Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers #2) by Loretta Chase

Synopsis

“Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is the 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 otherwise – he couldn’t escape. Until now.

Now, he’s 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 reduce 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.

Blame it on the sun or the blazing desert heat, but as tensions flare and inhibitions melt, the most disciplined of women and the most reckless of men are about the clash in the most impossibly irresistible way.”

-Synopsis from back of the book

Review

Cover image from Goodreads

*light spoilers ahead*

Mr. Impossible is book two in the Carsington Brothers series but it can be read as a standalone novel. While there are a few mentions of Alistair Carsington who was the main character in the first book, you don’t need to know his story in order to appreciate this one.

Set in Egypt 1821, Mr. Impossible is a very entertaining historical romance with an exciting setting, a diverse cast of characters, and a familiar, fun plot.

While following the trail of her kidnapped brother, Daphne Pembroke, along with Rupert Carsington, find themselves in numerous sticky situations such as being trapped in a pyramid, navigating ancient tombs, and surviving a sandstorm, all while trying to outwit two separate groups of “villains” who remain on their trail.

Each villain wants to kidnap Daphne and Rupert for different reasons, but it all ultimately boils down to an ancient papyrus which it is believed that Daphne’s brother can translate, that allegedly leads to a pharaoh’s tomb filled with treasure. This could not be further from the truth, for a variety of reasons, but the misunderstandings along the way are both dangerous and humorous, with each balanced well throughout the story.

I think every box was checked for me with this book to make it an entertaining and enjoyable read. The writing flows easily, the dialogue is witty, and each scene moves the plot along at a brisk pace.

Overall the story was more heavy on the adventure than the romance for me, but it was still a delightful read.

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