The story starts with the 22 yr old h, who has more of dad's money than God, taking herself off to Peru to find her unhappy fiance. The letters from her fiance sound more miserable with each epistle and she is going to rescue him, no matter if she has to take on cranky archaeologists, raging rivers, altitude sickness and Incan gods to do it. She winds up in Lima and starts seeking ways to get to the remote native village where there is an ongoing archaeology dig and an attempt to help the native population. Then we get some Inca and Peruvian tourism and we find out the the h DOES NOT APPROVE of Pizzaro ( the guy that killed the last Incan king after stealing a ton of gold from him,) so we know that the h is culturally aware now too and not just another pretty English party girl. Mr. Incan God shows up as planned and the h is dressed to impress and doles out the charm like a geisha. Her plan goes fairly well on the Machu Picchu part, and then she starts running into a bit of trouble. Then she runs into Mr. Incan God and she has a horrible headache too, he is harnessing up a mule at a native house and she thinks it is hers that he has stolen. The H and the people he is staying with nurse her over the next three days - SC throws in the traditional native treatment of using Coca leaf tea for altitude sickness and here is where her research comes through, she actually gets it right and has the H explain that yes you can make cocaine out of it, but in unprocessed leaf form, it is a mild stimulant and tonic for various ailments and it is non addictive and won't get you high. The H also tells her she has to go back to civilization, but the h swears that Mr. Incan God or not, she will trail along in his footsteps if he won't take her with him. Mr. Incan God is Mr. Crankypants all the way, even tho the h manage to impress him by not freaking out when she was admiring the cute little guinea pigs the couple they were staying with kept and wondering how they could afford to keep pets and the H asked her what she thought was in the stew. (Word to the travelers here, if you go to Peru or Machu Picchu don't eat the cuy, get the vegetarian option - srsly- meat is not readily available in cow form and most of the natives rely on vegetative proteins so they are really good at cooking vegetarian style and most dishes are quite tasty with no guinea pigs being harmed.) The H and h are trekking along, the h is valiantly keeping up even tho this whole experience is completely outside her realm of prior existence and then she starts getting feet blisters. The H is not happy at all, he lends her a shirt and hands her a blanket, so the trekking stars up again with h on the mule and one really angry Incan god lookalike. The h gets some borrowed clothes and when she is ready to rejoin the H, she hears his friend going on to the H about how useless women like her are and reminding the H of Isabella. The h falls asleep, but wakes up in time for the village's fiesta - it is an reenactment of the battle between the Conquistadors and the Incans symbolized by a dance fight between a dancer wearing a bull mask and a dancer wearing a condor mask. There is a night of love but the H doesn't want to know the h in the morning and the h is now sick with love, so she gives the ring back. We find out Isabella was another society rich party lady who was engaged to the H, until she realized that he loves his archaeology dig and helping the native people far too much to leave. Too bad, says the h, she trekked this far and her dad's money is running the place, she wants to see what is going on. She let the fiance know that she wasn't that into him anymore and that she wants him to give back what ever artifacts he stole, she thinks he might have found some Incan gold. The h has no clue where they are going, but she knows it isn't good and then she sees a condor above her and she starts singing to it, hoping the condor will take a message to the H.
Leigh has come to Peru because her fiancé has stopped answering her letters. Now, Leighs a stubborn person and she wants her fiancé, regardless of what Daddy says about him. Shes even, when she meets Rourke and hes crap to her and shes crap back, prepared to invite him up to her room and get her flirt on, to see if it makes any difference. Leigh is another one of Sara Cravens spoiled princess heroines who are most admirable because they are super confident and wont give up. Her fiancé has disappeared, shes getting no help. Leighs got a bee in her bonnet, and shes going to get the job done. He naturally finds Leigh irresistible, and also naturally thinks shes a terrible person. Leighs fiancé had hinted to her that he was planning a bit of artefact smuggling, so she thinks maybe its about that, but shes going to make sure that he doesnt do it, and anyway, why do they think shes involved at all? She also cant look too much like an indecisive ho, so most of the hotness between Leigh and Rourke is at a simmer.
Chooses to run behind her boyfriend to far away Peru. The Spaniard is a hot hunk, stinking rich and incharge of some major Peruvian project. Hot and sexy hero who is crazy about the girl.
For under the magical spell of the Andes, real love changed Leigh's life..
When the heroine went in search for her fiance she met the hero, only for him to be absolutely cruel to her.
the start was hilarious!
Anne Bushell was born on October 1938 in South Devon, England, just before World War II and grew up in a house crammed with books. Divorced twice, Annie lives in Somerset, South West England, and shares her home with a West Highland white terrier called Bertie Wooster.