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Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  3,174 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favourite disaster. He is irresistibly handsome and irretrievably irresponsible. Wherever he goes, trouble follows. Still, Rupert's never met an entanglement - emotional or other - he couldn't escape.

Only now he's a prisoner in Cairo's most infamous prison, and his only way out is accepting...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published January 4th 2006 by Piatkus (first published March 1st 2005)
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Jan 29, 2014 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Beanbag Love
This was a very fun historical romance set in an "exotic" location (Egypt), with charming and adventurous characters. The second book in the Carsington Brothers series, Mr. Impossible is about Rupert Carsington, the reckless fourth son of the powerful Earl of Hargate.

Here's what we learn about Rupert in the first pages of the book:

In the month and a half since the Earl of Hargate’s fourth son had arrived in Egypt, he had broken twenty-three separate laws and been jailed nine times. For what Mr.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
My faith in Loretta Chase was firmly restored with this book. It was a grand adventure with an unforgettable hero and a strong, independent, intelligent heroine, and it was set in Egypt. I do love adventure romances with exotic settings. The dialogue sparkles, as Rupert always knows the most outrageous things to say to shock Daphne. He comes off as being a loser, but he's a very sharp, resourceful guy, and he comes to Daphne's aid multiple times. In fact, he is just what Daphne needs as she is s...more
This was such a fun and delightful read it had me laughing till my sides hurt!

Rupert wasn't a tragic hero (!!!) wasn't someone who had any hardships (!!!) what he is, is a loveable dork with a carefree, laid-back attitude with a sly sense of humor that would have anyone either shaking their heads or laughing along with him.
Although he makes everyone assume he has nothing in his head, he surprises everyone and even himself with his insight on people and matters, but always has time for a good...more
Jenny Rebecca
I've owned this book for years and never read it. I'm not even certain how I got it! Last night I picked it up in my new love for Ms. Chase's writing. I loved it. I really enjoyed both characters and had a blast going with them on their journey. My favorite part that had me laughing so hard.

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"Good God!" she cried. She rolled off him, tugging down her clothing. "Are you mad?"

He blinked and dragged in air. "Well, yes," He said thickly. "Lust does that to a man."

"You thought we would--you wo...more
This is the best romance novel I have ever read.

So this is a review I wrote elsewhere and I think it's amusing so I'm cutting & pasting it here.

Okay, my favoritest favorite favorite romance novel right now is Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. It is GEEEEEENIUS. Daphne is a brilliant hieroglyphics scholar and she married an old dude b/c he totes promised her that she could continue to be a brilliant person. EXCEPT HE LIED AND WAS A JACKASS AND TRIED TO SQUISH HER SPIRIT. BOOOOOOOOOOOO. Then he...more
3.5 stars

I’m coming to the conclusion that there’s something about Loretta Chase’s writing that just doesn’t quite click with me. Despite all the attractions of this novel, and there are plenty, I found myself at times wondering when I would finish it so I could move on. I never do that with the novels that click with me – I’m too busy enjoying the ride.

Is she too heavy on the narration, or is the style of narration? I’m just not sure. I love her characters, I love the dialogue, so I figure it m...more
Oh, goodness me, I LOVED this book, and it's so hard to write the review, because I know I'm going to forget something.

It has everything I love: a great plot, some strong action, interesting setting, rounded secondary characters and a hero and heroine that I liked immediately.

The heroine is much smarter than any of the men in her life (although some of them are man enough to admit it), treated like an imbecile, which, of course, she's intelligent enough to use to her advantage most of the time,...more
Emery Lee
I am already a HUGE fan of Loretta Chase (LORD OF SCOUNDRELS is one of my all time favorite HR novels), but MR. Impossible is something altogether different. I found this book to be a highly entertaining mix of action, adventure and romance.

Daphne Pembroke is a pedantic scholar of dead languages, determined to crack the code of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, but working covertly under her brother's name. Rupert Carsington is a reckless scapegrace sent to Egypt by his family to work for the consulate...more
So far I don't seem to be having much luck with Loretta Chase novels. I loved the first half of 'Lord of Scoundrels' but I didn't care for the second half at all. I thought I'd give the author another chance and picked up Mr. Impossible since it had good reviews. The setting in Egypt sounded interesting and it's descriptions within are great. But then you get into the characters and writing and I wasn't impressed. The heroine was interesting in her love for linguistics but her personality didn't...more
My favorite of the Carsington series. The kidnappers, treasure, Egyptology, etc made the plot much more active than most of stories. And I loved that the hero really was proud of his wife being so smart -- usually in romances the author tells you how smart the heroine is but she is actually an idiot and the man is smarter. In this case both of them were good at different things. And they were both nice, decent individuals, which is surprisingly rare in romance couples.
Lady Wesley
I know this is one of LC's most popular books, but I didn't enjoy it as much as expected. Too much adventure, I expect, although the Egyptian setting does make things interesting. Rupert is absolutely adorable, though, and he and Daphne make a fun couple, once she loosens up a bit.
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is will be short because so many wonderful things have already been said about this book.

