Runswithscissors reviewed this book for the RITA® Reader Challenge. It finaled in the Contemporary Series romance category.
Plot Summary: The huge imposing castle and the barren terrain of Merkazad are a far cry from the modest farm and the emerald fields that horsewoman Iseult calls home. Or used to, until Sheikh Nadim bought her family’s stud farm. As part of the deal, she must work at his royal stables.
Nadim enrages Iseultbut he also inspires a more unwelcome, unfamiliar feeling: desire. Drawn into Nadim’s sensual world, Iseult feels like a beautiful, confident woman for the first time.
But she must remember the sheikh’s cast-iron rule.
And here is runswithscissors’ review:
I thought Abby Green’s Bride in a Gilded Cage was excellent so I approached this optimistically.
Iseult follows the rules of Romanceland for Irish heroines, with oodles of red hair and feistiness. Plus she is a horse whisperer, charming horsies by murmuring to them in Gaelic.
Nadim’s jeans strain over his thighs, his voice is deep and sexy, he’s masterful, he’s a sheikh.
I found them both excessively annoying.
They spend half the book squabbling, usually because her naivety has created the perfect situation for him to jump to conclusions about. During one row, he says to her, ‘Still as impudent as ever. So much for hoping that passion might tame that tongue of yours.’ She snaps back, ‘I’m not some animal that can be tamed, Sheikh.’ Oh dear God. It was at this point I decided that I loathed them both.
It’s hard to like a book when you don’t like the main characters, but there were some redeeming features. I thought the best part was the backstory explaining why Iseult’s so clueless when it comes to men – I confess to feeling a pang of remorse when she tells Nadim she’s never felt beautiful.
As a devoted M&B Modern reader, I usually have no problems suspending my disbelief, but with this book the nagging voice of WTF just couldn’t be silenced. That said, if old school masterful sheikhs who dole out punishing kisses are your idea of a good time, then Breaking The Sheikh’s Rules is a safe bet.