Book Review 20: The Madness of Lord Westfall (Order of the M.U.S.E #2) by Mia Marlowe

Title: The Madness of Lord Westfall (Order of the M.U.S.E #2)
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Author: Mia Marlowe
Release Date: 21 September 2015
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall is mad. Everyone knows it. He fell from a tree when he was a boy and woke to hear strange voices. When the voices grow stronger as he grows older, his family commits him to Bedlam. But what he hears are the thoughts of those around him—a gift to be used in service to the Order of the M.U.S.E. Until he falls again…this time for a totally unsuitable woman.

Lady Nora Claremont hides her heartbreak behind the facade of a carefree courtesan. Viscount Westfall is the most confusing man she’s ever met. He seems to know exactly what she wants…and what she’s thinking.

Which is a dangerous thing, because what Nora wants is Pierce.

And what she’s thinking could expose her as a traitor to the crown…

Rating: 4.5/5
Review:

This is the first time I’ve read a story by Mia Marlowe and I have to say that I was intrigued by the idea of a historical romance novel starring characters with special abilities who belong to a secret order. Though this was apparently the second of the series (I missed The Curse of Lord Stanstead. Drat.), I was not disappointed. The story was entertaining and I kept wondering what was going to happen next. The characters were well written and it was hard not to sympathize with both Lord Westfall and Lady Nora as the story progressed. The passages from their secret journals were most insightful and necessary. There was some humor in the story but it helped a great deal that the author did not make fun of mental illness despite Lord Westfall’s sarcastic musings at times. However, I did hope that there would be more action for the Order of the M.U.S.E. as all of the members are very interesting. But all of them will be getting their own book it seems if you check out the author’s page (Meg’s story is coming out in November) so readers won’t be disappointed. I totally recommend this book for those who want a light and entertaining read, and those who won’t mind waiting for the next installment to come out.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

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Excerpt: The Shadow (The Florentine Series #2) by Sylvain Reynard

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The Shadow

Sylvain Reynard

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Raven watched as William efficiently disrobed, neatly folding every article of black clothing (with the exception of underwear, which he never wore), and placing it on the vanity.

She brushed imaginary lint from her dress as he stood in front of her, naked.

He was under six feet in height, his body lean and strong. Raven took a moment to appreciate the definition of his muscled chest and abdomen, and the strong cast to his thighs.  Not even a statue carved by the most talented sculptor could create a being with so much perfection.

His face put her in mind of an angel with intense, gray eyes that now looked at her expectantly.

She hid her face.  “You said you loved me.”

“I did. What’s more, I meant it.”

“Love is a peculiar thing. I’ve seen it. I’ve even cheered for it. But I never believed it was for me.”

“Why shouldn’t a beautiful, fierce young woman hope for love?”

“Because, as you put it, human beings are shallow.”

“Love is deep.” His rich voice echoed in the bathroom.

“Love is having the power to destroy another person.”

William stepped closer.  “Are you afraid of being destroyed?”

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Book Review 19: The Shadows Series by Marni Mann

imageTitle: The Shadows Series Book  Set (Seductive Shadows & Seductive Secrecy)
Author: Marni Mann

Reader’s Beware: This is not your mother’s romance, nor is there a rich, playboy millionaire seducing an innocent virgin. Charlie leads a passionate, controversial, and thought-provoking life – the sex scenes will make you blush, the twists will make you gasp in disbelief and the characters’ angst and pain will make your heart ache. Prepare to dive into a highly sensual, unique storyline with substance and a touch of darkness – as well as explicit language and descriptive sexual content. After all, real life is lived in the shadows, and Marni will take you there. But love can linger in the darkness….

“Seductive Shadows” (Book One)

Charlie is a sensually-inspired art student, desperately seeking an escape from the abusive past that haunts her and a tragic accident that emptied her heart. Scarred and unable to love, her yearning for physical pleasure leads her into a tantalizing, dangerous world of power and seduction. The anonymity of the deal offers security; the money brings financial freedom and the madam is the mother figure she longs for.

But the thrill of the mansion and its arousing dominance quickly fades when she meets renowned-yet-mysterious Cameron Hardy, whose intense baby blue eyes send a nervous flutter through her core. Cameron is sexy, and not in a subtle way. He stimulates Charlie’s art, her intellect and her desires. Just as he begins to break through her emotional boundaries, she discovers a devastating connection between her past and her scandalous work at the mansion, shattering everything she thought to be true.

Provocative, intoxicating and erotic, Seductive Shadows is the unforgettable tale of a young woman’s self-discovery as she learns to forgive, to love and be loved, and to find redemption amidst a remarkable journey that will captivate your mind and stimulate your soul.

“Seductive Secrecy” (Book Two)

“We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.”

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron—if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them.

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?

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