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Peek Inside Mirage

Altair hides his identity as both a sheikh and viscount in order to come to the aid of Alexandra in her dangerous quest to find the lost city of Ramesses II. Only trust will keep them alive.


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2009 EPPIE for Best Historical

In his heart, Viscount Blakeney will always be Sheikh Altair Mazir, but a deathbed oath to his English grandfather forces him to divide his time between Britain and his beautiful Sahara. A victim of prejudice from both cultures, he has learned a bitter lesson. Trust no one.

Yet when he witnesses firsthand the British Museum’s rejection of Alexandra Talbot’s request for assistance in finding the lost city of Ramesses II, he finds himself not only compelled to help, but donning his desert robes to hide his identity.

Alexandra is all too familiar with men who equate her sex with a lack of intelligence. But the mysterious Altair isn’t like other men. He never questions her ability to find the lost city, only her resistance to the sinful pleasure of his touch.

Bound by a Pharaoh’s prophecy, desire flares between them under the desert stars. But murder and betrayal turn their quest into a deadly game, pushing their fragile trust to the breaking point. A trust that must be reforged if they are to survive.


Top Pick — 4.5 Stars
“A strong storyline, engaging characters and seductive love scenes make this a must-read.” — 2008 RTBOOKreviews (2008 nominee for Best Erotic Historical Romance)

“With sexual tension as scorching as the desert the novel is set in, MIRAGE is the kind of historical romantic adventure I cut my teeth on and have been missing for years. Ms. Burns has written a cinematic, compelling, and highly recommended treat!” — Sylvia Day, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Elegant prose, believable dialogue, and a suspenseful plot that will hold you spellbound make Mirage a jewel of the first order. If you are a fan of tortured, heroic male leads, independent heroines and exotic places…don’t miss this one by the talented Ms. Burns.” — Emma Wildes, bestselling author

Mirage kept me up half the night as I raced to the finish of this action-adventure romance… If you’re a fan…[of] authors like Betina Krahn, you’ll enjoy Mirage.” — Romance Reader At Heart

Recommended Read
“The love scenes are emotion-filled and wonderfully erotic and Altair’s responses are enough to make your toes curl…her descriptions of the sight, sound and smell of Egypt transports the reader there, masterfully conveying the beauty of the culture and its people. I adored Mirage from beginning to end.” ― Two Lips Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633308
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 416
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical victorian, paranormal
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By MelissaB November 18, 2008

****Actually 3 1/2 stars*****

This story had a very interesting setting - the Arabian desert in the 1880's. The lead characters were searching for a lost tomb, so there were a lot of Egyptian tomb references that reminded me of the movie The Mummy (which I really like).

The two main characters were in ...more

After a friend recommended this book to me, I had high expectations of it. Did it live up to those expectations? A resounding YES! I was totally immersed in the sensual and erotic world that Monica Burns created.

How I imagine Alex

Independent, headstrong, stubborn and forthright, Alex is determined ...more

By Kiltsandswords May 23, 2015

Mirage by Monica Burns
Overview by Amazon:
A sheikh without a country. A woman without fear. A love hotter than the Sahara.
In his heart, Viscount Blakeney will always be Sheikh Altair Mazir, but a deathbed oath to his English grandfather forces him to divide his time between Britain and his beautiful ...more

By Wendy September 11, 2015

I can't explain why this novel struck such a chord with me but it did. I'm not normally a lover of romantic stories involving sheikhs and the desert, but this story went straight to my heart and I absolutely loved it!

Altair Sheikh Mazir/Lord Blakeney is the most gorgeous tortured hero with the adde ...more

By Cid October 22, 2010

From the moment I read the blurb for Mirage, I wanted to read it. The setting is awesome; there aren’t enough stories set in the desert among nomadic people if you ask me. Alex Talbot is a strong willed, stubborn woman who meets her match and willing conspirator in Viscount Blakeney. The characters ...more

By Patricia October 03, 2017

Ms; Burns' description of life on a 19th century archeological dig in Egypt is fantastic. The characters are very well written, and you understand all of the emotions they are going through. The plot was great - had me constantly wondering and re-thinking, trying to determine who the villain was, an ...more

By Jess the Romanceaholic July 07, 2010

As with other Monica Burns novels, this one was a scorcher! One thing I love about her books is that while they're hot, the story is enchanting. While many authors tend to rely on sex and skimp on the plot, MB never fails to blend them both.

