Mr. Impossible (Carsington Family Series #2)

Mr. Impossible (Carsington Family Series #2)

by Loretta Chase

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ISBN-13: 9780425201503
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Series: Carsington Family Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 482,661
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels . . . and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award.  You can talk to Loretta via her email address Author@LorettaChase.com, or visit her website at www.LorettaChase.com.

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Mr. Impossible 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Maitrakh More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite of the series. I just loved Rupert and the adventures. Not the best series that I've read, but I still enjoyed it.
_Zoe_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, my mother and sister will be overjoyed: after years of resistance, I've finally given in and read a romance novel. And I admit, I enjoyed it.First, I loved the setting: Mr. Impossible takes place in Egypt in the early 19th century, where the English are competing with the French to discover valuable antiquities and be the first to decipher hieroglyphics. Daphne Pembroke is a widow and a scholar working hard to solve the mystery of ancient Egyptian writing, but since a female scholar wouldn't be taken seriously, she pretends that her brother Miles is the scholar and presents her work in his name. But when Miles purchases an expensive papyrus as a gift for his sister, suspicions that he's discovered the secret of hieroglyphics and directions to a pharaoh's treasure result in his kidnapping, and Daphne must try to save him....The beginning of the book was really a lot of fun, with a sort of over-the-top political intriguing that actually had me laughing out loud at times. I want to read more stories like this, that have an interesting historical setting but don't take themselves too seriously.And then there's the romance aspect. The male hero is certainly appealing, and I enjoyed the non-physical development of their relationship--the banter, and so on. I was less interested in their thoughts about each other's bodies, and toward the end of the book I felt like the romance really slowed down the plot. I know, the romance is supposed to be the plot, but I wanted more than that. So, I don't think I've quite been converted into a regular romance-reader yet, but I do plan to read more of them occasionally. I give this book 3.5 stars overall.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mr. Impossible should be re-named Mr. Irresistible, which is what I found Rupert Carsington from the first time Daphne met him, locked up in a dungeon, but still irrepressible. Come to think of it, Mr. Irrepressible would be a good title, too.Mr. Impossible takes place in Egypt. Daphne Pembroke, a widow, is also a scholar working on translating heiroglyphics. But because nobody takes women scholars seriously, she & her brother Miles let it be known that he's the scholar and she the assistant.The trouble starts when Miles purchases a papyrus for Daphne. He spends a lot for it because it's a beautiful specimen, he knows she'll like it, and neither of them has a head for finances. But someone thinks there's more to it, as the papyrus was purported to contain directions to an unknown tomb, and the treasure therein, and the only reason they can think of for Miles to pay so much for it is that he's finally deciphered heiroglyphics and can read it. So they kidnap Miles.Meanwhile, Rupert Carsington, 4th son of the Earl of Hargate, has been sent to Egypt to be out of his father's hair, even if it can't keep him out of trouble. He's currently imprisoned for attacking soldiers who were beating an unarmed man.When Daphne asks the English consulate for help finding her brother, the man assumes Miles has just gone off drinking or womanizing, but not wanting to upset the wealthy widow, he offers her Rupert's services, if she'll pay the fines to get him out of jail.As I mentioned earlier, their first meeting sets the tone for the entire relationship. Daphne's intelligence, and Rupert's irrepressible good humor just shine. They play off each other perfectly--she initially thinks she's the brains and he's the brawn, but as the story progresses, his intelligence and her courage both come out, as they bring out the best in each other.Daphne, who's always been told she's un-feminine because of her scholarship, and either ignored by men or chastised by them for her unladylike ways, is at a loss with Rupert because he does neither: he accepts her and listens to her. Rupert is used to being considered a magnet for trouble, but he also finds his particular strengths in demand.There's not a dull page in this book. In fact, it could have been written with me in mind. I love stories with intelligent heroines, couples who become equal partners and respect each other, and characters who learn things about themselves. In addition, being a huge fan of Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody series, the Egyptian setting and plot was icing on the cake. I can't say enough good about Mr. Impossible, the second in the series about the Earl of Hargate's sons, the first being Miss Wonderful. I can't imagine how Ms. Chase will top this one, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
MuseofIre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although set a good 60-70 years before the first Amelia Peabody mystery by Elizabeth Peters, this book shares a good many themes and attitudes that make them directly comparable. While Peters writes primarily mysteries with a romantic element, Chase is definitely writing a romance with trappings of a mystery -- not very convincing trappings at that. You can tell that she's impatient with having to actually provide clues and motives, that they're just a distraction from the love story she REALLY wants to tell. However, I liked both the heroine, a Dorothea Brooke-ish scholar who ultimately makes a much better choice of mate than Dorothea, and the hero, who admires Daphne for her strength. And the sex is hot.
xorscape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rupert Carsington, 4th son of the Earl of Hargate, is reckless, stranded in Egypt in prison. He accepts Daphne Pembroke's proposal to rescue her brother, who's been kidnapped by a rival seeking a fabled treasure. Fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely excellent.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog 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.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
I just read Mr. Impossible for the third time. I will read it again and again. It is just that good. Rupert is one of my all time favorite heroes, and Daphne is his perfect match. This book is an exciting nail biter, with love, passion, and laughs mixed in.
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Loved the characters
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Loved Rupert and Daphne and every word of this story. Great romance, great writing. Thank you Ms. Chase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chase is on target here - great book!
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I loved everything about it. Rupert was so amazing and Daphne so fun to read. The pet mongoose.... yes please. Well told, hysterical at parts, made me misty eyed others. Fantastic read, give it a try!
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