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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 Lo 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!


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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 Lo 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!

30 review for The Return of the Disappearing Duke

  1. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    I discovered Lara Temple a year or so ago, with her Sinful Sinclairs series. There were three books and the first two were just the way I like my historical romances. Good sexual tension without too much sex, good writing, humor, and smart dialogue. The third book of the series was my least favorite but had to be read for closure to the series. But, wait! That wasn't quite closure. This new book, the first of The Return of the Rogues series, is very closely tied to that third book of the Sinclair I discovered Lara Temple a year or so ago, with her Sinful Sinclairs series. There were three books and the first two were just the way I like my historical romances. Good sexual tension without too much sex, good writing, humor, and smart dialogue. The third book of the series was my least favorite but had to be read for closure to the series. But, wait! That wasn't quite closure. This new book, the first of The Return of the Rogues series, is very closely tied to that third book of the Sinclairs series. It features the estranged/wandering older brother of Lord Edward Edgerton, hero of The Lord's Inconvenient Vow. As a matter of fact, if you read that book and its ending, you will pretty much know how this new book will end. So I suppose it's the journey that matters here. And there's lots of journey. Traveling around in Egypt, then from Egypt to England. The heroine, Cleopatra Osbourne, is the daughter of a somewhat unscrupulous antiquities dealer. Cleo and her brother Dash have been with him in Egypt, more or less unwillingly helping him in his dealings. When a deal goes sour and the father disappears, Dash goes looking for him and Cleo is left by herself to worry and wonder. That's where our hero comes in. He's ex-military, now a mercenary, who hires out to whoever needs his help and can pay for it. Cleo hires him to help her find her brother and, hopefully, also her father. Our hero, known to all as Rafe Grey, is actually Rafael Edgerton, heir to the English Duke of Greybourne and, as mentioned before, brother of Edward Edgerton, of the previously released Temple HR. This information Grey keeps to himself. Now the adventure begins. I found the story held my interest. There are bad guys running around, lives possibly in danger, and, of course, the inevitable attraction between Cleo and Rafe. But, naturally, Rafe is a troubled soul and fights this attraction all the way to the very end of the book. There is so much almost, almost physical intimacy, followed by Rafe pulling away and saying "No, this cannot happen." A bit annoying. I would have preferred hands off until he stopped with the internal dithering. Then there's also the "I should tell her who I am but I can't tell her who I am" indecision that made the last half of the book exasperating to me. Yes, Rafe has some uncomfortable secrets in his past, but there is a limit to my patience with these storybook Hs and hs. We all know there's going to be an HEA. A romance should have a consistent slow burn without all that mucking around.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    The Return Of The Disappearing Duke is such a beautiful tale. I've enjoyed the exotic adventure in the Egypt's desert, the suspense and the characters bantering. Rafe is a mercenary who is in Egypt, he accepts to protect and help the young Miss Cleopatra to find her brother. This is the start of their journey to reach The Cairo. The phisical attraction and the chemistry between them is almost unbearable, day after day their emotional walls come tumbling down and they begin to trust each other. Wi The Return Of The Disappearing Duke is such a beautiful tale. I've enjoyed the exotic adventure in the Egypt's desert, the suspense and the characters bantering. Rafe is a mercenary who is in Egypt, he accepts to protect and help the young Miss Cleopatra to find her brother. This is the start of their journey to reach The Cairo. The phisical attraction and the chemistry between them is almost unbearable, day after day their emotional walls come tumbling down and they begin to trust each other. Will their relationship bloom under a beautiful starry sky or it will be crushed under the weight of a big secret? “You’ll survive and thrive.” This was the first time I've read one of Lara Temple books and this story exceeded my expectations, I was so enthralled and caught in the story that I think I've finished it too soon. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    The Return of the Disappearing Duke The Return of the Rogues series #1 Lara Temple https://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAu... Release date 09/01/2020 ebook, 08/25/2020 paperback Publisher Harlequin Historical / Mills&Boon Historical Blurb 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 cro The Return of the Disappearing Duke The Return of the Rogues series #1 Lara Temple https://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAu... Release date 09/01/2020 ebook, 08/25/2020 paperback Publisher Harlequin Historical / Mills&Boon Historical Blurb 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! My review When a no “queen” material encounters a lord on the run ... Finally the story of Edge’s mysterious brother! What a rollercoaster ride Mrs Temple embark us in her wake, it is full of adventures, sensuality and quips and barbs as Cleopatra and Rafe are no usual regency heroes. Rafe left everything behind after his father last outburst some twenty years ago, it only remaining link is his younger brother ( his own story was told in The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow). Now he is a kind of mercenary for hire, how he came to meet Cleopatra. And while he turns a blind eye to his true sentiments, she stirs long buried feelings, making him long for something else if only he could face his past and the fears born from it. Cleopatra reinvented herself the day she followed her brother to join their father in his many quests. Until the last one, the one too many. Now even her sibling is missing and she is hunted. Unless a scary giant steps in and smooths her journey when he at the same time irks the hell out of her. Both are such stubborn personalities, she let her temper get the best of her while he pushes all her buttons spearing with her and rising her fury. Still their game of hide and seek leaves them frustrated as both kind of refuse to act on their feelings, afraid to not be enough or be seen lacking. It was a delight to watch them turn around one another, needling the other. But their sorry would have been nothing if not for Birdie and Captain Chris ( a story I can not wait to read) as they add charm to this story. 5 stars I was granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via the author. I don’t rate many books as five stars and I’m pleased to say this is one of them! Cleo needs to get safely across Egypt ideally finding her missing younger brother along the way. She needs a guide who can see her home and mercenary Rafe fits the bill along with his associate Birdie. This is a historical road trip desert style and in this hot house environment they get to know each other in ways neither thought possible. S I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via the author. I don’t rate many books as five stars and I’m pleased to say this is one of them! Cleo needs to get safely across Egypt ideally finding her missing younger brother along the way. She needs a guide who can see her home and mercenary Rafe fits the bill along with his associate Birdie. This is a historical road trip desert style and in this hot house environment they get to know each other in ways neither thought possible. Secrets are unearthed and they become as close as it’s possible to get. But who is the disappearing duke? Soldier, mercenary, frightened child? Cleo is not as tough as she thinks and Rafe a lot more lonely. I really loved this flawed, human pair who work hard to make the best of what and who they have in their lives. It was also nice to see John Soane’s house pop up. Along with evocative descriptions of the trip across Egypt and the sea. I’ve encountered travellers diaries from Egypt in the mid nineteenth century so this brought fond memories. Cleo’s father’s dodgy dealings also put me in mind of stories about the Portland Vase and Rome and the dealers in antiquities there. I need to know more about the captain and it was a surprise to see Edge. I felt like I’d come across Dash before somehow too...I even liked Rafe’s mother and the epilogue was very satisfying. A wonderful, escapist read with warm human characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rainelle

