Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Category romance (contemporary)
Princess Katharine has always been destined for a political marriage. Her heart heavy, she prepares to meet her future husband—the man whisperers in his royal kingdom call the Beast of Hajar…
…and the Scarred Sheikh
Concealing his disfigurement from public scrutiny, Sheikh Zahir rules his country from within the castle walls, allowing no one in. Until duty demands he carry on the Hajar family dynasty, and allow his new bride to cross the threshold.
Zahir expects Katharine to flee at first sight. Yet her unflinching gaze fires Zahir’s blood, their attraction burning hotter than the scorching desert sands…
Review: I loved this book! It’s right up there with Maisey’s “Girl On A Diamond Pedestal”.
Zahir has spent the past five years dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), following the deaths of his mother, father and older brother in an explosion during a public ceremony in Hajar.
Katherine was supposed to marry Zahir’s older brother, Malik, so she’s spent the past five years enjoying a sense of freedom and independence. That all changes however, when her father becomes ill and a family member threatens to destabilise Austrich if there isn’t a male regent to manage the kingdom’s affairs until her teenaged brother comes of age.
Katherine braves Zahir’s fierce demeanor and reclusive habits to convince him to honor the marriage contract – if Malik died, Zahir would marry her instead, in order to save her brother’s future and her country.
The sparks, oh how they fly, when Zahir discovers Katherine actually moved into the palace rather than return home as he ordered. The princess obviously convinces the ‘beast sheikh” (as Maisey nicknamed him) to honor the deal but the real prize is this mutually scarred couple finding their own HEA.
Trust me, you’ll cheer each of them on at different points in the book and wish you had more to read at the end.