My Wicked Marquess (Inferno Club Series #1)

My Wicked Marquess (Inferno Club Series #1)

by Gaelen Foley
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My Wicked Marquess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 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.
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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