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. Rupert was fashioned with a wry sense of humor that was a perfect complement for Daphne's reticence and scholarly personality as Rupert was able to break through the walls she'd erected around herself. Daphne was a bit more complex having suffered mental abuse by her husband, an older and condescending man, who jealous of her brain, belittled her and really did a number on her self-esteem making her think that her passionate nature was something to be ashamed of, rather than to delight in. Rupert who never really took things seriously was a perfect fit, balancing out her practical nature, and discovering that he was actually amazed and enthralled by her `huge brain' and totally delighted in her as a person. Mr. Impossible proved to be for Daphne, Mr. Perfect! Another Splendid Read by Ms. Chase!!