Review: The Sheikh’s Forced Bride (Sharjah Sheikhs #1)

My ReviewsA journalist gets an offer she can’t refuse!

The Sheikh’s Forced Bride is #01 of 03 in the Sharjah Sheikhs Series by Leslie North. All 3 are currently published with 02 being in audio. #3 should be out in audio soon.

Nicholas Thurkettle narrates the series, to include #3.

HEA with no cliffhanger!

These 3 are connected by brothers, and are more enjoyable in order, but could be taken as standalones. There would be slight spoilers for the earlier ones if you start at #2 or #3.

Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins

Warning: SEX!
Yes! Both in thoughts and actions, so those opposed should avoid.

Trigger Warnings
None that I see.
Please let me know it you think there should be.

♥ Story ♥


Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi ❤ Journalist Casey Connolly


The story opens at the altar of all things. Sheikh Khalid Al-Qasimi is getting married, and not to the heroine of the story. Not quite what you were expecting huh? It’s a forced/arranged wedding that neither of the participants want, but it is tradition. The marriage is a punishment in Khalid’s eyes, handed down by his father who is tired of his sons making less than honorable headlines, and kids today complain about losing cell phone privileges. Really puts thing in perspective.

Enter Casey Connolly, a journalist out for a story on arrange marriages that will make front page and forward her path to a Pulitzer. She’s a woman on a mission! Her outbursts disrupts the wedding, causes the bride to call it off, muddies the water for all other present, and lands Casey in the palace prison. So not quite how she thought it was going to play out.

While pacing her cell, Casey receives a visitor with an offer she can’t refuse! Khalid wants to thwart his father’s plans for him to marry and sees a way out in the journalist. Casey needs the interview to headline her report to get her front page across the nation. Seems like a win-win for both of them, so what could possibly go wrong?
Always EVERYTHING when you say that!

This is more of a Novella size at barely 3 hours, but Casey and Khalid have enough time to do some soul searching and discover some deeper part of themselves. Plus have some sexy times too! Overall a sweet and sexy little story!

“Please. Always. Forever.”
— Casey


♥ Author ♥


This is my first read/listen by Leslie North, and I am looking forward to #2! Her writing is sexy and the HEA rock! The covers are HOT too. I now have all of her other titles on my Wishlist!

Leslie has 41 Audible Titles

♥ Narrator(s) ♥


This is my first listen by Nicholas Thurkettle, and I’m in love! His voice definitely works for the future ruler Khalid as well as the determined Casey. He uses a slight accent for Khalid and his family that sounds real and not overly done like some can resort to.

Nicholas has 13 Audible Titles

The Sheikh’s Forced Bride

Sharjah Sheikhs Series

Written by Leslie North

Read by Nicholas Thurkettle

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited.

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

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