    The Return of the Duke, by Lara Temple you the reader should read. Lara’s writing in this book, brings humor, drama, action, passion and romance. She explains in vivid details the journey our triple duo, Rafe, Cleo-Pat and Birdie takes through Egypt, as they sail on a ship, back to their homeland England. Lara has you enjoying the humorous banter that transpires between Rafe and Cleo-Pat. The description of Rafe had me imagining a tall, strong, broad shoulders of a man with dark haired. His devi The Return of the Duke, by Lara Temple you the reader should read. Lara’s writing in this book, brings humor, drama, action, passion and romance. She explains in vivid details the journey our triple duo, Rafe, Cleo-Pat and Birdie takes through Egypt, as they sail on a ship, back to their homeland England. Lara has you enjoying the humorous banter that transpires between Rafe and Cleo-Pat. The description of Rafe had me imagining a tall, strong, broad shoulders of a man with dark haired. His devil may care attitude stares down those who would try to go against him. Cleo-Pat, her character is a strong woman who shows intelligence. She has the backbone to take on anyone who tries to come between her and her mission to find her brother Dash. She also has the annoying ability to standup against Rafe. Well, in Rafe’s mind, he finds her annoying. My fellow readers, I STRONGLY recommend that you read this book. It is well written, by a very talented writer. I can give this book so much praise, that the list could go on and on. I give this book two snaps and a Romantic twist. Until next time my fellow readers...read on! I voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    A lovely, witty, slow-burn story with a beta (at least romantically) hero and a smart, self-assured, cross-dressing heroine. And Shakespeare! lots of Shakespeare—which no reviews even mentioned so it came as an unexpected bonus.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    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. 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 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. 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 in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    Oh, my! Oh, my! Oh, my!! How am I possibly going to string a sentence together and actually write a review for something that is perfect? The story is stunningly perfect! The characters are super perfection! The writing is as always beyond perfection! The setting is beautifully perfect! As I have said, how do you write a review for something that is…yes, you guessed it; perfect? I will admit that I wasn’t overawed with the previous book; Edge’s story, which I always feel terrible at admitting when it c Oh, my! Oh, my! Oh, my!! How am I possibly going to string a sentence together and actually write a review for something that is perfect? The story is stunningly perfect! The characters are super perfection! The writing is as always beyond perfection! The setting is beautifully perfect! As I have said, how do you write a review for something that is…yes, you guessed it; perfect? I will admit that I wasn’t overawed with the previous book; Edge’s story, which I always feel terrible at admitting when it comes to Lara’s books, but I will never be anything but honest in my reviews. I did enjoy it hugely but poor Edge just didn’t have the wow factor I am used to. That makes me sound so fussy! Yet saying that the minute Rafe appeared I just knew he would be something very special, I have been very impatiently awaiting this story, it seems like an age since we had that first glimpse of him but my goodness it was well worth the wait. Boy, oh, boy! Was this story worth the wait, or what? There is just something about Rafe which really makes you fall in love with him, obviously being a mercenary he is rough, solid, strong, ruthless, predatory the sort of man who you want by your side and also fear as to how far this battle-hardened warrior will go. Yet, the other side to him is a real surprise, he is caring, gentle, fragile, world-weary, lonely, passionate, his vulnerability and his jaded view of the world breaks your heart, you want to wrap in a big bear hug – even though he would be the one doing the bear hugging especially with those amazing arms…Ooooh, don’t get me started on how much I love his arms…those large, muscular scarred arms….sigh!!! Once you know his past, you completely understand why he is the way he is, Rafe has been made into the hardened jaded man before us by an event many years ago, one that is as shocking as it is sad and one that he has been running from all his life. I adore Cleo, she is a marvellous woman and the perfect partner for strong and silent Rafe. Her stubborn, strong-willed and sassiness is the perfect partner for his rough edginess, add into her kind, caring and compassionate nature is a balm to his fractured soul. All she wants deep down is to the right thing, she has had not your average upbringing being dragged from pillar to post as her father finds yet another way to make money through none too legal or moral means. She is resourceful, intelligent and brave and in need of help which is when she meets Rafe. It’s a good job she has a smart head when she finds herself under the protection of the sexiest mercenary you will ever meet, a man who can make you drop to your knees with just a glance. She needs all her smarts and her well-versed back-chat. What she can’t protect herself from is how her heart beats a rapid tattoo whenever he is around, his rare smiles make her goes weary weak and her head is full of foggy lust. Hmmm, I may have just been talking about myself there! Cleo and Rafe are the perfect couple! They match each other so beautifully, they bounce off each other when bickering, their banter is some of the best I’ve read…good jolly, can they banter? I love it, they fling tarts remarks at one another as much as they mercilessly flirt. The chemistry is sexy, heated, passionate, the air crackles around them and the more they try to ignore their feelings the more intense it becomes. I absolutely adore that we are once again in Egypt, I do have a soft spot for Egyptian history – then again, who doesn’t? Lara has really upped the ante with the Egyptian history and culture, I loved every scene, whether they were in the hot and dusty desert starring up at the darkened star-studded sky or deeply immersed into a little market town. I absolutely loved joining Rafe and Cleo on their journey as they made their way to Cairo and then Alexandria…even if at the time I did feel as though I was a spare wheel when they were having a few private moments together. What makes the book really stand out for me, is Lara’s knowledge of the era and the country, each scene is a masterpiece of historical writing, you become fully immersed into 19th century Egyptian life; the sights, aroma’s sounds, the clothing, what they ate, riding the camel’s the beautiful scenery it is all so rich in vivid detail. I thin you may have guessed how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I loved the plot which is whirlwind of passion and adventure, the characters are superbly created. It’s grab’s hold of your imagination and takes you on a misty and dreamlike adventure of love and hope. This is Lara Temple at her very best, she is the dominant queen of the regency romance!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    This has to be my new favorite of Lara Temple’s books. Light but also deep. I read this while grieving at the loss of a good friend and it helped me escape for a little while. The full review is at Carpe Diem Chronicles.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Rafe ran away from home & his zealot of a father when he was sixteen & has spent years running from his true identity. Then over twenty years later 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! The first in a new series, a well written page turning read Rafe ran away from home & his zealot of a father when he was sixteen & has spent years running from his true identity. Then over twenty years later 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! The first in a new series, a well written page turning read but the icing on the cake was its link to the Sinclair series – I love it when an author builds their world & characters from previous books & series appear. I loved Rafe who is now a mercenary, he’s been wounded over the years but is still honourable & caring. Cleo-Pat is delightful, she’s trying to find her brother Dash & although she’s asked for Rafe’s help she doesn’t trust him & at times this nearly leads them into trouble. A fast paced story & strong characters all made for a fun entertaining read My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  11. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    After leaving his violent father and his home in England, Rafael Edgerton, the Duke of Greybourne has spent most of his life hiding who he is. He has travelled the world as a Colonel, and most recently as mercenary, Rafe Grey. He knows he should return home to take up his place amongst the aristocracy but it's the last thing he wants to do. He eventually will return but first, he must find his brother Edge who also has been in hiding. He manages to 'flush him out' by having fake news spread that After leaving his violent father and his home in England, Rafael Edgerton, the Duke of Greybourne has spent most of his life hiding who he is. He has travelled the world as a Colonel, and most recently as mercenary, Rafe Grey. He knows he should return home to take up his place amongst the aristocracy but it's the last thing he wants to do. He eventually will return but first, he must find his brother Edge who also has been in hiding. He manages to 'flush him out' by having fake news spread that he is dead. Rafe has word that Edge is in Egypt and that is where we start his story. Cleopatra Osbourne is also in Egypt in search of her own brother. Their father was an antiquarian with a side-line in fraudulent artefacts that he made money from. Cleo's brother is in trouble after taking something of their father's that an unscrupulous character wants. As Cleo dresses as a man for safety, she is often mistaken for him and she finds herself in danger when the wrong man makes that same mistake. She needs to get to safety in Cairo plus make sure her brother knows to leave for England as he isn't safe in Egypt either. To do that she hires Rafe to help her. With people chasing her Rafe knows he can't just leave her to her own devices. Despite finally making his way towards going home he has to help her and that is where the story takes off. They travel on camels, one that takes an instant dislike to Cleo which makes for many funny scenes. There is such beautiful imagery described in the book including a stunning desert oasis, oh and also Rafe's gorgeous body, but let's not think of that lol! I love the author's descriptions of the places our couple go, the way the people live, what they wore, what the scenery was like. It was like being there. The danger in the book kept me hooked, not to mention not knowing if Rafe, Cleo and their brothers would be reunited safely. Then, of course, there was the romance developing between Rafe and Cleo that had me hooked. They were perfectly matched but Rafe has kept his identity a secret from Cleo and you just know that when she finds out she isn't going to be pleased that he kept it from her. Does she, a woman without money and with a less than honest father albeit a dead one, have a place in his world when he claims his position and true identity.? He might think so, but will she?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    I felt like this book was funnier than average for Lara Temple's books. The banter between Rafe and Cleo was spot on from the very beginning, and there were a number of laugh-out-loud one-liners. I do wish it could have been a little bit longer, because I think that could have stretched out the romantic tension more, but it's got the HQN/M+B length restrictions to contend with. Also, the museum/art history geek in me has to say that I love that Cleo gets to spend time at the John Soane house! I felt like this book was funnier than average for Lara Temple's books. The banter between Rafe and Cleo was spot on from the very beginning, and there were a number of laugh-out-loud one-liners. I do wish it could have been a little bit longer, because I think that could have stretched out the romantic tension more, but it's got the HQN/M+B length restrictions to contend with. Also, the museum/art history geek in me has to say that I love that Cleo gets to spend time at the John Soane house!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-1kk Rafael Edgerton, heir to the Duke of Greybourne, left home at the age of sixteen, vowing never to return until his violent father was dead. First he became a soldier, where he was injured and scarred in a fire, then a mercenary. His travels have taken him to many places over the last twenty years, his current location being Egypt. Rafe chose to use the last name of Grey, with only a very few choice friends knowing his true identity. The duke As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-1kk Rafael Edgerton, heir to the Duke of Greybourne, left home at the age of sixteen, vowing never to return until his violent father was dead. First he became a soldier, where he was injured and scarred in a fire, then a mercenary. His travels have taken him to many places over the last twenty years, his current location being Egypt. Rafe chose to use the last name of Grey, with only a very few choice friends knowing his true identity. The duke has died, and Rafe knows that he must return to England, but he’s reluctant to do so. There are no happy memories of his childhood home, or his seemingly cold and distant mother. Rafe’s dilemma is temporarily put aside, as he accepts an assignment to safely escort an English lady, who is unsuccessfully trying to disguise herself as a boy. Cleopatra Osbourne and her younger brother, Dashford, are in Egypt thanks to their somewhat shady father and his dealings with antiquities, both real and forged. After their father’s death, Dashford is being pursued by one of his powerful business associates, who desperately wants to put his hands on some item in the dead man’s possessions. The siblings became separated, and Cleo, who greatly resembles her brother, cut her hair and dressed as a young man. Unfortunately, this means that the supposed villain is now in pursuit of her, believing that she is her brother. She seeks Rafe’s help and escort to escape, and he agrees. The nearby ports are being closely watched, so Rafe and Cleo have to take the long route to an alternate port, one that takes them through the desert with camels as their transportation. This road trip adventure has Rafe and Cleo discovering that they like each other very much, and physical attraction enters the picture almost immediately. Cleo isn’t repulsed at all by Rafe’s scars, in fact, she finds everything about him compelling. Though Rafe has lived a far from ducal life, he has still managed to retain his own personal code of honor. Though he can tell that Cleo is dying to touch him, he tries his best to maintain his distance. While they manage to avoid total physical intimacy, there are a couple of steamy encounters that rival the desert for heat. Their journey eventually takes them back to England, while both are secretly wishing to stay on the ship with each other and sail forever. Rafe knows he has to take up his duties as duke, and the thought is tearing him up inside. He also realizes that he needs to reveal his true identity to Cleo, and dreams of a future with her. Cleo, meanwhile is already grieving parting with Rafe, while being determined to find her still missing brother. Rafe makes a date with Cleo, where he intends to tell her the whole truth, but he is waylaid by his brother, his mother, and an assault by a would-be thief. The longing and attraction between Rafe and Cleo simply oozed off the pages, and I so badly wanted them to be together forever. There are so many ways in which they are alike – their strength, yet their vulnerability, their sense of fun, their courage, their honor, and, of course, their passion. I loved every minute of their time together. The scene where Rafe proposes, and receives Cleo’s initial response, and then makes his reply, had me in tears. His words are so loving and so heartbreaking! The scene with his mother is also very enlightening, and explains so much of the past that was muddled. THE RETURN OF THE DISAPPEARING DUKE is Lara Temple’s writing at its finest. I loved the characters, the adventure, the heartwarming romance, and the beautiful story. NOTE: THE RETURN OF THE DISAPPEARING DUKE easily reads as a standalone, but the story also involves Rafe’s relationship with his brother, Edge, and the strange journey Rafe led him on. Edge’s story is told in THE LORD’S INCONVENIENT VOW, and that book reveals more of the brothers’ sad childhood, and is another that I wholeheartedly recommend reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara "Cristia" H. J.

