Monday, October 18, 2010

Review - My Dangerous Duke

Title: My Dangerous Duke
Author: Gaelen Foley
Publishing Date: July 2010
Genre: Historical
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I purchased this book used.

My Dangerous Duke is the second book in Gaelen Foley's Inferno Club series. Kate Madsen is abducted from her home by a band of thieves and offered up to Rohan Kilburn as a gift. Rohan is known by most as "The Beast". Those who look upon his ferocious countenance fear his wrath. Kate is taken to his estate, drugged and against her will as a peace offering of sorts. Fortunately for Kate, Rohan might be a Beast, but he also is intelligent and easily realizes that Kate is much more complicated than she seems. Her mysterious origins, once discovered, lead Rohan to make a tough decision when it comes to their future.

I have always enjoyed Gaelen Foley's writing. One of my favorite historical romance books is The Duke which was written about ten years ago. I read the first book in this series and I wasn't too crazy about it. However, I enjoyed My Dangerous Duke more than I did My Wicked Marquess. First of all, I enjoyed the setting and characters. The book sets a very gothic feel to the mood by residing in the gloomy winter time off the cliffs of Cornwall. Kate is taken to a dark and dismal castle complete with dungeons. Rohan is a Beast of a man with a surly disposition and plenty of scars, both mental and physical.

I wouldn't necessarily say My Dangerous Duke is breaking any new ground with this story. Yet, I found the characters enjoyable and the writing entertaining and fast paced. There were a few times I was annoyed with Rohan and his tendency to jump to conclusions where Kate was concerned. Fortunately, he quickly comes to his senses and realizes Kate is not hiding anything from him. What you see is what you get with Kate. She really is a sweet and likable heroine. I also enjoyed how Kate and Rohan work together at the end of the book to solve the mystery pertaining to Kate's heritage. I found My Dangerous Duke to be a fine historical romance, one certainly worth giving a try if you haven't ever tried Ms. Foley before.

Here is what others had to say: (I seem to be in the minority on liking this one)
A Book Blogger's Diary
Dear Author
Book Chick City
Love Romances and More
My Overstuffed Bookshelf


nath said...

In the end, that's what matters the most, that you've enjoyed the book. I've read The Duke and bought some of Ms Foley's backlist. Still need to go through them...

Jill D. said...

Nath - If I know I am going to read a book I try to stay away from the review until I have read it. I am glad I did, because all the negative hype would have changed my perception of the book and I know I would have put off reading it.

Well, when you finally get to Foley's backlist I will be curious to hear your thoughts!

Kristie (J) said...

I loved Gaelen Foley first few books - loved 'em, loved 'em. But then she sort of lost me as a reader after a few what I thought sub par books. But maybe I'll look for this one used. I'd love to have her back on my list again!

Jill D. said...

Kristie - I feel the same way about Foley. I loved The Duke and then halfway through that series was like "ho hum". I liked the second book better in this new series, but I seem to be in the minority. Take my recomendation with a grain of salt, LOL!