Title: My Scandalous Viscount
Author: Gaelen Foley
Series: The Inferno Club #5 (stand-alone)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: September 25th 2012 by Avon
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“I have learned that we are all hypocrites in some way. People generally accuse others most vehemently of the very fault they themselves are secretly prone to.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to My Scandalous Viscount by Gaelen Foley
Foley’s books give off distinct feelings and this time, it’s dreamy and serene (hence, the blue theme for my moodboard!). Incredibly romantic with a hint of danger, My Scandalous Viscount has just the right elements to keep you turning the pages.
It can be likened to a peppermint cookie—sugary on the first taste then gradually develops a mild spicy flare. Carissa and Beauchamp’s non-courtship was short but sweet. They have the most delightful cat-dog banter and the chemistry is so effortless. After making you fall in love with the adorable heroine dubbed as the “Lady of Information” (which is actually just euphemism for a gossip) and the sweet yet tough hero, you’ll soon find yourself hanging on the edge of your seat as the two embark on separate missions to save the Order.
Sebastian, Viscount Beauchamp, fits the golden boy status to a tee. His blonde hair and blue eyes work well for him but couple that with a charming personality, he becomes devastating. He is such a romantic at heart (even though he refutes the description!) lavishing Carissa with thoughtful gifts because he felt he needed to compensate for their hasty marriage. He can be unrelenting at times but the good thing is, the heroine matches his stubborn streak just as well.
Miss Carissa Portland is a brazen gossip, always with her opera glass to spy on the shenanigans of the ton. Despite this behavior, I still found Carissa so adorable. Between the two, it’s Carissa who has a solid character growth. She starts as a seemingly innocent, bored aristocrat playing a spy game but eventually learns to use these spying “skills” to help Beau. She accomplished so much on her own and that’s really amazing.
The ending was packed full of emotions but can be summed up to one: bittersweet.
***cover art: 3.5/5 stars. Nice looking.***