With the war against Napoleon winding down, the Marquess of Rotherstone decides it’s time to restore his family’s tainted reputation. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in society’s eyes: marry an impeccable young lady of beauty and breeding, whose behavior is well beyond reproach.
Someone quite unlike Miss Daphne Starling. True, she is temptingly lovely, but a whiff of scandal suggests the blond beauty may be a jilt who enjoys toying with her suitors’ emotions. Still, Max cannot resist her allure – or the challenge of proving London’s gossips wrong. Pursuing her with a spy’s cool, calm calculation, he is soon swept up in the chase. He would do anything to win her hand…and prove that even a very wicked marquess can become the ideal husband.
Rating: C- for narration; D for content
My Wicked Marquess is the first book in Gaelen Foley’s Inferno Club series, and having enjoyed reading some of the later books, I was pleased to see this appear in audio format. Annette Chown is a new-to-me narrator (and from reading an interview with her posted on Ms Foley’s website, it seems she’s fairly new to the world of audiobook narration, too), but I like to give new narrators a chance – everyone has to start somewhere, after all!
Unfortunately, however, My Wicked Marquess is a bit of a mess. The pacing is very uneven, the heroine is annoying to the point of being TSTL and there is a lot of info-dumping going on, whether as back-story or setting up future books; and Ms Chown’s narration, while decent, isn’t sufficiently engaging as to be able to carry the listener through those portions of the story that are, shall we say, less than interesting.
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