    Lara Temple enchants us again with this historical romance set between England and Egypt in 1822. And what a surprise, for it is the story of Lord Edward Edgerton's brother, from The Lord's Inconvenient Vow. Yes! The brother of Lord Edge, the mysterious writer of the Desert Boy series and Samantha Sinclair's husband. If you enjoyed the Sinful Sinclairs' books, you'll love this one. . In the midst of dunes blazing under the Egyptian sunlight and among the ancient streets of Syene, two souls seeking Lara Temple enchants us again with this historical romance set between England and Egypt in 1822. And what a surprise, for it is the story of Lord Edward Edgerton's brother, from The Lord's Inconvenient Vow. Yes! The brother of Lord Edge, the mysterious writer of the Desert Boy series and Samantha Sinclair's husband. If you enjoyed the Sinful Sinclairs' books, you'll love this one. . In the midst of dunes blazing under the Egyptian sunlight and among the ancient streets of Syene, two souls seeking redemption for their parents' sins and relief from an abandoned childhood meet together and set for an adventurous mission. Rafe Grey was thought to be a merciless and witty mercenary, but he falls prey of the reckless, daring, and beautiful Cleopatra Osbourne, who wants to find and save her brother, and return to England, away from the consequences of her father's dubious business. After escaping a resentful and corrupt trader, Al-Mizan, who had dealt with her father in the past, and without finding any trace of her brother, Cleo finds herself trapped between people wanting revenge and the unexpected attraction she feels toward the mercenary. She finds in him the protection and help she never had in her gone father, and doesn't care to share with him her past and love. Meanwhile, Rafe wants only to fulfill his mission and put her safe in a ship to England. But when the attraction between them reaches its peak and they both succumb to a passionate relationship, Rafe is unable to confess to her his past and true identity: that he is the disappearing Duke, Rafael Greybourne, whom everyone expects to return to Greybourne Hall and occupy the duchy after his father's death. . What I loved in this story is the scarred past of both Rafe and Cleo after being deceived and mistreated by their fathers when young, and how they find a refuge in each other's arms and hearts. The setting is mostly in the exotic Egypcian desert, which shows once more Temple's love and knowledge of the place during that time, while the characters are most engagable and empathetic. You won't help but wish secretly that Rafe and Cleo won't make it to England, where their separation would be inevitable. Temple's writing style is one of my favorites for its smoothness, elegance, and easy comprehension. You'll relate almost immediately to the place and the story, resulting in a delightful reading until the end. . I dare say this story was far beyond my expectations, for which I give it a 4.8 star review. Lovers of historical romances, brace yourself for Rafe and Cleo's sizzling love story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey McKnight

