As one of the redeeming features in the largely inconsequential 'My Wicked Marquess', Rohan has unfortunately failed to live up to his promise in this book. I have the distinct feeling that Gaelen Foley has 'lost her way' in this genre somewhat or perhaps just lost a little interest. When compared to some of her previous gems, (Princess, Knights Miscellany et al) this is something of a disappointment. It fits the basket of her latter books (Spice Trilogy, My Dangerous Duke etc.) which are simply not that convincing.
Although Rohan's character is sporadically formed throughout the novel, he is at heart your typically handsome alpha male though Foley can't quite make up her mind it seems as to how exactly she wishes to portray him. In her efforts to progress the typical romantic cliche of him imagining himself to be unloveable, she renders this potentially attractive character into an uninteresting one. In fact his character is eventually completely lost and as a reader, one has little interest in him towards the end. Bearing in mind his key role in the narrative, this is pretty disastrous, to say the least!
It's plain to see that Ms Foley's blueprint for this story was 'Beauty and the Beast', as per the Disney cartoon as opposed to the original fairytale. The 'beast' in this case being equally beautiful if not more so than the heroine. The heroine herself, Kate is simply completely unconvincing in terms of her situation and background. In fact the whole scenario in this book is ludicrous, which would be fine if the author could convey it with conviction but Foley however, is so obviously aware of the flimsiness of her ridiculous plotline,which borrows inconvincingly from so many other novels/films (Da Vinci Code, Indiana Jones, Beauty & the Beast....etc.), that the said conviction is lacking in the extreme.
I have to confess I found myself 'skimming' the last third of the book as it seemed I, in allegiance with the author, had simply 'lost my way' also.
A Gaelen Foley fan will possibly find something to like in this book if prepared to read it without comparing it to her best as it has (very) fleeting glimpses of Foley's true ability and a new reader may well enjoy it generally and therefore find her best books brilliant but either way, it's simply 'not good enough' from this particular author who most certainly can do a lot better!