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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

TBR Day: Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase

Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
Berkley Sensation /March 2005

Picking up a DIK from AAR that I had in my TBR wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Once I saw this title though, I didn't look any further. I knew I had it, I like Ms. Chase's writing style, so it was a no brainer.

This was an absolutely charming book to read. First of all, because I'm practically frothing just trying to type fast enough, this book had some of the best kissing scenes I've ever read. They were just plain wonderful on so many levels. These scenes were so complete. I can't remember ever feeling so much like kissing someone myself as I did reading these. And no, I'm not kidding, they were that good.

Secondly, I really like the brainac Daphne Pembroke and middle Carsington son, the incorrigible Rupert. Ms. Chase is wonderful in her descriptions of Daphne's voracious appetite to learn as she is in showing us Rupert's intrigue with all things Daphne. As we see Daphne's passion for knowledge, we see that Rupert is at first fascinated and then passionate about Daphne.

While this book was easy to read, Ms. Chase still manages to create enough of a diversion in her plot that it keeps the story steaming along quite nicely without distracting us too much from the engaging and burgeoning relationship between Rupert and Daphne.

The book takes place in Egypt and has bits of history, Egyptology, hieroglyphics, mythology and romance. It's important to note that all this stuff doesn't throw you out of the story. It's given to the readers through conversation and observation of the characters in such a way that you feel like you are along for the same ride.

What made this a DIK? I don't know. I didn't read AAR's review. However, I can tell you it's a delicious romp and adventure type of story with wonderfully drawn and whole characters.

I enjoyed it very much and I'm having a tough time grading it. Since I've just finished this I don't know how much it will impact me yet. I do know I might be digging out another Chase in the TBR for next month.

My grade = A-/B+

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Blogger Kristie (J) said...

I really enjoyed this one - not as much as Lord of Scoundrels mind you - but I did enjoy it. And best of all I think it was her first book after a long absence. And I REALLY enjoyed the setting.

4:16 AM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Kristie, I just enjoyed it to bits and it read so quickly.

6:24 AM PST  
Blogger Lori said...

I had a harder time with this one. I don't knwo if it was the setting, or not, but I remember not enjoying it as much as Lord Perfect or some of the other Carsington books. Still, Chase is always a terrific read.

9:53 AM PST  
Blogger Renee said...

I 've just recently read LoS for the first time, and can't wait to delve into Loretta Chase's backlist! Thanks for the review. :-)

12:57 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Lori, I enjoyed it so much the characters Rupert and Daphne were so darn appealing. Of course I can't believe anybody didn't like it as much as me. :P

Renee, it's so much fun when you find a new author to glom isn't it?

9:06 PM PST  
Blogger CindyS said...

This one is my favourite of hers no questions. I loved LOS but OMG Mr. Impossible is in my top 10 of all time.

I loved that Rupert was just a charming kind of guy. Not a brainiac and not threatened in the least by Daphne.

Chase can be hit or miss and lately she more miss. When I read a book by her I love, I love it to itty bitty bits. When I don't like her books I really, really, really don't like her books. Was it Lord Chase with the missing kids? Seriously, missing kids - how do you fall in love while searching for kids. Ugh. Bad Cindy. And the canal book - on and on and on about the damn canal. And the hero bore me to tears.

Mr. Impossible though? Best book of hers ever!


10:54 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Cindy, great minds baby, great minds. I adored this book.

11:47 PM PST  
Blogger nath said...

Hmmm, I skimmed through it a long time ago... I guess I need to go back and read it completely :)

9:42 AM PST  
Blogger Tracy said...

I love, love, love great kissing scenes. I love kissing. Nuff said. :)

I've only read Lord of Scoundrels by Chase...I really need to work on that. This sounded great Rosie - thanks for the review!

12:34 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Nath, I don't think you'll be sorry. It was very enjoyable.

Tracy, guuuurl, if you like kissing scenes, this book is for you. There are a couple of delicious ones.

5:55 PM PST  
Blogger Jenster said...

I, too, love, love, LOVE this book! Of course, I love the Mummy movies and it just put me in mind of them - great characters notwithstanding.

She's one of my favorites, too.

7:57 PM PST  
Blogger Rosie said...

Jen, well, I wasn't thinking of the Mummy movies when I read it, but I adored Daphne and Rupert's chemistry.

7:50 AM PST  

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