    Cleo is an adventurous young woman in 1822, having spent the past year traveling, and finally ending up in Egypt, with her father and brother. But when she’s separated from them due to tragedy and circumstance, she must don a disguise and head for home. But with a band of men at her heels and nothing but a necklace to sell, she must search for help in the most unlikely of places. Rafe hadn’t expected to begin his morning with a woman dressed like a boy looking for his help. Cleo’s being hunted an Cleo is an adventurous young woman in 1822, having spent the past year traveling, and finally ending up in Egypt, with her father and brother. But when she’s separated from them due to tragedy and circumstance, she must don a disguise and head for home. But with a band of men at her heels and nothing but a necklace to sell, she must search for help in the most unlikely of places. Rafe hadn’t expected to begin his morning with a woman dressed like a boy looking for his help. Cleo’s being hunted and needs to get back to England and safety. Although he must return there as well to claim his inherited title, he’s loath today go home. But Cleo’s sudden appearance seems to be the push he needs to face his demons. Now they must work together to find a way out of the city and away from the men who chase Cleo. She’s in need of a protector, and he can’t say no to her. Traveling in tight quarters makes for close company, and soon more than friendly companionship blooms. But will it survive by the end of their journey? Wow, another delicious romance by Lara Temple! it’s not often I read romances based in Egypt, but I’m so glad I did this time. The way she brought the ancient world alive through the scope of early archeology and experiences was lovely. The setting was truly immaculate. Rafe and Cleo had a wonderful relationship from their first meeting. Their banter added a super fun layer to their budding romance that was only heightened by the clear chemistry they had. The sparks were vibrant and you really rooted for them through every leg of their journey. Overall, I highly recommend this book to any and all fans of historical romance, especially if they like a little comedy and heat between the pages.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    A historical romance to savor! Witty dialogue, amazing characters and a setting that comes alive with the engaging writing of Lara Temple! It does not get much better than this and once I started there was no stopping until the last page! Egypt, Cleopatra (Miss Queen of the Nile), handsome scarred hero Grey, wait, did I say he was handsome? Green grey eyes, tall, very witty, and ready to help Cleo on her quest with his trusty side kick Birdie. She was on the run to get away from the villains and A historical romance to savor! Witty dialogue, amazing characters and a setting that comes alive with the engaging writing of Lara Temple! It does not get much better than this and once I started there was no stopping until the last page! Egypt, Cleopatra (Miss Queen of the Nile), handsome scarred hero Grey, wait, did I say he was handsome? Green grey eyes, tall, very witty, and ready to help Cleo on her quest with his trusty side kick Birdie. She was on the run to get away from the villains and he was going to help her. Loved this journey of Cleo and Grey and cannot wait to read more! One of my favorites this year!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Temple writes another entertaining adventure in Egypt. Cleo Osborne's father wasn't a model citizen. A neglectful father, he spent his life in antiquities, real and forged. Her father's business associates are after her brother who took a book that belonged to their now dead father. On the run looking for her brother, Cleo's luck changes when she meets Rafe Grey. Rafe is a scarred mercenary looking for his brother. Cleo hires Rafe to help find her's. His payment is "a tale full of holes." As the Temple writes another entertaining adventure in Egypt. Cleo Osborne's father wasn't a model citizen. A neglectful father, he spent his life in antiquities, real and forged. Her father's business associates are after her brother who took a book that belonged to their now dead father. On the run looking for her brother, Cleo's luck changes when she meets Rafe Grey. Rafe is a scarred mercenary looking for his brother. Cleo hires Rafe to help find her's. His payment is "a tale full of holes." As their attraction grows stronger, Rafe tries to pull away. His secret can change everything between them. Nonstop entertaining banter with a strong heroine who doesn't take "NO" for an answer. I already want to read it again! Gift by the author

