Book Review: The Arab Marilyn Monroe by Sienna Wilder


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After reading Sienna Wilder’s novella, “Turning Lesbian”, I wanted to see what else this new LGBT author has published. I love it when I come across an interesting book description, I give the book a try, and I discover an author I know I will stalk forever to make sure I read everything he/she publishes. This is what happened with Sienna Wilder. I read “The Arab Marilyn Monroe” in one sitting, and now I can’t wait for the next novella in the series.

This novella is just as hot as the first one I read. Olivia and Fairuz are perfect together, and I liked the fact that they come from completely different cultures. Olivia is Greek-American, and Fairuz is Algerian, which makes for interesting discussions about religion and how love between two women is seen by the people belonging to different communities. This adds depth to both the characters and the story, turning the novella into much more than the readers might expect. Needless to say that those who love cross-culture romance stories will absolutely love “The Arab Marilyn Monroe”.

I liked both main characters, but I must admit that Olivia was my favorite. After she meets Fairuz, she realizes that her relationship with Peter will never work. I loved the way she decided to give him the news, and the scene right before she left him was insanely hot. I can’t imagine a better way to torture a man than by allowing him to look and not letting him touch. And the scene was even sexier because Olivia was thinking about Fairuz the whole time.

The relationship between Olivia and Fairuz was not only based on their hot encounters, and I loved the fact that they became very close in a short period of time by talking and understanding each other. There are some sweet and romantic scenes where Fairuz is very gentle with Olivia while helping her move past her relationship with Peter and start a new life. It seems like they were made for each other, and after reading the last page of the novella, I only wanted for them to find a way to overcome all the obstacles imposed by Fairuz’s religion. The Epilogue promises a second book, so I can’t wait to find out what the author has in store for Olivia and Fairuz.