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Great passionate omance between Virginia and Nick the imprisoned Order agent They e not the usual hero and heroine for omances Virginia is a widowed mother of a 15 year old in her 30s who drove her husband to death by indirectly pushing him to join the war just to prove his strength and courage to her She s the daughter of a spymaster you see and she always compared her husband to her father s men which Nick was one of She has now become a sort of lady detective out to find abducted women who are about to be sold as sex slaves in a black market gathering called the Bacchus Bazaar This is where Nick comes in A once mighty Order agent who has been imprisoned by his superiors for indirectly helping an assassination plot against the egent which was also a ploy to discredit the Order He was manipulatedframed into participating because of his need to be free of the Order something that cannot be done and treated as a betrayal to the group He has been months in prison when Virginia comes to get him after getting the elders to agree to let out Nick to assist her in her uest to find the abducted girls This is Nick s chance to be pardoned and to be free of prison From their first meeting in the prison their interaction is fraught with tension sexual and otherwise But what eally gets me with Ms Foley s series is the duality of these men who are fierce and cold warriors but very vulnerable humans Nick deems himself unworthy thinks he has lost his soul but Virginia gives it back to him by being kind by trusting him despite what he has done and by loving him One of my favorite parts is when they are finally eunited in the sex slaver s boat and they have to pretend not to know each other when all they want is to un into each other s arms grateful for each other s safety Philip Virigina s son is also an amusing and good element to have added surprisingly because a teen son is not usually omantic The feminist bent is also to be commended Virginia has always wanted to be a spy as well but of course being a woman meant it was off limits to her and her spymaster father wouldn t have allowed it even if it was permitted This is the eason why she has suddenly become lady detective The last part where she is able to buoy up the courage of the group of kidnapped women to orchestrate a mutiny and take the boat from their kidnappers is a good cheer for womanhood Yes a great broken man needs the healing of a courageous woman is one of the known storytelling clich s out there but Ms Foley has put it to good use in this book and in the est of the books in this series This is a good wrap up to the series and that last part in the book where all the Order Agents were eunited along with their spymaster Virgil s daughter and grandson present is poignant Nicholas Lord Forrester is both a legendary lover and assassin but when he went against the ules of the secret society he belonged to he was imprisoned even after taking a bullet meant for the king Imprisoned in a Scottish dungeon for six very long months he was visited by a mysterious lady offering him a way out A very beautiful and enticing lady The catch he would have to isk his neck on a secret mission for which he wouldn t know all the details plus he must obey her every command Not the best odds but as one of the highest calibers of an assassin and cocky to be sure Nick would agree Honorable to his vow he would help Lady Virginia Burke with the mission but once it was completed he would be gone But the he learned of his lady benefactor Nick just might change his mind One thing for sure Gaelen Foley can sure spin a great tale complete with sizzling sensuality and outstanding action There were so many secrets all wound up in this tale as Foley kept the suspense and the action continuous throughout THE SECRETS OF A SCOUNDREL and believe me not all the secrets were Nick s Virginia Lady Burke had her own share of secretsWhat I found eally interesting in this tome was how Virginia Ginny was not uite so innocent or a etiring type miss Her father was the head of the Secret Society and once Ginny discovered he was her true father she wanted to become one of his boys One of the young boys that he trained as super spies and assassins to protect king and country In that espect as a young girl she convinced her father to allow her to train independently to shoot and fight Now her beloved father dead and a wealthy widow on her own Ginny had formed her own kind of private investigator services However after a betrayal of great magnitude she needed the exceptional services only Nick could provide With the addition of Ginny s teenaged son Phillip and a plethora of uite interesting *other secondary characters Foley turned SECRETS OF A SCOUNDREL into a fabulous sensual and action packed ead Not only that *secondary characters Foley turned SECRETS OF A SCOUNDREL into a fabulous sensual and action packed ead Not only that I can See Another Book In another book in making once Phillip grows to adulthood and finds himself in love with a vision from the past Or at least I hope so Marilyn Rondeau for wwwck2skwipsandkritiuescom Virginia Lady Burke has been allowed through widowhood the freedom to do as she desires and champion causes that must be fought Gin is albeit an illegal one also the daughter of the found of The Order an elite group of men he brought together to fight for the ights of all society When Gin needs help with her latest mission the one man she knows she can trust is Nick Lord Forrester Her father held Nick close to his heart and trained him personally even though Nick tried to lead his own way and found himself in a bit of hot water on occasion Now all will be well if Gin can get Nick out of prison and on board with her plan plus perhaps a bath would be greatThere is to