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My Wicked Marquess (The Inferno Club #1)

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3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,638 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
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
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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Juliana Philippa
Has the right ingredients, but unfortunately falls a little short (3.5 stars)

Setting: London and Worcestershire, England, 1815
My Wicked Marquess is the first book in Gaelen Foley's new series "The Inferno Club." Foley is generally a hit or miss author with me - I absolutely loved Lord of Fire and Lord of Ice, Books 2 and 3 from her Knight Miscellany Series, however I had a lot of problems with The Duke (the first Knight book) and Prince Charming (the last in her Ascension Trilogy) - they are two
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Corrine
There were some spots I loved and some spots I disliked, and too many spots that were just mediocre in this uneven beginning to this series.

Max, Lord Rotherstone, has just returned from his successful mission during Waterloo, and he is dead-set on doing his duty by his title and making his family name more respectable. To do this, he asks his lawyer to draw up a list of potential brides who are beyond reproach. The fifth name on the list, Daphne Starling, intrigues him because she has just reje
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♡Karlyn P♡
Started out great, and initially I really liked Max and Daphne. They had great chemistry in the beginning. But then the story itself didn't really go anywhere - it was mostly laying out the good vs. evil background story that will follow into other books. It was interesting, but still not much happens. And then Daphne started to become annoying, but not TSTL (thankfully!). And it had a long, drawn out ending just to set up the next book. In summary: I loved the opening, started to get bored abou ...more
Zoe
Jan 27, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Classic case of ok writing but no story to tell.

I didn't mind the writing at all. Foley has her way with words. I have read writers whose eloquence really amazes me. Foley isn't one of them but she is definitely not a bad writer.

But this book is a bit thin in the plots for me. Too much spy business with all the spy men (yeah that's what I call them. lol) I had trouble keeping all the male names straight. The good men, the bad men, it is raining men, man!

Then relationship development was hardl
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Caz
I've given this a C- for narration and a D for content at AudioGals.

My Wicked Marquess is the first book in Gaelen Foley’s Inferno Club series, and having enjoyed reading some of the later books, I was pleased to see this appear in audio format. Annette Chown is a new-to-me narrator (and from reading an interview with her posted on Ms Foley’s website, it seems she’s fairly new to the world of audiobook narration, too), but I like to give new narrators a chance – everyone has to start somewher
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ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
I was excited about this one because I could tell from the start the main characters weren’t the run of the mill characters. The hero and heroine were two socially conscious rebels in a time when the ton is preoccupied with material things and outward appearances. In fact, they seemed to be too perfect and selfless, but I knew Max and Daphne’s flaws would soon show.


Max St. Alban, the Marquess of Rotherstone, had returned to the ton after years as an agent for a governmental agency that doesn’t e
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♥ Melody
I really REALLY want to give this five stars because it was a really enjoyable fun read and well written. Loved the set up and loved the Inferno Club members. The love story in this was really sweet and nicely done, had a lot of passion which I wasn't expecting and is why I loved it all the more. I just had some problems with the heroine in this.

This is the first book in the Inferno Club series. The Marquess of Rotherstone, Max is a leading member of the Inferno Club. He's decided it's time to s
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Kate
Dec 06, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was being given away by my local library, and I picked it up despite the godawful cover because, as a mortal human female, I am constitutionally incapable of passing by any novel with "Marquess," "Duke," or "Earl" in the title. Besides, I thought, how bad can it be?

Mmm. Yes. About that. My Wicked Marquess REALLY IS THAT BAD. To take one of many demonstrative instances from the opening pages: our heroine Daphne, we are informed, takes a special interest in the plight of orphans, because
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Laura the Highland Hussy
This is the absolute hardest book I've ever had to rate, because I really loved our hero, Max, I liked the plot, but I hated our heroine Daphne.
I went from wanting to like her, to trying to like her, to not liking her, to downright hating her at one point.
She doesn't really do anything wrong, per say. When we first meet Daphne, she is helping out orphans. Our hero Max is in a secret society that battles evil. He is in the Order of St. Michael, they are the Council of Prometheus. he is basically
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Susan
Nope, not for me. The info dump slowed the story down too much for my taste. And I didn't like the alternating his/her viewpoint chapters either.

May or may not continue with the next book in this series. The stories themselves sound interesting enough. I just didn't appreciate what I read in the telling of this one.
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Jun 14, 2015 Carolyn (Book Chick City) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves romance, especially historical.
The Wicked Marquess is the first book in The Inferno Club series by Gaelen Foley. I haven't read anything by this author before, and have only read a handful of historical romances, so didn't know what do expect. What I got was a delicious, passionate romance combined with intrigue and suspense.