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    If you have enjoyed Lara Temples previous trilogy, The Sinful Sinclairs you will enjoy this one. This is the story of Rafe and Cleo, Rafe has long since turned his back on his family and in particular, his father. He has served in the army and more recently as a soldier of fortune. He is in Egypt chasing down his brother Edge, recently married to Samantha (Sinclair). Cleo is trying to find her own brother and both are in danger. After asking Rafe for protection they embark on a perilous journey If you have enjoyed Lara Temples previous trilogy, The Sinful Sinclairs you will enjoy this one. This is the story of Rafe and Cleo, Rafe has long since turned his back on his family and in particular, his father. He has served in the army and more recently as a soldier of fortune. He is in Egypt chasing down his brother Edge, recently married to Samantha (Sinclair). Cleo is trying to find her own brother and both are in danger. After asking Rafe for protection they embark on a perilous journey across the desert and back to Britain. This is a very sweet story, beautifully written. The description of Egypt and the dessert were particularly vivid, easily transporting the reader there. I would highly recommend.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple 4.5* Rafe, the disappearing duke, turned up at the end of Sam and Edge’s book (The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow) and fairly leapt off the page. He was such a strong and memorable character I am so glad that Lara Temple decided to give him his own story and, of course, his own HEA. Rafael Edgerton, the Duke of Greybourne has been knocking around the world for around twenty years under the pseudonym of plain Colonel or Mr. Rafe Grey, first as a soldier a The Return of the Disappearing Duke by Lara Temple 4.5* Rafe, the disappearing duke, turned up at the end of Sam and Edge’s book (The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow) and fairly leapt off the page. He was such a strong and memorable character I am so glad that Lara Temple decided to give him his own story and, of course, his own HEA. Rafael Edgerton, the Duke of Greybourne has been knocking around the world for around twenty years under the pseudonym of plain Colonel or Mr. Rafe Grey, first as a soldier and then as a mercenary. When we meet him in this book, he’s in Egypt having tempted his brother, Edge, out of hiding in Brazil with faked news of his own death. Cleopatra Osbourne has had an odd upbringing having been dragged around the Middle East by her antiquarian father who dabbled in counterfeit artifacts on the side. Cleo has often dressed as a boy to avoid unwanted male attention and it is as a boy we first meet her when she employs Rafe Grey to escort her to Cairo. And that’s when the adventure begins. The journey through the desert to Cairo and then Alexandria is wonderfully described by Ms. Temple. The sights, sounds, and even smells of early 19th century Egypt come alive from her pen – or rather, her keyboard. Rafe is still the amazing character who appeared at the end of Sam and Edge’s book and Cleo…well Cleo is fantastic. A woman who knows what she wants. Strong, courageous – a perfect match for our scarred mercenary. 4.5 stars. I took half a star away because I found the Harlequin/Mills & Boon word-count restriction detracted from what could have been a longer and more in-depth story. Disclaimer: I was given an ARC by the author in return for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Lara Temple’s books about Regency era characters in Egypt, and this is another excellent addition. Rafe Grey is a duke who wants nothing of his title; his abusive father soured him on it thoroughly. He’s avoiding his own responsibilities when Cleopatra Osbourne literally stumbles into his room, dressed as a boy and desperately avoiding some local henchmen searching for her. Rafe can’t help himself. Curiosity roused, and long-buried chivalrous instincts rising to the I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Lara Temple’s books about Regency era characters in Egypt, and this is another excellent addition. Rafe Grey is a duke who wants nothing of his title; his abusive father soured him on it thoroughly. He’s avoiding his own responsibilities when Cleopatra Osbourne literally stumbles into his room, dressed as a boy and desperately avoiding some local henchmen searching for her. Rafe can’t help himself. Curiosity roused, and long-buried chivalrous instincts rising to the fore, he agrees to help Cleo, despite the massive disruption to his own plans it causes. It’s an arduous and difficult journey through the desert, accompanied by Rafe’s loyal sergeant, a local guide boy and a troupe of stubborn camels, and on the way Cleo and Rafe get to know each other. They both have difficult family backgrounds, each have a younger brother they love deeply. Rafe has secrets, though, and Cleo’s an open book. The pair of them fall for each other as they travel, and there are a couple of quite steamy sex scenes. Rafe gets a bit high-handed at times and Cleo gets to give him a couple of fantastic set-downs I really enjoyed. The pair of them have some really great chemistry from the very beginning and it was the external conflicts which got in the way of their happy ending, including Rafe needing to come to terms with his title and the destiny which went with it. The Egyptian setting is beautifully written and I really enjoyed the story. I’m happy to give this five stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via the author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann Woodford

