Captivating characters in an exciting and romantic adventure through Egypt
The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple is a lovely historical romance full of adventure and captivating characters.
Print Length: 247 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (September 1, 2020)
A scarred mercenary…
Or the Disappearing Duke of Greybourne?
Rafe has spent years running from his true identity. He’s a lone wolf, living far from aristocratic England and his violent father. Then unconventional Cleopatra Osbourne requests his protection as she crosses the Egyptian desert. In Cleo he discovers a fellow outcast—and a fierce desire! Cleo must return to London, and here lies Rafe’s dilemma—because following his heart means claiming the title he’s avoided for so long!
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Cleopatra had an unconventional upbringing following her antiquities enthusiast father all around the world.
When her father died, and her brother disappeared, Cleo was left all by herself in Egypt. Pretending to be a boy, Cleo approached an English mercenary for help.
Rafe was a man full of scars inside and out. Immediately realizing she was a woman, he felt honor bonded to protect her until she could be safely delivered back to England.
Cleo and Rafe were such captivating characters. She was smart, resourceful, and sensible. She knew her strengths and her weaknesses and was not ashamed to ask for help.
Rafe had a lot of baggage to deal with but was so stoical about it all. He is my favorite kind of hero: strong, but lovely, protective, but respectful.
Cleo and Rafe just felt right from the start. Oh my, what a chemistry! They were a good team, and it was a pleasure to accompany them through deserts and oceans.
This is my first book by this author, but it certainly will not be my last.
The Return of the Disappearing Duke is a historical romance full of adventure, love, and even a jealous camel. Highly recommended!
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.
When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.
Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…