by Monica Burns
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Mirage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A hot, steamy tale set against the hot Arabian desert in the 1800's. Fast paced adventure. Filled with steamy passion, sexy characters, secrets, danger, adventure, and finding romance amidst the ruins. Unique and intriguing. Well thought- out tale, that will pull the reader in amidst the setting, the dialog, and Intrigue of finding a lost tomb. Think Indiana Jones adventures. Fans of desert romance, Historical Romance, and fans who enjoy hot, steamy romance and passionate embraces will delight in "Mirage". A romance lovers delight! Strongly recommended. * Received for an honest review from the author via Net Galley * **Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews ** Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Cid More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the blurb for Mirage, I wanted to read it. The setting is awesome; there aren't enough stories set in the desert among nomadic people if you ask me. Alex Talbot is a strong willed, stubborn woman who meets her match and willing conspirator in Viscount Blakeney. The characters are searching for Pharaoh's treasure, but stumble onto much more than that. There is more going on than just finding a few dusty relics. From the beginning of their acquaintance, someone is out to stop Alex from finding the treasure her father knew existed in the desert. I liked Alex's spunk; she's an intelligent, stubborn heroine that has latched onto a dream and tries to see it through. She's not a bad-ass kind of woman, though she's more than capable of standing on her own two feet and it's her moments of vulnerability that endear her to you. It's the deception and lack of communication between hero and heroine that create half of the problems, and borders on the edge of monotonous. Okay, not really because there's so much else going on, but if the plot wasn't so rich and active, the lack of communication would seriously irritate me. I know this is a me thing, I'm a communicator by birth and I just don't get how people can't stop and communicate things. Bah! That said, the characters spark on paper is great; I'm a sucker for acceptance stories. One character with a blemish or a bad history or something that makes them shrink away from others being loved and accepted - yeah, I'm a total sucker for THOSE stories, and Mirage has that element in play. The one thing I didn't like was towards the end where the culmination of several non-communicated issues comes to a head - if I were Alex, there would be a bit more of hell to pay for the silver tongued Viscount.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This is an older book by Monica Burns, first published in 2007, who writes sumptuous and sexy romances usually set in the Victorian era. This, too, is set in the 1880′s but it’s also much more exotic as it takes place almost entirely in Egypt. The history is richly and palpably described in the legend, the arduous expedition and life in an archaeologist camp, and the Bedouin culture. The setting is as much a character as the passionate love story between Altair and Alexandra (Alex). Alex is a headstrong, independent, and educated woman. Following in her beloved archaeologist father’s footsteps, she is determined to find the lost city of the Egyptian pharaoh Per-Ramesses and the tomb of his wife, Nourbese. Continuing her father’s research, she travels to the British Museum to hopefully examine the Rosetta Stone. But her stubbornness gets in her own way as she makes rash decisions that often endanger her safety. Of course, the Victorian era and the British Museum refuse to believe that a woman can locate what they have been unable to for years. So when Alex approaches them, the director promptly and rudely rebuffs her. Enter another museum employee, the sexy and mysterious Lord Blakeney, an Englishman who is also half Bedouin. He is charmed and fascinated by Alex–okay, he’s also very interested in her as a woman. He agrees to let her view the stone and also to assist her in her expedition to Cairo. Alex is excited and thrilled by the prospect of finally realizing her dream, but she doesn’t want any involvement with the British Museum. So she is wary of Blakeney’s help despite her attraction to him. And when she discovers he is also known as Altair, Sheikh of Makir she believes her reservations are correct. She cannot trust a man who lies to her. And Altair continues to lie to her or, more accurately, omit the truth. Of who he is, of his correspondence with her late father regarding Per-Ramesses, and eventually, and more seriously, in a betrayal that threatens their growing closeness. Alex and Altair can’t keep their hands off each other. At twenty-four, Alex throws caution to the wind and they fall into an affair that is at first pure lust but then quickly becomes something more. Altair can’t stand lying to Alex because he has been jilted in love before (due to his mixed heritage) and Alex’s impulsiveness and quick temper threaten their relationship before it barely gets started. Someone is also trying to harm Alex, just as she suspects the deaths of both her father and uncle were not accidental. The villain is pretty obvious around the middle of the story and it’s tied into the legend of Par-Ramesses and Altair’s noble Bedouin family heritage making for a multi-layered read. Provocative and sensuous, but not as glamorous as I like. If you like your romance set in far away and exotic lands, you will enjoy this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a story sweeps you into its pages and you find yourself traveling along with the adventure you know you have read a great book. Monica Burns discription of the desert and the expedition puts you at the location. The mystery/love story is quite compelling. Altair and Alexandra are so hot together. I fell into these pages and enjoyed every minute of it. If you love romance, adventure and a hot novel it doesn't get much better than this. JFM
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