Monday, April 1

Book Review: My Scandalous Viscount

Author: Gaelen Foley
Title: My Scandalous Viscount (Inferno Club #5)
Genre: Historical Romance, Adventure, Intrigue
Pages: 384
First Published: September 1st, 2012
Where I Got It: borrowed from library

"Sebastian, Viscount Beauchamp, lives by a code of honor, and now honor dictates he must marry Miss Carissa Portland. He has no regrets over stealing a kiss from the adorable little busybody--a fitting punishment for putting her delectable nose where it didn't belong. But now, caught in a compromising situation, he knows he must make her his bride. He's faced danger before--but nothing like this!

Carissa is not a gossip--she's a "lady of information." And all she was trying to do was warn the rakehell Beauchamp away from an irate husband. But even she can't flaunt Society, and while her head tells her that Beau's a notorious scoundrel, her heart--and her body--are captivated by his dangerous charm. But when Carissa next goes snooping, the secrets she uncovers about the Inferno Club may prove even more hazardous than falling in love with her own husband."

First of all...

I LOVE THAT DRESS ON THE COVER! I hate the color yellow, but I can't stop looking at this dress. I drool and imagine myself in it (I would look like a twinkie, since yellow looks horrid on me) and how much I want it. I am also glad there is a full head in this picture. The cut-off heads annoy me to know end.

Now I got that out of my system....

This is the fifth book in the Inferno Club series created by the always amazing Gaelen Foley. The series is winding down and there are only two members left who's story needs to be told. I'm sort of sad. I love the whole thing about the infamous Inferno Club who are known for partying, sexing, and just being general rogues are actually spies and warriors for England (and for the greater good throughout the world). I simply adore this notion!

Well, this story centers around the  gossip and infamous snoop Lady of Information, Carissa, and Viscount Beauchamp, the youngest warrior of the Order and always team leader for the second squad. At first I worried that things would drift off and be boring because the couple already had feelings for each other (which was touched upon in the last book), but since she's such a gossip and she is Daphne's friend, the other Order members tell him to stay away. He does until her life's endanger and while in the mist of saving her he compromises her (which nothing did happen), so he has to marry her. This all happened within the first 50 pages. They were married and rather infatuated with each other. I was worried that the book would drag. However, hope was restored because of The Incident and the Order is being threatened by the Regent and other officials of law.

There is a lot going on and there was never a dry moment. Thank goodness. I loved how much there was going, but Gaelen Foley kept everything in order and made sure the reader never stumbled off the path of understanding. I do recommend least read the book before this to understand all that is going on. I also would say to read the others to get the deeper meaning and further in depth about the goings-ons, but it is not 100% necessary. 

I liked Beau and Carissa. Beau...though...his sanity and ego are still in question with me though. After he realized Carissa was comprised and she found out about him being a spy he told her they had to marry. First of all... that's fine. However, he was rather rude about it and he threatened that if she says no there is a chance The Order will be forced to kill her. Okay...I would be rather upset and not 100% sure about wanting to marry him also. He was rude and threatened me. Yes, he looks like Apollo is simply a God, but that proposal is not swoon worthy. After persuasion she agreed. He then got pissed because she didn't swoon over the marriage proposal! WTF? Of course she isn't! GAH! Also I was annoyed that at the beginning he slipped some modern terms and words. Oh well...

He does redeem himself later on, but throughout the novel there are times I don't think his sanity is quite stable and his ego is not measurable. Oh well. He was a good guy, but still...Carissa will have to knock his ego down a peg or two. Which she does, but more is needed. 

In the end, I liked this book a lot. It was a fun adventure I'm so glad Carissa got a HEA. From the beginning, I felt bad that she was left out and Daphne had to be super careful with her gossipy friend due to her husband being a member of the Order. I would recommend this series and this book to those who adore HRs mixed with some action and spies and adventure. I will stamp this with 4 stars.

Favorite Character(s): Carissa, Trevor, Nick, Vicker (Beau's butler...he was hilarious in such a boring way) and Charles (I felt bad for him)
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Mr. Green 


Blodeuedd said...

Yellow is so bleh, but you are right. Here it shines, here I want it

Carole Rae said...

I know. I just adore that dress. Just imagine having the book in real life in your hands...for some reason it just glows.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

So glad you enjoyed it. And I'm sad we don't do dresses like that anymore. I would love to wear one just once, and yes not in yellow. :D Thank you and so glad you enjoyed it!

Carole Rae said...

I wish we could run around in dresses like that everyday! Perhaps I would skip out on the yellow (since I would look horrid in it), but I want a dress like that!