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Mr Impossible: Number 2 in series (Carsington Quartet) Paperback – 4 Jan 2007
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Absolutely wonderful. (BELLA)
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.
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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.
Well, great choice.
I truly liked it and I had also fun reading.
It literally capture me and I did read it in few days (considering I work full time, I had to do it only during the evening).
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. Daphne seeks help at the British Embassy and the only man they have spare is the disaster prone Carsington. Just the excuse the consul needs to get rid of him - foist him off on Daphne.
What ensues is an adventurous hunt down the Nile for Miles. The series of adventures that the pair are thrown into, allows Daphne, via Rupert's help, to show herself at her best, as a strong woman. Her confidence in herself is restored and Rupert also explains her late husband's attitude towards her was his, the husband's fault, not hers.
Very entertaining and enjoyable.
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!!
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