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For one year onlyOnce, Ella Gilchrist had the gall to turn down playboy prince Zarif al Rastani's proposal. To ensure peace and stability to his country Zarif must now marry, so when Ella returns begging for his help, he'll give it...on one condition.Three years ago, Zarif needed only moments to ignite a passion in her that left her breathless, until his adamant declaratioFor one year onlyOnce, Ella Gilchrist had the gall to turn down playboy prince Zarif al Rastani's proposal. To ensure peace and stability to his country Zarif must now marry, so when Ella returns begging for his help, he'll give it...on one condition.Three years ago, Zarif needed only moments to ignite a passion in her that left her breathless, until his adamant declaration that he could never love her broke her heart. But if she is to rescue her family from imminent and permanent ruin, Ella must agree to a year of marriage, on his arm and in his bed!...

Title : Zarif's Convenient Queen
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ISBN : 9780373132645
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Zarif's Convenient Queen Reviews

  • Jenny
    2019-05-12 02:21

    Ella and prince Zafir are a couple madly in love but when he proposes marriage Ella turns him down. Three years later Ella is desperate to save her family from ruin. The only man who can help her is Zafir but only if she agrees to a year or marriage.Great read. LG did it again. I loved the arrogant but vulnerable stalker hero and the strong but not bitchy heroine. They never stopped loving each other and I was very touched by Zarif's loss of his first wife and child and the guilt he feels. Epilogue was heartwarming and a great HEA!

  • Rgreader
    2019-05-13 19:15

    Maybe I've been reading too many romances with badass mofo alpha heroes and having read LGs older books maybe I wrongly expect her heroes to be consistently badass mofo alpha's because Zarif's Convenient Queen went from that to beta in such a flash it was a disappointment.What I liked- the heroine was nice. She was a virgin. She didn't argue with the hero all the time. I liked the storyline- second chance at love. The storytelling was ok. I liked the hero in the beginning when he was badass mofo. I loved the epiligue! Perfect ending. I loved the last few chapters. LG writes memorable scenes and conversations. I liked LG tried to make the hero's country seem more like it was a genuine arab one. Most authors don't even bother to make their fictional arab countries like the real ones. They just make up an arab name and write the plot. And I liked that they talked and cleared up their history. LG always does that right.What I didn't like- the hero after his marriage. He went from interesting to blah. He kept apologizing! I. Hated. That. I even stopped reading cause it annoyed me so much!!! His inner dialogue which whined about the past. That didn't work for me. Most of the time I don't want to hear a hero agnozing over history. Sadly, the hero's metamorphosis from alpha to beta really impacted how I felt about the story. Usually the heroine does that but this time the hero turned a potentially great book into a just ok book.Wish I could love Zarif's Convenient Queen. I've read better LG books. In fact I feel a need to reread Bond Of Hatred. I loved how that hero metamorphosised into a guy who loved his wife.

  • Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta
    2019-04-30 21:28

    I can't do this anymore I hate Ella with all my heart *spoilers alert*The heroine is such an hypocrite! At the beginning of the book, because of some stories the tabloids published on her wedding day about her "sex exploits" (that were her evil brother's lies) the hero asked her if those stories were true. She went hysteric (because he didn't trust her without her confirming or denying the stories) and didn't answer him. Then, when her brother told her that the hero had some mistresses she went and demanded the hero to confirm or deny accusations and was indignant when the hero didn't answer her! And after some drama on her part the hero had to tell her he had had some mistresses BEFORE her. And that is not half of what I hated about the heroine but I have better things to do.

  • Vashti
    2019-05-04 01:25

    This was my least favorite book in this series.Why? because of the hero,I did not like him at all! Usually, LG's heros are total asshats ,but they redeem themselves beautifully at the end.This guy! sorry,was not buying his bull.I hated his backstory and his deceased wife was his first cousin,no,no,no!!!!For a change,I loved this heroine,she put this guy thru his paces and took no crap from him,trust me,he needed it.I did enjoy the epilogue as I am a sucker for them.I hope the next book the hero is a better one.I really need to read an older LG to wash away the taste of this one.

