Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Nick, Lord Forrester, has a reputation that is legendary— both as a lethal warrior and a wicked lover. But when his rule-breaking ways land him in a Scottish dungeon, he's left there to rot, until a mysterious lady visits his cell and offers him a way out.
All he must do is risk his neck on the mission she proposes—and obey her every command. One look at the luscious beauty has Nick ready to promise her anything, but he must resist his desire, or she could send him straight back to prison.
Virginia, Lady Burke, is well aware that the powerful ex-spy will try to take command of their quest, but it's her job to keep him under control. Yet how can she keep this untamable scoundrel under her thumb when all she really wants is to unleash the smoldering passion between them?
The Secrets of a Scoundrel is hands down the best book of the Inferno Club series! A fitting end for the spies of The Order!
After committing several offenses against The Order, a formerly secret organization of spies tasked to protect England, Nick, Baron Forester was sentenced to 2 years in The Order’s own prison. A last ditch heroic act reinforced the idea that hidden inside him was a good man and that act saved him from execution.
Virginia, Lady Burke is unfortunately in more trouble than she can normally handle. As a lady detective of sorts, her latest missing persons case has taken a turn into dangerous territory, places that only Lord Forrester can navigate. So she arranges for him to be released into her custody and in exchange for his help, she will do all she can to have him set free.
I have such a deep attachment to The Inferno Club series and its characters that it was hard for me as a reader to say goodbye to a world that I’ve adored since the very first book. However, if I had to say goodbye, then I’m glad it was with a book like The Secrets of a Scoundrel. This book went back to the formula that made the first book such a success with me: Fast paced action scenes, an evenly matched pair of characters, mystery, suspense and naturally, passionate love scenes. Of course, there was one big difference and that was the heroine.
Virginia has a close personal connection to The Order, one that she’s not afraid to use. I loved that she was blunt with Nick, no weak kneed female, she caught him off guard and that was refreshing. I’m also glad that author Gaelen Foley didn’t give the worldly Lord Forrester a virgin for a heroine. Something tells me he’s not the type of character to waste time on an innocent miss with no experience. Virginia, or Gin as she’s called, has the type of personality that would appeal only to the bravest of men. She goes her own way in life and isn’t afraid to enjoy herself. Given who she is, Gin would have been a huge disappointment to me had she not been who she was and instead been a woman with a damsel in distress complex.
Appealing to my love of a good adventure, The Secrets of a Scoundrel kept me reading until my eyes practically crossed from fatigue, it was that much fun! The chemistry and snarky bantering between Nick and Gin was entertaining and is one of the most appealing aspects of the book. Making it more enjoyable was that Nick and Gin treated each other as equals when the situation became dangerous. Nick quickly saw that Gin was more than capable of facing danger head on and he trusted her to know how to survive. I loved that about him, he and Gin worked as a team.
Fast paced and easy to follow, The Secrets of a Scoundrel can be read as a standalone but if you like Regency spies, why would you want to read this series out of order? I highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series in order to get a better enjoyment out of the characters and connecting stories.
Final Verdict: I really didn’t want to let go but I will say that I’m glad that the end came in the form of The Secrets of a Scoundrel. It was not only what I’ve come to expect from author Gaelen Foley, but a fitting end to a series that will always have a special place in my heart.