Tuesday, October 22, 2019

#BookReview – “The Curse of Lord Stanstead” by Mia Marlowe


London, 1819

When only seduction will do...

Wherever Cassandra Darkin goes, fire is sure to follow. It's not until she's swept into the arms of a handsome, infuriating stranger that she learns she's responsible for the fires. As it turns out, Cassandra is a fire mage...and with her gift comes a blazing desire for sins of the flesh.

With his pretenatural ability to influence the thoughts of others, Garrett Sterling is sent to gather Cassandra for the Order of the M.U.SE. He's entirely unprepared for his immediate attraction to the comely little firestarter. But it's an attraction that he must quell, even as his body craves her touch and her fiery, sensual hunger.

For Garrett's gift has a dark side...and the moment he begins to care too much for Cassandra, he knows he will doom her to an inescapable fate.


In the first The Order of the M.U.S.E. book, society debutante Cassandra Darkin learns quite unexpectedly that she has the ability to create and control fire, and she doesn’t know what to do about it. When a handsome man abducts her from Almack’s after she’s set the place on fire, she knows her life will never be the same.
The reclusive Garret Sterling, the heir to an earldom, can send thoughts into other people’s heads and bend them to his wishes, and his nightmares always come true. He’s sworn off friendships, acts snide to most everyone, and he doesn’t care for anyone to protect them. If he cares about them, then he’ll dream about them. Then they’ll suffer and possibly die. He joined the Order for help to control his nightmares, and he agreed to help Cassandra get control of her gift as well. He just never expected the young fire mage to break through his defenses and claim his heart.
I absolutely loved this story. Both Garret and Cassandra are very likable characters with serious problems with their psychic gifts and in their personal lives. They both want to love and be loved, but it feels as though everything is standing in their way. They brave through it together, and it was amazing to watch them grow and learn to trust each other and in the other members of the Order.
The side characters are awesome. The Duke of Camden, usually just called Camden, is the head of the paranormal defense agency that works to protect the English Crown from supernatural threats. Vesta is a saucy, wonderful woman who is also a fire mage with a romantic entanglement with Camden. Viscount Westfall is a strong but mentally unbalanced man. His story is next, and I would love to read it. Miss Anthony is absolutely adorable, and I can just imagine how she’ll grow throughout the series.
I have a few questions but none affect the overall plot or the love story between Garret and Cassandra. Mainly: what will happen to Paschal? His plot wasn’t wrapped up very tight. He’s the villain, yes, but he’s not really a bad guy. I’m very curious about him.
Anyway, this is a great paranormal historical romance. I would definitely recommend it.
5 Stars

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