Losing something you want the most makes you stronger—or an easy target.
Joy Debinham, daughter of an English missionary, hides a secret heartache while working with Egypt's poverty stricken. As she attempts to save the children from easily curable diseases, she has another interest—keeping Egypt's treasures in the country. But the arrival of Quinn ignites her banked passion and becomes the obsession that might put her life in danger.
Quinn Handry, an enterprising American from humble roots, has come to Egypt for one reason—the money. He's done many things for a buck, but brokering stolen antiquities is the most lucrative. In order to reclaim what he lost years ago, he's always on the hunt for treasures until the day he meets Joy and everything dims compared to the desire she invokes in him.
During perfumed Egyptian nights, the heat between them flares while acquaintances conspire to destroy them. Danger doesn't stay confined to tombs and pushes them to finally realize what matters most—if they can live long enough to claim it.
I always enjoy Sookoo’s books and Cairo Nights is no exception. Joy is a late blooming pastor’s daughter doing charitable work in Cairo Egypt in the 1800s. In the shadow of the great pyramids, she meets a small time antiquities thief named Quinn, who titillates her senses and her sexuality, but her sense of propriety regarding the antiquities is incensed by his nefarious proclivities.
There is a small but powerful group of English ex-pats who aren’t happy with Joy’s lifestyle and who attempt to put a stop to her do-gooder activities including her attempts to ensure that antiquities hunters don’t take all Egypt’s treasure away and sell them for profit. There is jealousy and danger at every turn as the lovers attempt to reconcile their feelings and ideas about Egypt’s treasures.
Joy and Quinn are a match for each other in every way, including their love of adventure, sticking up for the underdog, and above all, sexually. I quite liked them and the way they thumbed their noses at the strictures of Victorian society. The sex is pretty good, too!
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