My Dangerous Duke is the second book in the Inferno Club series by Gaelen Foley and although I did enjoy this instalment, I much preferred the first book, My Wicked Marquess.
Kate Madsen is kidnapped and held in a dungeon for five weeks. Her captors are the tenants of Rohan Kilburn, the Duke of Warrington, who is an assassin for a secret organisation called the Order, formed to protect our lands from the evil Prometheans. He arrives home to his castle to sort out issues with his staff only to be offered a present to appease him: Kate. Of course he accepts thinking she is a prostitute, but then over the course of the next few chapters realises she is not.
Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with the characters in My Dangerous Duke and I feel that the story is a little unbalanced this time around. What I enjoyed most about My Wicked Marquess was the inclusion of great suspense and mystery combined with steamy romance, which was the same format for this book, but I feel My Dangerous Duke leaned a bit too much towards the plot of the Order, and not enough on the romance and my attention did wane a little.
The hero, Rohan Kilburn, is also not particularly my cup of tea, so sadly there was no swooning – and with a romance, I have to swoon, or at least drool a little! I did like Kate though, but only at the beginning of the book. She was shy but feisty and I liked that, but after she got together with Rohan in the carnal sense, Kate changed somewhat. She transformed from a young, shy girl still a virgin to a sultry, sexy woman with all the worldly knowledge of how to arouse a man with just one look, without an ounce of self-consciousness or naivety. It was a bit of a turn around. There are also certain passages that didn’t quite sit well with me and occasionally alluded to sex without consent.
Kate is also quite happy to be Rohan’s mistress and be paid for the privilege – her reason is she had no choice as there wouldn’t be another man out there for her…Their relationship blossomed as I expected it to, but it didn’t quite leave me sighing with contentment.
There are some great moments though and a few of the interactions between Kate and Rohan did have my skin tingling a little bit and kept me reading. The adventures Kate and Rohan went on with regards to a so called “curse” on the Kilburn men, was fun to read. The last section of the book was like an Indiana Jones movie!
My Dangerous Duke is a fairly fun read, and I would recommend but with some reservations. It is a good enough book to while away a few hours but I have read better. However, as I enjoyed the first book so much, I will be on the look out for the next book in this series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- My Wicked Marquess
- My Dangerous Duke
- My Irresistible Earl
- My Ruthless Prince
- My Scandalous Viscount
- My Notorious Gentleman
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