Return to Book Page. The Mistress Bride 3. Despite fierce opposition from their families their passionate, high-profile affair had lasted for two ecstatic years -- but everyone knew that soon the relationship would have to end. Raschid was expected to marry an Arabian princess, Evie's mother was pushing her towards a member of the English aristocracy -- and time was running out. Then Evie discovered she was carrying Raschid's baby Paperback , Harlequin Presents , pages.
Published October by Harlequin Books first published May To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Mistress Bride , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 12, StMargarets rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not a fan of sheikh stories, so MR had to work hard to win me over. I think what I liked best was that the author didn't gloss over the problems of a western woman involved with a man from the Middle East.
There were prejudices from both sides - and what made them compelling were that they were well meaning judgments. The heroine's mother is pretty horrible to her daughter at her son's wedding, but she shows her love and concern when the heroine needs her the most. The hero's father is horrible, but he shows his vulnerable side at the end of the story.
It's the side-characters finally turning human that allow a happy ending here. And that's where the romance falls down. The hero's pride and the heroine's stubbornness make for lots of deliciously angsty scenes for the first half of the book. Maybe if we had met the hero's father at the beginning?
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Still, this is a compelling story with lots of angsty goodness. View all 12 comments. Nov 24, KatieV rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm in the minority on this one it seems. I think what bothered me was that in this case the pregnancy was SUCH a cop-out. It's a well-used trope in mistress plots.
In fact, it usually doesn't bother me because it really makes the H face up to his feelings for the heroine and sometimes realize he's been a huge jerk and loves her. In this case the two already supposedly professed their love for one another, but the understanding was that as an Arab prince he would one day have to leave the heroine I'm in the minority on this one it seems.
In this case the two already supposedly professed their love for one another, but the understanding was that as an Arab prince he would one day have to leave the heroine to marry some cousin of a cousin to unite two kingdoms and keep the country happy. Also, to balance things out, the heroine's family wasn't at all happy with her affair and wanted her to marry some titled Englishman since she was part of that society. I sort of feel like the hero may have just gone off and cooperated with the arranged marriage whether he liked it or not. I'll also admit to not being a particular fan of the sheikh romance.
Fairly or not, I assume that any gorgeous, wealthy man who comes from a society that sanctions multiple wives and mistresses is going to eventually stray. Personally I wouldn't want to be involved with any man with that much opportunity, regardless of his cultural norms. Just take rock stars and Hollywood actors for an example. The majority of them can't keep it in their pants to save their lives.
I still don't understand why those people even bother to get married. I just can't suspend disbelief to that extent. I guess I'm a cynic. It just doesn't make for a belivable HEA for me. View all 11 comments. Mar 30, Vintage rated it liked it Shelves: So much was done right, then not.
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It's still a good angsty read, and I felt the language and poetry better done than most Harlequins. As just about every other reviewer has said, the Sheikh romance is not my go-to romance. This tale had a strong whiff of Olivia Gates who, for me, is the standard bearer for Sheikh's and their tormented h's romances.
Plus her prose is just beautifully grandiose and golden. But back to MR. Mistress Bride what a terrible title hits and misses. Spoilers so read at your peril. Premise is the two MC's, he the gold-eye lion of the desert and she an aristocratic English rose, have been having an affair for a couple of years. This is obviously pre-Katrashian skankiness as Evie's mother is horrified her daughter is having a public affair with a Sheikh that will never marry her. Frankly, Evie's mom is pretty cold and condemning which in some ways made me appreciate her as a real character.
Current times, I'm afraid more than one ambitious mama would make a deal with the devil as well as pimp out pornos of their daughter for a shot at royalty, even second hand. Evie and Raschid have a turbulent and steamy relationship. He is equally as smitten.
Too bad he's Muslim and a whatever Arab prince, and that she's Christian and English. Push comes to shove on the relationship when Evie admits she's pregnant. Raschid's reaction was the most unenthusiastic and made me question just how much in love he was especially when he says she screwed up on her timing.
If she had mentioned it two weeks earlier then mysterious steps would not have put in place. Bottom line, pop had laid out an ultimatum: Stars are starting to drop now. The heroine says she will not marry him as it would de-stabilize his region, and something other reason I can't remember. The h runs away. Okay, just to her apartment.
Mother follows and freaks out. H leaves for his unidentified Arab kingdom to have it out with pops. I was waiting for them to haul her off against her will. The h flees, on foot, to her mother's where she arrives bleeding and collapses. Her mother tosses aside her tags of Worst Parent Ever and Rotten Relative and protects her baby like any good mother should.
The H finally arrives at the hospital, and goes into the Romanceland-hero-decline mode. I had to laugh at Evie as when she finally lets him in the hospital room she's more than a little peeved at how good he looks for not sleeping or eating for two days. They lose weight easier too. The two eventually marry, and they hoof it to the Arab kingdom for their Muslim blessing.
The Arab king offers an explanation about what happened with the abortion card which was a tad too convenient an underling over-stepped his bounds. Yeah, it's a HEA, but two factors prevented me from jumping on board for four stars.
Better than average for a HarleyLand h, but still run of the mill. The hero was going to leave her and marry nebulous Arab princess until she got pregnant or was he? Sep 15, Jacqueline rated it really liked it Shelves: This one was very different from most HPs. The 2 of them had been lovers for the last two years which neither family liked. However, now she is pregnant and he is being pressured to marry a nice girl from his own culture. So the story involves them deciding to be together anyway and troubles ensue. However, they admit they love each other from the very first which is very different from most HPs and he is never really an ass to her.
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Anyway an interesting different read. I really enjoyed it. Wish I had felt more connection between the main characters. I also think I'm out of touch with the culture of the Hero. His culture and offstandish ways didn't exactly have me rooting for Raschid and Evie to get married.
There was plenty of drama in this story, but even that wasn't enough to keep me in love with this story. View all 6 comments. Aug 25, Tina rated it it was ok Shelves: When He Was Bad The Sheikh's Hidden Heir: The Acostas Box Set: Midnight in the Desert: What Happens In Vegas The Sheikh Who Married Her: Baby for the Midwife: A Daddy For Baby Zoe? First Love, Second Chance: Housekeeper at His Command: Christmas at the Castle. Brides of Penhally Bay - Vol 4: A Funny Thing Happened Saved by the Bride. Eight Bundles of Joy: The title should be at least 4 characters long.
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