  • Dalimar
    2019-05-15 00:33

    El último de una serie y el mejor de los tres. Excelente para pasar el rato y como toda novela Harlequin,se lee en un suspiro.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-09 23:41

    3.5 - 4 stars.Major plot spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk. This the is the final book in inThe Legacies of Powerful Menminiseries by Lynne Graham, and I can now officially say that I've read this whole miniseries. I wanted to finish this series out since the last two books were fresh in my mind, and I knew who was who and what happened in the previous stories without having to go back and look in up. And I'm glad that I did it that way.This story features the love story between Ella and Zarif, the youngest of the three brothers in the series. Zarif was king of his own country while Ella was living her normal life in London, but these two crossed paths before. Three years to be exact, and a marriage proposal between them. Zarif was friends with her brother then later on her family, and was instantly enamoured by the young beauty even at the young at of 17, knowing that he couldn't pursue her because of her young age, Zarif sat back and waited for her. And waited for her for years and years, watching her from afar while Ella was slowly falling in love with him, but figured he wasn't interested in her because he never showed any interest in her. But then once she turned of age at 21, the pursuit began and they started dating and soon after Zarif proposed to the young Ella, and wound up disappointed and hurt when she turned him down flat then the anger ensued and he went about sowing his wild oats because of Ella's rejection and cut ties with her in and her family. Zarif didn't know was that Ella was deeply in love with him, or the reason that she turned him down flat. She was scared, not by the process of the marriage but the fact that she believed that he would never love her while she loved him so terribly that it nearly hurt. It didn't help matters that during the proposal, he seemed totally indifferent to her on an emotional level and even spoke about how he would always love his late wife and never love her. What girl would turn that proposal down? LOL. Then take in the fact that Ella thought that he was only after her body and nothing more and the only way he would find acceptable to do so was to offer marriage to assuage his conscious and what their relationship would be. So with what she believed, she knew she had to turn him down otherwise he would break her. And Zarif had no clue.Three years passed, Zarif sowing those wild oats with mistress after mistress, getting his fill of pleasure before he had to do his duty and marry and produce an heir for his country sake. Plus he was trying to get a certain blonde out of his system, though it wasn't working. And he was still hurt and very angry by her rejection of him all these years ago, but he never believed he would see her again.Fate had a funny way of working. Ella's brother, Zarif's former friend, had borrowed massive amounts of money from Zarif because he believed that Ella would marry Zarif and that would be that. He never meant to pay Zarif back nor did he believe that Zarif would call in the loan and force him to pay it back especially since he would be married to his sister. He never figured that she wouldn't marry him. But obviously that didn't happen, and her brother was in massive debt and even put her family's home and business on the line with his debts, combining that Zarif was calling in his loan. The family was in big trouble.This was where Ella came in. She was sent to talk to Zarif and get him to take it easy on her family especially since their stress levels were high causing them various health problems that either her dad or mom could have died from. So her only thought was helping and protecting them not her selfish brother.Once Zarif and Ella came back together again, sparks flew and it was like no time had passed. They still wanted each other. And Zarif now having Ella in the palm of his hands vowed to get his revenge on her by using her as his mistress for as long as he wanted her, a year to be exact, until he was finally sedate and got her out of her system, one last time before he had to marry. So basically they struck a bargain where she would become his wife, the only way it would be acceptable in the eyes of his country, when he was really just taking her as mistress for a year so he could use her for his pleasure and in return he would help her family out of financial straits. Then the story took off from there and that was the basic set up.I will say that this book was good, and definitely readable. Didn't skim at all or skip any parts because I just wanted to get through it, but at the same time I wasn't wowed. It was the same old, predictable story that I've read a thousand times before in these types of books. There was not a spark or something unique to bring out the specialness of the book. Now, does that mean I didn't like it? No, and it was good, not the best book I read from Harlequin Presents because it was just missing something that I can't quite put my finger on. There wasn't that spark that I was looking forward. That's why I wavered between what to give this book. So I just decided on a range of 3.5-4 stars. Because it wasn't bad just there was a missing something.I think what was missing for me was the angst factor. Though the angst was there and caused some necessary tension in the story, I just thought the angst could have been upped tenfold to add more friction to the story and up the emotional intensity to the story. Give it that up and down roller coaster kind of feel. There was that potential there and bits of here and there, but I think it could have went to the next level that just made it that much more enthralling