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My Wicked Marquess (Inferno Club Series #1)

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To restore family honor the Marquess of Rotherstone faces his most dangerous mission—finding the perfect bride . . .

To London's aristocracy, the Inferno Club is a scandalous society of men no proper young lady would acknowledge. But though they are publicly notorious for pursuing all manner of debauchery, in private they are warriors who would do anything to protect king and country.

The Marquess of Rotherstone has decided it's time to ...

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Overview

To restore family honor the Marquess of Rotherstone faces his most dangerous mission—finding the perfect bride . . .

To London's aristocracy, the Inferno Club is a scandalous society of men no proper young lady would acknowledge. But though they are publicly notorious for pursuing all manner of debauchery, in private they are warriors who would do anything to protect king and country.

The Marquess of Rotherstone has decided it's time to restore the family's good name. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in Society's eyes: marry a lady of impeccable beauty and breeding, whose reputation is, above all, spotless.

Someone quite unlike Daphne Starling. True, she's temptingly lovely, but a jilted suitor has nearly ruined her reputation. Still, Max cannot resist her allure—or the challenge of proving London's gossips wrong. He would do anything to win her hand . . . and show that even a wicked marquess can make a perfect husband.

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“Foley’s wonderful romance will appeal to Amanda Quick and Stephanie Laurens fans.”
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“Foley’s wonderful romance will appeal to Amanda Quick and Stephanie Laurens fans.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061733956
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: Inferno Club Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 354,439
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaelen Foley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her award-winning novels are available worldwide in sixteen languages. Gaelen holds a B.A. in English Literature and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and a ridiculously cute Bichon Frise named Bingley.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Review by: "The Reading Reviewer" Mary Gramlich (www.marygramlich.com)

    When you have been a spy and worked for a secret government agency for 20 years fighting a dangerous nemesis how do you retire and start a new life. Most likely in the same way you conducted your life in the secret service with precise order and logical thinking. Max St. Albans, Marquees of Rotherstone thinks finding a bride through logical deduction and careful calculations will bring about profitable results just like it had done for him in his life of service. But after he sees all five of the candidates his solicitor has found for him the one thing he never expected was unpredictable surprise with potential wife #5 - unexplained attraction. The Honorable Daphne Starling is not any of the things he sought for his new wife as she appears to be counter to his orderly thought but she does appear to be thing he hoped a wife would be - uninhibited in his bed.

    Daphne while being privileged by birth has tried to live life to the fullest and her goal of doing charitable works has not gone unnoticed. She works diligently for the orphanage in the dredges of London and when Max approaches her with his decision to marry she is not too keen on the idea. Daphne has a life, friends and obligations so she most assuredly does not need a husband trying to control her actions. But Max is relentless in his pursuit of her and decides to use the conformity of the time to his advantage and approaches her father to make the matter come to a quick conclusion. Daphne still runs but Max is most persistent in his pursuit and wins her heart and her hand in marriage.

    But when the secret society that Max worked for comes back calling for his service conflict arises for him all as he tries to balance his secret past with his secure present. Trying to maintain the lies and seclusion that is necessary for the job come at a price to his marriage and especially with a wife life Daphne who does not like any kind of secrecy. She forces the issue to the forefront and stands up to Max demanding answers and an introduction to the forces that still hold Max prisoner to his former life. But is Daphne up to the task of handling what dangers are lurking when she knows all of Max's secrets, can she be the dutiful wife and obey his wish for "The Inferno Club" to remain under the cover of darkness. The true test of both their marriage and conflict will be played out as this series progresses and all the cards are laid on the table.

    This book is a lovely affair of the heart and a thriller for the mind brought together in a fast-paced turn of events. You know from the start that Max and Daphne are a fait accompli but seeing the sparks fly on every page makes you still think that Daphne has a trick or two up her sleeve. But in the end after all the heated debates and confrontations Potential Wife #5 for Max becomes his #1 choice in his heart and binds her to his soul.


    Book 2 in the Inferno Club series, MY DANGEROUS DUKE, is tentatively scheduled for July 2010

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Worst romance ever!

    This is one of the worst books I have read. The love story is not very compelling. The other plot about these rival secret societies is ridiculous. It reminded me of The daVinci Code. There were many times when I wanted to stop reading, but I kept hoping the book would get better - it didn't.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2010

    Intriging story, pre-MI6 type secrecy, and a grand love affair

    Good plot, with strong women ideals and interplay between of love, lust and challenge between a man and woman. Not a sultry as other romances novels, but a bit more intriging plot.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    Intriquing

    I enjoyed this book. It did not grab me at first but the pace picked up. I will read others in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Great first book in a series!

    This book had it all,bad guys, spys, love. I love romanic spy books and this is on top of my list!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Why bother!

