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By A on 03-12-07
Stockholm Syndrome, sex, and too-stupid-to-live
A woman on the streets of an Arabian market is accosted and abducted by a man running away from police. While being held against her will, her first thoughts aren't self-presevation, but rather that her abductor "possessed a dangerous facination that was seducing her". Keep in mind, this is about 5 minutes into our story -- too soon for a romantic relationship. Heck, too soon for Stockholm Syndrome. Apparently she unable to decide if her body is trembling in fear, or rather because "she was sharply aware of the male hardness of his muscular thigh". She seems to be finding this abduction a real turn-on. Creepy. Then, he kisses her into silence so her little scared sounds aren't heard by the police, and she is overcome by an "surge of primative female reaction". This disgusts her, but she decides all the same to get her tongue involved. Virginal hussy.
This pretty much sums up the first 12 minutes of the story. Our heroine seems to be on sexual-repression overdrive, whose actions in real life would have got her raped or killed, but luckly this is Harlequin fiction, so it leads to a passive-agressive romance, true love and sexual gratification. If you like subservient female posturing with male controller then this could be your cup of tea. If you accept that our heroine must be proof of Creationism, as there is no way she could have made it to twenty if Natural Selection were at play, then this story gets better about 2.5 hours in -- well, at least the sex gets better.
This book was unintentionally funny at times, and sensual at both expected and truely bizarre points. The narrator was fine most of the time, but terrible when trying to speak with an accent (apparently that was a British accent our heroine has -- I am letting you know now, as it comes across as Kiwi-meets-drunk Southern Belle). This gets two stars for being something to listen to while I did my taxes. (For the record, the taxes were about as enjoyable)
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By Kendall on 12-13-05
Possessed by the libido
This is easily the worst book I have had the misfortunate to order from audible.com. Clearly I was "possessed" and it was not by a sheik (or odalisk) nor obviously by the expectation of a good read. Possessed by the Sheikh is trite, repetative, written in unimaginative language and uses implausible situations. Perhaps it is only intended to titalate? Even so it only succeeds partially -- I cannot imagine a real erotica buff being satisfied with the meagre portions offered here. Authors usually have high hopes for their work but may struggle with self-criticism. Publishers are supposted to know better.
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