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Set in Egypt in 1821, Chase's romp of a romance possesses a fine sense of time and place. Solving the mystery of Egyptian hieroglyphics has been Daphne Pembroke's lifelong passion, one she has kept secret from everyone except her brother, Miles, who fronts as the hieroglyphics expert of the family. (Daphne's disapproving late husband believed that "intellectual endeavors put too great a strain on the inferior female brain.") When robbers steal a papyrus from her Cairo home that may lead to a vast fortune and kidnap Miles as well, Daphne knows the crooks have taken her brother so he can decipher the hieroglyphics. To find Miles before his captors realize he's clueless, she needs muscle in the form of hunky Rupert Carsington (a secondary character from Miss Wonderful, the previous book in the series), whom she springs from a local jail. Tracking the kidnappers takes Daphne, Rupert and their entourage down the Nile, where they face sandstorms, snakes and other perils. Comic relief comes in the form of a mongoose named Marigold. Though the book offers a fascinating glimpse into the workings of ancient Egypt, Rupert and Daphne's relationship, and the trials and errors thereof, remain the heart of the story.
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Egypt in 1821 is not a safe place for foreigners. So when her brother, Miles, disappears, Daphne Pembroke immediately goes to the British Consulate for help. What Daphne gets is Rupert Carsington. At first Daphne is quite vexed with the idea of being saddled with this cheerful blockhead, but she soon realizes that since she is clever, all she really needs is a big, strong man who will follow orders. As Daphne and Rupert set out in search of Miles, and a missing papyrus that may hold the key to a pharaoh's long-lost tomb, Daphne begins to suspect that she may have underestimated not only Rupert's intelligence but also her own susceptibility to his devilish charms. A bookish, sharp-tongued heroine with a passion for hieroglyphics discovers an all-together different kind of passion in this supremely satisfying and thoroughly romantic tale. Chase's subtly nuanced characters and deftly plotted story come together brilliantly, and her polished writing is imbued with a wicked wit. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Berkley Sensation Edition edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425201503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425201503
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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160 of 162 people found the following review helpful By lwd on August 27, 2006
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Because such a rating is an aberration for me, I feel compelled to explain my reasoning.

First star - The hero has a healthy ego. He's not brooding, wounded, possessive or insecure. Instead, he is lusty (read this as constantly horny as hell) brave, has a keen sense of compassion and honesty, a wonderful sense of humor and the only fear he shows is for others. His respect, admiration and attraction for the heroine was a pleasure to read, and a wonderful twist. (Subtract this star if you need an alpha male who can only find his salvation through the love of a good woman).

Second star - The heroine is intelligent, steadfast, and vulnerable. Like most young women of her era, she was taught that normal sexual desires were wrong, intelligence in females was unnatural, and passion toward virtually anything considered a masculine endeavor was unattractive. Despite her background, she grows with the challenges she faces, overcomes her vulnerability, and she becomes who she was meant to be. (Subtract this star if you want a heroine who seems to be out of character for her generation, or turns into a blithering idiot once she falls in love)

Third star - Storyline. Yup, this novel has an actual plot, a beginning, a middle and an end. All the threads are neatly woven, you are not left hanging with a need to read the next installment. While other stories are available to read within the family of the hero (Lord Perfect, Miss Wonderful), this book is a stand-a-lone. (Subtract this star if you enjoy waiting months or years to find out how a story ends)

Fourth star - The romance is wonderful. The sex is as it should be. Fun, sensual, enthralling and it does not dominate the story. It is never unsettling, it never feels wrong.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ellejir on March 28, 2005
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This is a really fun historical romance set in Egypt in 1821. "Mr. Impossible" is the second book in a series by Loretta Chase detailing the lives and loves of the unruly sons of the Earl of Hargate (the first being "Miss Wonderful".) I loved the Egyptian setting (being a devotee of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series!) and enjoyed the interplay between the charmingly mismatched hero and heroine.

The hero, Rupert Carsington ("Mr. Impossible" himself!), is the Earl of Hargate's fourth son, a reckless hellion who has been sent to Egypt by his father in an attempt to keep him out of trouble. But trouble follows Rupert wherever he goes, not in part because he *thrives* on it! When the attractive and scholarly widow, Daphne Pembroke needs assistance in locating her kidnapped brother, Rupert is the best that the unhelpful British consul general has to offer. Daphne is a linguistic genius, obsessed with deciphering hieroglyphs. Due to prejudice against her gender in the scholarly world, she and her brother, Miles, have long pretended that *he* is the language expert in the family. Since Miles is kidnapped soon giving Daphne a valuable papyrus that reportedly describes the location of a royal tomb, Daphne fears that the villains may be trying to use Miles's purported language skills to locate the pharaoh's treasure.

Rupert and Daphne provide the perfect yin and yang to the story. He is all tall, dark and handsome strength and action and she is the practical brains of the operation. Together they set off up the Nile in pursuit of Miles and the kidnappers. The plot has *lots* of action--with murder attempts, sandstorms, and rival groups of ruthless villains.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2006
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I like Daphne. She was in a bad marriage and came out of it with little self-esteem. She buries herself in a solitary life of scholarly pursuits. It's fun watching her learn what she's made of when her brother is kidnapped.

Rupert, another Carsington brother, is a delightful scoundrel. Nothing upsets him and he faces life with a lighthearted smile. He's able to make her laugh and feel good about herself, and rather than be intimidated by her brain as her husband was, he is fascinated to watch her formidable scholar's brain in action. He's perfect for Daphne.

He's been assigned to the embassy in Cairo. He drives them crazy, so they assign him to help Daphne find her brother, who's been kidnapped. When he says something stupid and discovers that his blunders distract her from worrying about her brother, he continues so that her first impression of him is a sweet natured idiot. Of course she learns otherwise as they go after her brother and a stolen papyrus.

The story takes place in Egypt, a refreshing change from England. It is rich in the history of excavations of the pyramids and attempts to decipher heiroglyphics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By reader from Denton TX on March 21, 2005
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Loretta Chase never disappoints. My only complaint is she doesn't write four books a year! This delightful tale of a brilliant female linquist who must conceal her intelligence, and the cheerful hero who understands and celebrates her abilities, as well as her looks and her passion, is romantic, clever, sexy, humorous, multi-layered, and very well written. Rupert Carsington is surely every woman's romantic ideal; tall, dark, and handsome, he rescues Daphne Pembroke in multiple ways, the most important being, of course, restoring her belief in herself as a woman. Daphne is equally appealing, beautiful, brilliant, bookish, but deeply hurt by someone who should have had her best interests at heart. Chase writes with her usual elegant style, humor and an obvious affection for her characters, and with an understanding of the human heart that surpasses the usual romance novel. I liked this book immensely and can't wait for Benedict...and/or Darius' stories.
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