What worked for me:
I love the plot device of the scholarly ...more

By Julie January 15, 2016

We're in the Arabian desert for this 1880's romance. I enjoyed it very much. The plot line has the heroine, Alexandra Talbot, an American archeologist, searching for a legendary lost tomb with the help of Viscount Blakeney, who prefers to be called Altair once they arrive on Egyptian sands because u ...more

By Kathryn July 02, 2015

I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who wants a steamy, exciting historical. Unfortunately I could not read it in one sitting because life intervened, but I did not want to put the story down.

I actually picked this book up because I had met Monica Burns at a convention and I enj ...more

By Pam December 30, 2012

Mirage by Monica Burns is a wonderfully rich historical romance filled with intrigue, suspense and betrayal, all capped off by a well executed and fast-paced plotline that kept my interest as I raced from beginning to end. This one is definitely a page-turner. While I love the subject of history, I ...more

By Victoria June 30, 2015

This was an enjoyable read. It takes us from a brief glimpse of late 19th century London all the way to the height of the Egyptian archeological period. We have intrigue, love, sex, and best of all adventure! We meet Alexandra Talbot American archeologist trying to find her place in the male dominat ...more

By April July 29, 2015

A hot, steamy tale set against the hot Arabian desert in the 1800's.
Fast paced adventure. Filled with steamy passion, sexy characters, secrets, danger, adventure, and finding romance amidst the ruins.
Unique and intriguing. Well thought- out tale, that will pull the reader in amidst t ...more

By Maria November 25, 2015

This is an older book by Monica Burns, first published in 2007, who writes sumptuous and sexy romances usually set in the Victorian era. This, too, is set in the 1880′s but it’s also much more exotic as it takes place almost entirely in Egypt.

The history is richly and palpably described in the legen ...more

By Joann July 03, 2015

When a story sweeps you into its pages and you find yourself traveling along with the adventure you know you have read a great book.
Monica Burns description of the desert and the expedition puts you at the location. The mystery/love story is quite compelling. Altair and Alexandra are so hot togethe ...more

By Jenny August 18, 2011

didnt expect it to be that good, but it was. ...more

By kathleen o'connor December 23, 2015

Great read

Great story set in egypt............ I'm going right now to find more by Monica Burns. Thanks for the adventure. Kathy ...more

By Lois July 05, 2015


Great story. Strong H & H. Nasty villain cousin. Loved the desert setting. Steamy romance and entertaining storyline. 5 star. ...more

By Linda September 20, 2010

#bookaddicts ...more

By Laura May 14, 2015

I thought the local of the novel was refreshing. ...more

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Monica Burns

About the author

Award Winning Author

Monica Burns

Monica Burns is a bestselling author of sensual, emotional, unforgettable historical and paranormal romance. Her numerous awards include the 2015 Gold Medal International Book Award and 2016 IPPY for FOREVER MINE, and the 2011 RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Pleasure Me. At nine, she wrote her first romance when her psychic abilities demanded she use Monica Burns as her pseudonym. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters, she's always known she’d be a published author. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica is a survivor who believes in Happily Ever After endings, especially if she’s writing them. Monica is a survivor of date rape, and writing erotic romance has helped her reclaim some of her self-worth. She has also suffered from bipolar disorder since childhood, but was not diagnosed until much later in life. The condition according to the National Institute of Mental Health affects 5.7 million American adults. Her most recent tale of survival is her diagnosis of the genetic disorder Long QT syndrome and subsequent heart defibrillator implant. Her determination to overcome challenges is rooted in her belief that happily ever afters exist. She believes romance books empower women to believe in themselves. Monica holds a bachelors of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications.

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