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My Dangerous Duke by Gaelen Foley


Cover art: My Dangerous Duke Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: My Dangerous Duke - 2nd in the Inferno Club series
Author: Gaelen Foley
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-173397-0
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1816 England
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Gaelen's Website/Blog: www.gaelenfoley.com

Rohan Kilburn, the Duke of Warrington, is a member of the Inferno Club, a secret organization that fights for the good of England and the world. Rohan is an assassin for the Order, and his family has been members for generations. The main enemies of the Order are the Prometheans, one of whom long ago set a curse on Rohan's family, that the male Kilburn would be responsible for his wife's death. Rohan even has a castle located on a weather beaten and gloomy stretch of land, complete with a ghost of one of the supposed murdered wives of his ancestors. Because of some trouble with the smugglers who aid his cause but also smuggle, Rohan is at his castle instead of in London. Late one night the smugglers bring Rohan the present of a whore, who isn't what she seems.

Kate Madsen is kidnapped by the smugglers, kept captive in a basement, and drugged before being presented to Rohan as a gift. Thankfully Kate passes out before things can go too far, and when she awakens the next morning she flees, only to have Rohan give chase. Later, after Rohan finds out what has happened to Kate he is still leery that she might be an Order operative, especially after he learns who her family is.

My Dangerous Duke is a historical romance, which has a bit of an identity crisis for me. In the first part it has a decided Gothic feel with a strong, independent heroine, but this seems to change rather abruptly after Kate gives herself to Rohan. While I understand that Rohan may need unconditional love, there is no way that I would put up with him in the same situation. Which leads me to the crux of my problem. Rohan isn't one of my favorite heroes. Yes, he is tortured and has many issues to work through, and I usually enjoy this type of hero. I think it may be that the heroine doesn't seem strong enough for him at times, which is part of my dilemma. After the way that Rohan treated Kate I wanted to see some major groveling, which never materialized. From this it may be thought,that I didn't enjoy My Dangerous Duke, but I did. The first part is exceptional and the mystery and adventure in the last part are quite good. I just wish that I had connected more with the hero and heroine.

With that said the teaser for the next book in the series makes me really want to read it.


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