The Inferno Club, a scandalous gathering of wealthy libertines and highborn rakehells devoted to their wicked pleasures. Or so they are known to London society. Little does the world suspect the true purpose of the Inferno Club - or the unseen threat looming over England, which these select, powerful lords are secretly sworn to fight.
Recruited as lads from noble families, trained in an array of deadly arts, they are the operatives of a covert order so mysterious that few beyond the crown even know it exists. As dutiful peers of the realm, however, they are expected to take wives - and marriage may prove their most perilous mission yet! For it takes a lady of uncommon spirit to love an especially dangerous hero.
With the war against Napoleon winding down, the Marquess of Rotherstone decides it's time to restore his family's tainted reputation. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in society's eyes: marry an impeccable young lady of beauty and breeding, whose behavior is well beyond reproach.
Someone quite unlike Miss Daphne Starling. True, she is temptingly lovely, but a whiff of scandal suggests the blond beauty may be a jilt who enjoys toying with her suitors' emotions. Still, Max cannot resist her allure - or the challenge of proving London's gossips wrong. Pursuing her with a spy's cool, calm calculation, he is soon swept up in the chase. He would do anything to win her hand...and prove that even a very wicked marquess can become the ideal husband.
©2009 Gaelen Foley (P)2015 Gaelen Foley
>"Foley's most powerful novel to date!" (RT Book Reviews)
Disappointed to realise (at end of this audible) this is part of a series which is not yet available on audible or amazon Australia! I have had this occur on other series and it starts to become quite annoying. As for this audible, I liked Max the main male lead, the female lead, Daphne drove me crazy with her continual annoying thought process regarding male control and dishonesty etc. etc. etc.. but hung in there as the story had promise and I hoped the ending would bring it all together gloriously only to get a quick wind up of My Wicked Marquees and the confusing introduction to book 2, which is not available on audible or amazon Australia yet... Searched for series and alas there is currently 7 books in the series written, yet only 1 available on audible. Not happy and will not bother following through with this series. I suggest Australian audible listeners browse net prior to downloading any audible to check if part of a series or check author through audible to see what is available to download in Australia. I get very annoyed when I download an audible only to find the next book, (in a series) is not available. If I wanted to read a hard copy, I wouldn't be an audible listener. Will request return on this audible, very disappointed all round.
The contrast of personalities between Daphne and Max.
Daphine's great aunt the dowager dragon duchess. Every one is afraid of Daphine's great aunt and she sets the trends. She has the control that Daphine yearns for.
Her voice was sort of weak and timid. A more commanding distinctive voice would of been nice.
It was a fairly good book and enjoyable but not so much as to want to listen to it in one sitting.
Daphine is somewhat spoiled in some ways, is very generous and loving, wears her heart on her sleeve and is very trusting and sometimes a bit silly. Max hides his emotions and is very pragmatic. He is closed and secretive as he has had to be in order to survive. Max and Daphine balance each other, however besides being very open Daphine is curious, demands to be in control and not controlled by others and will not accept Max's secrets. As Max is a spy, Daphine snoops and learns things things best left unopened.
The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger with an introduction to the next book. I am hooked and am eagerly awaiting the next book.
Norwegian in a English world!
YEAH! That is what i want in my Historical romance! My Wicked Marquess: Inferno Club is that book. I loved this! Good vs Evil storyline is also a fun thing i like. iI's hard to stop listening to the story, and that is saying something. I never had so much fun from a author i never ever heard about before. Gaelen Foley is so good as it gets when it comes to historical romance,
12 hrs and 54 mins with Annette Chown never feels like i am lost. her english accent fits this book like a hand to a glove. I am amazed about how few books there is with her as a narrator. She is just as fantastic as the book is. And that is saying something about the quality in this book.
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Started out with strong, almost too hard edge. Towards the end it was so sugary sweet I had to skip forward and sighed with relief when it ended.
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 summary gives hints to the action. There is also a secondary story line which is a set-up for the rest of this fascinating series. Jump in and enjoy the ride!
Annette is a fine audio performer and is able to project the emotions of the characters. But. She is in a higher voice range which I cannot like and it is especially annoying when portraying men.
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Great narrator! Story really picked up with the spy plot. Left you wanting to read the next installment. When is it coming out? Hope I don't have to wait another year :(
My Wicked Marquess begins with Max St. Albans, Marquees of Rotherstone, searching for an ideal wife to repair his family name which was damaged by his father's gambling addiction and Max being labeled as a libertine (his undercover life). He was looking for a wife that wouldn't interfere with his "other life". Daphne captured his attention when she sent help during his confrontation with the ruffians and she has asked him to stay when she saw him leaving the ball.
