Swept from her ordinary worldinto the royal bedchamber Among the many beautiful, accomplished candidates hoping to be chosen as Sheikh Omar s wife, shop assistant Beth can t believe this powerful desert king would even notice her Yet Omar does select her and his heated gaze sets her alight, making her innocent body crave caresses she s only dreamed about She s instantly thrown into his world of unimagined luxury, but can this shy Cinderella ever be a queen This story really grew on me, and moved steadily from two stars to four by the time I finished The weakest chapters are all at the beginning the cheesy reality show premise of the Bride Market, even the heroine says it s cheesy and the cookie cutter scenes of Romance in Paris almost made me give up before the story really got started But what I really loved was how the heroine Beth changed over the course of the book, from a shy nice girl from Texas who works in a thrift shop and never met a piece of cake she didn t like to a glamorous and seductive woman who can win over a whole country with her combination of innocence, down home sweetness, and very grown up sex appeal I loved Omar, the hero, as well At first I thought he was going to be just another wallpaper modern sheikh, but with each new chapter Jennie Lucas skillfully reveals of his troubled past, his anguish over a romantic tragedy that goes way beyond the usual no good Other Woman lying to him or dumping him I loved how the kingdom he comes from is depicted as genuinely backward and cruel and how that has exacted a terrible personal toll in his life And I loved how Omar genuinely tries to do what is right for his kingdom even when it means trying to break free of his uncontrollable passion for Beth It s so unusual to read a romance where the hero and heroine are obviously right for each other and obviously care about each other even when they are having the black moment that suggests they won t be getting a happy ending Omar and Beth treat each other with respect and kindness even when they are on the edge of losing everything And that made the happy ending all that much touching and real, in a way that I found exciting This story really was much better than the worn tropes that give it structure There s an arranged marriage, a twin sister, at least two nasty Other Women, a storybook Middle Eastern kingdom, and yet by the time I finished I really felt like I was reading the work of an original talent I loved this book, and I also loved THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS VENGEANCE I m definitely going to look for books by Jennie Lucas It was just like an oldie, light, romantic Turkish movie with incredible MCs with OTT situations and easily guessed villain 4 stars. This was a wonderfully light romantic read by one of my favorite hp authors,some might say even cheesy,but I love cheese The premise was a new one for me,a Bride Market.Out of 20 potential brides,1 would be the chosen Queen The groom to be is a King ,and the heroine is a shopgirl who works in a thrift store.Throw in the magic of romantic Paris for the first part of the story, and a fictional Middle Eastern country for the later and I actually was riveted by this story.There were some lovely tender moments briming with passion, and also moments of light angst,but love in the end conquers Beautiful epilogue with twins. Spectacular romance Jennie L comes true for me yet again Loved the queen contest and the kooky,shy heroine is adorable Omar s not my fav JL hero but he pulled through in the end Are u sure its JL who wrote this because I can t believe it It was so cheesy I read it ignoring that it s written by her , 3 stars for the sweet and kind h Beth and the cute epilogue. Swept from her ordinary world into the royal bedchamber Among the many beautiful, accomplished candidates hoping to be chosen as Sheikh Omar s wife, shop assistant Beth can t believe this powerful desert king would even notice her Yet Omar does select her and his heated gaze sets her alight, making her innocent body crave caresses she s only dreamed about She s instantly thrown into his world of unimagined luxury, but can this shy Cinderella ever be a queen A Cinderella story with a royal twist A strong but shy heroine who is willing to do anything for her family meets Sheikh Omar when she takes the place of her sister Sheikh Omar comes across as someone who is bound by duty to find a wife and after the way his last relationship ended he doesn t trust himself Beth has a sweetness that may reach jaded Omar s heart a well written romantic read. Cheesy and romantic read with wonderful characters Omar is a sexy king and Beth a warm, kind and compassionate heroine Adorable epilogue with their twins Another winner by my favorite Harlequin author. A lighthearted, sweet romance about a king and a shop girl who is posing as her brilliant scientist sister Omar and Beth were the perfect fairytale couple And the devious people around then tried to ruin their HEA But the day was saved and everything turned out perfect.