Book Review-Saving The Sheikh by Ruth Cardello

Book Review-Saving The Sheikh by Ruth CardelloSaving the Sheikh by Ruth Cardello
Series: Legacy Collection #4
on November 12th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 214
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
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Rachid bin Amir al Hantan is fighting for the sovereignty of his small country. He needs to find some powerful allies - and fast. Attending the wedding of Dominic Corisi is as much about reconnecting with old friends as it is about celebrating nuptials. The last thing he needs right now is the distraction of a woman.
Zhang Yajun is a self-made billionaire who can’t believe she accepted her friend’s dare to kiss Sheikh Rachid before the end of the wedding.
When impulsive words lead to even more impulsive actions, these two will discover that sometimes the last thing you were looking for is the one thing that can save you.


Rachid bin Amir al Hantan is packed with big responsibilities to his country and his family. He knows that he shouldn’t have attended the wedding, but Dom is one of his oldest friends and despite what others may think, he is loyal to those he claims “friendship” with. But what he never expects is to meet the woman who would change his destiny…Zhang Yajun. Zhang left her chinese village to have something different from what her family planned for her. She wanted to do something more for her life, and now she is one of the most influential and successful women of the world. But there is one thing she doesn’t have…love of a good man. She always thought that she had enough, until she met women that became her friends, that showed her the power of love, that it strengthens and brings joy into your life. So when her friend Lily dares her to kiss the Sheikh Rachid, she decides to take control and do what she agreed do. But with one kiss, comes another agreement one with a sexy sheikh and a fantasy that they fulfill together…a fantasy that would lead to change but a change that would change her future forever…

The Hero

Rachid bin Amir al Hantan, was his fathers firstborn, but after his mother died, he was sent away and always felt rejected or not good enough for his father. Never knowing that his father was making sure he was the man to lead their country the way it was meant to be led, with a mixture of old and new ideas. We see how conflicted Rachid is, but what a sexy shikh this man is. He is passionate, intelligent, and has a commanding presence. He is a leader, and doesn’t mind taking the role the was paved for him. Rachid is a man of honor and loyalty and dedication. As the hero of the story, he is one to admire. And oh boy…where can I find my own Rachid…and the whole playing out the harem fantasy….Whew….,he could blow your mind.

The Heroine 

Zhang Yajun, is a woman who is successful and strong in everything she does. She has had to do whatever it took to get things done. She is confident and sure of herself. Ever since she was a girl, she wanted more from her life, to help those in poverty and help those women understand their world and capabilities. Zhang has had to sacrifice much to be the woman she dreamed to become. Now she feels the loneliness and craves a man to share her life with, knowing it might never happen. Zhang was such an impressionable heroine, and I have admired since we have seen her entry in the series from the first book. Ever since we met her, my heart went out to her. She is the heroine that needs love more than anyone, becuase she has only known betrayal from the one man she loved. I loved her tenacity, brilliance and inner strength.

Plot and Story Line 

This is the fourth book in a brilliant contemporary series by Ruth Cardello. Now I have to say that with each book that this author produces I become even more and more impressed. She has a voice that is likeable and endearing and completely fresh. There isn’t an author like her, and if you have yet to read her, I highly recommend you try her out (her first book is still free on Amazon and B&N). The story sets of with Dom and Abigail’s wedding. The scene when Zhang and Rachid first meet is intense, and wow did I feel like being completely sucked into the story. You can see how drawn they are to each other, and then Zhang makes a reference to harems and sheikh and soft pillows and sweet seduction…well Rachid isn’t a man to back down from a dare like that, so they decide to have one night for each other, knowing they can never have a future together. That first night they are together, is one that is sensual and HOT…and whew….you will need a fire extinguisher to put the fire out!! They definitely need no help in that department. But that one night has consequences, and they only have once choice: Marriage. Zhang is furious, and we see how formidable this pair is, especially when they don’t agree. Well Rachid displays alpha sheikh behavior, his way only. Zhang doesn’t like anyone especially a man telling her what to do. But you see how the situation is more complicated than it appears, and Zhang will have to choose over her pride or doing what is right. There are so many qualities to this story I adored, but one that I loved the most,  Even though their story happens in one week, I felt like their journey toward falling in love and facing the dangers from an enemy, was very realistic, and love can happen in one week, heck it can happen in one day. But what I enjoyed was seeing these two work together, and make the best of the circumstances thrust onto them. They both have strong personalities, and you see what a great team they make. We also get to see all of the other side characters we have come to adore in the past books. This is a story that is compelling, with intense characters, and a writing style that is hard to resist. And after reading this you just might get addicted to sexy Sheikh’s…I know I want to find more stories just like this one.

The Cover 

There are two covers for this book, but I liked this one more, because it portrays the story a bit better. I love the shadow look of the couple, with the Arab background, and the yellow color is a nice touch.

Overall View 

Saving The Sheikh is a story of passionate love, danger lurking from every corner, and a tale to keep you on your toes and give you some laughs and giggles in the process. What more could you ask for.

Favorite Quotes

“Hey, wait, here is something.”


“Last weekend someone ordered five thousand dinars’ worth of pillows. That is a classic cover for buying something else. No one needs that many pillows.”

Zhang closed her eyes briefly to hide her sudden embarrassment. “That’s nothing. Keep looking.”

“Hang on, they also claimed to have spent ten thousand dinars on a harem outfit, tapestries, and silk scarves and had it all shipped out to the Salnyra Oasis. You can’t tell me something kinky wasn’t going on there.”

No time to reminisce now and not something I want to discuss. “Would you forget about that? Maybe you should check e-mails instead.”

Jeremy looked over his shoulder again and asked “You were at the Oasis last weekend, weren’t you?”

“Do you want to live?”

he merely smiled and said. “You are so much cooler than anyone knows.”

About Ruth Cardello

Ruth Cardello hit the NYTs and USA Today for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

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