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Abigail Merchant travels to Casablanca to search for the remnants of the Great Library of Alexandria. There, her quest becomes entangled with the fate of a handsome ex-legionnaire. Arrogant, brash Apollo Smith hardly inspires trust...but he certainly inspires unladylike thoughts. Together they search for the remnants of the great library, but a host of vengeful legionnaires and greedy bandits is soon on their trail, threatening to put an end to the sensual delights they have ...
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2005 Mass-market paperback First edition. New. No dust jacket as issued. Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 327 p. Jove Historical Romance. Audience: General/trade. ... JOVE MASS MARKET EDITION /JULY 2005 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 THE BOOK IS IN BRAND NEW UNUSED CONDITION Read more Show Less

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Abigail Merchant travels to Casablanca to search for the remnants of the Great Library of Alexandria. There, her quest becomes entangled with the fate of a handsome ex-legionnaire. Arrogant, brash Apollo Smith hardly inspires trust...but he certainly inspires unladylike thoughts. Together they search for the remnants of the great library, but a host of vengeful legionnaires and greedy bandits is soon on their trail, threatening to put an end to the sensual delights they have just begun to discover.

When Abigail Merchant discovers the journal of an eccentric scholar, she is determined to prove her worth as a librarian at the British Musem. She sets off on her to Casablanca, where her quest becomes entangled with the fate of Apollo Smith, a handsome ex-legionnaire with a murky past and a questionable future.

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From the Viking era to Industrial America, Krahn's novels have explored numerous periods and places, though her recent medieval-era romances (The Marriage Test; The Wife Test) are probably her best known. Her latest offers up another richly drawn locale-the sunburned landscape of 19th-century Morocco-but also a rather stale romance between Abigail Merchant, a naive, book-smart librarian from Boston, and secretive Apollo Smith, a savvy adventurer with a habit of attracting danger. The two meet en route to Morocco when Apollo nurses a seasick Abigail back to health. Variations on this encounter recur throughout, with Apollo saving Abigail from thieves, depraved legionnaires, scorpions, suspicious nomads and, eventually, her own ignorance as they travel toward Timbuktu in search of the Great Library of Alexandria. Aside from the occasional lustful look, the two primarily exchange wimpy barbs. Though more than a few romances have evolved from less, their relationship is particularly unbelievable since Abigail never outgrows her role as priggish, self-righteous librarian. Bookended by an abrupt, unlikely intro and an extraneous epilogue, this romance is bland fare despite its exotic locale. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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When the papers of a long-dead scholar send librarian Abigail Merchant on a quest for a lost cache of manuscripts from the ancient Library of Alexandria, she reluctantly joins forces with an ex-legionnaire and finds danger and unexpected love in the north African desert. An abundance of dastardly villains, scorpions, and other deadly critters keep things edgy, while an ancient Greek sex manual adds spice to Krahn's lively romp. Look for her trademark wit, her appealing characters, and a delightful dose of the exotic, just for good measure. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515139723
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Jove Historical Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    The Book of the Seven Delights

    After being relegated to the basement of the British Museum, Abigail Merchant is determined to prove she is worth more than being an employee whose presence is merely on sufferance. Finding a clue to a treasure, she sets off to find a lost library of hte ancient world. Her quest begins on rocky footing, as Abigail is promptly seasick. The only one willing to tend her in her distress is the most annoying and handsome Apollo Smith. He assumes the role of protector/ thorn in her side across exotic locales, barely a step ahead of danger. Mutual hate turns to lust and something deeper as they journey, and Abigail learns that the true treasure is love. ............... If Indiana Jones landed in a Regency Romance, then this would be the result. Fast paced adventure will sweep you along until the dramatic end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    A Great Adventure Romance

    This book kept me up all night reading! Traveling from England to Northern Africa and back again! It was fast paced, colorful and passionate. While it doesnt have many sex scenes that is perfectly all right if you prefer a good story instead. I recommend it for those who like a good tale!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2005

    HORRID!

    To think a tree was cut down to publish this book is a crime. But then this is not a review of the book (even the publisher's weekly assessed it as a 'stale romance')-it is an opinion. Pw was being charitable--it would have to be fresh to begin with to become stale.On a sensual scale of 1-10 it doesn't even rate a 1 the only thing steamy in this book was the desert.The only 'delightful' part was eventually it ended. Abigail the librarian-is a book-smart, life-dumb woman and apollo a lukewarm male-there were so many trials and tribulations both had to endure (along with the reader)-the book could have been name the perils of pauline. Both charecters lacked depth.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong historical romantic suspense thriller

    In 1899, American librarian Abigail Merchant obtains a job with the prestigious British Museum due to the influence of her estranged scholarly father. However, the chauvinist management has problems with a female working in a museum so they assign her to the basement to catalogue the zillion donations received over the decades. Though upset with the position Abigail accepts it as a foot in the doorway. --- After several of weeks monstrous monotonous classifying, Abigail uncovers the suitcase given to the library by Professor Thaddeus Chilton five decades ago. Inside is scholarly information that provides clues to where someone could find the remains of the ancient Library of Alexandria destroyed by the Romans. Abigail travels across the Mediterranean towards Casablanca on the Star of Persia, but becomes ill. The crew refuses to deal with an infidel female, so passenger Apollo Smith nurtures her back to health. In Northern Africa they follow clues but others wait to steal any artifacts they find while even worse problems plague them as rogue legionnaires want them dead.--- Readers who treasure strong female protagonists starring in historical romantic suspense thrillers will take immense delight in Betina Krahn¿s fabulous late Victorian tale. The story line starts off by introducing the audience to the intrepid, energetic but bored Abigail struggling to escape the restraints the chauvinistic English scholarly-library community imposes on women regardless of experience, education, or intelligence. The plot abruptly picks up speed at sea and becomes hyperspeed in Africa where the two lead characters go from one escapade to another while falling in love.--- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted April 4, 2009

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