My Ruthless Prince

Drake Parry, the Earl of Westwood has turned traitor and betrayed the Order and his fellow Inferno Club members. Emily Harper, a gamekeeper’s daughter who has loved him since childhood does not believe this and follows him to the wilds of Bavaria hoping to prove to them all, and herself, that he could never turn into what they said. On finding Drake it seems her worst fears have been realised, that this hard, deadly and furious man is not the one she remembered – is hope really lost?

Another great story from Gaelen Foley although I have to admit not my favourite. This is the second Inferno Club novel I have read but the fourth in the series. There are a lot of references to things that happened in previous books that have a big impact on this story, and with that in mind it would have been better to read this series from the beginning. I easily managed to pick up the threads of why Drake is where he is but I do think this may be why I did not enjoy it quite as much.

The plot very definitely overshadows the romance in this book although in all fairness there is no ‘do they or don’t they’ as it is clear they are in love from the beginning. While I do love my romance the plot was very gripping and I was on the edge of my seat throughout, it was very tense! It is clear there have been large chunks dealing with Drake and Emily in previous books and if I had read the previous ones I would be much more invested in the characters. Having said that, I love Drake which is probably a good thing as if I was even more invested it would have been even more intense and I would probably have been in tears!

My only criticism would be Emily – would a female, even a gamekeeper’s daughter really trek halfway across Europe alone and with little money in the 1800’s? That’s the power of love I guess, even if it does seem a bit far fetched!

Overall another great book definitely worth reading if you are a fan of Gaelen Foley or historical novels in general.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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My Dangerous Duke

The Duke of Warrington is an assassin for the Order, serving his country as he was raised to do. He has earned the nickname The Beast for his ruthless nature. When he returns home for a brief visit to his castle he finds his tenants, trying to avoid his wrath, have left him a ‘bed-warmer’.

Kate Madsen is an innocent woman abducted from her isolated cottage drugged to appear drunk, made to look like a whore and given to the Duke as a ‘gift’. The Duke soon realises she is not who she appears to be and together they try to unravel the reasons surrounding her abduction. Does it have something to do with the ancient curse affecting the Warrington line?

This story was really good, it immediately grabbed my attention with the opening chapter dealing with Kate just after she has been abducted. The storyline was very strong and action packed, moved along at a realistic pace and kept me engrossed throughout the entire book. I found myself reading at the oddest times (for me anyway) just so I could find out what happens next – most notably while I was cooking tea; I had one hand on the book and one hand on the spoon! In fact I was so focussed that I forgot to cook the vegetables!

It was really good to have a strong plot alongside the romantic element and if the author’s other books are anything like this I cannot wait to read them. This is a sexy intense historical romance novel with more than a hint of action, adventure and intrigue!  I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the ‘Inferno Club’ series.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Gaelen Foley
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