Dual Review: The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh by Ros Clarke

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , 4 Stars , Dual Review , featured , Review , Ros Clarke , The Latin Lover , The Quirky Lover Posted on September 13, 2012 @ 11:00 am 3 comments

Format read: eARC provided by publisher
Release Date: 14 July 2012
Number of pages: 131 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Read an excerpt

Blurb:

His duty, her dreams, undone by their desire…

In the male-dominated oil industry, executive Olivia McInnes plays a careful game – she’s cold, uncompromising, and ambitious as hell. Once she seals the deal to drill in the clear waters of Saqat, she’ll finally prove herself worthy to take the reins of her father’s oil company. Her only obstacle is marine biologist – and Saqat’s royal heir – Sheikh Khaled Ibm Saqat al Mayim, who’s determined to protect both his people and his country from environmental devastation…

It’s not long before Olivia’s icy cool exterior is shattered by the intelligent and wickedly hot sheikh, and business is surpassed by sweet, stolen pleasures. But outside the bedroom, there’s reality to be faced. Soon Khaled must return to his obligations – and his betrothed – in Saqat.

Caught between duty and ambition, can an oil tycoon and a sexy sheikh find room for love… or will this business deal spell disaster for them both.

Our Thoughts:

Jackie: The Oil Tycoon and her Sexy Sheikh was my second foray into Ros Clarke’s work and as far as I’m concerned, she’s two for two! Despite the rather lengthy title, this story was a fun adventure, learning experience, and HEA wrapped into a mere 121 pages.

Stella: I agree Jackie, I loved Table for Two so much that I was excited to finally read a longer, novel-length story written by her, and I was utterly delighted by The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh! Once again Ros Clarke brough us great, well developed characters who were interesting on their own but when put together, wow, the chemistry was sizzling! :-D

“I’ve ordered the pilot to be ready in ten minutes.” He moved even closer behind her and reached out to grasp the rail, one hand on either side of her, trapping her. There was an inch, maybe two, between her back and his chest. It took every ounce of her willpower not to lean back into him and let him hold her.
“So soon? But you’ve only seen half the rig.” Olivia’s protest was half-hearted at best.
“I’ve seen enough. And you’re cold.”
“No,” she said, though it wasn’t true. She was cold, even with his warmth surrounding her. “I don’t mind that.”
“I do. It makes me want to warm you.”

Can you say ‘aww’? :-D

Jackie: I really enjoyed the chemistry between Olivia and Khaled. It was a subtle attraction at the beginning that quickly grew into something more. I really like the way the author got them together. Of course, right from the get-go, we knew that there would be a huge obstacle in getting their HEA, but I really enjoyed the ride in getting to it. Besides, it would be a bit boring if there weren’t at least a few spanners thrown into the works ;)

Stella: And I just liked their banter and all that sizzle of sexual attraction ;-)

Jackie: Not only was this story about the will they/won’t they relationship, but it also contained some neat insights into oil companies versus nature, as well as an inside look into what happens long after an oil spill. I thought the way Clarke discussed the wildlife and its risk was well thought out. The author gave the reader some information, while maintaining the interest of the reader (ie. not being overly preachy.)

Stella: I wholeheartedly agree Jackie! I was actually surprised how environmental conscious (without being preachy) this romance was: how through these two characters representing two opposing worlds Ros Clarke showed the reader some considerations we, those who aren’t living around these jobs or oil companies aren’t necessarily aware of.

Verdict:

Jackie: All in all, I think Clarke offered us an intelligent love story with two mature characters, for the most part. Olivia does take a turn at the end with her amusing name calling (out of frustration only, of course, and totally something any of us would do in the same situation :) ) but this didn’t detract from the story. Sometimes, when things look like they can’t work out for whatever reason, these romance characters tend to lose a bit of their cool. Khaled and Olivia actually kept their integrity intact, for which I give Ros Clarke great kudos!

I give The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh 4 stars!

Stella: Don’t let the cliché and a bit tongue in cheek title scare you off, this is a well written, intelligent romance with two three-dimensional characters who step off the pages and some stunning locations, so if you need a virtual travel to get some sunshine and a heartwarming sensual romance, The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh is the story for you! :-D

I give The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh 4.5 stars!

 

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About Stella


Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • aurian September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Great review ladies, I will put it on the wishlist.

    • Stella September 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      IMO you can’t go wrong with a Ros Clarke story ;-)

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