by Loretta Chase
Released: March 1st, 2005
Series: Carsington Brothers #2
Published by Berkley Sensation
“…the book was amusing, romantic and unusual in its approach.”
~ Under the Covers
Rupert Carsington has been sent to Egypt to get him out of his father’s hair, but he finds it insufferably boring and he keeps getting into trouble. This is where the widowed secret scholar Mrs Daphne Pembroke finds him when she pays for him to be let out of jail. She needs his assistance in finding her brother who she fears has been kidnapped. But as they journey to find her brother Miles, they become irrestible attracted to eachother as all the dangers of Egypt keep throwing them together.
This is the second book in the Carsington Brothers series, and I loved it, I thought it was a bit better then the first one and I throughly enjoyed it.
Rupert was a really good character, he was funny, mischievous and charming, and of course, stunningly tall, dark and handsome. He very much came alive for me in this book and I loved hearing all his licentious thoughts. Daphne was also a great character, intelligent and funny and the more I read the more I liked her. The love story between them was quite sweet and I liked how Rupert brought out her wicked womanly side and made her more confident in herself. Although this wasn’t a particularly steamy book it still had some good love scenes, that went into enough detail to keep you interested, but not too explicit that you hear/see/read more then you want to know!
“But I liked you from the moment I first heard your voice,” he said, “when I had no idea what you looked like. I thought it delicious, the way you bargained for me, as though I were an old rug. Then I loved the way you looked at me. Then I loved the way you ordered me about. I loved your patient and impatient ways of explaining things to me. I love the sound of your voice and the way you move. I love your courage and your kindness and your generosity and your obstinacy and your passion.” He paused. “You’re the genius. What do you think that means?”
This also had a good dash of action and adventure in as well, which kept the story going on at a fairly fast moving pace. This was well written and funny romance, with charismatic characters and an exotic setting, although I found some bits were laugh out loud funny, mostly I found it was one of those books which give you a permanent smile whilst you are reading it.
I would recommend anyone who likes historical romance read this series as so far I have really enjoyed it. Her characters are amusing and charming and her heroine especially aren’t your usual 18 year old dreary debutantes.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?