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The Secrets of a Scoundrel: Number 7 in series (Inferno Club)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 June 2014
OK, the moaning first. Why set a book in 1816, the Regency period, and then use strictly modern phrases that would NEVER have been used then? E.g. In the Regency period the very modern phrase "toy boy" to describe the younger lover of an older woman would not have been used, they no doubt would have had another description for it but not that. The word "kid" would not have been used to describe a child; child or lad would have been used instead. Fish and chips were not put together to sell as a meal until 1860. Chips were first described in a book by Dickens in 1859. Although passports did exist, there were not used for foreign travel until the First World War. I am not sure that the game of roulette and its wheel was played in the UK in 1816, there was a pre-runner to roulette that was played only I can't think of it's name. Gaming houses would not have been called "casino's", they would have been called gambling dens or clubs. Also an aristocrat would not call his mother "Mum", it would have been Mother or Mama (pronounced ma-mah). I'm afraid I found all that really irritating, I prefer at least some period authenticity. Alright GF is no Georgette Heyer, but even so!

This is Nick's story. He has been thrown into a Scottish dungeon for daring to want to leave the Order. He just wants to live his life without being a spy or assassinate people. After six months, It is agreed by the Order that he will be freed if he helps lady investigator Virginia, Lady Burke, with a case she is working on. However, both Gin and the case are more than they at first seem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2014
I love Gaelen Foley's work. From The Pirate Prince to this, her latest book, she provides the reader with first class stories, populated by believable characters and well researched historical detail. She is an author you can always rely on to tell a romantic story, ending with the heroine getting her man.

It ain't rocket science but somehow, she manages to juggle her characters through a variety of situations in Regency England and beyond. To her credit, she skilfully manages her plots and story lines but is never repetitive. Read any of her series and I defy you not to enjoy them and this book is another great example.

Nick's story is the last in the Inferno Club series and he has been a very naughty boy in a previous book. He has betrayed his brother agents, attempted to leave their order and failed to honour the strict code of chivalry expected from them. In the process, he has ended up in the order's dungeon sentenced to strict solitary confinement. From the moment of Gin's arrival and her offer to free him, the reader knows they are in for a great time.

Their story weaves together elements of previous books in the series and introduces a female character in Virginia, who demonstrates all the key elements necessary to become a recruit of the Order. She is the illegitimate daughter of Virgil, who trained Nick and his brother agents and has all the qualities required to be an agent but there is a little problem. She's a girl and as everyone knows, girls can't participate in intrigue and international espionage.

This does not stop Gin, she is in trouble and needs Nick to help her retrieve a valuable item, stolen by her baby-faced, previous lover, who is on the run and only this rogue agent can help her track him down. She is a resourceful, brave heroine, as committed to the ethos of St Michael as any of the male agents of the crown we have met in previous books, yet is a mother who has a softer, caring side. I enjoyed every part of the book and read it in one sitting.

For those of you who have not read Gaelen Foley's back catalogue, please do so. I cannot praise her work enough and I rate her alongside Mary Balogh and Elizabeth Thornton, writers who weave romantic, Regency stories but still remain innovative and fresh. You are in for a treat and hours of pleasurable reading but even if this is your first introduction to Gaelen Foley, this book can be read as a stand alone and you will enjoy the skilful blend of dialogue and storyline.

Happy reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
Ok...I own and love all Gaelens previous books, but cannot believe that she has actually written this one...perhaps she employed a ghost writer. The terminology was too modern, no research done. This is supposed to be the regency period, so why such expressions as "pub fare"..."mum"...."fish and chips".... very disappointing, I expect better from this lady. If she is fed up with the genre, then maybe she should start writing modern fiction.
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on 12 November 2014
suspend belief and just enjoy .Nick is a great hero a bit knocked sideways by life and not really coping that well with the present very much in need of a rescue on several levels. sorry the series has ended not a sensible tale but with the best hero and heroine the most memorable
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on 13 August 2014
I begin one of this author's books and cannot put it down until I have finished. Always spellbinding and intriguing,this one is no exception.Definitely a 5star read.
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on 1 July 2014
I had been waiting for this book for a while and it was well worth the wait. I loved the whole series, brilliant ending to the series.
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on 28 August 2014
fantastic series by galean foley just sorry this is the last book of the inferno club
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on 12 January 2015
My mother was delighted. She recieved it 2 days after telling me she would like it
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on 25 August 2014
really like gaelen foley can't wait for any new books to buy
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on 17 July 2014
I love gaelen foley books never found a bad one yet
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