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Series: Order of the M.U.S.E.
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 21, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
He thought he knew madness... until he met her.
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...
I am so very glad I gave this novel a try. I tend to find paranormal romance cheesy (thank you, Twilight), but the back cover sounded interesting, so I wanted to give it a shot. Great decision! This novel is well-written and managed the very difficult task of pairing historical romance and paranormal romance in a seamless and engrossing fashion. At first, the large cast of characters were problematic to grasp – which is the hero? What is his/her talent? How are those two connected again? But after laying the necessary groundwork for the series, this novel re-focuses on the hero and heroine, Pierce and Nora.
Pierce has the ability to hear the thoughts of everyone around him. His talent earned him a place in Bedlam, but he was rescued by a fellow peer who recognized his abilities for what they were and not the “madness” his title-envying relatives believed. Pierce struggles to erect mental shields from the constant bombardment of voices and as a result is quiet, contemplative, and incredibly intuitive (even without using his gift).
Nora has no physic gifts, but rather uses her natural charisma and intelligence to make her way through life. Cut off by her aristocratic family, Nora has transformed into the alluring and coveted “La Nora,” a courtesan of immense talent and beauty.
Pierce and Nora fulfill the gaping emotional hole left in their souls by the abandonment and rejection of their families. With Nora, Pierce is able to see past his “faults,” concentrating instead on his love for Nora and achieving mental and emotional stability. As a result, he is able to become far better at managing and utilizing his physic gifts. Likewise, Nora is offered a new chance at love with Pierce, a man who accepts her for who she is regardless of her past and prior position. Together, they create a loving bond and forge a life for themselves with their new family, the Order of the M.U.S.E.
Although this novel was the second in a series, it reads as a standalone with just a little necessary backstory provided in the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed THE MADNESS OF LORD WESTFALL and eagerly await the next installment.