He vowed to never fall in love...
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.
The Order of the M.U.S.E. series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 The Curse of Lord Stanstead
Book #2 The Madness of Lord Westfall
Book #3 The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn
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The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn
The Order of the M.U.S.E
By Mia Marlowe, Erin Molta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Diana Groe
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Meg Anthony stood tiptoe on the top of the chimney, the highest point above the gambrel roof of the Duke of Camden's town house. She leaned on the iron weathercock. More than four stories down, people and carriages moved up and down the broad Mayfair street. They seemed like child's toys. No one glanced up at her.
Well, they wouldn't, would they?
She spread her arms and took a flying leap.
The ground rushed to meet her, but before she could crash headlong into His Grace's miniscule front garden, Meg willed herself to slow and come to a complete stop above the hydrangea, heavy with blooms. For a blink, she hovered, wishing she could detect scents in her spirit form. Then she floated upward, light as a soap bubble and as free of care.
It was always like this when she exercised her gift. The abandon, the exhilaration, the sense that anything she could think, she could do — flying free of her body was the closest thing to heaven she could imagine. Unfortunately, she had to be mindful that while her spirit soared during these times, her empty body died a little as it waited for her essence to return. She needed to be quick.
Especially since this was an unsanctioned use of her Finding ability. If the duke discovered she'd done it, he'd pitch a fit. Of course, it might be considered disrespectful to think of such an important person as His Grace doing something as common as pitching a fit, so she set that idea aside. Besides, more than she feared his anger, she feared he might wash his hands of her entirely and ban her from the Order.
It would be the worst that could happen.
She'd never felt she belonged anywhere until His Grace brought her into his household to join his band of psychic operatives. But she wasn't wellborn like the other members of the Order of the M.U.S.E. Honestly, sometimes the business of learning to read, and the even harder task of learning to carry herself like a lady, ground her down to a nub. Meg needed a few moments to refresh herself. Nothing was better than flitting above the streets of London. She reveled in a God's eye view of its residents, darting about with the speed of thought and passing through bricks and mortar as if they were water.
Since Meg didn't have anything in particular she was seeking during This Finding session, she decided to pop into the neighbor's house to have a look about. The family who'd occupied that residence during the Season had left London the week before, escaping to the country as the full heat of late summer and the Thames' low tides turned the city into a miasma of foul scents and even fouler tempers. When that happened, Meg was grateful that she couldn't smell a thing while she was disembodied.
All the furniture in the front parlor was draped with sheets to guard against dust. Even the paintings had been hung with linen, but the maids had neglected to cover the large mirror at the base of the stairs in the foyer. Meg drifted by it.
No one had ever claimed to have seen her when she was in this state, but she could see herself in mirrors. Not clearly, of course. Her image was translucent, as if she'd been scraped thin enough to allow light to shine through her. She grinned at her spectral reflection. When she was like this, with the glory of pure spirit radiating from every bit of her, she wasn't as plain as she thought.
Then she heard repeated thumps coming from above her. She shot upward through the painted ceiling and floor joists to the first floor. Meg was glad that she could make no sound in her present form, because what she saw made her want to scream.
There were two men, sweating and swearing as they tried to work a wall safe from its hiding place amid lathe and plaster. They evidently couldn't crack it, so they'd decided to take the whole thing away with them. Seeing a burglary in process was bad enough, but what really startled Meg was that she recognized the pair as her Uncle Rowney and Cousin Oswald — the two people in all the world she'd hoped never to see again.
Meg shivered. She thought she'd left them behind when she had run away and hid herself in the city, taking a position as a lady's maid. Then when her psychic gift had brought her to the Duke of Camden's attention, she'd felt doubly safe from her past. But it couldn't be a coincidence that Rowney and Oswald were trying to burgle the house next to the one she'd called home for all these months. They were looking for her. She floated closer to listen.
"You sure this is worth the trouble?" Oswald grunted with effort as he leaned his considerable bulk on the crowbar. The safe didn't budge.
"I'm tellin' you, I was walking out with Mrs. Tesh, the cook what worked here till the family moved away, and she swore his lordship left any number of things behind in the safe on account of them not havin' one at the country house." Rowney crossed his arms over his chest, content to watch the younger man do all the work.
