My Wicked Marquess (Anglais) Relié – décembre 2009
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To restore family honor the Marquess of Rotherstone faces his most dangerous mission—finding the perfect bride . . .
To London's aristocracy, the Inferno Club is a scandalous society of men no proper young lady would acknowledge. But though they are publicly notorious for pursuing all manner of debauchery, in private they are warriors who would do anything to protect king and country.
The Marquess of Rotherstone has decided it's time to restore the family's good name. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in Society's eyes: marry a lady of impeccable beauty and breeding, whose reputation is, above all, spotless.
Someone quite unlike Daphne Starling. True, she's temptingly lovely, but a jilted suitor has nearly ruined her reputation. Still, Max cannot resist her allure—or the challenge of proving London's gossips wrong. He would do anything to win her hand . . . and show that even a wicked marquess can make a perfect husband.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Poche .
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1. The writing is weak...weak dialogue, weak sentence structure/phrasing, weak descriptions.
2. The characters are forgettable. Daphne drove me crazy, always changing her mind about whether she liked Max or not. I know that happens a lot in novels, but her thoughts didn't make sense to me. And Max is supposed to be the Demon Marquess? He's anything but. At one point, I laughed out loud when he asked Daphne if she would very much mind if he took off his coat due to the heat. I thought I was reading Jane Austen. This is the wicked, demon marquess????
3. I don't get the whole Inferno Club business, nor the Promethians. Foley has always been sooooooo good at setting up an intricate story. Not this time. I found it forced and having a lot of holes.
4. It was boring. So very boring. I had to force myself to finish. Reading this book was on my chore list. Do dishes, take out trash, read My Wicked Marquess.
What has happened to one of my favorite authors???She's lost her spark. She was one of my all-time favorite romance writers, and now her books are barely readable. Can we just get back to how they used to be?? Quality writing, quality characters, and quality plot? Please?!
You have no idea how excited I was for this latest book by Foley. Finally, the "Spice Trilogy" was over--which I did not enjoy much-- and we could go back to the usual high quality work I was used to from her.
Now this story started out good, but then the whole plot took a very odd turn and almost started to seem like it was going towards an angels/demons/supernatural theme. It definitely was not what I expected nor wanted. I was duped. Perhaps she's trying something new, but it just did NOT work for me. It seemed a little cliche. "The Inferno Club", "The Demon Marquess", "The Patron Saint of Newcomers"?! UGH, come on! I take it back--it wasn't a little cliche--it was about as cliche as it gets.
That wasn't even the worst of it. I would say a good 1/3 of the book was solely dedicated to setting up the next installments--which I have no interest in. Normally in romance novels the main plot is the romance and the sub-plot is the mystery/action. This novel was the exact opposite. The love story seemed to end so soon and then it just started to ramble on and on with the whole "axis of evil" plot. I could barely finish it and have to admit that towards the end I began to skim through some of it. Even in the epilogue the last 6 pages of the story isn't even about the main characters, it's a plug for the next book! It just seems so odd. Her books are never like this. What happened!? Did she even write this book? Foley was one of my absolute favorite authors. Now I don't know what to think.
And the lore of the Order vs. Prometheans...really? Had it come at the beginning of the book, well it still would have been too long, but at least it would have established Max's life. The timing of that reveal was just wrong. I kept waiting for a climax to the story of Max and Daphne, which never happened. Or if it did, it happened in the middle of the book making the end of the book completely superfluous. Because I LOVE Gaelen Foley's previous books, I'll read the next book in the series. But if that one is like this one, it'll be the last one of Foley's books I'll read.
Daphne while being privileged by birth has tried to live life to the fullest and her goal of doing charitable works has not gone unnoticed. She works diligently for the orphanage in the dredges of London and when Max approaches her with his decision to marry she is not too keen on the idea. Daphne has a life, friends and obligations so she most assuredly does not need a husband trying to control her actions. But Max is relentless in his pursuit of her and decides to use the conformity of the time to his advantage and approaches her father to make the matter come to a quick conclusion. Daphne still runs but Max is most persistent in his pursuit and wins her heart and her hand in marriage.
