The Curse of the Scarab King by Wend Petzler
Genre: historical romance, time travel romance, romantic suspense
Length: Novel (238 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 3 Handcuffs - Blush Worthy
In an interesting mix of time travel, ancient curses, Egyptian gods, magic, and evil-want-to-take-over-the-world megalomaniacs, this story begins and ends in the 15th century BC. In Egypt, Setti suddenly becomes the Pharaoh Regent for his newborn nephew when his brother is fatally bitten by a poisonous snake in his own bedchamber. While the rest of Egypt
mourns, the Sister-Wife of Amenenhet plots to take power as a Pharaoh Queen and turn the country away from worship of the sun god. Her curse casts Setti in between life and death where for 4000 years he waits until archaeologist Kate Martin stumbles across clues that lead to his hiding place. Once he is awakened, both Setti and Kate are swept back to his time to set Egypt to rights and reclaim the throne from his sister.
This story reminded me of a good action-adventure flick - who cares if it fits historically or how other-worldly some aspects become, the story keeps rocking along building in excitement and anticipation. Watching Kate and Setti work their way through all the pitfalls thrown in their
way together was exciting and it was fun to see them fight their growing attraction due to knowing Kate needed to return to her own time. Even though all the odds were stacked against them, I couldn't help but expect them to find a way to defeat the evil queen and escape her curse on Setti. The book was fairly well-written and although at times it seemed all the details didn't quite hang together, those moments were minor and fleeting. The cast was well fleshed out with villains, both major and minor, as well as great secondary help for the hero/heroine. The details of ancient Egypt were enjoyable without being overwhelming as well. Overall, I found the story to be a fun read with an exciting end.