Aly was always told by her father that she was ugly, and that she wasn't worth as much as her other more beautiful sisters. Though her father is now out of her life, in prison, he still haunts her. Where most men seem to look past Aly, Sheik Arif can't help but see the beauty in her, and not only that, but to be attracted to her in a way that he has never been attracted to a woman before. When Aly's trip around the gulf islands is altered drastically, Arif insists on going with her, for purely professional reasons of course. But can the two of them focus solely on the turtles and not on each other?
First thing; Aly was perfect. She was such a normal woman, as in she got nervous about things, mostly her looks, but as soon as she got onto a subject on which she was passionate nothing could hold her back, it just seemed to be such the realistic portrayal of a person, and at some points author's often forget that their characters are meant to be real people (or at least in contemporary romances they should be!
The romance in this book was across between sweet and sizzling, and I thought that worked well along with the two characters, meaning that it progressed at a good pace, though I'm not all too sure what the time frame was in the end, but it was certainly a fair few weeks.
I got really excited about the fact that there was a separate story arc to the romance in this book, and that was about the endangered turtles that Aly, as a scientist, was trying to save and were possibly being sabotaged. Though the mystery was kind of solved, I couldn't help but feel that I want to know more about the turtles! Maybe that's just me though!
For anyone that isn't a fan of out and out sex in your books, but do want something that isn't young adult then I would definitely suggest Her Royal Protector, though the characters do talk about sex, and do have sex, it is not as descriptive as many books and so would suit those readers who don't enjoy descriptive sex scenes.
Her Royal Protector
Blurb: Aly Percy is her family's ugly duckling, and she's never been allowed to forget it. So she knows better than to imagine that Cup Companion Arif al Najimi's blue gaze holds anything but contempt for her as a woman, or ever will. But if he's offering to show her just how wild one night with him can be, wouldn't she be a fool to turn down his charity? She may never get another offer like this one.
Arif al Najimi isn't sure why he's dreaming about the little scientist who's so determined to take crazy risks for the sake of her research into the endangered turtles of his country. But as luck would have it, he's going to get the chance to do a little research of his own…into the question of why Aly believes her own negative publicity about how desirable she is—and how hard it will be to convince her of the truth.
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