My Ruthless Prince
by Gaelen Foley
Sigh...I think I have to stop reading Foley. I've been very unhappy with this series. The only characters that have interested me at all are Emily and Drake, and now with their story finished I think I'm giving up on Foley until she writes something different.
Our hero Drake was taken prisoner and "broken" by the other side. Tortured in both mind and body he was willing to grasp onto any kindness...including that of his archenemy. Now, deep undercover as a trusted member of his archenemy's group, he has to protect the woman he loves while trying to sort out his own feelings for the man who saved him, and the death Drake is supposed to serve him.
This is the fourth "Inferno Club" book and, though I am a big fan of Foley's, I haven't liked any of them. I guess I'm just not a big fan of secret clubs full of good warriors and bad Satan worshipers. The one bright spot for me was Drake, the Earl of Westwood, and Emily Harper's story. I wasn't sure what was going on in Drake's mind. I loved the mystery of not knowing whether he had really turned to the dark side or nor. Although I had a lot of trouble believing that he would even marry a servant girl like Emily Harper, I was willing to suspend my disbelief since, well, hell, this is a world where two secret societies exist and believe in magic! But this book just sucked my will to read out of me with Drake's constant vacillating between wanting to get revenge and wanting to save the woman he loved had me annoyed AND upset that he'd even contemplate putting his true love in danger.
Add that to Emily, who traveled across Europe (don't ask how because it's as implausible as the plot of this book) to "save" Drake, just kind of standing around waiting for him to either get them both killed or finally come away with her. I don't mind a strong a silent female like Emily, but she came off more like a loser than anything remotely "strong."
The final nail in the coffin to the entire read was a turn in the plot that came close to the end of the book and had me screaming out loud, "NO WAY!!!!"
Bottom Line: This series isn't for me, but if you've liked the other books you may like this one because it's, unfortunately, just more of the same.
“The tortured story fans have been waiting for?”
January 2012, 384 pages
The Inferno Club: To London Society, they're notorious for their scandalous pursuits. In private, these warriors would risk their lives for king and country.
His brother warriors fear the Earl of Westwood has turned traitor, but Emily Harper knows this is impossible for the man she has loved since childhood . . . as impossible as a marriage between them could ever be—she, the gamekeeper's daughter and he, a bold and adventurous nobleman.
Driven by hatred and revenge, Westwood is playing a deadly game of deception, bent on destroying the enemy's dark conspiracy from the inside, and he's furious when Emily plunges herself into danger for his sake. Forced into close quarters, their long-suppressed desire explodes into all-consuming passion.
Emily knows her love can save him . . . but Westwood is a man who doesn't want to be saved.