by Gaelen Foley

July 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-173397-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Kate Madsen has been kidnapped and now delivered into the hands of the feared Duke of Warrington, known to the locals in the village as the Beast. Kate is determined to escape but it is difficult when she has been drugged on laudanum and is sure that the Beast is going to take her virginity.

Rohan Kilburn, the Duke of Warrington, relies on being feared by the locals because it is a good system of information for the highly secret Inferno Club. When some local smugglers bring him Kate, saying she is a harlot, well he definitely intends to enjoy her. First, however, he has some punishments to dole out.

When Rohan discovers the truth about Kate in the morning, after a sleepless night without Kate, he is furious. However, this discovery sets off a series of mysteries that will change who Kate is and just how important she is for Rohan and his mission.

This book starts off with excitement and the hope that Rohan is not quite the Beast he is initially portrayed. Unfortunately, it quickly gets bogged down in the Inferno Club business and not for the betterment of the plot. Rohan seems determined to look for only the worst in Kate, despite knowing she is far from the harlot the smugglers initially presented her as. He is sure she is holding secrets and frankly, I could barely believe these two fell in love, let alone lust. It does not help that Kate is not the smartest heroine I have ever read about. She is na´ve and silly at times in fact. As I was reading, all I wanted was for Gaelen Foley to focus on her characters rather than the boring tribulations of the Inferno Club.

Disappointing characters pushed into a lackluster plot, this was an average read but unfortunately, after yet another average Gaelen Foley reading experience, I am ready to stop reading her altogether.

Reviewed in June 2010 by Sarah.

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