Blurb: Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries–to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception–she will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé.
Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do anything to escape the dark secrets of his troubled past. Betrayed by the woman he loved, scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended. But Jim is about to learn that “Mildred” isn’t exactly what she seems . . . and the dangers they face together are eclipsed only by an even greater peril: falling in love, against all reason, with another guy’s bride . . .
This book was fantastic you guys! I have always loved historical romances but this one takes the cake.
Ginny is clumsy, smart and refuses to be what people tell her she should be. She stands out in this historical since she isn’t demure and delicate like most woman of this time period are. She won’t take no for an answer and is so hard headed that she will go it alone if need be. I love how she rationalizes her deception and almost never takes any blame when things start to go awry. Most of the time its not her fault but when it is and she doesn’t own it, it makes for some funny dialogue. All she wants is for people to accept her and it seems she is thwarted at every turn in her quest. She never gives up though and she shows great courage in a time when woman are not known for it.
Jim Owens is my new book boyfriend! I found him to be a bit abrupt at first, only wanting to fulfill his obligation. Which really only endeared me to him cause I knew his hard shell was actually just a candy coating waiting to be eaten. Somewhere along the way, she stopped being an burden and he found himself craving her company. He was quite talented at saving her from herself. He literally couldn’t contain himself where she was concerned. And this man had a way with words. He’s a closet romantic and indulged her deep romanticism with unexpected fervor.
The chemistry they had was OFF THE CHARTS. And I know people say that a lot but damn if I didn’t need to take a break so I could cool down myself. This was made all the more intense because of the predicaments they get into which just heightened their attraction toward each other. It was so juicy guys, like I re-read those parts multiple times and they still make my tummy flutter.
The world building in this book was easy to follow, I could picture it in my head like a movie. It had such great descriptions of Egypt and its pyramids I thought it was all true history. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romances.