It simply has everything;

• an irrepressible hero,

• a delightful heroine

• an enchanting love story,

• sparkling dialogue,

• plenty of action and adventure,

• devious villains

• a fabulous assortment of secondary characters

• a rich and fascinating setting

The billowing sand was welling up, like a whirlpool upside down. It grew into a great swirling pillar of sand, and it was racing towards them.

VERDICT –...more
Very sweet and amusing romance. The hero is perceived by all (including himself) to be rather a lunkhead, but he is not stupid. Moreover, he is not threatened by or condescending to the enormous braininess of the heroine. Instead, he thinks she's a goddess - in the hot and dangerous way of all the best goddesses. Through the course of rescuing the heroine's brother and avoiding crazy artifact/treasure hunters, the hero and heroine both grow past the limits they thought they had, and fall in love...more
Get ready for some adventure. Daphne Pembroke is a strong, smart, uber-rich woman of nine and twenty. She married an elderly man ten years earlier with the intention of pursuing her love of learning: all things about ancient Egypt. Unfortunately her husband treated like most other men; he believed thinking should be done by men. Several years go by, she keeps her thoughts to herself and then he dies leaving her more than comfortably secure.

Daphne loves her brother, Miles. He is basically the 'fr...more
Gizella Tóth
Lehetetlen úr, téged lehetetlen nem kedvelni!
Bár szeretem Chase-t, még mindig elég vontatottnak tartom. Bizony voltak olyan részek, amelyeket vígan kihagytam belőle. Viszont a szereplői mind nagyon jól megformált alakok (igen, nagyon szerethetők, utálhatók, idegesítőek, aranyosak, stb.), és amikor éppen „történés” van, lehetetlen letenni.
Akik szeretik a könnyelmű, vidám, de talpig férfi fickókat, imádni fogják Rupertet.
A hölgy okos, a világ dolgaiban tapasztalatlan, ám természetesen ez irányba...more
(3.5 stars, but rounded down to three because...well, because I expected so much more from this one. And because I'm cranky due to lack of caffeine. Oh, and because Goodreads hasn't yet allowed us the use of half-stars!)

I fully expected this to be a five-star read for me, one that I'd have to find room for on my shelf of top 20 all-time favorites. (A shelf which already contains far more than 20 books, of course, but let's ignore that!) And excessively high expectations can lead to inevitable di...more
It's more like three than four stars, but since I'm still on a crusade against pretentiousness, and since I tend to be disappointed with anything but the first I read, I will give it four for now - and chose this pink cover instead of the tastefully Austeny alternative cover to post on goodreads (it's actually her best one, since you see just an appealing smiling mouth, throat and clavicle anyway).

Summary already sounded like Elizabeth Peters, story then promptly like the film The Mummy which wa...more
Sophie ♥
I'm sorry, but I just could not finish this book. I read some of Loretta Chase a long time ago (Don't Tempt Me, which I really enjoyed, but didn't get to finish) but maybe my reading tastes have evolved or maybe it's just the characters and settings of this book... but wow. This DID NOT work for me. What a shame, I was expecting quite a bit because of the high rating and positive reviews but in the end I was just dead bored.
Tiko Telia
I LOOOOVED IT!!!! it was imply fantastic!!! Rupert wasnt your ordinar rake... he was the sweetest rake ive seen thus far :D it had a really interesting plot as well... full of adventures in egypt... pyramids, assassins, kiddnapers... and the humor... oh it was hilarious :D and romance... mmm... i loved every moment of it!!!
"What a nodcock you are," he said. "We're on a boat. How far do you think you can run?"
First Read: August 1st 2010
Reread: April 27th 2011

On rereading I've upped my rating to five stars. This is a delicious book, because both Daphne and Rupert are marvelous characters. Daphne is truly smart, and as Rupert remarks:

"She doesn't raise to the occasion, the occasion raises to her"

And Rupert, well Rupert is a true hero. Not troubled, not Alpha, but dorky and sweet, cute and rash, kind and funny, very much himself and a little careless, but with a heart so big... He's one of my favorite r...more
Another older heroine, twenty-nine? Oh Ms. Loretta Chase you crazy adventurous woman!

So the end of chapter one made me think of the movie "The Mummy" ooh I'm excited now.