Some things never change, Meg thought.
Oswald adjusted the angle of the bar and tried again. "What kind of things?"
"His mistress' jewels, for instance. Don't do to let the wife stumble across those, do it? And a bit of blunt for emergencies. A good bit, I'm told," Rowney said. "According to Mrs. Tesh, his lordship don't exactly trust banks."
"And why should we trust Mrs. Tesh? Peaching on your employer is never a good idea."
"She's got no call to be loyal. His Nibs gave her the sack when they left. Said they already had a cook at their place in Sussex. Couldn't be bothered to keep two on. He gave her a reference, but since she can't read, she's afraid to use the blasted thing. Who knows what lies Quality folk might take into their heads to write about them what work for a livin'? Ain't one of 'em worth spit."
The Quality folk Meg had fallen in with were worth a good deal more than spit. Lady Easton, the Duke of Camden's sister, worked tirelessly with her, trying to educate her well enough to pass as a lady. And if there was a single soul in the world whom Meg wanted to make proud of her, it was the duke himself.
"This'd be a lot easier if we still had Meggie with us. She'd be able to poke in there and tell us for sure was it worth me bustin' my spleen over." Oswald reared back and brought the crook of the crowbar down on the hinges with all his strength. The steel was unforgiving and the shock seemed to reverberate up his arms. Spouting a long string of profanity, Oswald threw the bar across the room. Wood splintered under the sheeting when it struck the covered highboy.
Meg shuddered. Even though she knew her cousin couldn't see her, his nearness made her feel prickly all over.
"Never you fret over that, my boy," Rowney said. "I've had my eye on the high and mighty 'Miss Anthony' for weeks now. She's close. Right next door, in fact. The Duke of Camden has her cozied up in his place. She don't venture out lest she's in some pretty high-toned company, but she'll get lazy about it one of these days. And then we'll pinch her right off the street."
Panic gripped her with both hands and squeezed. Rowney was right. If they nabbed her, her uncle and cousin would force her back into their life of drawing latches and picking pockets. She had to be extra careful every day to stay free. They only had to get lucky once.
"You and Meggie will be tyin' the knot before you know it," Rowney went on.
She couldn't listen to more. The thought of marrying Oswald made her want to start shrieking and never stop. But she couldn't so long as she floated outside of her body.
So long ... How long has it been?
Another kind of panic seized her. What if she'd stayed away too long? Quick as thought, she zipped through the walls shared by this town house and His Grace's, then up another story to the chamber that had been assigned to her.
Her body was slumped in the comfortable wing chair near her cold fireplace, but a candle burned on the low table before her. She preferred to have someone lay their hands on her shoulders to help anchor her to earth during a Finding. Failing that, she'd discovered that the light of a candle also served to ease her re-entry into her house of flesh.
But her body wasn't alone. Gaston LeGrand was standing over her still form, a frown on his face. He reached a hand toward her shoulder and then drew it back, clearly undecided about whether touching her would help or hinder her return at this point, since he hadn't been with her from the beginning of her dash into the spirit realm.
Meg hovered over her body. She almost didn't recognize herself.
It was as if that body in the chair belonged to someone else. The waxy pallor, the dead stillness, the chained-to-earth heaviness — how could it house something as light and heaven-born as her breathless essence? But she slipped back into it, anchoring her spirit to the body that became hers once more.
A deep lungful of air hissed over her teeth. Her heart lurched from its nearly stopped state into a galloping rhythm. Meg tingled all over as her freshly animated skin sent frantic messages to her brain. She was suddenly aware of the scratchy lace on her petticoat beneath her muslin gown and the feel of old leather on the arms of the chair beneath her fingertips. As if she were a hedgehog waking after its long winter sleep, her eyelids fluttered open. She looked up into LeGrand's scowling face.
"His Grace, he will not be amused." And neither was LeGrand. When it came to Meg's safety, he was like the disapproving older brother she'd never had. "What is so important that you would risk his noble wrath?"
