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Mysterious Sebastian Fairfax lives a life of ease as secretary to the British Ambassador in France. Living in Paris before the revolution, the handsome foreigner cuts a dashing figure and is respected by men and admired by women. One evening he becomes intrigued with an intelligent young woman named Sophie Gauvreau whom he meets at a celebrated salonist’s home. Though he Mysterious Sebastian Fairfax lives a life of ease as secretary to the British Ambassador in France. Living in Paris before the revolution, the handsome foreigner cuts a dashing figure and is respected by men and admired by women. One evening he becomes intrigued with an intelligent young woman named Sophie Gauvreau whom he meets at a celebrated salonist’s home. Though he is attracted to the auburn haired beauty she is not what she seems. Educated and privileged Sophie has secretly started writing revolutionary pamphlets under a pseudonym as France teeters on the brink of disaster. When Sebastian discovers her secret he tries to warn Sophie of the danger she has embarked on as an Inspector has been dispatched to discover the writer’s true identity. Sebastian agrees to marry the reckless beauty to keep her safe from harm. Though Sebastian desires the redhead in his bed, the saucy Sophie accepts his help but places one condition on their marriage…it will be one of convenience. As the two intelligent and strong willed people come to terms with their feelings for each other, France slides into a revolution. But as the firstborn son of a great Arabian Sheik, Sebastian will do what he must to keep his wife safe and in his arms.


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Mysterious Sebastian Fairfax lives a life of ease as secretary to the British Ambassador in France. Living in Paris before the revolution, the handsome foreigner cuts a dashing figure and is respected by men and admired by women. One evening he becomes intrigued with an intelligent young woman named Sophie Gauvreau whom he meets at a celebrated salonist’s home. Though he Mysterious Sebastian Fairfax lives a life of ease as secretary to the British Ambassador in France. Living in Paris before the revolution, the handsome foreigner cuts a dashing figure and is respected by men and admired by women. One evening he becomes intrigued with an intelligent young woman named Sophie Gauvreau whom he meets at a celebrated salonist’s home. Though he is attracted to the auburn haired beauty she is not what she seems. Educated and privileged Sophie has secretly started writing revolutionary pamphlets under a pseudonym as France teeters on the brink of disaster. When Sebastian discovers her secret he tries to warn Sophie of the danger she has embarked on as an Inspector has been dispatched to discover the writer’s true identity. Sebastian agrees to marry the reckless beauty to keep her safe from harm. Though Sebastian desires the redhead in his bed, the saucy Sophie accepts his help but places one condition on their marriage…it will be one of convenience. As the two intelligent and strong willed people come to terms with their feelings for each other, France slides into a revolution. But as the firstborn son of a great Arabian Sheik, Sebastian will do what he must to keep his wife safe and in his arms.

30 review for The Sheik's Son

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    A very enjoyable literary fiction by an author who is good at pulling the reader into the lives of the characters. This story is set in the middle 1700's in Paris, France. Sophie is a socialite who has been educating herself on what is happening in Paris and France. She has been writing pamphlets under a false name and feels she needs to educate people just as she educates herself about the injustices. But her pamphlets are making people think she is a revolutionary and is going against the mona A very enjoyable literary fiction by an author who is good at pulling the reader into the lives of the characters. This story is set in the middle 1700's in Paris, France. Sophie is a socialite who has been educating herself on what is happening in Paris and France. She has been writing pamphlets under a false name and feels she needs to educate people just as she educates herself about the injustices. But her pamphlets are making people think she is a revolutionary and is going against the monarchy. She also is attracted to Sebastian, the secretary to the Duke but also he is the Sheik's son. Sebastian is also attracted to Sophie. Then there is Sebastian's sister Leila who is a little minx. She is after Sebastian's good friend and is also determined to get rid of her virginity. Nicola is great with description so you can really visualize the characters and locations. You can lose yourself in her stories. This is the second book by Nicola I have read and I've really enjoyed her writing. I thank Nicola for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. I look forward to reading more of her books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    I've read three of the author's books & one thing I noticed so far was that the heroes were having more (and better, perhaps?) sex with their mistresses. I found it disturbing. In this book, it was not until nearly the end that the hero & heroin slept together. I felt the hero had more connection with his mistress Juliette because throughout the book he kept going back to her for sex & to confide with her even when he was married to the heroin. I also didn't feel like he resolved his affair with I've read three of the author's books & one thing I noticed so far was that the heroes were having more (and better, perhaps?) sex with their mistresses. I found it disturbing. In this book, it was not until nearly the end that the hero & heroin slept together. I felt the hero had more connection with his mistress Juliette because throughout the book he kept going back to her for sex & to confide with her even when he was married to the heroin. I also didn't feel like he resolved his affair with his mistress & I was left with the feeling that he would continue to seek her out when he returned to France. On finishing the book, I did not have that feel good feeling even though the hero & heroin had their happy ending. All I could think was....what was that all about?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Xiamera