Daphne couldn't forget the man who saved her from a gang outside of the orphanage that she has been volunteering at. She was ready to confront her rejected suitor and to put a stop to the rumors that he was spreading when Max appeared again at a ball and intervened again.
In courting Daphne and marrying her, Max has to balance his "secret life" as a secret agent for the Crown and his public life. He didn't want Daphne to find out about his secret life and put her endanger.
Daphne kept assuming the worst of Max. She kept running away from Max instead of confronting him. She doesn't have faith in him which reflects her shelter life of being black and white and never grey.
In the background of Max and Daphne's story, the readers will know that there is a threat which is Prometheans who were manipulating and supporting Napolean to win the war. As to what is Prometheans's objective is begin world dominance, the story doesn't really say.
And there is Drake, Max's best friend, who has been captured. Drake is tortured by Prometheans to reveal the members of the Order that he became amnesic in his self-preservation. Whether Drake will regain his memories before he betrays the Order remains to be seen. This is the story that will have readers coming back to find out what is Drake's fate. I know I will return to find out what will happen to Drake.
Overall, the story has so many things going on that the story will continued in this seven books series. It is information overload to the readers. There are at least four point-of-views being told in this book.
As for the narrator Annette Chown, I do love the accent that she presents in the narration of the story. Her voice gives a distinct atmosphere of being in England and gives the readers a sense that they are there in the story.
I was given this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing the review.
Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!
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 calls and he needs an heir so he puts his lawyer on it. Find him some candidates, get him their profiles and let the courting begin. He has a bad reputation, so he needs to find a woman with an upstanding reputation, but he just can't keep his thoughts away from Daphne Starling...the jilt. The fact that she jilted his childhood nemesis might have a little something to do with why he can't seem to focus his attentions in any direction but hers.
From their first interaction, I was pretty much on board with this couple. This really is kind of a sweet love story but running parallel to their relationship is a story line involving the inferno club with danger and mystery and ultimately these two story lines cross paths and then collide.
Can't wait for the next book to come available!
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So many books, so little time!
A tighter storyline and a more engaging heroine.
Daphne, the heroine, was completely TSTL. When Max said that he'd asked her father for her hand in marriage before speaking to her, she flew off the rails (in spite of the fact that was very much the done thing at the time). When Max mentioned he'd paid her father's debts, she accused him of wanting to buy her, and refused to listen to his explanation that he had withheld the information at her father's request. All the time, she persisted in thinking that Max was trying to control her - he wasn't, and quite honestly I don't know what he saw in her. There was no chemistry between them at all.
The plot is full of info dumps - which were difficult to follow, especially given the lacklustre narration. Clearly, there is a lot of back-story and set-up for future books, but that doesn't make for interesting listening. There has to be some, of course, but there was way too much here.
Ms Chown has a pleasant enough voice, but it lacks colour and nuance. Women and men are performed in more or less the same register so that at times I had difficulty working out who was speaking in scenes in which the hero and heroine appeared together. She was unable to imbue the villains with any sense of menace so that they seemed cartoonish.
Disappointment. I have read some of the later books in this series and enjoyed them, so was pleased to see this in audio. I admit that I had misgivings about it being read by a completely unknown narrator (according to an interview on Ms Foley's website, this is Ms Chown's first audiobook recording) - and I wasn't wrong to have felt that way.
Ms Chown has some good points as a narrator - she uses a number of regional accents well, and on the whole differentiates well between characters, but her male characters are not convincing. I'm not sure the historical romance genre is for her, given the nature of her voice.
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 exist on paper. He needed to marry a woman with reputation above reproach to be his bride. He intended to rebuild his family’s reputation as well their coffers. Max’s list of possible brides included the slightly odd maiden Daphne Starling. What elevated Daphne to the top of his list was the fact that she turned down the proposal from Max’s rival. Further investigation into Daphne showed a humanitarian who is devoted to helping the orphans in the London area. That, among other factors gained through investigation leads Max to decide she is the one. The problem now is how to convince Daphne to accept his hand when she has no intention of ever marrying. Plus, when Max’s past life intrudes on the new life he has built for himself, how can he explain the lies and secrets he must perpetuate? Can Daphne accept who he was and is?
I looked forward to how Max was going to win Daphne’s heart and I was waiting for when Daphne would truly see Max and appreciate the man he is. They had a lot of miscommunication and Daphne just couldn’t see Max for more than the Demon Marquess so it made things drag a bit. I wanted Daphne to be less wishy-washy and Max to be more upfront. It’s my first book by this author and the narrator did a good job.
Overall, this one was okay for a series beginner, I look forward to the next installment in the series.
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