She hadn't intended to tell. In truth, she wanted to forget that Rowney and Oswald were only a few walls away, but she had to give LeGrand something. The duke was deeply concerned about the risk she ran each time she used her gift to Find objects or people who had gone missing. If she admitted that she just wanted to lark about without her skin for a while, it would upset His Grace out of all knowing. So she let the fact that the neighbor's empty house was being burgled spill out of her.
"Should we send for a Runner?" she asked. His Grace had a number of Bow Street Runners in his pay who could be relied upon to clean up any criminal activity the Order of the M.U.S.E. stumbled upon in the course of their work.
"If the thieves, they are there now, they will be gone by the time Runners arrive," the wiry Frenchman said. "Some of the servants I will take and make to apprehend these miscreants."
As he turned to go, Meg grasped his arm. "Be careful. They're dangerous."
"And you will be knowing this, how?"
She could have kicked herself, but LeGrand needed the warning.
"Because I know them."
That evening, the Duke of Camden summoned the members of the Order of the M.U.S.E. to his study. M.U.S.E. stood for Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires. Never mind knowing what it meant, Meg could barely pronounce it when His Grace had first discovered her unusual ability to Find and brought her into his psychic fold. She was the only Finder in the group.
But the others had gifts of their own. For example, Garret Sterling, Lord Stanstead, possessed the ability to Send a thought into another's mind so thoroughly, they believed the Sending more than their own senses. Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall, had been his psychic opposite, being able to hear the thoughts rolling around in the heads around him. After he suffered a clout on his head during a recent mission for the Order, the voices of other minds had been silent for a while. Then, before he left for an extended honeymoon in Scotland with his non-Extraordinaire bride, the voices had returned. Only now, Westfall was able to control which voice he chose to listen to so that they only intruded into his head one at a time.
There were three elementals in the Order — magical persons with an affinity for one of the four ancient elements. Gaston LeGrand was a water mage, able to bend liquid of any sort to his will. Lady Stanstead, née Cassandra Darkin, was a fire mage, as was Vesta LaMotte, a witty courtesan who often provided the Order with an entrée into the Prince Regent's intimate circle. This was useful since the express purpose of the group was to protect the royal family from psychically-charged objects intended to harm them. The Duke of Camden blamed himself for King George III's occasional bouts with madness. His Grace was convinced that something malignant had slipped through his gauntlet and was playing fast and loose with His Majesty's mind.
"Well, Miss Anthony," the duke said as he paced the perimeter of the chamber. "What have you to say for yourself?"
"I'm most terribly sorry, I'm sure." She was. Terribly. Especially when she glanced at the mottled bruise blooming around LeGrand's left eye.
Uncle Rowney and Cousin Oswald's burglary had been thwarted. According to the Frenchman, the older fellow was limping when the thieves tore down the back alley behind the row of town houses, but the pair got in a few good licks before they ran off. In addition to LeGrand's black eye, His Grace's handsome footman James was missing one of his front teeth. This was a disaster of biblical proportions for one in his position, because above average height and a pleasing face were the foremost qualifications for a footman. In any other establishment, James might have been given the sack since his looks had been spoiled, but the duke had promised that as long as James' work continued to be excellent, a lost tooth was of no consequence to the dignity of the Camden table.
He seemed to be less forgiving of Meg. "Being sorry does not change matters."
"Oh, Camden, stop it. You're frightening the girl," Vesta said. She was the only one of the group who dared reprimand His Grace. And she excelled at it through constant practice.
"She should be frightened. She disobeyed a direct order. I expressly forbade her to use her gift until we are assured she may exercise it safely," Camden said to Vesta before turning back to Meg. "Do you not understand that the use of your Finding ability could result in your death?"
No one knew that better than she, but Meg decided silence was the best course. She nodded mutely.
"In a way, it's a good thing she disobeyed," Lady Stanstead said. "Otherwise we'd never have known her uncle and cousin were so close and that they still plan to abduct her."
"What's this?" Camden demanded.
When LeGrand had given his account of the afternoon's events to the duke, he'd tactfully left out Meg's connection with the thieves. Evidently, he'd felt no need to do so when he shared his exploits with the rest of the Order.
