It's been a long time since I've read a Harlequin Presents novel. I mean decades long time. I don't know why I stopped. Maybe I thought I needed something steamier. What was I thinking? The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar surprised me with its steaminess and sexy sheikh, Nadir.What I liked about this book is that it a well-written story that I could read in one sitting. The plot, the characters, the backdrop of the country of Jazaar made this story engrossing and compelling. In the last 10 years, we view the Arab world differently and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to connect to the romance of the story. But thanks to Ms. Carr's wonderful writing, I was immediately engrossed in Nadir and Zoe's relationship and their journey to romance.Nadir's intentions are thrown by the wayside when he finds himself attracted to his new bride. Zoe an American, leaving with her Arab parents after her parents death. She's the black sheep of the family and is treated poorly and abused. The arranged marriage, though not ideal, is her way out. Out from underneath her uncle's thumb and out of Jazaar.The longer they are together, the more Nadir and Zoe get underneath each other's skin. They become more than just lovers; they become true partners.I really enjoyed The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar. I definitely need to start reading more Harlequin Presents.