by Jane Beckenham

April 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60435-080-7
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Callie Baxter uses her job as a reporter to exact revenge on the man she blames for the death of her father. She writes scathing stories of his dastardly womanizing and gambling. However, when the man corners her in an art gallery and demands she return to his island for 48 hours to learn about him and his country, Callie is afraid for her heart. He turns her on as no other man ever has and creates emotions within her that she was certain she never had.

Sheikh Tariq bin Ahmed bin Saleh al Sulamein believes that Callie’s articles are a threat to his homeland. With the celebration of 800 years of his family rule and the opening of his new casino around the corner, Tariq will do anything to keep his daughter and country safe. Yet he’s brought a stranger into his world, one who takes every thought and dream and makes them about her.

Jane Beckenham’s book The Sheikh’s Proposal is a story about two hard headed, strong willed people. Both Callie and Tariq are certain that they and their ways are 100% correct and they don’t see eye to eye. However, I found it hard to feel what they felt. Not for lack of emotions but rather for the inconsistencies in the story. I don’t see how an article about a playboy can put a country in jeopardy, nor how someone can suddenly realize that they are in love on two separate occasions, or how someone can be accused of not asking a question they had asked and then apologize for not asking it!

Often I found myself completely lost… one minute they are happy and in the very next they are not; he acts like he loves her, then forces her to marry him and then berates her for thinking they would have a marriage bed. Callie is strong but begs forgiveness and becomes Tariq’s “yes” girl. Ms. Beckenham writes a very emotional story, the reader feels the need and strong desire, and she even feels the despair. The inconsistencies of the actual plot and story line leave a lot to be desire.

Reviewed in August 2008 by Vikky.

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