"We thought you were aware of the threat, Your Grace." Lady Stanstead sent Meg an apologetic grimace. "You'd better tell him, Miss Anthony."
Meg sighed. The members of the Order knew she'd been engaged in some shady dealings before she became a lady's maid because her skills as a pickpocket had been put to good use once or twice. When she tried to teach Lady Stanstead some sleight of hand, she'd confided in her about her horrible family.
Now Meg launched into the sorry tale for everyone's ears.
Her Uncle Rowney wanted her back under his thumb, she explained, so he could use her ability to Find as they roamed from town to town "looking for the main chance." The gang's usual plan was to discover somebody who'd lost someone or something of value and then convince them that Meg could retrieve the item or loved one ... for a price. She didn't mind Finding objects so much. But it was gut-wrenching to watch people give all they had for the least bit of news about a missing person. Often, the person was either dead or had abandoned their family willingly. Meg hated delivering either of those outcomes. It was part of why she'd run away.
The other part was Rowney's plan to marry her to Oswald. She had to admit it was the best way to assure her compliance. She'd have no choice but to be obedient and outwardly grateful to the men who held power over her. As a married woman, she'd be considered little better than a child or an imbecile by the courts and have no say in where she went or what she was forced to do.
No matter what that might be.
It was hard to keep secrets in a group of psychics, but Meg had managed it. His Grace would be understandably upset. After she finished with her story, Meg folded her hands on her lap to hide their tremble as she waited for the duke's anger to fall on her. Why hadn't she trusted him with everything from the beginning?
The duke didn't say anything for the space of several heartbeats. Then he sank into his wing chair and crossed his legs. "Well, this alters matters."
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Love the series can't wait for the next book. When?
Wow, this 3rd book was the best by far out of the 3... Westfall being a close 2nd. I did not see that twist with the cycle... I was a little shocked and thoroughly enjoyed the wrap up of the other characters. Wish we could see more of Camdens sister, or what happens to ASP. REALLY ENJOYED THIS SERIES.
I stopped in the middle of my second Mia Marlowe book to write this review because her writing is so very enjoyable that I couldn't wait to express it! I recommend this to all readers who enjoy a well written book as well as a great plot.
Mia was raised by con men and thieves Mia has the ability to find objects and people with her mind. Mia ran away from her uncle and cousin because they made her steal.. Then she draws the attention of the Duke of Camden now Mia is under his protection and in the Order Of M U S E. The Duke had brought together men and women with special psychic abilities which form the Order. Meg can also astro project but can’t be out of her body too long or she will die.Meg had to leave Lord Camden’s estate because her uncle and cousin were coming after her. She is sent to Daniel’s castle - Lord Badewyn. Samuel is a watcher and also but also has the ability to see visions of the past, future, and present. Samuel sees the visions in reflective surfaces. - Lord Badewyn - Samuel’s father was a fallen angeland when one of his sons marries the father impregnants the wife who die during childbirth since sons of fallen angels can’t have children. Samuel falls in love with Meg but doesn’t want her to die. This is a good story and has many things in it such as : curses, villians, passion, intrigue, hiding, evil family, danger, fallen angel, love and so much more. The beginning was a little slow but it did pick up. It was also funny at different points in the story. I like how Meg wanted to do good with her ability. She wants to help. This was a different type of story but I did enjoy it alot. I loved all the characters except for the villians of course. I love the ins and outs and I recommend.
I my gosh this series got me hooked! I need more!
