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Mr. Impossible

(The Carsington Family #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  6,344 ratings  ·  515 reviews

Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family's favorite disaster. He is irresistibly handsome, shockingly masculine, and irretrievably reckless, and wherever he goes, trouble follows. Still, Rupert's never met an entanglement—emotional or otherwise—he couldn't escape. Until now.


Now he's in Egypt, stranded in the depth
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Berkley Sensation
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Annette Lord Perfect. The third book in the Carsington series. I have not read it yet, Just finished the book before it, Mr. Impossible and it was great. A th…moreLord Perfect. The third book in the Carsington series. I have not read it yet, Just finished the book before it, Mr. Impossible and it was great. A thoroughly entertaining and humorous book about Hargate's younger brother Rupert.(less)

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Review written August 20, 2016

4.4 Stars - Yay, this was a very amusing audiobook listening. I just adored these lovely witty (and sassy?) lovebirds. My very favorite kind of lighthearted (but still lovely romantic) suspenseful historical.

Once again time for me to get my greedy hands on a Loretta Chase historical. This time the 11:48 hours Mr. Impossible, the second audiobook edition in the Carsington Brothers series narrated by Kate Reading.

Book #2 Mr. Impossible was a absolutely perfect car
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sometimes after a lot of time spent in fantasy I need something just full of cotton candy fluff and usually Historical Romance is that for me. Mr. Impossible definitely fit the bill and was exactly what I needed.

It was a fun blend of funny and clever mixed with far away places in a far away time. It was like The Mummy meets a Jane Austin Novel. Rupert as a hero was so much fun and his teasing with Daphne is adorable.
“That man," she said in low but still audible tones, "is an idiot."
"Yes, mada
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

When it comes to romantic adventures, Mr. Impossible is an extremely fun romp showing what happens when you move some typical Regency-fare into an "archaeological" Egypt setting and you do it right. In the same niche up on par with Connie Brockway's As You Desire and its sequel The Other Guy's Bride (my favourite of the two), it features two intelligent and charming leads and Loretta Chase's trademark wit and flawless prose. Rupert and Daphne, the brawn and the brain though there's a lot more to
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun, romance
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 die
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
Oh how much I enjoyed this audio version of Mr Impossible! I can see myself listening to the whole Carsington series, that's for sure.

LC knows just how to create a hero and heroine who are strong and independent, but also vulnerable and tender. I think tenderness is what is so often missing in HR today, with all these alpha man-whores and sexually confident yet spineless heroines.

This was such a different story: a brilliant intellect, Daphne, partnered with a very physical, earthy man. She value
I'm not 100% sure how to rate this one. I was sick with the flu through the first 3/4 and to be perfectly honest, I hated everything and everyone. Literally the only thing I liked were my cats and that's because they were very snuggly and warm while I lay heaped in blankets. I like to think they love me desperately, but I think they mostly liked that I was inanimate and very warm to lay on.

I really enjoyed that last 1/4 and I think that's probably a better reflection of my feelings on this, so I
Ms. Smartarse
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the hr genre and the 1999 Mummy movie
I'm not entirely sure why I ended up picking a book from the historical romance genre for a pick-me-up, as they don't generally earn more than an "I guess, it was fine" score from me, but something in here just worked.

I suppose most of its appeal stems from the uncanny resemblance to the 1999 Mummy movie , which is one of my all time favorite guilty-pleasures. I mean, getting to "see" Brendan Fraser let loose in full regency garb, or have Rachel Weisz prance around in flimsy white linnens is a d
Jenny Rebecca
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.

Page 163
"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
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,
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
DNF at 50%
I feel bad that I couldn't finish this one. But I was so BOOooooored. Mostly because I just didn't care about either MC. They were just meh and kinda annoying. Rupert was started in become more interesting, in a beta kinda way...
I don't know what to say. The writing was top notch as usual. The setting was exotic but kinda lampoony.

Daphne got on my nerves with her prudishness and low self esteem. I felt bad for her but didn't really care. I liked the way Rupert used patience to wait o
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Can I start with Daphne? Because Daphne is my freaking book BFF. I love her. Intelligent and brave. This book might be called 'Mr Impossible' but really Daphne is at its centre. This is her story and its just great. I love that Chase (as ever) created a multi-layered character. A women trapped by the strictures of the time in which she lived and shaped by the expectations of the men around her and not sure how to manage all of those contradictions. There was something very realistic a ...more
Carol Cork *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.

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.
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 i

I don't even know where to start. The terrible knockoff wannabe version of The Mummy, now with extra racism. I don't know what I was expecting from a book about old-timey English people in Egypt? But like wow, for real, it was bad.

A handful of examples off the top of my head:
- Egyptians speaking language represented as 'bad'/'broken' EVEN WHEN THEY'RE SPEAKING ARABIC
- worshipful, fawning servants who want nothing more than to serve their beloved masters
- the main dude gives an Egyptian servan
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
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
This was another Carsington book that I rated at 3.5 stars, but listening to Kate Reading's performance is 5+ stars worth of fun. She has just the right tone for Rupert -- bored, dense, clueless, adorable, loyal, courageous -- and Daphne's exasperation with him is priceless. I'm still not crazy about all of the derring-do, but really, I can't complain.

All three Carsington books that I've listened to are five stars all the way!
Tracy Banghart
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my comfort reads. It's s great romance, an interesting story, and it features a woman whose defining feature is how smart she is. Love it!
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
Lilia Ford
I admit I was very skeptical when I picked this up: the combination of “The Mummy” setting and a female scholar seemed fraught with peril of the wrong kind: strained, melodramatic plots, faux historical color, and an absurdly gorgeous woman with a pair of glasses meant to indicate she’s smart.

I was totally wrong: I loved it. More than loved it: it is one of my favorite romance novels ever, for all time. The combination of Rupert’s head-bashing and Daphne’s prickly bookishness is hilarious, warm
Emery Lee
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Absolute instant favorite. This was so utterly fantastic that I feel like anything I write about it will not be able to do it justice, so my review will be brief. This was simply perfection- fantastic H and h, action and adventure, ramped up romance, exotic Egyptian locale with lots of Egyptology references, funny moments, suspenseful moments, excellent witty dialogue....all wrapped up with an adorable mongoose. I can't even handle it. It was all the best parts of The Mummy but so much better wi ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Impossible is the 2nd book in the Carsington Family series and I loved it. Rupert Carsington was an adorable, endearing hero who didn't take himself too seriously and it was refreshing. No angst, no baggage, no doubts, no conceit and he seemed to live life in the present. He called himself a "dumb ox", but that wasn't it. He just wasn't super deep. He lived life as it came and he was in perfect contrast to the heroine, Daphne Pembroke, who was extremely intelligent in a world that does not r ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, favourites
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
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I relished every word. Action packed, bright and sharp-witted dialogue with a wonderful hero and heroine. It goes in my re-read pile to be enjoyed many times over.
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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 would-- do...that in public?"

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