But when the secret society that Max worked for comes back calling for his service conflict arises for him all as he tries to balance his secret past with his secure present. Trying to maintain the lies and seclusion that is necessary for the job come at a price to his marriage and especially with a wife life Daphne who does not like any kind of secrecy. She forces the issue to the forefront and stands up to Max demanding answers and an introduction to the forces that still hold Max prisoner to his former life. But is Daphne up to the task of handling what dangers are lurking when she knows all of Max's secrets, can she be the dutiful wife and obey his wish for "The Inferno Club" to remain under the cover of darkness. The true test of both their marriage and conflict will be played out as this series progresses and all the cards are laid on the table.
This book is a lovely affair of the heart and a thriller for the mind brought together in a fast-paced turn of events. You know from the start that Max and Daphne are a fait accompli but seeing the sparks fly on every page makes you still think that Daphne has a trick or two up her sleeve. But in the end after all the heated debates and confrontations Potential Wife #5 for Max becomes his #1 choice in his heart and binds her to his soul.
Book 2 in the Inferno Club series, MY DANGEROUS DUKE, is tentatively scheduled for July 2010
Reviewed by Mary Gramlich ([...]) "The Reading Reviewer
Thinking his days as a spy for the Order of St. Michael is over, the Marquess of Rotherstone (or the Demon Marquess as he is widely known), decides it is time to restore his family lineage by marrying a lady above reproach. Instead he settles on Daphne Starling, whose reputation is slightly tarnished after a former suitor begins telling everyone she is a jilt.
Their first meeting is rather fun when he rescues her from an almost unfortunate altercation with nefarious men outside an orphanage she sponsors. Coming out of a brothel and acting as though he were drunk gives enough of a distraction for Daphne to make her escape. Later at a party they both attend, there are some sparks that promise passionate encounters to come. Unfortunately, I don't believe Ms. Foley made good on that promise even with later descriptive passages.
After these first couple chapters I find the book begins to fizzle out. Jarring the reader away from the romance, Ms. Foley begins to give a look at the opposing faction to the Order of St. Michael: The Prometheus Council. During the rest of the book she interrupts the story in what feels like utter randomness to include bits and pieces of what is going on with this nefarious cult. In truth, the one person from the Order of St. Michael I found interesting was the one taken captive by the Council. I hope Drake gets his own story, for I found myself often wishing I was reading more about him instead of Max and Daphne.
Daphne, in my opinion, seems rather fickle and spoiled. She wants control of everything, all the time. When she doesn't get her way, or when she's feeling mad or a little spiteful, she runs away from home. During this book, Daphne went from a woman that gives her time to orphans to someone that seems rather selfish. The poor man that keeps anything from her better watch out or she'll run away just to show him who's boss. While Ms. Foley tries to paint a portait of a giving, soft-hearted woman who will always love her man, I find it hard to believe Daphne will ever push past being nosy and selfish. If you want to read a book about a lady that cares deeply about orphans, I recommend you read Dance of Seduction (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 4) by Sabrina Jeffries. Clara's devotion to her orphans puts Daphne's fickle attentions to shame. Not to mention Clara gets her own mysterious and seductive gentleman that is working undercover in order to break up a crime ring very close to Clara's orphanage.
I must admit I like Max. He's strong, handsome, but doesn't come off as wicked as promised. In fact he is more of a do gooder than Daphne could ever hope to be. He saves the country secretly, takes care of his households and servants, and also must be very, very patient to put up with this woman. Max, I give two thumbs up. Ms. Foley knows how to write a hero for women to fall in love with. Now if only the woman in question deserved him.
Really I wanted to like this book. I really did, but I didn't feel the chemistry. I grew bored of the storyline and found myself skimming through pages. Ms. Foley always puts quite a bit of detail in her books, but this one felt bogged down with descriptions and explanations. At the very end of the book (for about four to five pages) there is a lengthy explanation of the origin of the Order and Council. While Max explained, Daphne would interject with exclamations like, "Oh my!" or "Oh Max!" while she stares on in awe. I found myself just wanting it to end.
I hope Gaelen Foley returns to writing the romances that her fans have come to love and expect from her. I will keep reading her novels anticipating such an event. Until then, I will enjoy her older novels such as Devil Takes a Bride and Lord of Fire which I would gladly read over and over again.