Sep 25, 2015

DeeJay Reviews: BLACK KEYS by @Rose_B_Mashal

Black Keys
by Rose B. Mashal

Series: Colorblind #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 15, 2015
Format: eBook (NetGalley)
Source: Provided by the Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review

A Muslim Arab Prince with a heavy weight of responsibilities on his shoulders and a young Catholic American woman with a dark, haunted past living inside her heart. Unexpectedly thrust together in a deal of betrayal brokered by her brother, the last thing she imagines when she goes to his wedding in a kingdom far away from her home, is to find out that it's her own wedding, as well.

A bright, independent CEO struggling to live this new life, where the traditions and rules are too numerous to keep up with, and an attractive, intelligent prince wanting nothing more than for his bride to find the black keys.

Fate steps in to teach the troubled new princess a few lessons about love, life, understanding and acceptance, while destiny forces the Crown Prince into allowing his beautiful wife to break a rule or two. 

Because when it comes to love, rules blur and traditions fade.

This is one of those books that pisses you off as much as it intrigues you. It had a lot of weak points, but had some strengths too which helped to balance the book out for me.

I will start off by saying that I pretty much hated Marie the entire book. She was nasty and prejudice and all the things that make me hate humans. Even once I understood why she acted the way she did, I still didn't like her. Again, I understood why she felt the way she did about Mazen, but damn, she didn't have to treat him like crap the entire book. Especially since he was so incredibly kind to her. I could see if he was mean or abusive, but he was so sweet he should have given her cavities. It was kind of annoying but I also felt sorry for Marie because she clearly hadn't been let out of the house much as a child. No one expected her to fall head over heels in love with Mazen, especially considering the circumstances, but her attitude sucked so bad, I just couldn't take it.

Mazen was a bit too perfect in my eyes. He's a prince, yet he is letting Marie treat him like an unwanted stepchild. I mean come on dude, you're not going to at least make it known that you're not game for that? Yell, curse, do something! And if Mazen was an angel, Marie's brother Joseph was satan. What he did...I would have killed him. It was unforgivable and he got just what he deserved.

The plot was really good though. I liked the idea of it and I'm interested to see how it plays out. I will say the romance was overshadowed by all the drama in this book so I hope book two has more of the lovey and less of the nutty.

I don't recommend this book if you want to read about a sheltered, closed-minded young woman who is prejudice as I don't know what for eighty percent of the book (and states so out loud!). But I can say the plot and setting are something unique and that's a plus. The writing was just okay and the formatting was totally wacky even for a galley, but if you can get past all of that, you just might enjoy this book.

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