Monday, July 30, 2007

Book 42: Lord of the Nile

NUMBER: 42
TITLE: Lord of the Nile
AUTHOR: Constance O'Banyon
STARTED: July 25, 2007
FINISHED: July 26, 2007
PAGES: 321
GENRE: Romance

FIRST SENTENCE: General Tausret, otherwise known as Lord Ramtat, of the house of Tausret, emerged from Caesar's tent and paused for a moment to survey the devastation the Roman army had left upon the land.

SUMMARY: [From a barnesandnoble.com review]In 47 BC having suffered severe injuries at the Pharsalus Battlefield in Greece, General Tausret knows he is finally going home to Egypt where he is known as Lord Ramtat. Meanwhile in Egypt, a dying Lord Mycerinus informs his beloved daughter Lady Danae that he is not her biological father although he loves her as if she was his blood. He also warns her that he no longer will be able to protect her from his heir her cousin Harique, who will want her as his personal slave to abuse.

Saying goodbye to her father, she flees by sea to obtain the protection of the Egyptian king, but a Roman soldier Ramtat boards her vessel. When the king fails her, she flees again, but this time a sheik captures her. Ramtat feels enslaved by his “prisoner” as all he wants to is kiss her senseless. However, he first must uncover the insidious thugs planning to assassinate Queen Cleopatra who are planning to frame his beloved Danae.

REASON FOR READING: I needed a romance and had just picked this one up at Giant.

THOUGHTS: If Danae had said, "It is the same with me" one more time, I was going to throw the book across the room. I think that's her only line of dialog - and it's repeated over and over and over. It was rather annoying.

As much as I love romance novels set in ancient Egypt, this one was a huge downfall. I'm all for alternative views and stories in history, but this one was just absurd. You either completely change history or go along with what we know - you don't, like O'Banyon, go for the middle of the road. Making that decision just muddles the story.

The writing and characters were flat on the whole - but there were a few cheek warming moments that made the read not a total loss.

MISCELLANEOUS: The cover model looks like he's wearing hip hugging jeans.

RATING: 4/10 [An "okay" book]

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