Setting - Rosetta, Egypt 1799 --- Sent by his sovereign, King James of England, Gavin DeFoe, the Earl of Blackwell, and his trusted friend Connor were in Egypt trying to locate a crew of excavators to unearth a valuable artifact and untold riches that both King James and Napoleon Bonaparte were seeking. Napoleon had pressed into labor most of the excavating crews so Gavin was forced to negotiating with Willie Tuggle, his last hope. Having to pay double the fee, the Earl was not pleased to see this decrepit looking crew in which there didn't seem to be a man younger than 50 years old. Gavin wasn't happy, but even less so having to wait for the leader, `Mac' to show up and to discover that `Mac' was in actuality MacKenzie --- tall, statuesque and of all things, a woman! Gavin wanted nothing to do with a woman - he'd vowed never to trust another woman as long as he lived after marrying a woman, betrayed, then losing both her and his 3 year old son. For the last six years he'd built a wall around his heart and though the very sight of this woman caused his blood to boil, he was determined to fight that attraction by being as obnoxious as he could - and this he did well!
Mac, had never before let a man affect her but one glance at this darkly handsome man and the attraction was both immediate and intense! That glance had heated her body and caused her normally unflappable mind to wander to the wild side. The dangers of the desert, and the dangers of being caught by Napoleon were secondary as compared to the dangers of succumbing to the tall dark and handsome earl. Knowing well the dangers, Mac was still determined to break through the wall guarding his heart, at the cost of losing her own.
This was a fast read and somewhat suspenseful. The author set up quite a few adventures with some steamy scenes that should have left you squirming only to have the hero pulling back which after awhile became quite frustrating - hence the 4* versus a 5* rating. Hilz's character development was good, and you will at once come to champion Mac, and want to kick Gavin in the butt to make him come to his senses to `seize the moment'. The secondary characters, evidently from the first book of this series, worked well in the plot as they were the archaeologists that gave the story more credence. The rest of Mac's `crew' or `family' as she referred to them, and Mac's father were delightful. This plot was good with colorful characters that I can recommend as a delightful light historical read.