I'm so excited with the reveal of what the main plot of this book is about: brother who the world thinks is an Egyptian scholar is kidnapped while his sister who is the Egyptian scholar teams with a man who she thinks is dumb but needs to be the brawn, search for both the brother and a treasure map stolen by a Frenchman who is...more
Mr. Impossible started out slow for me - lots of details and names - and I had a hard time keeping up with it all. The basic premise of the book was original and appealing to me: widow living in Egypt, missing/abducted brother of said widow, hunky male already jailed but in need of employment, hired to help find brother and fend off villains in the process. There were soooo many names in this book - maybe keeping a notebook nearby would have made it easier; plus, many Egyptian terms - should hav...more
Jane Stewart
I wasn’t drawn in enough. It’s a lot of action scenes set within Egyptian tombs and hieroglyphics.

Rupert is the 4th son in a wealthy English family. He is always getting into trouble. His father sends him to Egypt to work for the British consulate. Rupert has an admirable sense of morality and fights bullies even when it lands him in jail. He’s handsome and the ladies like him. At age 19 Daphne (also English) married Virgil who was 54. Virgil died three years later, leaving Daphne ve...more
Willow Brook
Just a delightful book. I loved the happy go lucky Rupert who puts on a show of being an amiable idiot and Daphne's who hides her brilliance and scholarly pursuits in 1820's Egypt. The two team up after Daphne's brother (who pretends to be the published linquist Daphne is) is kidnapped by ruthless treasure hunters who believe he can read an ancient scroll leading to an entact tomb.

Daphne and Rupert engage in Chase's typical witty repartee, instant intense attraction and slow realization that th...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

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 the tog...more
Jun 10, 2010 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chase fans & those looking to give her a try
Recommended to Jess by: Smart Bitches, Sexy Reads
Shelves: z_10, romance
Daphne is brilliant at languages and loves studying hieroglyphics but she's a girl, so shhhh! Rupert's dad sent him to Egypt to keep him out of trouble. Kidnapping! Pyramids! The Nile!

Pretty good. Egypt was a new and fun setting for a Regency and Chase makes it work. Likable leads. Damn it if Rupert wasn't just super supportive, what with all the "hey smart is sexy plus you're regular sexy, too" and "sure, I'll teach you to fire a gun, no worries" and "why yes, you should hunt for your brother w...more
Victoria Vane
I am already a HUGE fan of Loretta Chase (LORD OF SCOUNDRELS is one of my all time favorite HR novels), but MR. Impossible is something altogether different. I found this book to be a highly entertaining mix of action, adventure and romance.

Daphne Pembroke is a pedantic scholar of dead languages, determined to crack the code of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, but working covertly under her brother's name. Rupert Carsington is a reckless scapegrace sent to Egypt by his family to work for the consulate...more
My. Favorite. Story. Ever.

I've re-read this more times then I can count.

There's humor, there's action, there's exotic locale, there's scary villains, and a great love story. As much as I like the angsty-troubled-larger-then-life alpha male heroes, when they start to act like possessive a-holes I always cringe so it's really refreshing to finally meet a really great hero.

He's still huge, he's tough, he's got a good head and lovable heart and he actually LIKES to laugh-- not the "I'm gonna seduc...more
I hate five- or six-volume family sagas on principle, but they're almost impossible to avoid. I'm glad I overcame my prejudice and tried Mr. Impossible, the second volume in the Carsington Brothers series.

In Miss Wonderful we saw the Alistair, the eldest of the unwed Carsington brothers, hitched to the indomitable Derbyshire heiress Mirabel. Mr. Impossible focuses on Rupert, his younger sibling. The patriarch of the Carsington family having lost patience with four of his six philandering bachelo...more
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl...more
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“I am not insane," he said. "A woman of your highly advanced intellect ought to be able to perceive that I am in love. With you. I wish you had told me. It was deuced embarrassing to find it out from your *brother*.” 17 likes
“Good God!" she cried. She rolled off him, tugging down her clothing. "Are you mad?"

He blinked and dragged in air. "Well, yes," He said thickly. "Lust does that to a man."

"You thought we would--you would-- do...that in public?"

"I wasn't thinking about where we were." He said.

Her eyes widened.

"I'm a man," he said with what he was sure must be, in the circumstances, saintly patience. "I can do one or the other. Lovemaking or thinking. But not both at the same time."

She stared at him for a moment. Then she drew up her knees and folded her arms upon them and buried her face in her folded arms.

She did not pick up the rifle and knock him on the head with it.

Perhaps all was not lost.

"Somewhere else then?" He said hopefully.”
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