In The Secrets of a Scoundrel, New York Times bestselling author Gaelen Foley has created her most exciting Inferno Club novel yet!
Nick, Lord Forrester, has a reputation that is legendary—both as a lethal warrior and a wicked lover. But when his rule-breaking ways land him in a Scottish dungeon, he’s left there to rot, until a mysterious lady visits his cell and offers him a way out.
All he must do is risk his neck on the mission she proposes—and obey her every command. One look at the luscious beauty has Nick ready to promise her anything, but he must resist his desire, or she could send him straight back to prison.
Virginia, Lady Burke, is well aware that the powerful ex-spy will try to take command of their quest, but it’s her job to keep him under control. Yet how can she keep this untamable scoundrel under her thumb when all she really wants is to unleash the smoldering passion between them?
The story in a nutshell:
After doing the unthinkable and then committing another one, Nick, Lord Forrester, finds himself locked in a Scottish dungeon one day and at the mercy of a mysterious lady the next. Nick gets a chance at redemption, or at least freedom, when Virginia, Lady Burke recruits him for a mission. He’s intrigued and definitely interested but he has no ideas the discoveries he will make, about himself and the connection that has been forged between him and Virginia, way before he saw her face in the dungeon. Virginia, or Gin, needs Nick to not only agree to her mission but to follow her commands as well. She can’t afford to fail on her mission, one in which lives depend on, including those of Nick’s former fellow brothers in the Order.
What worked for me?
What I love most about Gaelen Foley’s books is that great balance of romance and suspense-action. I think a great part of Gaelen’s talent as a storyteller is how good she does action-adventure-suspense scenes. These scenes of hers make you feel like you’re right there with the characters. I love it.
I love Virginia or Gin for short as a heroine. She’s strong-willed, courageous, and loyal. She’s not perfect and somewhere along this story, she makes mistakes but she rises above all of it and comes out as a victor. Her need to right a wrong, especially one that came about through her own fault, and another through the evil doings of others, is admirable. And if a lady can stand on her own against a dangerous and lethal spy and agent such as Nick, then you know she’s admirably a bad-ass female, which I like.
Ever since Beauchamp’s book, I was really intrigued on Nick’s character development and where Gaelen would take his story. And I was really happy that he was able to make peace with himself and his fellow brothers from the Order. It was great watching him grow from being this person swimming in his guilt and wanting to get away from it all to someone who has found another of his life’s purpose, one in which he is happy to build his new life around.
What did not work for me?
There were just a couple of decisions made by characters that had me scrunching my eyebrows in question because I wouldn’t have expected them to make those kinds of mistakes. I felt like it wasn’t in their character and that it may have been done only to push the plot along. But Gaelen most definitely was able to redeem them in my eyes in the course of the book.
My over-all take on it?
This was a fast-paced, suspenseful, and romantic story between two people who have healed each other’s past. They certainly deserve their happy ending especially together and I, as a reader, am certainly happy to have been with them in their journey.
As the final book in The Inferno Club series, this book closes this chapter in Gaelen Foley’s writing career. It was a great run, all seven books had been great reads. I can’t wait to find out what Gaelen Foley has in store next for her fans.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
About the Author:
Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of nineteen historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller’s Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader’s Choice Award, the Beacon, and the Holt Medallion.
A Pennsylvania native, Gaelen holds a B.A. in English literature with a minor in Philosophy from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, a quaint lakeside village where Mark Twain once owned a home. It was here, while studying the Romantic poets, such as Wordsworth, Byron, and Keats that she first fell in love with the Regency period in which her novels are set. Gaelen lives in western Pennyslvania with her college-sweetheart husband, Eric, a schoolteacher, with whom she co-writes middle grade fantasy adventure novels under the pen-name, E.G. Foley. (See www.EGFoley.com.) She is hard at work on her next book.
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