Author: Mia Marlowe
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: Meg Anthony was never raised a lady. Instead, she grew up amongst grifters who used her unique “finding” ability for their own selfish purposes. Recently, she’s been taken under the wing of the Duke of Camden and the Order of M.U.S.E., learning not only the fine art of becoming a lady, but how to use her extraordinary talent to help others.
But Meg’s gift is a beacon to unsavory characters who would possess her.
Charged with her protection, Lord Badewyn knows—too well—that his wild, Welsh castle is no safe haven for this lovely, all-too-desirable creature. Part human, part fallen angel, he is one of the Nephilim. He is a recluse sworn never to love. As the dangers to Meg grow more threatening, he cannot help but find himself tempted beyond all reason…and tested to see if he has both a heart and a soul.
Review: My favorite of the MUSE stories ever–especially the fate served to Meg’s uncle and cousin–absolutely fabulous and totally befitting those two scallewags! Ms Marlowe has created a wonderful world that combines the paranormal with a historical perspective that’s both entertaining and enlightening, stretching the imagination with irresistible characters that appeal to my sense of drama and romance.
Meg Anthony’s less than delicate birth and upbringing make her feel incredibly undeserving of her present location in Camden House as well as her current standing as one of the extraordinaires in the Duke of Camden’s Order of the MUSE. From birth on, she’d been used as a pawn by her uncle Rowney and had barely escaped before being forced into marriage with her cousin Oswald. When a lucky break reveals that her uncle and cousin have ascertained her location in the Duke’s home and are planning on kidnapping her, it becomes imperative that Meg’s moved and hidden again–only this time, better. Traveling to the wilds of Wales to Faencaern Castle to stay under the protection of Lord Badewyn seems the safest alternative.
Faced with an incredibly depressing castle and a desolate location, the only thing that brightens Megs outlook is the handsome Lord. He, however, seems very standoffish…and seems to be avoiding her. Is she really that unappealing?
The situation Samuel Templeton, Lord Badewyn, finds himself in is most unpalatable. Forced into being an unwitting pimp for his father, he’s decided to be the son that breaks the cycle–he’s not going to get married, ever. And yet, why is he so tempted by this creature, this woman? He is used to being alone; why does he suddenly crave her company? One day he can’t resist and invites her to look at the stars with him…and before they know it, Meg and Samuel are heading for a fall.
These stories are really unique and charming. My favorite part is watching the development of the character’s comfort with their gift and how they very slowly learn to incorporate it into their personalities. For some it’s easier than others. The last book, The Madness of Lord Westfall, was painful as the gift was not an easy one to bear. This one was not as agonizing, but I’d love if there was a way for this character’s gift to be used with less danger to her–I keep hoping with each book that they’ll discover an antidote or a way for her to do it that’s less taxing and safer. Otherwise, I love the direction these books are going and the solution to Grigori and Pascal was perfect. A great example of the original thinking of this author–keep it up! Looking forward to the next!