be an exclusive night of illegal trading that brings buyers and sellers from all over the world together and Gin had a marker that would have allowed her access She must attend to save the young women that have been abducted and are about to be sold in nefarious futures Yet the marker she had was stolen by a man she trusted and yet Gin is forced to trust Nick he will not prove her wrong in asking for his helpNick freely gives himself to Gin saying out loud it is to gain his freedom but in his heart he knows that this woman is the one to set his heart free He has been treated like a commodity his entire life and only Gin sees him as a man who longs for love and the warmth of a woman s touch against his face Together they can become strong warriors and agents who long to set ight the wrongs they see Gin fights strong beside him never taking the easy oute to success and when things go badly she even gives herself up to save the man she lovesOnly Gaelen Foley can keep a series fresh write the most omantic of stories with characters that possess such depth in mind and heart Every historical omance should bring this much eading pleasure to its owner ARC given in exchange for a honest eview Virginia Lady Burke is independent and is her fathers daughter For years she has wanted to make a difference just as her father did and the members of the Inferno Club have done She is a widow and a mother to a fifteen year old boy but thrives on her own independence She has a business of being a private investigator and when she learns that there are missing girls she knows just the man to help her Lord Forester Even though Nick has a great love for his brethren in the Order he is tired of the life of killing and losing a part of himself each and every time he goes on a mission So when he tries to defect and leave to live a life of his own he is thrown into prison When a beautiful woman comes to him with a proposition in eturn for his freedom he is than willing especially with Virginia as his partner As they get closer to the truth of the location of the missing girls the danger surrounds them and only when Virginia embraces who she is and trusts in Nick will they be able to survive the coming tide of danger that may destroy them and everything they hold dearThe Secrets of A Scoundrel is the seventh and final installment in the Inferno Club series Gaelen Foley has been a favorite author of mine for uite some time and you never know what to expect when you pick up one of her books They always surprise me but the lovely delightful kind that sends shivers down the spine It starts out with a delightful scene of Nick exercising with his shirt off and sparks pass between these two instantly Then it picks up pretty uickly and you find yourself totally immersed in the story The plot was very exciting and some intense spots that had me at the edge especially the later half I had no problem getting into this story and stayed up half the night eading it because I could barely put it down for very long The chemistry between Nick and Virginia is instantaneous and they surely don t need help with the fireworks they are explosive enough on their own Virginia s son is charming and endearing and I was totally on his side especially when Virginia went in overprotective mama bear mode she does overkill it just a bit but I loved seeing flaws in the characters it adds a touch of ealism to the story that sometimes ends up missing out of egency omances The characters are full of surprise and the interaction between Virginia and Nick is packed with witty humor and lovable chara. In The Secrets of a Scoundrel New York Times bestselling author Gaelen Foley has created her most exciting Inferno Club novel yetNick Lord Forrester has a eputation that is legendary both as a lethal warrior and a wicked lover But when his ule breaking ways land him in a Scottish dungeon he's. ,

Cters to win your heart A delightful omp of a omance to captivate hearts and endear you to this charming couple who are the perfect example of finding that happy ever after amidst danger and intrigue A Ending to the series that sets the final stage for this set of heroes who have enthralled its eaders since the first book A lovely story that is priceless ENGROSSING ON EACH PAGE My eview contains spoilers and they e mostly my thoughts as I went with the book for visit Punya ReviewsOk I finished The Secrets of a Scoundrel book 7 of Inferno Club by Gaelen Foley after languishing for couple of months mostly because I m a sucker for punishment I know I ve exhausted this but this series was a disaster full of melodrama annoying characters with over the top storyline almost on the verge of being silly If I say I was disappointed to the point that I d be thinking twice before picking up her new stuff it d be an understatement It took me 2 yrs to pick up the series because book 5 blew my mind It was that horrible Book 7 unfortunately had nothing better to offerTo ecap in a nutshell the series evolves around a bunch of akehells The society knows them to be a part of a club called The Inferno Club They give the illusion that Dante House where they meet is their playground a den of debauchery Well Dante House is a mixture of debauchery and something far secretive What the others don t know is that they e spies for the Crown a special breed of spies who were trained since early childhood sort of sacrificed by their families to become a part of an Order the Order of the St Michaels They had an ancient nemesis the Promethean Council We e talking about thousands of years of enmity here the Prometheans trying to unleash their evil on the world and ule it while the heroes of the Order trying to save it from their clutchesThe original 4 members that had the first 4 books were the Maruess of Rotherstone the Duke of Warrington the