The Inferno Club on the outside is a scandalous club where rich men of society go, and ladies of society do not as it's full of wantonness and depravity. But this is only a disguise of course, for what re
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Sophie ♥
Sep 16, 2013 Sophie ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers
My first full review in months! Sorry about the lack of proper reviews but I have of course been adding status updates.

So I discovered Gaelen Foley just recently with Princess which bagged a spot on my favourites shelf. Of course I'm now trying to read every book of hers I can get my hands on. This one was my second book by her, currently I'm on my third: My Dangerous Duke.

My Wicked Marquess was another fabulous effort by Gaelen Foley and she has truly cemented her status as my author of the mom
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Natalie
3.5 stars!

If all his years of wandering had taught him one thing, it was that the heart was its own place, its own country-- and for him, she was its queen. There was nowhere else he'd rather be than right here in the arms of the woman he trusted and loved, his mate, his wife, his angel."

I really, really enjoyed this. It's not as addictive as the Knight Miscellany books, but I still really enjoyed the romance between Daphne and Max. Max is a spy, so we have to deal with all the traits that com
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Wench
Let me be clear:

THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE

It only gets a bonus star for sparking two of the most hilarious conversations I have EVER had, and it only got two stars in the first place because I finished it, rather than throwing it across the room.

I still maintain that Gaelen Foley is paid by the word. She has no idea what character development or pacing are. Her prose is plodding, her dialogue simultaneously stilted and too modern. And someone never got a lesson in showing as opposed to telling. Our
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Ero
Aug 16, 2011 Ero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, but not that great either. I feel the chemistry between the two is missing something. The word 'Love' was thrown around a lot but I don't really get how they get there so quickly. Sure, he finds someone who cares about his well being after getting in a brawl with a bunch of bad guys at the beginning (while saving her), but I feel like that's what any normal person would do. What if it was a guy who sent for help instead? Would his heart skip and race because he's so overwhelmed by the f ...more
Katie(babs)
My Wicked Marquess is the first book in “The Inferno Club” series from Gaelen Foley. Max. St. Albans, Marquess of Rotherstone has returned to England after Napoleon has been defeated. Max is part of a top secret group called the Order of St. Michael. The Order is in a constant fight against the evil Promethean Council who want to take over Europe. These two groups have been after each other for hundreds of years. Max is now retired from the Order and has a new mission. He must find the perfect w ...more
Songül
Feb 25, 2013 Songül rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk kitabın ardından çıkan bu kitabında tereddütlüydüm ..zira ilk kitabı çok sevmemiştim ben hatta konusu bile aklımda kalmadı..
Bir anlamda zincirleme etki ile okumaya karar verdiğim bir kitap oldu..Öncelikle hem Neslihan 'a hem de Yumru ya teşekkür ediyorum..Konusu gereği çok etkileyici bir hikaye olmasa da karakterleri ve yazarın onların iç dünyası ile birlikte okuyucuya aktarma şeklini sevdim..Max 'ın tutkusu, çaresizliği ve aşk'ı beni etkiledi..Bayan karakterde kimi yerlerinde beni bile buna
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MashJ
Nov 06, 2010 MashJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blech- Don't bother. I like romance but this was too cheesy, too two dimensional and a very thin and predictable plot. Once the heroine had pouted and said "that man" it was pretty much all over for me. The dialogue sadly didn't improve, and although I don't demand historical accuracy this really was pretty hopeless (not about the wider background- for example the stock market troubles following Waterloo are well documented) but the way in which society worked and much of the language used by th ...more
Yumru
Feb 21, 2013 Yumru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir kaç olumsuz yorum okuduğum için kitabı okumaktan vazgeçmiştim ama Neslihan'cığımın önerisi ile başladım ve iyi'ki de okumuşum.Güzel bir hikayeydi gerçi bazı detaylar sizi yorabilir de ama erkek karakterin ısrarcılığı eğlenceliydi.Birde nedense Clayton ile benzer yönleri var gibi geldi:)Bayan karakteri sevip sevemediğimi söyleyemeyeceğim,bazen erkek karakteri sinirlendirdiği gibi beni de sinir etti:)

Konu olarak belki çok mükemmel değildi ama sıkılmadan okuduğumu söyleyebilirim,özellikle yazar
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Nihawmi
Yazari diger seriden ve orjinal olarak okumus biri olarak bu kitabin ceviri ve edit kismindan dolayi hakettiği levelda olmadigini düşünüyorum.
Kaynamis guzelim kitap.
Neyse kurgu saglama benziyor ordan kurtariyor ceviri ve edite ragmen. Yoksa cok sıkılmıştim bir ara.
ஐ Canan ஐ `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._
uzun zamandır bir historical romance bu kadar severek okumadımdı.evet belirli yazarlarım varonlar her türlü harika ama bu çok farklıydı..sevdim :)
defalarca ilk cümleye bakıp kapatmışımdır kitabı..PİŞMANIM! daha önce okumadığıma..
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Audiobook

Narration - Annette Chown - Really Good!
Lovely British accent...I could listen all day!

