My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club Series #2)

My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club Series #2)

by Gaelen Foley

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ISBN-13: 9780061733970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Inferno Club Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 559,811
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 4.32(h) x 1.11(d)

About 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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My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Loneliness is a strange bedfellow and has so many degrees to its nature. It can make you feel unwanted even in a crowded room or untrusting of your best friend. But the worst part of loneliness is trying to break free of the fear it causes and all the second guessing of every decision you make. Kate Madsen knows about being alone as she was shielded in a small cottage away from society by her guardian who cared for her after her parent's death. She enjoyed a nice cup of tea and her beloved books but often wondered what was going on outside her little piece of earth. Rohan Kilburn, The Duke of Warrington and ruler of Kilburn Castle also knew about being lonely as he was trained to be a top assassin in the secretive army of The Inferno Club and deal with an enemy so cunning and ruthless that world domination was a reasonable goal to this ancient organization. But the night Kate is delivered to him as a gift the world stopped being lonely and started being chaotic and out of control something Rohan did not think he wanted but suddenly craved and ancient curses and evil empires seemed less important than having this beautiful woman in his arms. However, Kate is not the trollop that Rohan has been led to believe; she is a naïve, and studious woman, who was kidnapped, drugged and dumped on Rohan without her consent. As these facts start to unfold Rohan begins to believe she may be a spy sent by his enemies to destroy the righteous cause he protects and when he learns that she is in fact a direct descendent of the society that has cursed his family, everything comes to a crashing head. But in reality Kate knows nothing of her past and learns that Rohan does know quite a bit and is keeping secrets from her. Slowly over time Rohan learns to trust in what Kate say and understand her innocence then begins to tell her about her bloodline and where everything began with their individual families. Kate realizes he is not a beast but a lovely man in need of someone to love him and she is the one to take on this cause. When both Rohan and Kate discover that the dead have come back from the grave and that Kate is in danger they become a united front to battle the demons that chase them both and discover critical information to unlock any number of curses is in one of Kate's beloved books and this books holds the key to taking down the enemy. The adventure these two take would make Indiana Jones cry with envy as they go deep into the bowels of the enemy's domain and come out realizing that together they are everything and apart they are empty shells. I am a shameless fan of Gaelen Foley and every word she writes is magic and I can never use enough adjectives to describe how fascinating the characters are, spell binding the story and heart melting the romance. This book shows again what a great writer can produce and no one will be disappointed with the read or able to stop reading once you start. This is the 2nd book in the series and while you do not have to read the 1st book seriously why would you not want to? Reviewed by Mary Gramlich (www.marygramlich.com) "The Reading Reviewer
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1816 Cornwell, the smugglers drug Kate Madsen so they can abduct her and hand her over to the Duke of Warrington, known as the Beast; in order to appease his wrath. Kate refuses to cooperate with either the kidnappers of the beast. Believing he is cursed just like all his family males, Rohan Kilburn works for the Crown as an assassin. He conceals his activity by being a card carrying member of the Inferno Club, just like the other so called wastrels who belong. He returns to his family castle in Cornwall where he is known as the Beast and where allegedly the ghosts of the murdered wives of his cursed ancestors linger. His job is to end the smuggling, but even he is taken aback when the latest stolen merchandise is kissable Kate. She may end the curse and he may help her understand her heritage as they fall in love, but he fears he will have to kill his beloved as he thinks she may be an enemy agent instead of a "gift". However, neither is aware someone evil waits their entering a deadly maze. The second Inferno Club Regency romance us enjoyable historical filled with action starting with the kidnapping of the heroine for several weeks and never slowing down especially once the smugglers present beauty to the beast. Fully engrossing with plenty of action, readers will enjoy the adventures of Rohan and Kate as he falls in love with his "gift" and his "gift" falls in love with him. Harriet Klausner
ReadersGroupsLiaison More than 1 year ago
Historical romance fans will delight in the Gaelen Foley's next thrilling Regency, MY DANGEROUS DUKE, Book II in her Inferno Club series for Avon (July 2010). In 1816 Cornwall England, Rohan Kilburn, the Duke of Warrington has finally returned to his family's ancestral castle to take care of his troublesome smuggler tenants. His cold Gothic castle is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of the past duke's wives, who have been murdered by their husbands! Rohan is affiliated with the infamous Inferno Club whose members are known as notorious rakes of the ton. However, Rohan is really the expert assassin for the club that protects not only England but Europe from the power hungry, occult driven Promethean Council. Upon Rohan's return home his head tenant gifts him for his pleasure with the beautiful but drunk, Kate Madsen in hopes of showing mercy for their smuggling. Kate, who is not drunk but drugged by the smugglers, is sent directly to Rohan's bed chamber and promptly falls asleep. When Rohan, whose reputation is known as "the Beast" goes to seduce her he decides to wait until she's fully awake. The following day the virginal, bookish Kate tries to escape. However, Rohan runs after her and saves her life. Rohan and Kate have a frank discussion over dinner and when he discovers she was kidnapped and held captive for weeks he vows to punish those responsible. He also realizes that her family background of an aristocratic French mother and sea captain father is not all that it seems and she could very well be the daughter of a sworn enemy in the Promethean Council and wonders if Kate is really one of them. Trying to unmask her true motives, he makes an indecent proposal offering her his protection. But does she dare accept? And what will she do when she finds out Rohan is a skilled killer for the Inferno Club and will they triumph over the evil Promethean Council? In MY DANGEROUS DUKE Gaelen Foley is at the top of her game with this outstanding Regency romantic adventure offering readers a complex intriguing plot, rich historical details and her own uniquely passionate "Beauty and the Beast" tale!
LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
Full of drama with Pirates, Kidnappings, a sexy Duke. There is plenty to enjoy with this twist on the beauty and the beast tale!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Inferno Club series is really enjoyable. I especially liked this entry and Kate, its heroine. A truly fun, light read.
suilenrocenaols More than 1 year ago
Okay, so here it goes. Let me preface this entire review with the fact that I have been following Gaelen Foley since I was a teenager (I'm 22 now) and she has been my FAVORITE Historial Romance novelist EVER, so it paaaains me to say this. Her writing has become stilted and hackney. When I first started reading G.F. her stuff was so original. The characters were deep, the plot was exciting, the imagery was amazing and it was so new and beautiful. I was seriously taken away. It was unlike any of the other stuff I had ever read. Her Ascension Trilogy. Wow. The Knight Miscellany. Amazing. But I started to notice towards the end of the Miscellany that she seemed to be grasping at straws. I read through the Spice Trilogy and said "Well, perhaps she's going in a new direction." I loved her so much I just COULDN'T bring myself to say that it was losing the nuance and vigor it once had. I was so disappointed with the last Night Miscellany book I was pretty beside myself. This Inferno series could be so much more than it is. Let's just be real, it's disappointing. You can't read the Ascension Trilogy and the first 4-5 books of the Knight Miscellany and be happy with any of these. Those characters had STORIES, they had STRUGGLES, they had HEART. These books' characters are just one interchangeable character with another. There is so much missing from this entire book that, honestly, I just couldn't finish it. I'm about 50 pages from the end and I'm like "BLEHHH." I love the adventurous stuff; make it MORE Indiana Jones if you WOULD. I'd love that! I mean, we can't say "The F word just doesn't belong here" and "It just seemed TOO adventurous for my taste." We have to be real, we're ladies reading HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS. Seriously. None of these books display real romance in the correct light anyway because none of us are going to go off and find ourselves dukes to marry who happen to be spies. These are entertainment. I miss the old Gaelen Foley. I miss her stories and her groundbreaking characters, her nuances and her love scenes, because we all know that's why we read these things. Where's the fire? Where's the passion? Where's the VIGOR? I'm willing to stick it out if she's going in a different direction, but it seems to me she's become too comfortable with being a writer and is perhaps consumed with popping out a new book rather than making sure that it is immaculate. I realize there is research involved in these things and time and money and emotions, but no one wants to read novels where they are just one interchangeable character after another! Each of these women are strong, yet not too strong. They're dainty, but not too dainty. They're beautiful, but not too beautiful. They're the same and it's boring. Each of us here are entirely different people and I want to see that in a novel. I want to recognize people by their differences and say "That is who that person is and I can tell you what she's about. I can picture her in my head and I can distinguish her from others." The same with the men. Make them about more. Make them more than mystery and glistening abs. Give them a purpose. Give them a strength. Give them a backstory. Give them weakness. Give them weakness other than "I'll never love again because I lost someone and I don't know how to love." Give us a story that's not about: This man sews his seeds, but she'll teach him how to LOVE BY GOLLY. I miss the old Gaelen
Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
My Dangerous Duke is the second book in Gaelen Foley's Inferno Club series. Kate Madsen is abducted from her home by a band of thieves and offered up to Rohan Kilburn as a gift. Rohan is known by most as "The Beast". Those who look upon his ferocious countenance fear his wrath. Kate is taken to his estate, drugged and against her will as a peace offering of sorts. Fortunately for Kate, Rohan might be a Beast, but he also is intelligent and easily realizes that Kate is much more complicated than she seems. Her mysterious origins, once discovered, lead Rohan to make a tough decision when it comes to their future. I have always enjoyed Gaelen Foley's writing. One of my favorite historical romance books is The Duke which was written about ten years ago. I read the first book in this series and I wasn't too crazy about it. However, I enjoyed My Dangerous Duke more than I did My Wicked Marquess. First of all, I enjoyed the setting and characters. The book sets a very gothic feel to the mood by residing in the gloomy winter time off the cliffs of Cornwall. Kate is taken to a dark and dismal castle complete with dungeons. Rohan is a Beast of a man with a surly disposition and plenty of scars, both