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(Gentlemen of the Order #2)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Meet Raven—the second of four gentlemen who work to right injustices—in the new heart-stopping series, Gentlemen of the Order.

Finlay Cole deserves the moniker Raven. Bad luck and ill omens are his constant companions. Still crippled with guilt over his wife’s death, he works as an enquiry agent to distract him from the pain of the past. But his nightmares return when he di
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published October 7th 2020
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If Finlay had learnt anything these last few days, it was that a man often found his fate on the road he wished to avoid. Love defied reason. Those hardest to love needed it most of all.

4.5 stars!

Adele Clee has delivered an outstanding novel once again! Continuing in the GENTLEMEN OF THE ORDER series, RAVEN follows the the exploits of Finlay Cole who is deemed as shrewd and intelligent as the flighty harbinger of death. Sophia, Cole's past love, hires Cole as an inquiry agent to discover who
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Finlay Cole lives up to his nickname of Raven, surrounded by bad luck as he is and still held fast in the clutches of his guilt over his wife’s death. His wok as an enquiry agent keeps him distracted from his painful past, but he’s thrust right back into that mire when he learns that his latest client is his first love, a woman he’s never stopped loving.

Lady Sophia Adair has given up everything including her love and happiness to protect her sister and guard her secrets for the past seven years.
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

So in-depth and so many plot twists that keep you guessing, Adele has penned another brilliant book to add to this series.

Raven is cool calm and collected, he’s a beautiful character that has so much depth to him and charisma just oozes from him.

Sophia is a Lady who has never been happy since she found the man she loved died in Belgium, or did he.
Raven came back to find she had married another, but now much to his annoyance, she needs him and no one else can help.
Both she and her sis
Lori D
"Gentlemen of the Order - A group of men who work to right society's injustices. Protect the helpless, serve the needy and bring peace to those tormented by their problems. " What it fails to say is the group of men are dangerously handsome and may provide a threat of their own to the lady's heart!

Finlay Cole aka the Raven due to his black hair, dark eyes, penetrating stare and death followed him like a silent stalker in the shadows... The wounded hero, who is assigned to help his first love, So
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an intriguing story that will keep you guessing as to the outcome. Finlay Cole or Raven had a past history with their new client, Sophia, Lady Adair. Raven was handsome and fearless. Sophia cared for her sister, Jessica and was very concerned about the strange happenings of late, hence the need for Raven to investigate. This was a real page turner. Raven and Sophia still had feelings for each other, even though many years had passed and there were a number of misunderstandings. Was it t ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First let me say, not only do I love a good mystery, I especially love Ms. Clee's mysteries. Writing mysteries that are kind of dark and spooky but also heartwarming is her specialty. She always writes in a way that it's almost impossible to guess who the villain is. Just like in her other stories, Raven has many suspects and even more twists and turns. Every time you think you have the villain figured out, another mystery is uncovered and throws you off your game. Suddenly the villain you had f ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Gentlemen of the Order series, and it was just as good as the first if not better. These stories are about a group of men who help solve crimes and help the weak and needy. This is a stand-alone book, but Finlay and Sophia were mentioned in the previous book. I loved this book for a few different reasons, one being it kept me interested in the mystery in the book, it kept me guessing and the second main reason the love between Finlay and Sophia. They never really e ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Widow Lady Sophia Adair needs the help of the Gentlemen of the Order. Someone is threatening her sister Jessica Draper, a sister she has been protecting for the last seven years. Lady Sophia wants the help of Finlay Cole in particular, but he is reluctant because of their shared history. Can Cole protect the sisters and determine where and who the threat is coming from. without losing his heart to Sophia, again.
A well-written, entertaining historical mystery and romance story with its likeable m
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous Romantic Mystery!
Raven (Finlay Cole) lives up to his name! He is fearless and strong. He assesses what is happening and then acts. Love him!
Then we have Lady Sophia Adair - she is the perfect match for him. Passionate, loyal and caring.
These two deserve a second chance and I'm so glad that they are able to work towards one.
Evil abounds in this story and so the men from the Order, and in particular, Raven, are called in to solve the mystery and bring justice.
I loved the characters and t
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW, WOW, WOW. Wounded heroes and second chance are my loves. Once again Adele writes a mystery within a love story that will keep you guessing who and why. She is very clever and throws in red herrings and I love it. Misunderstandings run throughout this story. The tension between Raven and Sophia is enough to bring out the fans. You know they will end up together, but the journey is so much fun. The Order is such a great concept (yes it has been done in other stories but it is still great). Th ...more
Sandi aka Maudley
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hist-rom, arc
At first, I thought this book was going to be creepy, what with the unnerving forest near the manor. Fortunately, the novel wasn't scary, but it did contain some very evil characters. There is an excellent mystery, some very steamy encounters, and a heart-rending love story. What more could you want?!?