I really enjoyed this book. Daphne is a sweet and kind young woman who is labeled a jilt because she declined the proposal of a self absorbed jerk (he of course is the one that got the gossip mill running at full speed) Lord Rotherstone belongs to the Inferno Club and all of London society thinks they are just a bunch of rowdy boys when in reality, they are kinda like bad ass Royal Ninja's!

Duty call
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Meliana
Setelah menyelesaikan misinya, Max St. Albans, Marquess of Rotherstone, kembali ke London dan berniat untuk mencari seorang istri dari kalangan atas yang baik-baik untuk mengembalikan status nama baik keluarganya. Max mengutus pengacaranya untuk mencari informasi dan terdapat 5 kandidat untuknya. Max tertarik dengan kandidat terakhir karena gadis itu rupanya dijuluki 'gadis penolak lamaran' dan terakhir menolak lamaran Lord Carrew, musuh Max dari kecil. Max semakin ingin mendapatkan gadis itu ka ...more
HÜLYA
Mar 15, 2013 HÜLYA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ŞeyTan Diyorki Gaelen Foley

Çok beğenerek okuduğum bir roman oldu gerçekten..Roman ilk çıktığında cesaret edip alamamıştım..Fakat tavsiye üzerine aldığım bu romanın konusunı kurgusunu içindeki entrikaları beğenerek okudum..

Çeviride bir deyim merakımı çekti..Bizi kullandığımız bir deyim Bir kızı boş bırakırsan ya davulcuya ya zurnacıya varır deyimi tam olarak orjinalde öylemiydi? Çok merak ettim..Birde Daphne secdiği adamın buyurganlığını hep padişaha benzetiyordu.:) Bu hikaye İngiltere'de geçtiğ
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Megan
4.5 stars.

Ok, my review has a bit of a different take from the others. I won't give a synopsis but rather talk about the book in general. There are a few people that are knocking the story line and detail. For me, I usually skip the extraneous stuff. I just like the historical romance fiction. Sometimes I even skip over the steamy stuff! But I feel that many people are being WAY to harsh on the story line. Yes, lots of detail but it really is setting the mood for the story. I actually found it i
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Karen
I've just finished reading Ms Foley's Knights Miscellany series and debated about whether to continue on with this authors works straight up or take a break for awhile, its hard to know what is best because sometimes I can overload myself reading an authors entire backlist one after the other...sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

This book really sucked me in at the beginning and I really thought it was going to be a five star read for me...but somewhere prior to the halfway mark I found
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Jan
Aug 09, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook-blast
Daphne is something of a twit, but she is only 20 and a product of the time in which she lives. She falls for the man who wants her but doesn't know how to deal with himself, let alone her. I don't know any spies, but I do know about military who return from war and law enforcement men who can't share the things they've seen and done. Just like Max. He has been involved in Good vs Evil for a very long time, and has never known a family life. So, there's the background, and the publisher's summar ...more
Lita Bouquard
Foley is an author that is new to me. I really enjoyed the first half of the book because Miss Starling a sweet and charitable young woman with modern ideas is likeable. Her situation with a step mother, pressure to wed and kindness endear her to the reader initially. The hero Max has just returned after the war completing secret missions in his role as rich, powerful, hedonist. Questioning his life and decisions, he decides he is ready to marry and uses a dossier of the top 5 ladies of marriage ...more
Lilmissmolly
Aug 31, 2015 Lilmissmolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Wicked Marquess (The Inferno Club #1) by Gaelen Foley is an excellent romantic story set in the Regency era shortly after the Napoleonic Wars. Our hero is Max, the Marquess of Rotherstone, is much more noble than his notorious reputation of debauchery lets the public see. Thankfully, our heroine, Daphne Starling, immediately sees through Max's charade, despite being a lady of impeccable beauty and breeding. However, she refuses to marry Max unless he is 100% honest with her. This puts Max and ...more
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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the ...more
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“Max - "...Do me a favor, if the constable comes knocking, tell him I was here all morning, will you?"
Dodsley - "Killed someone again, did we?"
Max- "Never before luncheon, Dodsley. It's still early yet.”
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