My Wicked Marquess (Inferno Club Series #1)

My Wicked Marquess (Inferno Club Series #1)

by Gaelen Foley

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ISBN-13: 9780061733956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Inferno Club Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 590,311
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(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 Wicked Marquess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting! ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the Inferno Club Books are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had it all,bad guys, spys, love. I love romanic spy books and this is on top of my list!
highlandmiss More than 1 year ago
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.
K_Petrie More than 1 year ago
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.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
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.
reesa00 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The characters were very intriguing at the beginning of the novel but the plot was uneven and their development was lacking. The heroine decides to marry the hero much too quickly, especially given all the reservations she expressed not more than a chapter earlier. Much of the plot had this type of uneven timing. Additionally, a large portion of the book was spent setting up the series. It felt like we had chapters that didn't feature the hero or heroine in order to set up the next few books. I'm getting more and more frustrated with authors who "dump" the entire series content in the first book, hurting the pacing and the enjoyment of future books if you start with one later in the series. Overall a decent read but a lot of plot and character holes that frustrated me. I'm glad I picked this up on PaperbackSwap instead of buying it, I'll probably do the same with the next one (and hope for a better outcome).
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
aphne just wants to raise funds for her orphanage, visit her friends, and go to the occasional ball. She's not particularly interested in getting married, especially not to a self centered rake who proposes just because they would look so good together! And certainly not to please her harpy of a stepmother who just wants her to move out.Max Rotherstone was sold to the Order as a boy to pay off his father's gambling debts and insure a dowery for his younger sister. He hated his father for it, but feels that as the new Marquess, it's his duty to restore the family's good name. And he'd really like to have a family, he's even had his solicitor investigating potential brides! While he doesn't like the idea of having to lie to his wife, and hates that he will one day have to send his sons to train with the Order, Max's job as a member of the Order of St. Michael must remain secret. The order of St. Michael was established to fight the Promethians, a group who seeks to unite the world under one power - their power. (Yes, it's very dramatic, go ahead and snicker).Daphne first sees Max under less than ideal circumstances and she doesn't wish to marry him when he proposes. She hates that her father has agreed to the marriage without consulting her. There are several little tirades along this line, and it really makes her seem selfish. Her father lost a lot of money in the market collapse, and it costs a lot of money to keep Daphne in the latest fashions. Her stepmother is high strung, but to be fair, she was a navy captain's widow who is not entirely comfortable with her new social position and remembers what it was like to be so poor they couldn't afford food. She is terrified of that happening again.Daphne really does like Max, there's just something off about him, but she does marry him. Poor Max, if he wanted to keep his secret, he shouldn't have married such a smart woman.Ok, yes, there is a lot to laugh about with the secret societies and what not (there was even an "Oh, Max"/"Oh, Daphne" exchange) but I enjoyed this book. Foley's writing style and her characters had me hooked. The banter between Daphne and Max was great, and I really felt for Max. He truly felt abandoned by his family, sold off, and he wanted to ensure that this would never happen to his children. Daphne's anger at her father was very historically inaccurate, but I guess that's beside the point. The explanations about the Promethians and the Order got a bit long winded, but the idea is pretty cool. The sub-plots have me invested in the outcomes for their friends and the fellow-spy-thought-dead-but-actually-tortured-to-amnesia Drake.Verdict:Corny as it may seem, this was an entertaining read and I actually bought the sequel, My Dangerous Duke, right after finishing My Wicked Marquess. It's everything a romance novel is supposed to be - fun, adventurous, and lurv.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly only made it about 1/3 of the way into the book before I gave up. I probably should have read some of the reviews better and gotten a better idea of the story line before I bought the book but I didn't. What turned me off was the lead man, he is too smooth, to sure of himself and too in control, not to mention manipulative. I cannot stand characters like that. Not my cup of tea.
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skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It did not grab me at first but the pace picked up. I will read others in this series.
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