Earl of Falconridge and the Earl of WestwoodMax and Daphne s story is in My Wicked Maruess book 1 that started it all It was alright I gathered a starter of a series is always a bit confusing so it was an ok eadRohan and Kate s story is in My Dangerous Duke was one of my least favorites He was the first manwhore of the bunch and the whole story was a mess I kept going back to the series to know where the conflict between the Order and the Council is goingMara and Jordan s story book 3 was My Irresistible Earl which I eally enjoyed Their chemistry was amazing as were the characters wonderful For the first time I saw some hope for this series Unfortunately not Though the action was good I had probably expected way too muchDrake and Emily s book 4 was My Ruthless Prince This was going to be the big showdown between the Order and the Council with all sorts of intrigues and actions I actually thought this to be the last installment with maybe a spinoff series from it following the est of the secondary charactersBut My Scandalous Viscount came as a part of the series It was THE horrid book 5 I was talking about earlier which featured Beau and Clarissa He was a junior member of the Order who had been handed down some serious esponsibilities when the Promethean Council was destroyed But from what I saw he was busy shagging anything that moves in skirt on every nook and cranny yuck The story also veered away from the main course We come to learn about 2 junior Order agents Trevor and Nick who were never introduced before It seemed both were in trouble Nick wanted out of the Order which is a big no no so he did some crappy stuff including holding a wounded Trevor as a hostage to gain his freedom a plan that ultimately backfired In the end after a conspiracy was foiled the Order s identity is also evealed to the world All the agents including Nick and Trevor are then ecognized by Prinny and given the espect and ewards as that of heroesWhen I started My Notorious Gentleman book 6 I didn t expect anything grand from it Trevor was an underdeveloped character Grace the h wasn t introduced in any other books so she was a newcomer as well Overall it was a breath of fresh air as even the secondary characters were new with a storyline in no way connected to the Order business It flowed smoothly without any headache inducing melodrama Grace a vicar s daughter was just the type of smart yet sweet thing Trevor needed for sure I was honestly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it which gave me hope that maybe just maybe Nick s book would be a great adventureAdventure it was though not great by any means It was just predictable and boring Worse is I actually kinda liked Nick until he went and uined it himself But the h Ginny was another matter entirely She was TSTL and NOT the type of h Nick needed IMO And she had an eually nutty headed son who d go and get himself in danger much like his mother These two were like trouble magnets there s no compliment hidden in this
so much so that I thinking if they e even sane I could excuse the boy a little since he was only 15 but his mother who likes to call herself strong smart and independent I think NOTThe story starts ight from where book 6 left off Nick was languishing in the Order dungeon cell without much hope of a escue He and Trevor had already made peace about their past Trevor was even of a mind to try and do his best about Nick s elease when suddenly one day mind to try and do his best about Nick s elease when suddenly one day opportunity best about Nick s elease when suddenly one day opportunity at Nick s cell in the form of a tall curvy edhead just what Nick would like to have after long days of celibacy Oh he s the bad boy of the Order also the seasoned assassin Though good looking he was of the sullen type always getting himself into trouble Yep trouble is his middle name But you can also call him Order manwhore 3 after Rohan the Big Daddy and Beau Mr ShakeYourTailFeather LOL There were some tales of Nick s various indiscretions in book 5 alongside Beau s though I couldn t tell apart They e pretty much interchangeable just as the women they liked to share All in the name of the King and the CountryYah ightNow this woman in her early to mid 30s is as comely as they can be and Nick s adar is certainly er engaged She very calmly introduces herself as Virgil s daughter and a widowed Countess Now what a min Nick thinks Virgil had a daughter Virgil was the head of the Order the trainer of these agents who was killed by his own son in book 4 The son got his just eward as well But never once Virgil confided in any of his boys that he also had a daughter I say for good easons seeing how they can t keep their pricks in their pants Virginia was the esult of his affair with a countess And though she grew up in the household as the daughter of her mother s husband Virginia s mother very proudly discussed her infidelity with her even introducing her to her eal father at a young age From then on Virginia s only dream was to follow Virgil s footsteps and becoming an Order agent Yah you ead it ight She wanted to be an Order agent which of course Virgil wouldn t allow nor would he let her meet the other boys in training Again for very good easonsAnyhoo back to the present Virginia has a proposition for Nick She needs his help on something and in exchange she has arranged with the greybeards the Order elders to set him free under her charge But Nick must emember that he has to abide by her ules in the whole business Any trouble and back he d go to his dark dank cell The whole proposition sounded magical in Nick ears but no less than the tantalizing female who s offering it Even if she s Virgil s daughter she a widow and Nick certainly knows about them But in all seriousness he just wants to get out of this