    Attention Grabbing. Intriguing. Exciting. Brilliant. Was so glad when I found that Rafe had got his own story, from the start I was drawn into this adventure that he and Cleo found themselves on. Poor Cleo is always let down by her father, so after he has passed away she goes in search of her brother who has gone missing. Upon stumbling into Rafe’s room she tries to convince him to help her, Rafe sees through her disguise straight away but agrees to help her. They set off on a difficult journey b Attention Grabbing. Intriguing. Exciting. Brilliant. Was so glad when I found that Rafe had got his own story, from the start I was drawn into this adventure that he and Cleo found themselves on. Poor Cleo is always let down by her father, so after he has passed away she goes in search of her brother who has gone missing. Upon stumbling into Rafe’s room she tries to convince him to help her, Rafe sees through her disguise straight away but agrees to help her. They set off on a difficult journey because there is someone who is after her a man who thinks that she has something belonging to him. Rafe and Cleo’s journey is tiring and yet adventurous, all the time they are together there is this attraction that both of them feel. Despite being a Mercenary, Rafe can’t bring himself to let Cleo tempt him and as much as she tries he is ever the gentlemen. When they reach their destination and can’t find her brother Rafe decides Cleo would be better off back in England so persuades her to let him take her. If you want to find out what happens and if Rafe gives into temptation then you will have to read this book for yourself. Yet another brilliant book from Lara Temple

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debs

    So fabulous when a gorgeous hero falls.. And Rafe Grey is a fabulous hero. Mercenary, ex-Colonel, strategist and the unwilling victim of Cleo Osbourne who bursts into Grey's life being pursued by a group of agents for an unscrupulous French artefact dealer, as he shaves. Grey's honour, humour and determination to get Cleo to a place of safety, preferably well away from him (despite her increasingly desperate efforts to find her brother Dash) mean Cleo can't help but fall in love with the only per So fabulous when a gorgeous hero falls.. And Rafe Grey is a fabulous hero. Mercenary, ex-Colonel, strategist and the unwilling victim of Cleo Osbourne who bursts into Grey's life being pursued by a group of agents for an unscrupulous French artefact dealer, as he shaves. Grey's honour, humour and determination to get Cleo to a place of safety, preferably well away from him (despite her increasingly desperate efforts to find her brother Dash) mean Cleo can't help but fall in love with the only person ever to put her first. But he has a secret... A secret that can't be kept quiet once they return to England.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Maxfield

    As I am a huge fan of Egyptian History and romance this book transported me back to this time. I loved The characters. The way the word where written made you feel you where traveling on camel through the desert !with Rafe and Cleo. I will definitely reread this book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jéssica

