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Posted December 1, 2012
Far From the Author's Best
Before this book, I never would've imagined that Gaelen Foley could write a bad book. Even though I've mostly been kind of "meh" about the Inferno Club series, for the most part they've been enjoyable if not to the standard of so many of her early romances (The Duke, Princess, Lady of Desire). My Scandalous Viscount was so mediocre though that I'm astonished it was written by Foley. My biggest issue is with the numerous contemporary colloquialisms that are scattered throughout, such as the heroine repeatedly saying, "Ugh," the hero calling his aristocratic father "Dad" and a character talking about how he hasn't been "laid" in six months. I really doubt anyone talked that way in Regency England, and the mistakes are both jarring and amateurish which is not something I'd ever expect from a writer of Foley's caliber. Another issue is that the heroine is not that likeable. She calls herself a "lady of information" but really is just a snoop who has to know everyone's business, a far from charming trait. The story itself was serviceable although it's clear Foley had run out of steam since the series' bad guys were essentially eliminated in the previous book. Finally the big misunderstanding that tore the hero and heroine apart is literally swept aside and barely acknowledged. Here's hoping this was an anomaly and the next book is better.
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Posted October 29, 2012
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