I received this novel as an ARC with the understanding I would provide an impartial review. I did.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Raven is the second of Adele Clee’s Gentlemen of the Order series but can be read as a stand-alone. Involving a secret society of Gentleman who dedicate their lives to helping individuals who normally could not afford justice – the poor and downtrodden, each book features members of the Order.
Finlay Cole is in a dark place and has been for some years. Captured during the war he saves the life of his comrade, escapes and comes back to the news that his love has married someone else. She was told
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what a story. This is the second book in the Gentleman of the Order. The order is made up of wealthy Gentleman who have joined together to help those who cannot pay find justice.
Finlay Cole is an ex solider who was captured during the war. He escaped saving the lives of his men.
When he gets home, he finds out the love of his life, Sophia has married a friend of her fathers. A man many years older than her. His heart is broken, and he is believing even after he finds out she was told he had
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brimming with suspense & evocative characters that flare your curiosity and suck you in!
Man it's crazy how much I love this series with it's dynamic gentlemen of the Order and the remarkable ladies they fall hopelessly under the spell of. As this, the second book, proves to be just as engaging as the first. (Though in no way do you have to have read book 1 first to enjoy this)
Haunting secrets, masked desires, soulful yearning, malicious intentions, misplaced guilt, trust and betrayal, sacrifice
Lana Birky
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
​The Gentlemen of the Order, Raven (Finlay Cole) in this second case in the series, has been dispatched to solve an evil plan full of villains, suspense, mystery & danger. This "whodunit" leads you to one suspect & then another - you do not know who until near the end. Moreover, you have a wonderful second chance romance between Finlay & Sophia.

Finlay is a ex-soldier & when he returned from war seven years ago, he discovered his true love (or so he thought) had married a friend of her father & w
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the blurb that the lead characters in this story had been one another’s first loves, and each had ended up marrying other people. They are now in a situation where something terrible is happening, but it is simultaneously giving them a chance to reconnect because Sophie, the female lead character, has gone to The Order to plead for help from enquiry agent Cole. It is not necessarily a story I would have ordinarily chosen to read. They were in love but each married another person? Why ...more
Maria Dariotis
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gentlemen of the Order Book 2
by Adele Clee

I was so captivated by this intriguing poignant second chance at love story. I absolutely loved Finlay Cole aka Raven, how could you not fall in love with such a vulnerable and tortured hero?!
Adele Clee creates the best tortured heroes!
And Lady Sophia Adair the most selfless and compassionate heroine, they’re meant to be together!!!

Raven has had such bad luck from the time he went off to war, his life quickly went downhill. It cost him the love of
Martha B.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Raven is a stubborn character to pull from the shadows

Let me preface this review by saying that Adele Clee is one of my all-time favorite authors. Most all of her books are easily 5-star reads.

Raven and Sophia's story has all the elements of a second chance love story, and on that mark it scores a huge win. Sophia is a really likable heroine, and the threat to both her and her sister, is engrossing and unnerving, as is the mystery surrounding that threat. Especially considering the investigativ
Bridget Lewis
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The past present and future

Finlay is a widower and Sophia is a widow both mates not really their choosing! I have read many stories of star crossed lovers interfering relatives by the dozens but this is on an unfathomable level that waa literally mind in the extreme! Initially Sophia married to protect her sister Jessica but she was deceived! The diabolical doctor and his accomplices used Jessica and Sophia for over 7 years with a plan so intricate and bizarre I cried at the of cruelty and gree
Carole Burant
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is what I call an excellent "edge of your seat" kind of story! Every time I'd think "I know who's behind it", the author would throw in a little twist!! Adele Clee has done it again, written a story that pulls you in from the first to last page.

I loved Finlay and Sophia's story, you can actually feel their passion for each other, as well as the hurting they've endured for the last 7 years. Although Finlay has vowed not to get involved with Sophia again, he finds himself having to work with
Steph N
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adele Clee is so good @ writing an opening chapter that grabs me & makes me keep reading! Finlay Cole is known as Raven in the Order. When he’s informed that Sophia Adair has specifically requested his help, he is not pleased. Daventry does not give him a choice.
We know from the last book in the series that Sophia & Finlay have history. Turns out their history is complicated & heartbreaking. They once meant everything to one another, but a cruel series of events drove them apart.
As Finlay & So
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story that contains reuniting with a first love, deception and danger. Sophia’s sister, Jessica is being manipulated and drugged and only Finlay seems to be able to unravel all that is going on. The love between Finlay and Sophia flares to life and everything works out in the end. I enjoyed this story, it is well written and full of emotions. It is a great story that I would highly recommend.
I received a free copy of this book via Bookfunnel and are voluntarily leaving a review.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
For me this had a gothic touch to it with Blackborne Manor being on the gloomy side. I liked that the h and H don't waste time in clearing the air between them regarding their past.
A selection of characters as the possible villain are delicately woven into the story. The mystery is resolved in a believable manner.
I read an advance copy; the thoughts expressed are my own.
Shirley Hamlod
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the second instalment in this series as much as the first. Raven was an interesting character with lots of deep rooted emotions. The investigation is interesting and the outcome was unexpected. Sophia and Finlay’s relationship is difficult at first but then they remember who they were to each other in the past. I am looking forward to the next book.
Susan F
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finley Cole or Raven mourns his wife's death and works for an investigation group. He is called upon to help a lost love find out who is threatening her sister. They rekindle their romance and solve the mystery. Good plot.
Rhonda L.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book

Great second book in the series. Nice mystery and a good love story. I liked that it had so many supporting characters that hopefully will show up in future books. By far one of my favorite authors.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sex with a small side of plot

If all you want is lots of sex in a thinly developed plot then this is the book for you. Adele Clee would never be classified among the great writers but up till this book she’s been better writer than this drivel.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Old secrets and old feelings surface when Raven is called upon to help protect his former love and her sister. I received an ARC of this book.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exciting love story

I took a few days to get this read. I was glad it all worked out but disappointed there wasn’t a epilogue.
Pam  Bereznak
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really like this series.
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