    My reading experience with this book was just ok. It ended kind of abruptly to me. The situation with the inspector was left rather open-ended in my opinion and I didn't like that. Side stories and alternately viewpoints are fine but I don't think Sebastian's mistresses, the duke, the father, the grandmother, Madame something or the other needed to have a viewpoint on anything. I marvelled several instances at the naivete that Sophie possessed in thinking no consequences would come of her action My reading experience with this book was just ok. It ended kind of abruptly to me. The situation with the inspector was left rather open-ended in my opinion and I didn't like that. Side stories and alternately viewpoints are fine but I don't think Sebastian's mistresses, the duke, the father, the grandmother, Madame something or the other needed to have a viewpoint on anything. I marvelled several instances at the naivete that Sophie possessed in thinking no consequences would come of her actions and even when she considered it she still acted stupid. As someone in the book pointed out she had no notion of what others truly suffered and was purely approaching her subject matters from an ideological standpoint with no true experiences. The side story with Etienne and Leila was interesting enough though and probably one of the highest points in the book for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Buffy Lynn

    Fabulous This author has amazing details and keeps your attention throughout the entire book. It is romantic, funny and thrilling. I laughed so hard during reading certain parts my eyes were watering.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Couldn't get past 50 pages; incredibly stupid story breaking the "show don't tell" rule constantly. Couldn't get past 50 pages; incredibly stupid story breaking the "show don't tell" rule constantly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    If you like costume design, this is the book for you!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I would rather- stick -pencils- in- my -eyes!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy H

    Sophie isn't looking for only marriage. She wants to change the world with her writings. She's good-but naive about the reception by the powers that be. Her romance with the well-travelled and experienced Sebastian may not be regulation for the time but it sparks the story, including some humor when his sister is sent to him to protect (which she really isnt cooperating with). Lots of intrigue, well described fashion statements and well described characters made it an enjoyable read. The end lef Sophie isn't looking for only marriage. She wants to change the world with her writings. She's good-but naive about the reception by the powers that be. Her romance with the well-travelled and experienced Sebastian may not be regulation for the time but it sparks the story, including some humor when his sister is sent to him to protect (which she really isnt cooperating with). Lots of intrigue, well described fashion statements and well described characters made it an enjoyable read. The end left the French Revolution hanging over the characters' heads; although they were safe, it seems some were not far enough away. This read as a stand- alone story with a prequel and possible sequel. I was left wondering how many survive the next five or so years. Also confusing were comments about Arab men are controlling, but the.two Arab characters are anything but. Love was claimed as the reason. Or maybe they were unique , with unique relationships. It might take another book to clear that up.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    I finished it, but because I made myself soldier through. I found that there were too many sex scenes for my liking and that the language used in them was far from respectful of women for a book that was supposed to espouse women's rights and looking at them as more than just brood mares. There were parts that I enjoyed, but overall there was too much of trying to be a good writer, instead of just being a good writer. Why did what they were wearing at any given moment really matter? (It doesn't). I finished it, but because I made myself soldier through. I found that there were too many sex scenes for my liking and that the language used in them was far from respectful of women for a book that was supposed to espouse women's rights and looking at them as more than just brood mares. There were parts that I enjoyed, but overall there was too much of trying to be a good writer, instead of just being a good writer. Why did what they were wearing at any given moment really matter? (It doesn't). Does the reader really need to know such precise history of places and people for this story to move forward? (No, they don't).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shweta