    It's a review! Some people simple must tell the whole story trying to review. WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    It was an OK read

    There was something missing. I liked the story but did not love it. It was a little boring but it did get a bit better closer to the end. A little too much descriptions (descriptions are good but too much turns to a bore). Ahhhhh, there were too much 'though' interruption in the love scenes makes the reader loose the excitement of the scene, it kills the mood. But I did go ahead and read the next book in the series and it was better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    This can't be Gaelen Foley

    I've loved every one of Gaelen Foley's books, including the Spice Trilogy - so this one was the first one I ordered when I got my B&N Nook, gearing up for a great summer read (and ordering the next novel in the series, 'My Dangerous Duke," at the same time. Bad choice). At first I wondered if I'd accidentally ordered an unknown early work, for the characters were insipid, the dialogue contrived, and her hallmark ability to describe the time period (second only to Mary Jo Putney) was totally absent. Then, noticing how much of the ... um ... atypical writing was formulaic, I wondered if she'd just gone a little nuts and decided to see how many purple romance genre tropes she could throw into a single novel. "Do our best romance novelists now hire ghostwriters for the e-reader versions of their books?" I was thinking ... until that Epilogue, when the writing returned to something I recognized as Gaelen Foley's caliber. It does seem to have been a set up for the later books in her series ... but huh? Who would've read "Harry Potter" if the first novel had been horrible? Dang. Foley is, IMHO, the best "Hyatt Regency" novelist since Putney and Johanna Lindsey ... but not here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    First Time Author

    This was the first book I've read by Gaelen Foley. Overall it was a good story. I really liked Max. There was a lot of random scenery and information that wasn't needed but overall a good story. The Order adds an interesting twist and the history seemed interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Great Book

    I have read so many now of Gaelen Foley she is a wonderful writer. I cant wait tell the others come out. The next one will be out in July 2010. You will be please that you did read this one and many more. There is laughing, loving, and she get in the middle of things believe me lol.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    I liked it enough to read the rest of the series when those books are published.

    The hero's name was Rex. He was pretty cool. I liked the fact that he liked Daphne from the beginning and decided early on that she was the one for him. He based his judgement on what he observed, not on all the gossip he'd heard about her. The book was a true historical romance. Daphne was raised as a lady in a wealthy family with a father and step-mother. She didn't have any special talents or a secret life, she was just a regular lady of the ton. Max was a true gentleman and they married before they had sex (I always like that). Max did have a past which he tried to keep from her even after they were married, but eventually he did do the right thing. I hate when the guys don't come clean right away; it always ends up exploding in their faces. The ending was just a little rushed and included a lot of information that could have been revealed to the reader earlier in the book, but I still give it 4 out of 5 stars. I'll definitely get the next one which is about another of his brothers-in-arms who returns to London after the war. The Epilogue is actually a lead in to the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    Background story is interesting

    The background story of this book is quite entertaining. A centuries old fight between good and evil, The Order of St. Michael versus the Prometheus alliance to overtake the world's economies. The story takes place right after Waterloo and the agents are starting to return home. They finally feel they can resume their lives and to that end, Max decides he must look for a bride. The story revolves around Max and the woman he has chosen, Daphne. It is a pretty typical romance, but the real jewel of the book is when the story reverts to the fight to save the world. I actually will read future books just to find out what happens next to the Order.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    The romance between the lead couple is exciting

    In 1815, following his Grand Tour, Lord Max St. Albans needs to pick a wife. His solicitor gives him a list of five eligible ladies with four meeting his stipulation of no scandal as he tries to improve the family name. The fifth Daphne Starling excites him because she jilted his childhood enemy Albert Carew, who has spread scandalous gossip about her. Max follows Daphne into the dangerous Rookery where she visits an orphanage. When some locals accost her, Max coming out of a hooker's joint acts like a drunk to divert them. She reluctantly leaves but stops to inform the constable. Max beats up the thugs.

    Max knows Daphne will not do as his wife; as his image as a member of the decadent Inferno Club makes him need a respectable miss. However, he liked her grit and her caring about others. He needs to patch things up with her because she believes he was whoring when he was just observing her activity. At the ball, Daphne stops dancing with her friend Jono White when she notices Max staring at her. He knows she is the one for him when Albert and his odious brothers assault her. Max intercedes and warns Albert to stop the gossip.

    Max's mentor Virgil informs him two of his Inferno Club Order comrades made it back after defeating their enemies the Prometheus Club, who backed Napoleon; but millions were lost at the stock markets and one team led by Drake was killed in Bavaria. He tells his friends he will marry Daphne, but has his work cut out to balance his undercover role with his pursuit of her.

    The romance between the lead couple is exciting as the readers ironically know his secret while his wife does not. Although no overarching prime subplot is resolved, Regency fans will enjoy the current battle between the Inferno Club vs. the Prometheans in a centuries-old war; which also establishes future novels.

    Harriet Klausner

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