Review: The Secrets of a Scoundrel by Gaelen Foley

secrets of a scandalReviewed by Jen

This final installment in Gaelen Foleys Inferno Club series was one of my favorites. Nick is hero in need of redemption. He’s made some pretty bad choices, nearly skirting into villain territory in his efforts to break free of the Order. But as the story begins, he is paying the price for his actions… in a jail cell.

He is expecting an extended stay, but after just six months, he is offered a chance at freedom. All he has to do is help a beautiful woman on a spy mission. Making matters even more interesting, the lady Virginia is actually the secret daughter of Nick’s late mentor Virgil.

Though she is now a widow in her 30s, Virginia has nursed a crush on Nick since her teens. Though they never met, she saw him as a girl… and her father shared stories of him over the years. It was enough to make him the benchmark against which she measured other men. She enlists his help as much for him as for herself.

I really enjoyed watching Nick’s interactions with Virginia change how he saw himself and what he wanted for his future. After he turned his back on the Order, he lost respect for himself. He was unable to acknowledge his own sacrifices and heroism. But as a relationship grows with Virginia, he slowly becomes whole for the first time in his life.

The spy mission is pretty good. And the adventure moves the story along. I liked Virginia, though it always leads to Bad Things when the heroine keeps secrets from the hero. It’s a frustrating exercise for readers to have to watch the inevitable disaster play out, but at least the author didn’t milk it overly long.

I liked the infusion of Virginia’s teenage son into the story. Not only does he show another side of his mom, but it makes the family dynamic so satisfying in the end. I also enjoyed the romance overall, which had far more external conflicts than internal ones.

A good conclusion to the series.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC Provide by Avon

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The Secrets of a Scoundrel
by Gaelen Foley
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Avon

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