This is the third book in Mia Marlowe’s paranormal historical series, The Order of the M.U.S.E. It has some themes from the wildly popular young adult novel, Twilight, in which both hero and heroine do not feel they belong or even deserve love. Lord Badewyn, Samuel Templeton, is the son of a human and a Fallen Angel. He truly believes he has no soul, much like vampire Edward Cullen, while Meg Anthony is a woman from the much lower classes who just wants to be accepted. With her special gift of “finding,” and her wholehearted acceptance into the Duke of Camden’s household, she feels as if she has finally found her home. She needed her gift. It was all that made her special. Meg is a minor character in the first two books. In this book, she is on the run from her unsavory and unscrupulous relatives, uncle Rowney and cousin Oswald, whom her uncle wants her to marry. Before she escaped them, Meg made her living on the rough streets of London’s poorest neighborhoods, using her gift as a “Finder” to locate lost objects and people. Her nimble fingers as a pickpocket also helped her survive, but Rowney and Oswald haven’t had much luck since she disappeared. And they are still looking for her. Because of a recent break in and Meg’s discovery that Rowney and Oswald are looking for her, the Duke of Camden has sent Meg to Faencaern Castle in Wales, the home of Lord Badewyn, for protection. Samuel is a “Watcher” who can spot approaching danger, but Samuel fears for Meg while she is in his safekeeping. He is attracted to her and therein lies major trouble. The Order of the M.U.S.E.–Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires–is a collection of people with unique gifts, collected by the illustrious Duke of Camden, whose special talents are ferreting out paranormal and treasonous plots against the Crown. Previous stories in the series feature an uncontrollable fire mage new to her gift and a viscount who hears voices and was once banished to Bedlam by cruel relatives. On her Goodreads page, Ms. Marlowe describes the series as “A psychic ‘Leverage’ type team meets Jane Austen in King George III’s Court…” Also in the preceding books, there are some tantalizing glimpses into the Duke of Camden’s troubled personal history and it is resolved and revealed here. Grigori, Samuel’s handsome but confused father, is a Fallen Angel, doomed to repeat a tragic “Grand Cycle,” but I cannot disclose more because it would spoil the story. Grigori has his own demons that he must overcome, despite fearing he never can. I really like how Ms. Marlowe reveals the inner compassion of this complex character. “Wicked things are so much more interesting, don’t you think?” This is a rather sweet romance. Both Meg and Samuel are virgins and the love scenes are remarkably tame compared to Ms. Marlowe’s usual repertoire, especially the sexy and playful Touch of Seduction series. “I may be a virgin, but I’m a well-read virgin.” Though this is a paranormal historical and Ms. Marlowe clearly takes some liberties, there is still close attention to the customs and etiquette as well as fashion of the Regency era. For example, she describes the complex process of cleaning an elaborate gown and how difficult and long it might take to clean thoroughly. The eternal ‘now’ is all anyone has. For my full review: http://bit.ly/23GW7Rm
To begin, I have not read the previous books in this series and while I was not the least bit lost, I was left wanting to go back and read them as the Duke of Camden has assembled quite the interesting group of individuals and I suspect I would quite enjoy reading their tales as well. As it was, Meg’s story proved to be fascinating on its own as we learn that the young miss is not the wellborn lady she appears, but rather a commoner who possesses the gift of “finding” and whose male guardian forced her to use her gift to steal from others before she found her way to the Duke’s care. While it is quite possible one of the previous books may have shown how Meg came to join Camden’s Order of the M.U.S.E. (Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires), it doesn’t lessen the impact of Meg’s fright at discovering the very men she’s been hiding from – her uncle and cousin – have located her and are lying in wait to abscond with her and force her back into their nefarious service. Nor was it surprising that Camden arranged for her to go into hiding in order to insure her safety. What was surprising was that her “hiding place” was full of its own set of dangers that could prove to be as equally harmful to her continued existence should she succumb to her attraction to Lord Badewyn. And as the son of a fallen angel, what chance does she have at being able to resist such a handsome man, regardless of his attempted aloofness? I quite enjoyed that while Meg was trying to do what was right and act as a lady in accordance with the instruction she’d received from Lady Easton, we were treated to the true Meg as her personality came through more and more as she spent time with Lord Badewyn. I found Lord Badewyn’s refusal to act upon his attraction to Meg in order to protect her to be rather refreshing, especially as the facts about his parentage were revealed over the course of the novel. In the end, it was Lord Badewyn who succumbed to his attraction to Meg, but not before he does all that he can to insure her safety. When he finally does give in to his attraction, well let’s just say thank goodness for a well-stocked library and a well-read man. The sex scenes were steamy without being overly erotic and felt true to both the historical genre and the paranormal genre, but for entirely different reasons. It was Marlowe’s ability to combine the two genres while creating such engaging characters that made me enjoy The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn so much. The ending was rather all encompassing in the various characters that it affected and this left me wanting more of the series. Hopefully I can find time to squeeze books one and two in before book four is released. Fingers crossed. