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My Irresistible Earl: Number 3 in series (Inferno Club) Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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Enchanting, intriguing, fun - all the right ingredients for a really good read. --New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens
Third in a dark, mysterious by ultimately romantic historical romance series by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Gaelen FoleySee all Product description
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The series to date consists of:
1) "My Wicked Marquess: Inferno Club Book 1"
2) "My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club)"
3) This book, "My Irresistible Earl"
4) "My Dark Prince: Inferno Club: Book 4"
5) "My Scandalous Viscount (The Inferno Club)"
Part of the Order's time is spent fighting open threats, e.g. Napoleon, but much of the ongoing story concerns their fight against another secret organisation called the "Promethians," a ruthless international campaign with an idealistic vision to remake world society but which uses murderous methods to try to achieve it.
The main action of the story begins in 1814: as the hero, who is the "Irresistible earl" of the title, meets for the first time in a decade the woman who he had loved and lost when he was a very young man and she was a teenager. He was unable to marry her because he was about to take up a dangerous, secret posting abroad during the Napoleonic wars. Thinking herself deserted, our heroine married instead a worthless aristocrat. She was widowed when he eventually died in an pointless accident, leaving her a comfortably provided for and with a baby son who is the main focus of her life.
But now that Napoleon is banished to Elba and our handsome earl is back in society, they meet again and sparks begin to fly between them. But his secret mission may threaten their hopes to rebuild their relationship - and bring both our heroine and her son into danger ...
If you can accept this ludicrous premise, and are not too bothered by the fact that most of the characters in this story are much more modern in many aspects of their behaviour than members of the ton would have been two hundred years ago, this is reasonably entertaining.
For one thing, I admit I did enjoy reading about Jordan and Mara, as they are both very likeable characters. Jordan is the type of hero that you rarely see starring in those novels, and it was refreshing. Mara could've been a lot more dramatic and annoying and unreasonable given the circumstances and events, but thankfully, Foley decided not to put her in that role, making her seem a very strong, confident and appealing character.
There were many secondary characters who were given prominent roles in this novel. It seemed like Foley was preparing us for her next novels - Drake is the obvious one, but I suspect she might still have something up her sleeve for Beau. A lot has been revealed in this novel about the kind of work that the Order is involved in, and things are starting to escalate as Foley is tying up all the loose ends here and there.
The plot and the characters are very interesting, but I really believe that Foley could've done so much more with it than she currently has. I have been an avid fan of her books since her Ascension and Knight Miscellany series came out, and I thought "My Wicked Marquess" was such a great kick-off to this series that I had really high expectations, and maybe that's why I'm not as satisfied.
Finally, I feel like in this book, the focus was mostly on the Order and their events and tying up all their loose ends a lot more than it did on the actual romance between Jordan and Mara. And maybe that is why Foley chose not to make their characters complicated, so their romance can happen quickly.
I agree with the other reviewer, however, regarding historical accuracy. The dialogue seemed very modern at times with things being said like "no worries" and "come again?" and at one point Mara was asking Jordan if he wanted a sandwich with "mustard" on it. Really, mustard?
I just think it could've been a lot better. But I'm giving it 3 stars because it definitely did go up a notch in comparison with Rohan's story, as that one was a MAJOR disappointment.
Now we wait for Drake's...
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