Sarah Black
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Loose Id
Release Date
June 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

When photographer Leon Davis takes a job tracking down the nearly-extinct Zanzibar leopard, he isn't expecting to fall in love with the mysterious and sexy Tuareg tribal leader, Ibrahim Ag Akhamok. Ibrahim has his own secrets, and he knows more than he lets on about the leopard. And what about Piers, the murdered photographer that Leon replaced? Until Leon discovers what Piers was doing in Zanzibar, and who killed him, he can't face his own demons -- and he can't earn the love of the powerful and dangerous Tuareg.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Jul 29, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
182 people found the following review helpful
TUAREG is a fascinating story set in the part of the world we don't read about often. The details are exquisite and characters colorful. I loved reading about a different culture and customs not to mention certain information I had no idea about.

Leon Davis is a photographer sent to Zanzibar to check out if certain photos of a Zanzibar leopard which is supposedly extinct, are real. The photographer, Piers, who was there before him was killed, leaving more questions behind him than answers. The impression he'd left on the locals made Leon a man who had a lot to prove when it came to the integrity of both his country and himself.

Hospitality given to him by the Tuareg tribal leader Ibrahim is filled with reserve, but even while investigating the Piers' death, Leon makes a positive impression on Ibrahim and his household.

My rating for this book is mostly based on my personal preference. While written in a lovely way with abundant amount of details which delighted me, the romance part of it fell flat. Most of the book was spent solving a murder mystery and the connection between Leon and Ibrahim, which should have been sparkling and intriguing, mostly felt as an afterthought.

I didn't like the overly bossy attitude Ibrahim had and by the end of the book, I realized that despite all the attention to detail, I really didn't know the main characters. I could actually tell you more about side characters than Leon and Ibrahim and that was the same way their relationship worked. They were there but without real flame to it or definition.

While this truly is a lovely story, which will probably be liked by a lot of people, for me it missed some crucial elements I expect in a romance book. But despite that, it is a great opportunity for readers to get to know a wonderful country and meet some interesting people.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is a published author at Loose Id.
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