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Book 3 in the Order of the MUSE series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this series. A fantastic series, with some paranormal elements, mystical characters, passion, acceptance, romance, and love. This is Meg and Simon's story. I love the way Ms. Marlowe brings her characters together though circumstances, challenges, passion, danger and a powerful need for acceptance. Superbly written with many facets. The reader finds some lose ends tied up, some issues resolved as well as a possible look into future stories. My only complaint, sorry, Ms. Marlowe, I absolutely adore your stories, but I NEED an epilogue. Another outstanding story! Enjoyable and most satisfying read! A definite must read, not only for Historical romance fans but for Paranormal fans as well. *Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Gallery* Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
This is book three in the "Order of the M.U.S.E" series. I have read book two but not book one yet. And I must say that after book two I was very interested in our heroine, Meg Anthony. So I was so glad that she is in this next book. This books are somewhat paranormal I would say in the way that they have special abilities. Meg has the unique "finding" ability" and with that has caused her to be used very badly. She has been taken in under the Duke of Camden care where she has willing help his group. We find that someone is after Meg and she is in need of more protection so this is were Lord Badewyn comes in. Lord Badewyn is Part human, part fallen angel, he is one of the Nephilim and has sworn off loving anyone. So he is finding it hard protecting and having Meg near him. So this starts their troubled love but I was so happy to have this chance to read this book and hope that you will enjoy it too
Meg Anthony has lead a hard life. Now that she's one of the gifted individuals that the Duke of Camden has gathered, she wants to be accepted. She wants to be a trusted member of M.U.S.E. Her biggest worry is her unscrupulous Uncle and her cousin. They want her back. Her gift of finding would allow them to steal and plunder at will. Meg is a good person. She will do anything to help her friends. She wants to use her finding talent for good. To protect her from her relatives, she's sent to Wales where she will stay with Lord Badewyn. He is a mystery to Meg. She doesn't understand why he enjoys his isolation. Why is she so attracted to him? Samuel has dangerous secrets. He desires Meg, but he knows that to keep her safe he must keep his distance. He is not what he seems. Besides being a Watcher, he is a Nephilim which is part human and part fallen angel. His father wants Meg to marry Samuel so that he can continue his grand cycle of death and rebirth. This is an exciting and mysterious story that is filled with individuals who possess extraordinary talents. I was captivated by the romance between Meg and Samuel. They are a perfect match. Their love was magical. I was happy that Camden found the answers that he needed to move forward. The death of his wife and the loss of his son still haunted him. Mia Marlowe did a wonderful job. I loved the Order of M.U.S.E. Their skills are amazing and powerful. Evil doers beware. I can't wait for their next adventure.
This is book 3 in the Order of the MUSE series. When Meg Anthony's criminal relatives are close to finding her, the Duke of Camden sends her to a remote castle in Wales to protect her from them. Meg's unique gift of "finding" things means that they will not give up easily. Meg is sent to the home of Lord Samuel Badewyn who is a Nephilim, part human and part fallen angel, as well as a watcher. Samuel is determined not to marry, but can't seem to fight his attraction to Meg. With multiple forces working against them, can these two find the love that they both desperately need? As with the other stories in the Order of the MUSE series, this is a paranormal historical romance. I didn't like this one as much as the others in the series, not because of the writing or story line, but because it has a little too much paranormal activities in it for my tastes. I've really liked Meg since the beginning of the series and its nice to see her get her HEA. She needed someone to care about her and only her, not someone that was using her for her abilities like her uncle and cousin were. Samuel was that man. He fought it as much as he could, but it was if there was a force pulling the two of them together. I have a feeling I know who will be the star of the next book in the series, but I guess I'll have to wait and see. Regardless, I am excited to see what Marlowe comes up with next! Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Meg has a special gift of “finding” that others would like to use for their own gain, including her family. She is being protected by a group called the Order of the M.U.S.E. For her own protection, Meg is sent to Wales to Lord Badewyn, a recluse who has secrets of his own and sworn never to love. Will Meg make him change that vow. An enjoyable historical paranormal. I loved the chemistry between Simon and Meg. The story held my interest throughout.
