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Mr. Impossible (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Loretta Chase
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Feb 2005 Berkley Sensation (Book 2)

Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He is irresistibly handsome, shockingly masculine, and irretrievably reckless, and wherever he goes, trouble follows. Still, Rupert's never met an entanglement - emotional or other - he couldn't escape.

Only now he's in Egypt, stranded in the depths of Cairo's most infamous prison, and his only way out is accepting a beautiful widow's dangerous proposal. Scholar Daphne Pembroke wants him to rescue her brother, who's been kidnapped by a rival seeking a fabled treasure. Their partnership is strictly business: She'll provide the brains, he, the brawn. Simple enough in theory.

But as tensions flare and inhibitions melt, the most disciplined of women and the most reckless of men are about to clash in the most impossibly irresistible way.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books (Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425201503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425201503
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.7 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,755,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely wonderful. (BELLA) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Loretta Chase has experienced a varied career before being convinced to write novels by a producer... who later became her husband. The books resulting from this union have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Rita. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loretta Chase back on top form 27 April 2005
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Ms Chase remains one of my favourite romance authors. Knaves Wager and Lord of Scoundrels are top of the list of favourite romances. Now they are joined by Mr. Impossible!
What a fantastic story! The characters are great, the pace is fast, the dialogue funny, the chemistry almost palbable.
Set in Egypt during the early 1820s, scholar Daphne Pembroke is looking for her kidnapped brother and when seeking help at the English consulate has the assistance of Mr Rupert Carsington thrust upon her, the Consul being equally determined to remove Mr Carsington as he is in helping Mrs Pembroke. Mr. Carsington is known for not being overly blessed in the brain department and Daphne reconciles herself to the fact that he will provide the brawn and she the brains in the search.
Mr Carsington (the brother of Alistair in Miss Wonderful) is one of my favourite heroes, he is funny and smart (as the reader gradually discovers), easy going, good humoured,kind to animals; and above all; likes women.
If you have never read Mr Chase before this is a good place to start. I promise you will be hooked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining Regency Indiana Jones romp 23 Aug 2006
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"That man is an idiot." So says widow Mrs Daphne Pembroke of Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, when she first meets him in a jail in Egypt.

Rupert Carsington is a likeable, aimiable, impulsive and reckless man, who attracts disaster like nails to a magnet. His father has sent him to the consulate in Egypt to get him out of

the way for a while. However, he's only been in Egypt for a few weeks and has already been in jail several times for flouting unjust laws and behaviour on the part of police and guards.

Mrs Daphne Pembroke is the young widow of an elderly clergyman, who has had her confidence badly erroded by her pious, prudish, jealous husband. She is an emensely intelligent scholar of classical languages and Egyptian hyrogliphics, in an age when women were not supposed to be intelligent, just be pretty and dim. Her husband was jealous of her intelligence and did his best to dim her zest and enthusiam for her studies, life and of course sex. Nice women were not supposed to like or enjoy it.

Daphne's brother Miles, allows her to pass him off as the scholar so that she can continue with her work. They are in Egypt so that she can try and crack the code of the ancient language.

Rupert Carsington however, is a different type of man than Daphne is used to. He may be a "blockhead" as she refers to him, but it doesn't take more than a few minutes in her company for him to realise that she is actually the scholar, not her brother. Rupert is emensely turned on by Daphne's intelligence. Infact, he's turned on by everything about her.

Miles has been kidnapped by someone who thinks that he has cracked the code of hyrogliphics and can lead them to a new rich tomb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Chase Never Fails to Satisfy - 4-1/2* 14 May 2007
Setting - Egypt 1821 --- Having arrived only six weeks earlier in Egypt, Rupert Carsington, the fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, was his family's favorite son but a disaster because wherever trouble and chaos reigned, Rupert was sure to be in the middle of it. New to Egypt, he hadn't really had enough time to size up the society's structure as of yet, and being a gentleman, in spite of his hellion ways, he was not about to watch a soldier beating to death a man unable to defend himself without coming to his aid. So, English aristocracy or not, Rupert was promptly tossed into the deepest dungeon in Cairo.

At approximately the same time, news of Mrs. Daphne Pemperton's brother Miles kidnapping had reached her ears, and she soon discovered that the English consulate had no one available to lend her aid, other than the troublesome young Carsington sitting in jail. Daphne was not be deterred and if this was the only help she was going to get, she would storm the depths of the dungeon and bring the brainless but brawny and brave fool out to help her cross the desert in the hopes of rescuing her brother. To her way of thinking, they could form a partnership, she would provide the brains, and the big handsome (she couldn't help but notice) brute Rupert, would provide the brawn! What Daphne didn't expect was that the desert heat would be nothing compared to the heat Rupert instilled in her nether regions.

*** Having recently finished the first (?) novel in the Carsington family saga MISS WONDERFUL, I looked forward to hearing more of the rest of the troublesome sons of the Earl of Hargate and found this to this to be a worthy entry. While I certainly found the previous novel to contain a bit more humor, this did have its moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen meets "The Mummy" 20 Aug 2010
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
This second book in the Carsington Quartet is what you'd expect if you took the film "The Mummy [DVD] [1999]," set it about 150 years earlier in 1821, and replaced the supernatural elements and villains by two rival gangs of Tomb raiders. The bad guys in the book are entirely mortal, but very ruthless and dangerous.

Like the film, it's a comedy thriller set in Egypt and resolves around archaology.

This is part of a quartet which consists of:

1) "Miss Wonderful (Carsington Quartet 1)"
2) This book, "Mr Impossible"
3) "Lord Perfect (Carsington Quartet 3)"
4) "Not Quite a Lady."

The heroine, Daphne Pembroke, is basically a Georgian version of Rachel Weiz's character Evie. Daphne is a very intelligent but rather unworldly widow and scholar, who is fascinated by egyptology. Daphne is on a quest to use the Rosetta Stone to decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphs. She also has a heart-shaped face "altogether out of the common run of beauty," and a body that drives half the male characters in the book mad with desire.

Unfortunately her brother Miles Archdale, who has more than a little in common with John Hannah's character in the film (Evie's brother) has disappeared, and she suspects that he has been kidnapped.

In desperate need of a man to help her search for her brother, Mrs Pembroke pays for the release from Cairo's prison of Rupert Carsington.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent
Review taken from my Blog Post (#88#) in February 2011, after borrowing book from library.

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Published 15 months ago by Toodles Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars carsington series
not quite as strong as lord perfect in this series but a pretty good book. set in egypt with rupert as the impossible hero, sent there by his father as he is always in scrapes and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by calendular
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Over to my Wife on this one:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters came to life and kept me interested throughout the book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Thomas Page
5.0 out of 5 stars ... writing mysterious messages with kisses ........
I first read this back in 2006 and I can certainly say - it has aged well.

I really enjoyed it more this time around. I believed in the Hero and the Heroine. Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by StarPlayer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
After reading great reviews about this book, I thought I best start at the beginning of the series and read Miss Impossible, which was a pleasant read. Read more
Published on 2 April 2010 by A. Pack
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I actually borrowed this edition from the library. Having read Lord Perfect and Not quite a lady first, I knew I what I was getting into in terms of how this author writes and the... Read more
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