My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was Agatha Christie’s couple of books that had given a glimpse of this magnificent country called Egypt and since then it has remained an interesting subject to return to. Of course, unlike the heroine Daphne Pembroke I am not passionate about mummies and hieroglyphics. Loretta Chase creates a fascinating character in Daphne, someone who is too bookish and uninterested in anything remotely connected to joy, stiff and unadventurous, who is happy to hide her intelligent brain behind the shadow of her loving brother Miles.
Rupert Carsington is the fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, sent to Egypt coz he’s the family black sheep. He’s essentially the big oaf who is good for nothing but his chiseled abs. Rupert however has a heart of gold as his introduction scene indicates that he will always favor the underdog and will fight for them irrespective of his personal losses.
When Daphne hires him to escort her in the search of her kidnapped brother, little did she expect the adventure in store for her. It is just not the sandstorms, mummies and the tombs playing havoc in their journey but she begins to unfurl in the presence of the bumbling and carless Rupert who finds Daphne’s brain the most captivating thing he has ever come across in his life. The banter is super cute and the romance is slow and sensuous. The chemistry between them is intense and sizzling but the icing on the cake is the humor in the story that lights up the atmosphere even inside a tomb.
I loved the secondary characters like Tom and Marigold, ha, the name of the mongoose who happens to become one among the many strays Rupert attaches to himself.
I haven’t read many books by this author but her Lord Of Scoundrels is one of my favorites that I wouldn’t mind re-reading simply for the smile it brings forth and Mr. Impossible is exactly another one that can be read with a smile.
Blame it on the Egyptian sun or the desert heat, but as tensions flare between a reckless rogue and beautiful scholar en route to foil a kidnapping, so does love, in the most uninhibited and impossibly delightful ways
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