bloody cell and breathe in the fresh air once againVirginia whom I m gonna call Ginny henceforth is positively vibrating with excitement seeing Nick after a long time Oh yah she d seen him once at 17 when she snuck out of her house to follow Virgil to his training place She has been obsessed with the guys ever since and Nick has been the center of her obsession So when she heard of Nick s problems and that he might be in dire need of help she couldn t stay away It d also serve her own purpose the investigation on a slave ing with the clues she s gathered so far Nick due to his extensive spy work would certainly have info to spare But than anything she s just awestruck at the big warrior with the big muscular body just like the teenage girl she was In fact I never felt that she grew up much since 17 when I gradually began to know her better She was still impetuous and immature and when it came to the Order agents she was just completely crazy I understood that she might ve had an obsession when she was an impressionable girl but people do grow up In Ginny s case that didn t happenI begin despising Ginny the moment I ead that she married her husband of a very short time to teach some other debutante a lesson She had no love or even liking for that guy who genuinely was into her She basically seduced him and staged to get caught to snatch him away from that other girl Ginny being attractive even at 17 helped her dubious cause But soon the husband caught on and knew how he was duped Somewhere in the story if I emember correctly she even goes as far as to say that. Left there to ot until a mysterious lady visits his cell and offers him a way outAll he must do is isk his neck on the mission she proposes and obey her every command One look at the luscious beauty has Nick eady to promise her anything but he must esist his desire or she could send him stra.
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She could barely tolerate his touch The guy was obviously very hurt and left her for India where he died a couple of months later leaving Ginny a wealthy widow She was practically elieved by the news Ginny already had a son Phillip from that union Then she lived her life however she saw fit sleeping with whoever she felt like Apparently to ally her curiosity Virgil had given Ginny some education on the uniue he d code created to communicate with the agents Ginny was competent enough to decipher it This also gave her some air headed idea to think of herself as a lady agent or something In the past few years she d been investigating smaller cases to prove it for a fact She had the money and esources on her side too but I don t think she ever did any grunt work since there were people working for her A few months ago this new case came to her and Ginny has been trying to find the girl s trail It wasn t an elopement as her investigation so far tells her Then she found out about the criminal auction in a market called the Bacchus Bazaar where all the criminals of the world gather to auction off not only human flesh but also whatever illegal thing they can put their hands on Everything pointed to that auction which Nick confirms that he has a very good idea about He used to have a pseudonym called Jonathan Black in his Order days to secretly work as a mercenary It also gave him a use to get intel on the criminal world When he s cleaned up and has had his fill of food and est Nick and Ginny get down to the business of discussing the kidnaps but not without the flirtation and the come hither looks Phillip the pup as he was called by Nick is send back from the school for the umpteenth time where he again set about to prove that he s THE MAN His head is full of air about him being Virgil s grandson thanks to his mother which meant going and doing whatever he thought was the ight thing He s instantly angry to find another of her mother s gentlemen friends esiding at their home But the moment he learns that Nick is indeed one of the Order agents trained by his grandfather Phillip instantly becomes the eager puppy His mother was already obsessed now the son was too a complete hero worship from both sides Nick could laugh but he also liked attention and there was no shortage of that here Now if only he could get what he eally wanted from the beautiful mistress of the house But he can wait After all it s Virgil s daughter and he needs to curb his impulses where she s concernedThere was something that Ginny was holding back from Nick wondering if he ll find her callous and she was once he learns of it She had this pretty boy secretary called John Carr who made off with Virgil s diary written in his code which held very many Order secrets Ginny was trying to decode it and learn about the Order Carr who wanted her favors got ebuffed because she felt he was too young for her So according to Ginny Carr stole the diary to tick her off and to earn money by selling it to the enemies When all their investigations suggested that they leave for France initially Nick wanted to go alone but why would Ginny stay behind when danger is calling her name she decides to deal with it once she gets there I don t emember how she knew Carr would be there with the diary but there it was Being true to her TSTL self Ginny was pretty sure she could handle it ALL by herself And it smells of DANGER So they set sail for France without Nick knowing anything about the missing diary He knew of Carr and was jealous already not sure why when he d slept with women than he can count They leave the pup at home with an order that he stay there but of course the boy was a mirror image of his mother In ways than one and none of it was complimentary snortI could end the eview here by saying the est was a big fat eyeroll but hell since I ve already started shrugsAt France of course Ginny and Nick had