    I like historical romance but this was not it. Based on short synopsis, I had high hope for the book where I thought romance would be weaved with story of actual history of french revolution. But none of that happened. It was all about heroes sexual encounters. Overly intimate details and nothing else. Sophie gave me a little hope in the start of the book where I thought she would turn the book towards the revolution and how women get their rights but (view spoiler)[ All she managed to do was wr I like historical romance but this was not it. Based on short synopsis, I had high hope for the book where I thought romance would be weaved with story of actual history of french revolution. But none of that happened. It was all about heroes sexual encounters. Overly intimate details and nothing else. Sophie gave me a little hope in the start of the book where I thought she would turn the book towards the revolution and how women get their rights but (view spoiler)[ All she managed to do was write some so called pamphlets which were not described anywhere and got blackmailed for it. Again overly intimate and all about sex kind of book. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    Sebastian and the rebel lady Constricted by the expectations of her class Sophie rebels and becomes the writer of inflamattory pamphlets. Now she is being hunted by a nefarious inspector, she requires the protection of a well placed husband. Will the womanizer Serbastian come to her rescue? A book filled with lively characters, sensuality, danger and love. A good read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I enjoyed this book and I find it intriguing that some of the characters were historically accurate (though I would have loved more of an author's note at the end). The time period - pre-revolutionary France - made for an interesting setting, and it became a character in itself! It was well-written and certainly kept my interest. I enjoyed this book and I find it intriguing that some of the characters were historically accurate (though I would have loved more of an author's note at the end). The time period - pre-revolutionary France - made for an interesting setting, and it became a character in itself! It was well-written and certainly kept my interest.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Phillips

    Easy Read To me this was a typical historical romance, sassy enough to keep you interested, descriptive enough that the reader didn't have to imagine any romantically encounters! I was particularly impressed with the author's knowledge and description of French gowns of the time period. Great research!!! Easy Read To me this was a typical historical romance, sassy enough to keep you interested, descriptive enough that the reader didn't have to imagine any romantically encounters! I was particularly impressed with the author's knowledge and description of French gowns of the time period. Great research!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Morgan

    Eh so so I found myself skipping pages. There is so much about the clothing or the scenery that it distracts from the story. Also the bedroom scenes are written more in the modern way then Victorian. Not a great written story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra Henderson

    Liked the book I thought the story line started out a little slow at first but then it got a lot better and then I really enjoyed the rest of the book. Great character s and story line. Strong women and men that fight for what they want and believe in.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie E Wieweck

    Revolutionary Interesting plot and storyline. A rich educated French maid that questions society and politics is unusual for the time she lives in. What's a Sheik's son doing working as a secretary for an English Duke in Paris? The characters all mesh to make the story flow. Revolutionary Interesting plot and storyline. A rich educated French maid that questions society and politics is unusual for the time she lives in. What's a Sheik's son doing working as a secretary for an English Duke in Paris? The characters all mesh to make the story flow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    angela beasley

    Excellent story! Author does an amazing Job of weaving the characters lives Together in a very intriguing way. Really enjoyed this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    DNF I made it close to 45% through and just could not continue.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn G. Ronca

    Good read Good storyline,held my interest. Great plot and we'll developed characters. I was able to put it down and pick up up without losing the plot Good read Good storyline,held my interest. Great plot and we'll developed characters. I was able to put it down and pick up up without losing the plot

  20. 4 out of 5

    v.geniebrown

    Excellent What a great read, , the characters are so vivid you are pulled into the past . I enjoyed every page.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Combination of erotica, romance and mystery. This book is not very well written. There were many instances of repitition as though the author needed to fill space. I did like the characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris Boden

    Perfect light reading for all adults. Most exquisite story, I am looking forward to any books in the series ?. Similar stories by other authors will be investigated.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gerda

    I read the first chapter and found them lacking: sooooo boooooooooooring. I decided to save my time and stop reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mj

    Historically Fiction Historically fiction is just not my style, but I tried maybe I should try more of a time period I understand.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moye

