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Review: THE SECRETS OF A SCOUNDREL by Gaelen Foley

secrets of a scoundrelTitle: The Secrets of a Scoundrel
Author: Gaelen Foley
Series: The Inferno Club #7
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | TBD

In The Secrets of a ScoundrelNew 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?

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (10)

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.

Visit Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading and check out her pick for the week as well.

This week, I’m featuring Gaelen Foley.

297887One Night of Sin, published in 2005

 

From Goodreads:

Renowned storyteller Gaelen Foley unfurls the seductive tale of the rakish Lord Alec Knight, who never looked for love, until it was right in front of him. . . .

Lord Alec Knight, the most daring and handsome rogue in all of London, is a smooth-talking aristocrat with an abundance of high-society lady admirers. With his irresistible wit, lucky hand at the gaming tables, and enticing charisma, he can have any woman he wants. But when the only girl he would have considered marrying ties the knot with someone else, Alec realizes he doesn’t want to be with just any lady, he wants to find the love of his life.

The boldly spirited, beautiful Miss Becky Ward takes his life by storm after he rescues her from peril. Alec soon learns that she is on the run from her cousin, the murderous Prince Mikhail Kurkov. Becky has uncovered a menacing secret about the prince, now nothing will stop him from hunting her down. In the midst of danger, Alec and Becky find themselves deeply drawn to each other. After the two spend an all-consuming night of sin, Becky’s knight in shining armor vows on his honor to protect her until the end. But before long, Alec is protecting her with more than honor and it seems the once untamed rake of London just may have found what he has been searching for all along . . . true love.

 

This is my second favorite in the Knight Miscellany series by Gaelen Foley. There are a lot of mixed reviews about this book but for my money, I really loved it. The characters are so intense, as well as all the most crucial scenes. I really felt a lot for the Alec and Becky. At one point, the book made me cry not because it was a tearjerker per se (although it was heartbreaking in that one scene) but because I really felt connected to the characters and Gaelen Foley did such a wonderful job making them feel like real people with real emotions who go through happy as well tough times. A plus for me for this book is how Gaelen characterized Alec. I really appreciate the internal conflict that the author was able to create for him. It was the first time I’ve read a story like his and I just really appreciated the treatment that Gaelen did in this book in that regard.

 

Connect with Gaelen Foley:

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Check out fellow TBT: HR edition participants for their picks for the week.

Renee @ Addicted to Romance

Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

Cerian @ Rookie Romance

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s list: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on.

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Between the Devil and Ian Eversea

Julie Anne Long
(Pennyroyal Green #9)
March 2014

 

 

#9 16101234

The Chocolate Heart

Laura Florand
(Amour et Chocolat #5)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#8

The Secrets of a Scoundrel

Gaelen Foley
(The Inferno Club #7)
July 2014

 

 

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Crash into You

Katie McGarry
(Pushing the Limits #3)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#6 9627755

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
May 2014

 

 

#5 16240497

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Sarah MacLean
(Rules of Scoundrels #3)
Nov. 26, 2013

 

 

#4

Forged by Desire

Bec McMaster
(Steampunk London #4)
September 2014

 

#3

The City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
May 2014

 

 

#2 13489925

The Countess Conspiracy

Courtney Milan
(The Brothers Sinister #3)
December 2013

 

 

#1

Shield of Winter

Nalini Singh
(Psy-Changeling #13)
June 2014

 

 

That’s it for my list. I would love to hear what you have on yours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition (2)

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Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.

 

This week, I’m featuring Gaelen Foley.

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 The Duke, published in 2000

 

From Goodreads:

Driven to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of his ladylove, the Duke of Hawkscliffe will go to any lengths to unmask a murderer. Even if it means jeopardizing his reputation by engaging in a scandalous affair with London’s most provocative courtesan–the desirable but aloof Belinda Hamilton.

 
Bel has used her intelligence and wit to charm the city’s titled gentlemen, while struggling to put the pieces of her life back together. She needs a protector, so she accepts Hawk’s invitation to become his mistress in name only. He asks nothing of her body, but seeks her help in snaring the same man who shattered her virtue. Together they tempt the unforgiving wrath of society–until their risky charade turns into a dangerous attraction, and Bel must make a devastating decision that could ruin her last chance at love. . .

 

 

I would read anything Gaelen Foley writes. Her historical romances are fast-paced, adventure- and action-filled, and steamy as they come. My very first impressions of her as a writer and of her stories are that they were refreshing. Her books pack more than the usual action and suspense and while those were unexpected, they were most definitely welcome, appreciated, and loved.

 

This book is the first book in her second series, the Knight Miscellany. I really enjoyed reading this book because of the seemingly reversed portrayals of our hero and heroine. And I say seemingly because it is not really who they are, or it’s only a part of who they are and what society sees of them. Our hero is the straight-laced and respected peer of the realm while our heroine is a celebrated courtesan. And who doesn’t love reading about a straight-laced hero? All the more to look forward to his eventual un-lacing, so to speak *evil laugh*. Because usually as HR canon, so to speak, dictates, the hero’s usually a rake and the heroine’s an innocent girl. Of course, this is not to say that I don’t enjoy the usual set-ups but that’s why I was so enamored with this book because Gaelen Foley presents an alternative set-up and it totally works.

 

 

 

Super Six Sunday: Books that made me cry

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched Bookworms. This Sunday’s theme: Books that made me cry.

Although I don’t go about reading books that make me cry, there comes that time when books just do that to you. Sometimes you expect it would, other times it just blindsides you a bit. But what I appreciate is the fact that the authors don’t have it in their minds as an ultimate goal to make the readers cry. It’s just that in-between sort of thing in pursuit of their telling their stories.

Now, without further ado, here’s my list:

297887#6 One Night of Sin by Gaelen Foley

This might seem a little out of place in this list because it’s a historical romance but nevertheless Alec’s back story just grabbed at my heart, squeezed it, and won’t let go until tears were running down my cheeks.

 

 

17411704#5 The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers

A person’s dedication to and sacrifice for another person is sometimes a sad but beautiful thing to watch (or read).

 

 

 

15931#4 The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

It wasn’t just the Alzheimer and the power of love to break through this disease. It’s the long, long journey that Allie and Noah went through to be together.

 

 

 

6990472#3 If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The choice between staying and leaving has never been this gut-wrenching. She’s presented with these two choices and while you want her to choose one, it also makes sense that she would want to choose the other.

 

 

15507958#2 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Oh, Jojo Moyes, how you bleed my heart. Learning and wanting to live your life like you want to instead of just going through the motions is at the heart of this novel.

 

 

 

10929#1 For One More Day by Mitch Albom

“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.”

What can be more heartbreakingly pure and true than a mother’s love?