    I’m always amazed by each Historical Romance I read, how amazing the stories are, and how much fun I have while reading them. It’s definitely a genre that I love and it’s one of those books I consider my cozy escape. When I want to just relax and have a fun time and escape the real world, but not enter a fantasy world, I will read a Historical Romance. Lara Temple is one of my favorite Historical Romance Authors, and I absolutely jump of excitement when I saw this book. In this book we follow Rafe I’m always amazed by each Historical Romance I read, how amazing the stories are, and how much fun I have while reading them. It’s definitely a genre that I love and it’s one of those books I consider my cozy escape. When I want to just relax and have a fun time and escape the real world, but not enter a fantasy world, I will read a Historical Romance. Lara Temple is one of my favorite Historical Romance Authors, and I absolutely jump of excitement when I saw this book. In this book we follow Rafe and Cleo. Well, when I see a character named Rafe I always chuckle because my brother’s name is Rafael, nevertheless in this case I never even laughed. When I read the synopsis and saw the name, my mind was more focus on the “a lone wolf” comment. It immediately made me excited. As we follow this wonderful and exciting adventure, we are taken to a beautiful setting with such amazing characters that we end up falling in love with. I have always found Egyptian history fascinating and I loved that this book had that connection, because it gave us some special elements in combination with the society back them. I now want more books that happen during this time and setting. Now, of course the setting is magic almost, but what I most loved was the characters. Like I said previously, we follow Rafe and Cleo. I fell in love with Rafe immediately. He was strong and a warrior like attitude, and still he was also caring and passionate. And we could see it in his interactions with Cleo. And Cleo, well, she’s a brilliant, sassy and brave woman, the perfect balance for Rafe. I loved reading about them and seeing them grow, showing the vulnerability and passion. Overall, I absolutely loved the book. From the well-written characters that I could believe in, to the exciting plot that I was curious to keep unfolding it’s story. From the beautiful imagery given by the descriptions of the setting, to the interactions between the characters that took me on this uncovering of their personalities, background story and dreams. From the lovely moments, to the action that made me so focus on reading page after page. I absolutely recommend this book to all lovers of romance, and specially those that love historical fictions and romance. [I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lara Temple for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Rafael Edgerton, heir to the Duke of Greybourne, ran away after yet another violent confrontation with his father. At 16 he left home, became Rafe Grey and enlisted in the military. Years later he works as a mercenary and has learned of his father’s death. He knows he has to return to England, but is in Egypt trying to coax his younger brother Edward “Edge” out of hiding. This is when he meets Cleopatra Osbourne – who is also trying to find her younger brother. Cleo and her brother Dash decided i Rafael Edgerton, heir to the Duke of Greybourne, ran away after yet another violent confrontation with his father. At 16 he left home, became Rafe Grey and enlisted in the military. Years later he works as a mercenary and has learned of his father’s death. He knows he has to return to England, but is in Egypt trying to coax his younger brother Edward “Edge” out of hiding. This is when he meets Cleopatra Osbourne – who is also trying to find her younger brother. Cleo and her brother Dash decided it was time to return to England, but Dash would not leave Egypt without telling their father, so he set out, found out his father was dead and having some trouble with an “associate” – this man wants a book that Dash took when he got their father’s belongings, but Dash disappeared and a case of mistaken identity has put the villain on Cleo’s trail. She “hires” Rafe to get her to Cairo safely, he agrees, but is not willing to let her go on alone once they reach the city. He insists on taking her all the way to London – with or without their brothers! I really liked Cleo and Rafe, but the story was not my favorite. It was a very slow-moving story that dragged in several places, then the last chapters are jam-packed with reunions, revelations, secrets and resolutions. I will reiterate, Cleo and Rafe are wonderful characters, the banter and dialogue between them is fantastic and I LOVED Rafe’s little names for her – but all in all, everything was slow and felt dragged out. The love scenes are mild and never lead to consummation, his secret was built up, but really ended up being a bit of a red herring. The epilogue was the saving grace of this book – it was so sweet and so fun that it made up for all my previous frustration. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me.*