    French Revolution era. Good love story with political details about women forefront

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Wonderful I love the setting! The drama is great, not overwhelming. It is interesting to have a smart woman stand her ground.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    3 stars Good historical story. Suspense and adventures. Too much description of clothing. Too physical for my tastes. I like the characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Richard R. Verbrugh

    I good but not exceptional This was Ok but not T a 5, this is the most I care to to say with to say

  30. 4 out of 5

    Proud Book Reviews

    Welcome back, I’ve been looking forward to writing this review pretty much since I first started reading this book because it combines two things that I really love. History and books. Not only is it a book steeped with history, but it’s also filled with iconic individuals from history writing about their thoughts and experiences and then discussing these in salons. This book is set in Paris in 1788, less than a year before the French Revolution began in earnest. As soon as I saw the date I start Welcome back, I’ve been looking forward to writing this review pretty much since I first started reading this book because it combines two things that I really love. History and books. Not only is it a book steeped with history, but it’s also filled with iconic individuals from history writing about their thoughts and experiences and then discussing these in salons. This book is set in Paris in 1788, less than a year before the French Revolution began in earnest. As soon as I saw the date I started scrambling back through my memories of high school history when I studied the French Revolution to remember when it began, how it broke out and how quickly it impacted the French high classes. Thinking back on these memories I found myself eager to jump in and find out what exactly this book could be about, especially since the title suggests there’s an Arabian prince involved. I quickly discovered that this book was going to be a typical romance novel, however it would be set in a specific time in history which would also impact what would happen throughout the book. Sophie, our main character, is a young Parisian woman who is educated more than most women in that time who’s grandmother has been trying to marry off for the past few years. However Sophie doesn’t want another Parisian dandy man. She wants an intelligent man who isn’t afraid of the fact that she is educated and he needs to be able to challenge her intellectually. Which in that time is difficult to find. While Sophie is resisting marriage due to the difficulty of finding someone that will complement and challenge her, she is introduced to Madame Necker and her salon. Madame Necker is a well known French woman who ran one of the most celebrated salon’s in French history; if you Google her you can find her fairly easily. By taking part in this salon Sophie is constantly thrust into the same space as Sebastian, our other main character who we also hear from throughout the book. While pushing Sebastian away Sophie is also trying to educate herself about any topic that comes up in the salon’s that she doesn’t know much about. Sophie’s drive to educate herself further really struck a chord with me as I tend to do the same thing. Maybe not to the same degree as Sophie does, however I also found that just like in Sophie’s case there are many people today that will criticise and judge those that seek to further educate themselves. I don’t know if people do this out of fear of being left behind or being made redundant by someone who likes to educate themselves. And I certainly hope people can rise above these thoughts, because in France’s case it ended in a Revolution that changed the country forever and I’d hate to think that it could take similar radical changes to allow people to grow and develop. Due to Sophie educating herself she goes from writing radical pamphlets about women’s rights to revolutionary pieces that criticise the French monarchy and it’s upper classes. This results in a power hungry inspector going after Sophie to gain confidential information to blackmail other people. Later in the book we discover that not only is he blackmailing his way into a position of power, but he also murdered his wife and last lover due to her cheating on him. I don’t know about you but I can’t believe he managed to murder 2 people and dispose of their bodies alone without being discovered. Especially because he works for the French law enforcement! While the inspector is going after Sophie she pretty much forces Sebastian to marry her to give herself more protection against the inspector. Sophie thought just because he worked for the English Ambassador that it’d give her more safety from him. What I don’t understand is that Sebastian knew how much danger Sophie was in and so married her to protect her. Yet waited until the inspector tried to kill them both to suggest moving to Arabia? And for all their friends and family to leave France? Like really, if you think a country is about to break out into an all out Revolution wouldn’t you want to get the hell out of these ASAP to avoid the bloodbath and ensure you don’t accidentally get caught up in it? That really irked me and took a little bit of joy out of the overall story because I spent so much time fixating on why they didn’t just move to Arabia. But it certainly didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the read. https://proudbookreviews.com/2018/05/...

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