especially with the whole late wife that Ella believed that Zarif was still in love with. It was addressed and presented, but I felt it was glossed over at the same time and brushed away too quickly. I wanted to feel deep down what Ella was thinking and feeling and how insecure that made her and how fearful she was that she wouldn't be able to touch Zarif's heart. Just digging deep beneath her surface, and I didn't get that so much. On a surface level? Yes, but not as deep as I would have liked to see and see the tension that it caused between them and their relationship especially with her not wanting to get to close to him for fear of being hurt.I was glad that there was a backstory between the two of them, which made the dynamic of their relationship interesting, but I would have liked to see more than being told about their relationship. For instance, their first kiss and feelings that were going on for both of them during that kiss to indicate that it was a different kind kiss than they ever experienced before in their life. Or even the proposal I would have liked to have seen and feel from her point of view especially when he told her that wouldn't love her and always love his late wife. That's rich emotional material, but that wasn't really shown and just more told but that would have showed me the place that Ella was at during that proposal and how hurt she was. That would have upped up the angst quite a bit. But I did like the fact they had a history and already had this connection to one another before they met again in the present. I was glad for that established connection both physically and emotionally. And it was great set up as well, and the fact that there were hurt feelings on both sides of the past were going to cause obstacles in their relationship. And it wasn't going to be smooth sailing for them. Plus the anger on his side over her rejection amped up the story as well and showed why he was treating her the way that he treated her.The chemistry was definitely there and sparks flew from them whenever they were in the same room. It was all the built up lust from all those years coming to the forefront until it finally got released and exploded. I could feel what they both wanted and how much they wanted each other. How they were dying for one another, and soon they would get it. Though Ella hated the fact that all their relationship was going to be about was sex and nothing more. She wanted that emotional piece, but she couldn't deny the chemistry between them, and it was hard for her to resist him.The love scenes were definitely hot and full of steam factor backed up by their heightened chemistry towards each other. The first time scene was great because all that sexual tension got released for both of them but also showed Zarif that Ella wasn't the woman that he thought she was. She was innocent in every sense of the word. And I liked that he regretted how he treated her and how he made the offer of her body for the bailout of her parents. I could tell he felt totally bad about it and was cursing himself and his stupidity especially in the way he took her virginity like a "rutting bull" as he called when she was so untouched just because he couldn't keep his hands off of her and couldn't resist her allure any longer. But he blamed himself which I like especially how he treated her after their first coupling, which I was glad that he did because I wanted slap him myself the cruel way that he got up afterwards, barely saying a word to her, and just left her laying their all by herself with all those rolling emotions going through her. He didn't even cuddle with her, which was what Ella needed after this emotional overload. But he did make up for it afterward and showed he did care and was sorry for how he treated her. First cuddle with her then made love to her gently and tenderly, though no less passionately, and showed that in fact he did respect her. And the rest of the love scenes followed accordingly. They were passionate and hot but tender as well as emotional as well. That's where they seemed to have their most emotional connection, was in bed was when they were the closest. So I liked seeing that.Again as I stated above I thought more would becoming an issue with not only his late wife, but his late wife's cousin who was clearly jealous of poor Ella, and wanted Zarif for herself. But aside from the wedding there wasn't too much going on in that aspect. I thought there would have been a lot more sabotage on the cousin's part as well as her telling stories to Zarif about Ella that were just totally untrue but caused him to maybe question his choice of her as a bride/mistress and maybe think he made a mistake in having Ella in his life. But again aside from the wedding nothing really happened on that front, and I think if it did then it would have made the story more interesting as well as give it a welcome edge to it that was needed. The spark. There was much potential there on this angle.I wished that the brothers were in it as well, Nik and Cristo. I mean there were but just on a periphery way and just mentioned. There was no real interaction between Zarif and his brothers and I really wanted to see that especially since knew the brothers from the stories. So kind of disappointed with that, however there were the appearance of the wives in this story and their interaction with Ella. And that was amusing and funny especially Belle. She was quite a character in this story, though I don't remember her being that humorous in her book, but I found her hilarious here even the brief shot that we see her. I thought the interactions between the wives was great. The love story aspect was okay. Could have used a bit more development I thought from an emotional stand point because it did seem like sex took over at times. And since it was a major component of their