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This excellent historical adventure from Lara Temple takes the reader on a thrilling journey through Egypt and London as Rafe and Cleo attempt to evade enemies, make peace with the past, and realise that falling in love along the way might just be the thing that saves them. Readers of the author’s previous book will have been introduced to Rafe as his brother Edge travelled to Egypt following reports of Rafe’s death, and here, he deservedly gets his own story as we discover what really became of This excellent historical adventure from Lara Temple takes the reader on a thrilling journey through Egypt and London as Rafe and Cleo attempt to evade enemies, make peace with the past, and realise that falling in love along the way might just be the thing that saves them. Readers of the author’s previous book will have been introduced to Rafe as his brother Edge travelled to Egypt following reports of Rafe’s death, and here, he deservedly gets his own story as we discover what really became of Rafe in Egypt and what ultimately leads him back to England and his unwanted inheritance as the new Duke of Greybourne.  From the intriguing prologue, you are immediately drawn into Rafe’s mysterious life as a mercenary as he runs away from his family and joins the military under the assumed name of Rafe Gray.  Straight away, Rafe is a likeable character who you immediately warm to and become invested in, and you soon want to know what has happened between the prologue and the present day, and what will become of Rafe as he remains determined to avoid his future back in England.  Unfortunately for Rafe, fate has other ideas, and his first meeting with Cleo Osbourne is both memorable and striking and sets up the wonderful plot which follows Rafe as he attempts to escort Cleo safely across Egypt and onto a ship back to England where she hopes to locate her brother, Dash.  Written with a healthy dose of humour against the tension in the background, Rafe and Cleo spark nicely off each other as they try to outwit the other and ignore their growing attraction, all the while trying to dodge enemies and look for clues in order to solve the mystery behind Dash’s disappearance. One of the things I love about Lara Temple’s writing is her attention to detail, and the well-researched and described Egyptian background provides a rich, vivid atmosphere to the book to the extent where, as a reader, you really can envisage that you are in the desert with Rafe and Cleo.  Coupled with a healthy dose of history, the book really is an immersive trip through nineteenth century Egypt neatly wrapped up with an enthralling romance.  Keeping the reader engaged there is also an air of mystery throughout the proceedings thanks to the search for Dash and the unknown elements of Rafe’s past which make him reluctant to envisage any sort of future with Cleo, and this only adds to the various elements of the story which hook the reader in and keep you turning the pages in a order to see what will become of Rafe and Cleo. Furthermore, the development of Cleo’s feelings for Rafe is well written, and it is interesting to see her unwavering loyalty to her brother be tested as her priorities merge and the idea of anything happening to Rafe as a result of her actions becomes the forefront of her actions .  As Rafe battles his own feelings, the two strands of the plot work well together and keep an element of guesswork as to what will happen as the story concludes.  Indeed, by the time of the closing chapter (and the wonderful epilogue), tissues may be requires as romance comes to the fore and future happiness is on the line when Cleo decides to tell Rafe exactly how she feels. Rafe and Cleo and their budding romance aside, for regular readers of Lara Temple, it is also nice to revisit Sam and Edge and see their story from Rafe’s point of view, and also to discover some new, scene stealing characters who might merit their own story in due course as Dash, Birdie and Captain Chris all provide entertaining secondary plots which could be open to revisiting in future books. All in all, this is yet another excellent historical adventure from Lara Temple with a strong characters, a beautifully told romance, a danger-filled trip across the desert, and a story of love and acceptance told with a healthy dose of humour, all set against a glorious Egyptian backdrop in a story that will be long remembered even after the last page has been turned.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    This story captures the reader's attention from the beginning and holds it across the desert and ocean. Rafe forced out of his home at a young age into a life of danger and loneliness. Scarred emotionally, and physically his world-weary attitude is disturbed by the appearance of Cleo. Cleo needs a protector. Unwittingly embroiled in her father's crimes, she needs to escape to Cairo. A less than perfect childhood lets Cleo and Rafe break through the barriers the other employs to the vulnerable ind This story captures the reader's attention from the beginning and holds it across the desert and ocean. Rafe forced out of his home at a young age into a life of danger and loneliness. Scarred emotionally, and physically his world-weary attitude is disturbed by the appearance of Cleo. Cleo needs a protector. Unwittingly embroiled in her father's crimes, she needs to escape to Cairo. A less than perfect childhood lets Cleo and Rafe break through the barriers the other employs to the vulnerable individual hidden from the world. Amusing dialogue and simmering passion arc between Cleo and Rafe like an electrical storm. The historical setting is unusual and well researched. The desert journey and ocean crossing allow the couple to get to know each other well, and their love to grow despite the internal conflict and external dangers. This is a lovely historical romance with relatable characters and an absorbing historical background. I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Keri-Anne Masson-Abrams

    In this book we learn more of the dashing Ralfs story who we briefly meet in Lara Temples other book the lords inconvenient vow, this is book 3 in her the sinful Sinclairs series. this is also a brilliant series which I recommend. Ralf has had a very tough life and ends up leaving is family life and name behind and making a new identity for himself. He ends up meeting Cleopatra Osbourne who requests that he protect her as she travels across the Egyptian desert. Cleo is very head strong and goes f In this book we learn more of the dashing Ralfs story who we briefly meet in Lara Temples other book the lords inconvenient vow, this is book 3 in her the sinful Sinclairs series. this is also a brilliant series which I recommend. Ralf has had a very tough life and ends up leaving is family life and name behind and making a new identity for himself. He ends up meeting Cleopatra Osbourne who requests that he protect her as she travels across the Egyptian desert. Cleo is very head strong and goes for what she wants which I loved about her character. OMG Ralf well lets just say he was better than I could of imagined. I think Birdie defiantly needs a shout out as he totally pulled at my heart strings. I think we may need a book just on him ( hint hint lol) I loved this book so much and has to be one of my favourites that I have read this year. If your new to this author then defiantly give her books a read she hasn't disappointed me yet and one of my go to authors. she makes it very hard to choose a favourite character.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    4.5 stars. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own. The Return of the Disappearing Duke is my first official introduction to Lara Temple’s work (although I did read a short from her previously in an anthology), and I can’t wait to read more. Her clear enthusiasm for the period shines through in this book, with its merging of the typical Regency tropes with an exploration of Egypt at this point in history that is very respectful, especially consider 4.5 stars. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own. The Return of the Disappearing Duke is my first official introduction to Lara Temple’s work (although I did read a short from her previously in an anthology), and I can’t wait to read more. Her clear enthusiasm for the period shines through in this book, with its merging of the typical Regency tropes with an exploration of Egypt at this point in history that is very respectful, especially considering the modern re-examining of the imperialistic tendencies of the British during the Regency, including their behavior toward Egyptian artifacts. Rafe is exactly the type of duke I like…the reluctant sort. The baggage associated with his past and why he is both reluctant to take on the mantle and chooses to hide it from Cleo is well-explored, and while sometimes deception plots can be a bit hit-or-miss, this wasn’t one of those for me. Cleo is a great match for him as they share the same outward demonstration of strength that masks a deeper vulnerability. But they also have a conflict that keeps them apart once his secret comes to light. She has had an unconventional upbringing that has led to the need for her to fend for herself, rendering her unsuited toward aristocratic life, and I was anxious to find out how it would be resolved. I did feel like the story could have been fleshed out somewhat more if it had not been limited by the standards of Harlequin/Mills & Boon, whether it be word count or formatting, but it’s otherwise fairly solid. If you love historical romance, especially if you love road trips around exotic, history-laden locales, then you’ll love this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gwessie Tee

    Absolutely magical story, most definitely recommend it has many things I adore, epic couple, amazing story, fantastic adventure and I've always adored learning about ancient Egypt so I adore this book for this also, I have always been fascinated by hieroglyphs too, thank you for writing this awesome story Absolutely magical story, most definitely recommend it has many things I adore, epic couple, amazing story, fantastic adventure and I've always adored learning about ancient Egypt so I adore this book for this also, I have always been fascinated by hieroglyphs too, thank you for writing this awesome story

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