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A new to me author this week! Mia Marlowe. This one was pretty fun. Historical with a bit of woo-woo and suspense. I love when characters get caught doing something a spot silly...
Nora felt his presence before she caught a glimpse of him from the corner of her eye. A ripple of feral pleasure cursed through her. He seemed to fill the parlor doorway, his broad shoulders nearly touching on both sides.
She changed her mind. There was nothing of a field mouse about this man.
He made a stiff bow, but he didn't speak.
Nora looked up, aware that most men loved to catch a woman in this state. She was wearing half-dress, her hair unbound, her expression appropriately dewy-eyed and hopeful after supposedly letting Byron's lush verses surge over her.
"Hullo, Westfall," she said.
"Your book is upside down."
"Oh!" She laid it aside as quickly as if it were a viper.
"But you looked lovely pretending to read it. I assume that was the point, so, well done."
"Well, I have read it, you know."
The Madness of Lord Westfall (The Order of the MUSE #2) by Mia Marlowe
A little Regency with a side of woo-woo? Yes, please! Romance, intrigue, characters with unique...abilities. A madman and a courtesan. A threat against the crown, blackmail and a race against the clock. The Madness of Lord Westfall was a tantalizing treat that was impossible to resist. Marlowe definitely delivered.
The quick of it is that Pierce and his group have been tasked with finding those behind a nefarious scheme against the crown. Something that brings a courtesan into their mists. One Pierce must get close to in order to find out what she knows and put an end to the threat against the prince.
I enjoyed the heck out of Pierce and Nora--the madman who could hear voices and the Lady turned courtesan. I always enjoy characters that are deemed a spot "mad" and I tend to have a soft spot for courtesans so these two definitely had my attention. I liked them too. They were good people who were freaking survivors. Life hadn't been easy for either of them but they fought and were just amazing people despite it. They were good together too. Had lovely chemistry and banter and had me smiling.
While I did feel like I'd walked in mid-series (turns out this was book two oops!) it passed quickly and I was easily pulled in by this group of agents that all have interesting abilities--hearing thoughts, sending thoughts, control of fire or water or soul skipping and use them to keep country safe. I was constantly finding a minute here or there to read and spend time with them. I love that feeling. The suspense and watching them piece things together and use their talents kept me reading late into the night.
The Madness of Lord Westfall was a quick read full of interesting characters, depth and a couple surprises along the way. Risk, danger, love, forgiveness and finding peace. It was a lovely story that had some grit and sparked my curiosity about everyone else on the team.
Do you have a favorite from Marlowe?
Any historicals with a touch of para you just love?
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..
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