Mia Marlowe’s third novel in her Order of the M.U.S.E. series, The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn, provides readers with another fun, paranormal story. This time around the story centers around pickpocket turned lady’s maid turned Extraordinaire Meg Anthony. Meg is still trying to stay out her uncle’s nefarious clutches, but when he tracks her down the Duke of Camden sends her to Wales to hide out with his old friend Lord Badewyn. Of course the two are destined to be tougher, but what I loved was Lord Badewyn’s background story. With Lord Badewyn and Meg out in the Welsh countryside, the story had a hunted house kind of feel to it. You knew something sinister was afoot, and unraveling the mystery surrounding Badewyn was enjoyable. Despite Meg being away from the Order, we still get to learn about the goings on of the others. However, the only ones who really have a part of the story is the Duke of Camden and Vesta LaMotte. I really enjoyed this development, because these two haven’t had their own story as of yet, so it was nice seeing some of their story covered, and some of the loose ends tied up. One thing I didn’t particularly care for was the ending. Most of the book had a steady pace, but the ending felt rushed, and too neat. I would have liked to see more loose ends left for the fourth installment. Then again, as of now there is no news on whether or not there will be another entry in this series. One can only hope. I would recommend this book for fans of historical romance who don’t mind a touch of the paranormal mixed in. If you are a fan of Marlowe’s Order of the M.U.S.E. series, then this is one you won’t want to miss. For those of you yet to check this series out, no worries. Marlowe writes each one as a standalone, and you won’t be confused if you just jump right on in with The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn. I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is another story in the Order of the MUSE series and a great historical, paranormal, mystery, thriller and romance! What a great combination! The order of the M.U.S.E is the Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires, they are a group with the purpose of protecting the royal family from psychic attacks by utilising their own innate skills, talents and cunning, led by the Duke of Camden. Set in the times of King George III, the Order are determined to protect the King and his family from psychic attack. When I reviewed an earlier story in the series,The Curse of Lord Stanstead, I suggested that this group is ‘something akin to a Georgian/Regency version of X-men!’ and that is very true in this story, too. Meg Anthony grew up learning to be a skilled pickpocket and using her ‘finding’ talent to help her Uncle and cousin who raised her to find things to steal. They didn’t treat her kindly and she escaped them to join the order and the Duke acts as though she is his ward, helping her learn what it is to be a Lady and to use her talent to help others whilst avoiding any further connection with her Uncle and cousin. When her Uncle threatens to kidnap Meg so they can continue to make use of her talents, the Duke sends her to Lord Badewyn who lives in an isolated Welsh castle in an effort to protect her and keep her safe. Lord Samuel Badewyn, however, knows his home is not a safe place for Meg. His mother was human but his father is a fallen angel and he is determined never to marry. Meg, however, is feisty, determined and the attraction between them is strong. When threats to her safety get too much, he should he reveal all? What secrets is he keeping? Can she overcome his fears? Will love conquer all? Although this is part of a series, it is certainly one which may also be read as a standalone because the author meticulously explains everything relevant as the story progresses, weaving the explanation seamlessly into the story. The mix of characters is superb, the events flow smoothly but are written in an enthralling and highly entertaining manner, ensuring this is a book you really don’t want to put down until you get to the end – and then, although most things are resolved, you are given a teaser hint that there is yet more to come – I can’t wait! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
This fascinating story by the innovative Mia Marlowe brings the historical and paranormal genres of romance together with such finesse and intrigue. Our "Finder", Meg Anthony has been with the Order of MUSE for some time now. With the help of her brother and sister Extraordinaries, Meg is learning the limitations and abilities of her gift. Also with the help of the ladies in MUSE, Meg has been schooled in the art of becoming a lady. While living with her criminal uncle and cousin, Meg was used in their criminal activity, then she met the Duke of Camden, and her life changed for the better, but that family still lingers in the background. When Meg, using her gift to find, sees her family members in the midst of committing a crime nearby, she finds them too close for comfort. The duke decides