mental and physical. I wouldn't necessarily say My Dangerous Duke is breaking any new ground with this story. Yet, I found the characters enjoyable and the writing entertaining and fast paced. There were a few times I was annoyed with Rohan and his tendency to jump to conclusions where Kate was concerned. Fortunately, he quickly comes to his senses and realizes Kate is not hiding anything from him. What you see is what you get with Kate. She really is a sweet and likable heroine. I also enjoyed how Kate and Rohan work together at the end of the book to solve the mystery pertaining to Kate's heritage. I found My Dangerous Duke to be a fine historical romance, one certainly worth giving a try if you haven't ever tried Ms. Foley before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a really hard time with the use of the "F' word in an historical romance. It seems so out of place. The story line was very typical and I would have been alright with that because I do enjoy a humorous historical romance when I'm in the mood for light reading, but this one was too vulgar. Took away from the romance. The charachters lacked depth. I enjoyed Foley's books in the past. I really hope this isn't going to be the norm for her.
montano on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I've read Foley's work before and liked it enough that I picked this one up just based on her name but was somewhat disappointed. The prose read as if someone else had written it. Parts were stilted or ridiculous and the text felt disjointed. Is there a ghostwriter? "He knew how to wield the oversize weapon with which Nature had endowed him." REALLY? The pacing was definitely off. Much time is spent convincing us that Rohan is a fearsome warrior who doesn't believe he deserves love but then he quickly starts to "gaze longingly" or "cup tenderly". The whole Alchemist's Tomb at the end seemed like an Indiana Jones mash up of pointless devices and booby traps for no logical end. Simpler is usually better. Credibility issues: Kate supposedly grew up isolated on the moor with just books and an old sailor for a caretaker. She is apparently a genius b/c she read tons of sophisticated books and knows Greek. From whom did she learn it? She apparently never went to the village and has no friends. I guess she never bought groceries or went to church? This is not this author's best work.
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The fishing village attached to Warrington's estate is actually filled with smugglers who've been ignored in favor of transporting secret messages for The Order. Some of the younger smugglers start trying to make money the fast and dirty way, but crashing ships into the rocky coast. When a Coast Guard agent tells Warrington about his people's goings on,he heads back hoe to scare them back into line. He then stumbles into an additional plot that ties his young smugglers to The Order's arch enemies - The Promethians.Romances make me giggle, but they're fun and I enjoy them. They're like a palate cleanser for the brain! And yes, The Inferno Club series has a very silly premise, but I enjoyed My Wicked Marquess and had assumed that My Dangerous Duke would be equally as fun. It had it's moments, but I just couldn't get past the plot developments.I like both Kate and Warrington (I liked that he was superstitious), they were not the problem. I liked that Warrington found out quickly that Kate was not a prostitute; I'd been a bit worried that this discover would be drawn out and was relieved when it wasn't. Then, GASP!, Kate might be related to The Enemy. Oh dear, is this going to be drawn out also? Oh no, not really, ok fine. Then begins a very Indiana Jones/ Laura Croft type escapade to find a lost treasure! And believe it or not, this is where things got silly and occasionally ridiculous. I know at this point it's a bit unfair when I complain about the story being unrealistic, but come on! This was just a tad too much.On Foley's website she has the tagline "Pure Escape", and that's what her books are. They're fun, I like the characters, I just wasn't a fan of this particular story. And seriously, it was the whole hidden cave thing at the end that seemed too much like Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade that was my breaking point.Will I pick up book 3? Probably, because I did like the characters, and I like to finish series. I just might wait to get it from the library.Verdict:I like the characters, I like the ridiculous premise, I like the way the author writes, I just didn't like this installment very much. I give it 2 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A regency take on Lara Croft the Tomb Raider, full of romance, mystery, and family secrets. It was entertaining and can't wait for the next chapter in the Inferno Club series?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the Inferno Club Series are wonderful!
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I couldn't put the book down and had to immediately get the rest of the series.
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