This one gets points for being set in nineteenth-century Cairo, although that also makes it suffer by comparison to Connie Brockway's [b:As You Desire|1208792|As You Desire (Braxton, #1)|Connie Brockway|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328718426s/1208792.jpg|1197159]; then again, it's possible I was just in a bad mood. Daphne Pembroke ransoms Rupert Carsington out of a Cairo jail in order to obtain his assistance in finding her brother, a noted Egyptologist who's been kidnapped in order to decipher a treasure map. The problem is that her brother isn't the real scholar: Daphne is, which they've been disguising in order to get Daphne freer access to resources usually denied to women. As usual, much of the charm is in the dialogue; Chase clearly modelled her understanding of romance on screwball comedies. The pace of the exchanges says as much about the characters' mutual respect for and delight in each other as the content of the conversations does.
Nevertheless, this didn't charm me as much as it did other readers, although I can't say why. There's an annoying Faithful Manservant, but on the whole this comes out much less orientalist than Chase's earlier [b:The Sandalwood Princess|1635407|The Sandalwood Princess|Loretta Chase|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1292868748s/1635407.jpg|1629629], and I don't think that's the reason for my discontent. And I am happy Chase is publishing regularly again.