to send Meg to a colleagues home in Wales for her protection. Lord Badewyn has always been there to assist MUSE when needed, but seeing to the protection of Miss Anthony is not only a tad out of his realm, it's difficult for him, as his attraction to her could mean more danger than good. You see, Samuel, Lord Badewyn is not an ordinary man, in fact, he is not a man at all, but a Nephilim, the product of a Fallen Angel and a human woman. That Fallen Angel has survived to wreak havoc on his heirs with a curse that has the wives of his heirs die in childbirth and his heirs die soon after, leaving him to raise the male child. This time around Fallen Angel Grigori, who is known as Samuel's uncle, but is in fact his ageless father, sees his circle begin to come round with Meg. He of course would like Samuel to take Meg to wife so the cycle will go on. Unfortunately for Grigori, Samuel has other plans. Meg's attraction to Samuel is no secret and when she learns of his own beginnings she can only think of protecting him from the imminent demise that lingers. This pair are indeed kindred spirits and hope is the theme for their future. With her family on her tail and Samuel's father on his, can these two, so perfect for one another, overcome the troubles that keep them apart? With faith and some help from MUSE, they may have a future. THE LOST SOUL OF LORD BADEWYN by Mia Marlowe is a wonderful read with twists and turns that come out the reader from all sides. Ms. Marlowe has created a society I want to be a part of. Her characters are multi-faceted and interesting. Lord Badewyn is perfection. Meg is amazing. Read this book!
Miss Meg Anthony comes from a very humble background; she was recruited by the Duke of Camden for MUSE (the Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires), gifted people who protect the Crown from psychic threats. And fear not, gentle readers, Mia Marlowe explains everything clearly and concisely. Meg’s safety is threatened by family members, and Camden ships her off to Wales, where an acquaintance of his can keep her safe: Samuel Templeton, Lord Badewyn. Samuel is a scholar and a recluse; ill at ease in society, he is a man of few words. And he is rather overwhelmed by the lively and slightly irreverent Meg, who is like the sun brightening his Gothic doom. Badewyn lives with his father, Grigori, who fancies Meg. To Samuel’s horror, Meg brings about feelings he had pushed away for as long as he can remember, for reasons he won’t share, and he soon notices that Meg is also drawn to him. If you like the cover, get the book, because it’s perfect illustration of the delights that await you. Meg is a wonderful character, she says almost anything that comes to mind, she is spontaneous and sweet; she is such a refreshing presence. Samuel is the epitome of the Gothic hero, albeit atypical. It takes him a long time to open up to Meg, and it’s a wonder when he does. Meg and Samuel are a magical couple; she is the light to his darkness, but he has good reasons for his detachment. The paranormal elements are original, and I could not wait to know what secrets father and son were hiding. But however enthralling the story is, one should pay close attention to Mia Marlowe’s magnificent, refined, luminous prose, her gorgeous dialogues, and the attention paid to the various speech patterns and accents. And the story moves at a remarkably quick pace, and there are plot twists I never would have expected, especially a few that concern Samuel; they were superb touches! The romance is heartbreakingly beautiful, touching, sweet and sensual. There were several stunning plot twists towards the end, as Camden solves one mystery to uncover another, and he and the sinfully adorable Vesta work together, and more… I also loved those philosophical musings of Badewyn before every chapter. A marvellous book! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
In the third instalment of the M.U.S.E. series, we have a number of stories come together. The main one is about Meg, the low-born former pickpocket who can Find. Overseeing her uncle and cousin breaking into a neighbours, and realising how close they are to her, the Order (ie. Lord Camden) decide to send her to Wales, in the care of Lord Badewyn, for her own safety. Samuel is intrigued by Meg but is determined to keep his distance, considering the secret his father is hiding, and what will happen to Meg should he succumb. I loved this story - Meg's charms continue to grow, along with her confidence, throughout the series. Finding has its own dangers but if Meg is prepared to take that risk, then she will defy anyone who says she can't, even Samuel. The story between the two of them is both innocent and sensual. Well-written, smoothly paced and full of secrets and intrigue, this was a delight to read. I was pleased to see that Lord Camden found the answers he has been looking for, even if the hearing was hard. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm definitely hoping for more in the series. * I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!