deal, I understand why, but I wanted to see them grow more as a couple outside the bedroom and we don't get to see a lot of that. Though there were glimpses here and there, but not enough to convince me that he was in love with her, or was in love with her ever since he met her three years ago. I didn't get that sense. I definitely knew he cared about her and was worried about her especially during their wedding she became very ill and nearly died and that nearly gutted him at the realization that he could loose her and he didn't want to, but then after that it was back to the sex again. I wanted to see them spend more time outside of the bedroom and see that connection grow. Though their intimacy in the bedroom did grow so maybe that was the telling aspect that pointed to their love story and their love for one another. I just needed to see a bit more romance from them.I hate the brother with a passion. I thought he was a jerk the entire time through and couldn't care less that he was basically telling his sister to sell herself to Zarif in order to get him out of financial trouble. What kind of brother was that? Then he sold those stories to the tabloids about his sister that branded her a slut. Really? He wasn't even grateful that she got him out of financial ruin. Granted she didn't ask Zarif to help her brother out when he needed more money, but then she shouldn't. He was just a selfish brat. He needed a good slap. I wish that him and Zarif had a confrontation and Zarif kicked the snot of him and basically protect Ella from her brother evil ways. That would have been good.As for the couple themselves, I did like them and enjoyed them on the page. They weren't favorite couple in the whole world but I didn't enjoy them together as did I enjoy them separately as characters.I would say I really enjoyed Zarif. There was just something about him that screamed sexy. And that was probably because he was a very sexy man. He just had that aura about him that I found hard to resist and made me understand why Ella had trouble resisting him. Now don't get me wrong there were times I wanted to slap him up side the head, but for the most part he was a sweet guy. I could have stand to see more beneath his surface and dig deep to see what was underneath it all that he hid from the world. I just wanted to see and feel more of his pain on a deeper level instead of surface especially when it came to his brothers as well as his father. But he just seemed indifferent to it almost. Maybe it had to do with the fact that he was isolated away in this Arabic country with his grandfather and uncle lovingly raising him as a boy and showing him nothing but love and respect and how to be a good man and ruler of the country. They taught him how to be a man, and developed that tender side to him. I wished that was explored more as well as more with his mother and how she basically left him to start her own career and not care about the mother-son relationship. It didn't seem to bother him, but that could be because of his grandfather and uncle. Just wanted to touch on the hard emotions there.Her, I liked as well. I liked that there were two sides to her. The strong side, which would do anything she had to do for the sake of her parents, as well as the vulnerable side of her with her insecurities of not being beautiful enough for Zarif as well as believing she would never have his love because he loved his late wife. Just showing the full range of emotions coming from her to make into a believable character and more real. I got a little more emotional off of her than I did him as the layers got pulled more and more back as the story progressed, though I thought could have gone a bit deeper. I liked that she had a backbone yet had that sweet, innocent side to her. Overall I did like her.Overall I did like the story, and did enjoy it. It was a little predictable and I thought that the story just touched the surface and needed to go a bit deeper and dig beneath surface both from a character stand point as well as the love story part. I needed to feel more of the emotions going on and feel that rawness. More angst was needed as well just to add a spark to the story that was missing and desperately needed to make the story unique and less predictable. Just that special little something that made this story stand out. But that didn't make this story not readable or enjoyable, it just something that would have made me say "oh wow. This is one of my favorite stories now." None of that. But it was okay and I enjoyed it.I think this was the favorite out of the miniseries with a big part of that being Zarif because I enjoyed him as a character. There was just something about the guy that pulled me in. I was drawn to him for some reason unlike the other two. That was one of the sparks in the book was him, so that's probably why I enjoyed this one out of the three in this miniseries. I was definitely more invested and enjoyed more because of him. The other two brothers were good but that draw me and weren't my favorite alpha males of all time in a romance. Zarif wasn't exactly a favorite alpha of mine but he was definitely close. Plus I think this story had a bit more angst, even though it wasn't much as I liked, than the other two. Overall Lynne Graham did a good job with this miniseries and creating these stories based on the brothers and their love stories. And for most part I did enjoy the miniseries as a whole and was glad that each of the brothers' tales were told and I could see their happily ever after with the women of their dreams. I was glad I read them. Hopefully her other miniseries that she has written and that I have on my shelves currently are good if not better than this one was. I am hoping for better, but she did a nice job on this one.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-05-22 00:38

