Friday, November 27, 2015

4 stars--The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn (The Order of the MUSE #3) by Mia Marlowe

Seductive! The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn held me in it's grip from beginning to end. Fiercely guarded secrets, loathsome villains, centuries old curses, passion and some paranormal woo-woo. Seriously. How could it not hold me captive and completely spellbound?

Okay so the quick of it is that there are a group of men and women with special psychic abilities and the Duke has brought them all together to do good for the Crown. Including Meg--a grifter turned "Lady"--who's past is suddenly trying to snatch her back. The danger after her has her fleeing (on the Duke's orders) to a remote castle and the protection of a reclusive member of the Order. One that may prove just as dangerous as those out to get her.

Meg and Samuel were lovely. Meg has the ability of astral projection and Samuel can see visions in reflective surfaces. They were an interesting duo. Reluctance and intrigue warring against each other and when she could pin him down luscious sparks. I liked his grumbles. I loved her desire to help. That she had a rough past and wasn't the perfect Lady. They were interesting and wonderful.

The romance was quick. Going from attraction to love just a mite too quickly without enough of the yummy getting there moments (for me) but it also kind of worked because of the shared bond they had from their unique abilities and knowing how the other felt about them. They understood each other I guess you would say? And because of the intense experience they were going through together.

There's undeniable chemistry and some yummy little spots of passion that were both sweet, hot and in some cases a little funny...
Spent and gasping, his weight sagged onto her for a moment, before he raised himself to look down at her. His heart glowed in his silver-gray eyes. Meg kissed his throat, tasting the sweat-damped saltiness of his skin.

A loud cheer erupted in the taproom downstairs.

"What in the world is that about?" she asked.

Samuel squeezed his eyes closed for a moment and shook his head. "Us, I imagine," he said with a lopsided grin. "The innkeeper warned me that this bed is noisy enough to be heard in the room below."

"You're joking."

"I fear I am not..."
What pulls me in the most with this series is the Order of the MUSE. It's an interesting group of men and women from all different lots in life and with all sorts of psychic abilities. I've enjoyed getting to know them and seeing them in action as they fight against threats. This time it wasn't so much a threat against the Crown that kept the suspense going but threats against their own members. The rush to keep them safe and uncover things they needed to know or see. It got a little crazy towards the end with a number of threads coming together but it was rather fun to watch everything unfold as the two fled for her safety and got all tangled together.

All in all, Mia Marlowe captivated! The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn was magical, curious and left me excited to see what will happen next with The Order of the MUSE.

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.

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(seriously how freaking amazing are these covers?!!)



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