Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe

The Madness of Lord Westfall 
by Mia Marlowe
Series:  Order of the M.U.S.E. #2
Pub. Date:  Sept. 21, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Select
Pages:  248
Format:  eARC
Source:  Publisher / NetGalley


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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.

The Order to MUSE continues with probably my favorite character, Lord Westfall. MUSE stands for Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires, and the group is reminiscent of A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Order's purpose is to prevent psychic threats to the royal family, and they use their own special powers to flush those out. Powers include sending thoughts, hearing thoughts, finding things, fire mages, water mages, and who knows what else we will get as the series continues. This series offers a nice (and steamy) break from traditional regency romance.

Lord Westfall's psychic power is that he hears people's thoughts... and the deluge of busy minds is sometimes debilitating, and sometimes makes me appear rather odd. So odd, that his uncle had him committed to Bedlam. I shudder just thinking about that place and the "treatments" they inflicted on their patient victims. Lord Westfall was an interesting and endearing character... but I always enjoy reading about characters who have been cast as mad, bad and dangerous. As you can imagine Westfall's "madness" stunted his social development - to the extent that is one of the very rare virginal heroes!

I liked Westfall so much that he really overshadowed everyone else in the book for me. So I don't have a ton to say about our heroine. Honora is a member of the demimonde, and is known about the ton as La Nora. Nora was solid heroine and I can't say that I disliked anything about her. She had a tough time after marrying a poorly physician for love and being disowned by her family. When she lost her husband in the war with France, Nora did not have many options open to her. She was a likable character... but I was just too focused on Westfall to pay her any extra attention.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Mia’s work was featured in the Best of 2010 issue of PEOPLE magazine. One of her books was on display at the Museum of London Docklands next to Johnny Depp memorabilia. The RITA nominated author has over 25 books in print with more on the way! For more info, please visit http://www.miamarlowe.com!

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