Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ARC REVIEW The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn by Mia Marlowe

The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn is book three in Mia Marlowe's The Order of the M.U.S.E series. I'll admit I grabbed this to review without reading the blurb, I enjoyed the previous one enough I wanted to continue the series and to say I was pleasantly surprised, is a bit of an understatement. I enjoyed this more so than the last and I wasn't expecting it to go the direction it did. The fact that Lord Badewyn was a nephilim was a surprise. A good surprise and it gave hints letting you know he was something special but not revealing it outright. Meg is quite extraordinary, in the last book it showed her enough that I understood what kind of a person she is; in this one you come to realize just how stubborn the girl can be.

I love the flow in which Mia Marlowe writes, there is not a lot of action but she teases you with information to keep you intrigued so when the action does happen it's worth it. Huge fight scene at the end had me holding my breathe. Lest we not forget the unexpected humor. The seriousness of the story is broken up with a bit of comic relief that is well fitted with the story .

To snag the blurb from Goodreads.com:

  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.

Meg has had a hard time adjusting to being a lady. She likes it, but sometimes she feels like she will never really fit in and when her past comes rearing it's ugly head the Duke of Camden must send her away for her protection. To the wilds of Wales Meg travels to the reclusive Lord Badewyn's Faencaern Castle. Samuel is a tortured soul who has vowed to never marry and never fall in love. He knows that Camden's ward is coming to his castle for protection, but now he must protect the beautiful woman from his own past as well as hers. Meg and Samuel are two of the most stubborn people you will ever meet and Mia Marlowe said it best in her Author's Note:

Samuel and Meg are two of my favorites, probably because they both feel unworthy of love. What they don't realize, at first, is that no one is worthy. No one can be. Love is a gift we can deserve. It's a grace. When it comes to us, we should grasp it with both hands. And a thankful heart.
They are a great couple who fight themselves and each other as much as the antagonist in the story. But when everything comes together it is a beautiful story, very fairytale-ish. For those who have read the previous two, Camden finally gets his answers but only to reveal more questions.

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