to jump into bed They wanted to shag for sometimes and without Phillip in toe it seemed the best opportunity They also start talking about their life before where Ginny confesses about how she despised her husband and how obsessed she has been with the Order agents since her teenage years which only served in solidifying my dislike of her Again it was so shallow and immature not to mention selfish that I couldn t hide my distaste Nick was just flattered that she has had her eye on him for that long typical After that they make plans on how to get into the Bacchus Bazaar with Nick s help This is also where Ginny had to tell Nick about John Carr s treachery and the new problem ahead of them Now Nick has several things that he has to take care of Bacchus Bazaar the diary John Carr and last but not the least the TSTL that accompanied himDon t ask if I was still eye rolling cause it d be a moot pointIn a matter of few it d be a pointIn a matter of few they conveniently track down John Carr who manages to get away from Nick and the French frog Lemarue who was after the diary Carr is injured where Nick got himself into a fight to save it Ginny of course ides herself in the middle of that s ight all that DANGER Thanks to her a distracted Nick is horribly injured himself In desperation Ginny tells Lemarue that she can decipher the codes Thinking "he has already taken care of Nick Lemarue grabs Ginny and leaves the scene Carr eturns later to save Nick by "has already taken care of Nick Lemarue grabs Ginny and leaves the scene Carr eturns later to save Nick by him to the hotel they were staying As if the pain from the wounds weren t enough to his utter horror Nick discovers Phillip has landed in France He s now in the same hotel demanding answers to where his mother was like the spoiled brat her was Oh well don t look at me I already warned you Now Nick has another added inconvenience to take care of tsk tsk tskSo far it was the annoying part and now comes the disgusting part of the story Nick didn t know where to turn to because he was concerned about Ginny s safety He also needed to get into Bacchus Bazaar with a solid plan And so we find ourselves eading the Return of Madame Whore story in book 5 In short this aged French prostitute who is also the proprietor of all things shady has a big brothel somewhere in France She was also working with the Order providing them with information In eturn all she wanted was the Order dcks whoever was willing to give it to her Unsurprisingly all the Order manwhores were her boy toys Rohan Beau and Nick Actually Nick has been her on and off boy toy for a long time He hasn t been here since his imprisonment so when Nick seeing no other option visits her for help she can t keep her hands off of him Her dry va ja ja needed action so she tries cutting a deal she d help only if he gives her some Unfortunately Nick s action set had a mind of its own too and decided it has had enough of Madame Whore for a lifetime Besides it was now obsessed with the new lady so completely denies ising to the occasion Madame Whore is so unhappy she starts venting And she won t help him But fortunately there was the pretty boy John Carr so Nick was able to exchange him for Madame Whore s help don t think I enjoyed typing this part but it had to be done sighThat was so OH MY GOD Nick was on the verge of sleeping with that slut again with the same crap excuse of anything to see a job done when he d already slept with Ginny I may not have liked her but that was almost cheating to me I didn t know what to think especially when Nick thought that Madame Whore and John Carr deserved each other How so I thought you deserved both Ginny and Madame Whore because you e pathetic Then again I don t think Ginny would ve minded She d probably ask the slut to show her some new techniues to practice with Nick all of it in her presence UghIn another part of France Ginny was being manhandled and forced by Lemarue to decipher the code She tries her best to put it off but her ploys don t work Lemarue gets angry at her mouthy self and ebellious behavior He beats her up and then sells her to the slave trader headed towards Bacchus Bazaar who is also coincidentally the same man Ginny and Nick were after Rotgut Nick here loads up his own ship bound for the place where the Bazaar is held taking Phillip with him Now every time that brat would act as if he s a little Order agent or Nick would think of him that way I just wanted to bang my head on to something I mean c mon He was a completely undisciplined immature idiot The little sht who once insinuated his mother for a slut because of her gentlemen friends Seesh Future Order agent my aAnd so I began skimming There wasn t anything that especially caught my attentions oh wait there was It was Nick kissing Ginny than once after she d been held in the dank dark and dirty underbelly of that slave ship with the other girls For WEEKS Don t think I have to explain that they weren t treated as Royalties so I kept wondering the state of her personal hygiene and how was it possible for Nick to use his tongue inside her mouth let alone hug her and think her beautiful I felt a big gag coming so just skimmed through a little faster to finally be done with this travestyFinal verdict This is the final installment of Inferno Club Hallelujah throws confetti2 stars and not ecommended PS I just hope there isn t any spinoff coming especially not with Phillip as a lead character Just Ight back to prisonVirginia Lady Burke is well aware that the powerful ex spy will try to take command of their uest but it's her job to keep him under control Yet how can she keep this untamable scoundrel under her thumb when all she eally wants is to unleash the smoldering passion between the. .

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