
(You don't have to read the previous books, I didn't)
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this book. It started out slow but the way the story developed is enough to keep me interested. I find their interactions hilarious and the way the dialogues were written is very modern... like how people talk these days. Amir is a sweet man. You'll fall in love with his character... a combination of headstrong yet compassionate. I recommend this book to anyone who's tired of reading about alpha heroes. He is alpha but a very sweet and loving kind.
Brenda (b)
I liked Amir and Grace and enjoyed the interaction between them. I also liked Amir's family. I felt like these were people I'd like to know in real life.

I picked this one up because of the author. I didn't realize until after I read it that it's connected to several other Lucy Monroe stories. I have one in the TBR, but now I want to track down some of the others too.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. Grace and Amir were perfect for each other in every way. The ending was quite funny too, which was a little weird given the reviews for the story of Zahir, Amir's older brother.

I could have used a few more chapters though, but all is well.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
awwwww mas Dulce y meloso imposible...
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable.
Tory Michaels
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: scribd
Mostly good, just got thoroughly sick and tired of hearing hOw innocent she was. Oy.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 on 5
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trashy-romance
I really don't know why I keep reading these types of trashy romance T_T^^^^Okay... admittedly, it wasn't too bad really... I quite liked Grace. =)
Aliki Spanos
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good read...Very cute story, although it did take the main character for ever to realize his feelings for his woman. HEA ending :-)
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Award winning author Lucy Monroe had her first book published in September 2003. Since then she has sold more than 70 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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Other Books in the Series

Royal Brides (10 books)
  • The Sheikh's Bartered Bride (Royal Brides, #1)
  • Wedding Vow of Revenge (Royal Brides, #2)
  • The Prince's Virgin Wife (Royal Brides, #3; Scorsolini Princes, #1)
  • His Royal Love-Child (Royal Brides, #4; Scorsolini Princes, #2)
  • The Scorsolini Marriage Bargain (Royal Brides, #5; Scorsolini Princes, #3)
  • Hot Desert Nights: Mistress To A Sheikh / Desert Rake / Blackmailed By The Sheikh (Royal Brides, #6)
  • Forbidden: The Billionaire's Virgin Princess (Royal Brides, #7)
  • For Duty's Sake (Royal Brides, #9)
  • Heart of a Desert Warrior (Royal Brides #10)