    Just so so and probably only got the 3 stars because it's Lynne Graham and I'm a fan. What to say? The hero seemed like a bit of a weinie. Just not alpha enough for me and not beta either. The heroine was okay within the realm of the eternal sacrificing herself for her wimpy parents. However, the trilogy was a fun read all in all.

  • JennyG
    2019-05-18 22:43

    For the first time in a very long time I was able to read an LG novel without skimming. Sexual tension between the leads was palpable and I loved the display of hero's jealousy and vulnerability. P.S.I do still think there are too many inner thoughts and descriptions. Nonetheless I hope her next one is just as good or even better.

    2019-05-19 22:26

    İçinde Arapların olduğu hikayeleri sevemiyorum elimde değil..Çok sevdiğim Lynne Graham'ın hikayesi bile olsa..Dük olsun düşes olsun Şeyh olmasın..Özellikle şu ara..

  • Corandra
    2019-05-12 02:26

    3.5 stars

  • Gail
    2019-05-02 01:43

    Loved this one - Lynne Graham is one of my top favorite authors. However, I didn't realize it was book 3 of a trilogy so I read it out of order. Off to dig out the first two now.........

  • Amafle
    2019-05-18 00:20

    Zarif <3

  • Tabs
    2019-05-26 00:22

    AKA the one where she gets mad, steals his car, and violate's his country's no-women-driving ban? That's pretty much the only thing I remember about this book.

  • Jess Lawson
    2019-05-11 19:24

    The read was quite enjoyable. They could have had happiness so much sooner if Zarif knew how to express his emotions instead of bottling them up and hiding them. Ella fell in love at first sight with him at the young age of seventeen. She never loved anyone else. Zarif was always the man of her dreams even when he forced her into a marriage she did not want but would take in order to save her family from the debts in which her brother placed them.

  • Sneha Jaiswal
    2019-05-03 01:29

    I really wanted to like this book but failed!yes its an LG book so I'm bound to read it!it just didn't click with me because both hero and heroine had many stupid misunderstandings and emotional baggage!I just dont like my heros to be married before.I know its stupid but I like my romances to be extra mushy.

  • Caro
    2019-05-02 23:33

    This was a pretty good read. I liked the characters and their personalities. This was written well and flowed from one scene to the next. I liked the emotions and the strength of the characters. Their bluntness (for lack of a better word) really had me liking this book more. Although there was the lack of communication in the beginning (or past) they definitely had more strength by having the courage to 'get it all out' and speak frankly. I enjoyed this book and liked it a lot more than some others that are aggravating in that sense. There were plenty of ups and downs and some confusion, but the ending was great and had me wanting to read more in the series. Good for the relaxing-sunny-hammock kinda read, with some cold to drink and being lazy. Enjoy!

  • Gina Mackin
    2019-05-07 20:33

    Great bookThis whole series was great and highly recommended. Lynne Graham is one of my favorite authors hands down. I love how she keeps the main characters in the story together and monogamous throughout the whole book whether they are happy with each other or not. I hate when authors put a bunch of misunderstandings in a book about the main characters supposedly wanting to be with other people. For me it just wastes time that the main characters could have had together working things out. I believe only a very talented author can pull that off and Lynne Graham is definitely one of them. Congratulations on another great book and great series. Gina

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-07 21:35

    Arabian nights. Not compelling. Nothing new in Graham's Rolodex. Some scenes caught my attention, though. I liked the Ferrari scene and the crab patties. However, too much focus on sexuality. Sex cannot replace meaningful discussions, emotional bonding, laughter, trust. Felt like soft porn. And I didn't buy the reason for their break up 3 years ago, either. Also, his guilt about his first wife seemed excessive.

  • Harlequin Books
    2019-04-30 01:30

    "Graham’s desert romance is superb. Her dark, intensely handsome, aristocratic hero and innocent with-a-bite heroine are a perfect fit. Their tongue-lashings are spectacular, the lovemaking is as hot as the desert at mid-day and her exotic locales give the read a modern Arabian Nights feel" (RT Book Reviews). 4 1/2 stars Miniseries: The Legacies of Powerful Men

  • Janna
    2019-05-07 01:38

    This is probably my favorite book from Lynne Graham. I like royals and this book had plenty of them. This book was also so lovely to read and I loved the plot. It wasn't the most common in the world so it was a bit more unique than the other HP books. I'm still looking forward to reading more from Lynne Graham and more the HP series.

  • Candy
    2019-05-17 01:14

    Thoroughly enjoyed this series so far and I think this one was my favorite! The heroine was fiery and I love heroines like that rather than the docile, subservient heroines. Ella had spirit and she never took anything Zarif said lying down! Really good read!!

  • Betty Lambert
    2019-04-28 02:33

    This is a feel good book. Makes it a light reading. I love books about Sheikh's and deserts and contemporary romance. This was a very good read. I really like Lynne Graham books. Never ceases to make me smile.

  • Beth
    2019-05-06 19:34

    ok, so this trilogy may have finally broken me for Lynne Graham

  • Harlequin Books
    2019-05-05 21:38

    received 4 1/2 stars @ RT Book ReviewsMiniseries: The Legacies of Powerful Men

  • Tigger
    2019-04-30 20:23

    Good read!

  • Mymee
    2019-04-29 03:16

    Probably the most steamiest harlequin I've ever read, and I love it!