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The Madness of Lord Westfall

The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe 

26124079DescriptionPierce 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…

Review: This book was a historical romance with a dash of paranormal mixed in. It’s an interesting genre but I’m still not sure if I’m a fan. Honestly, when I saw madness in the title, I was thinking more like Jennifer Ashley’s The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. However, this is an interesting concept for a historical- paranormal. The book focuses around a society of people with special abilities who work together to protect the sanity of the future king from paranormal objects. However, historically, it implies that the king, or in this cause, the Prince of Wales, has a lot more authority over the nation’s policies than he actually did. I think it would have been more accurate for them to be protecting the Prime Minister.

This book featured the beloved romance trope: courtesan heroine. For the most part, I’m a fan of the trope because it is often used to empower women. But in this case, it defeats the purpose to have her be a courtesan to a secretly gay lord. And I’m not sure why it was necessary for her to give away her daughter when the daughter wasn’t illegitimate. Part of me understands the stigma of a courtesan mother but I’m not sure I like Nora having to give up her child.

I’ll just leave this picture there for your enjoyment.

For the most part, I liked the relationship between Pierce and Nora. They clicked well together. And I liked that he was a virgin hero, ala Jamie Fraser! (Sorry, I recently had an Outlander girl’s night and the ever gorgeous Jamie Fraser has been on my mind!) I did feel that Pierce fell in love with Nora extremely fast, almost faster than the relationship was progressing. Nora is more cautious about falling in love with him, though she pretty easily accepts his paranormal ability (he can read minds). However, then the book turns on a 180 when the hero does something completely stupid and which could have been easily resolved if he just told his friends where he was going. I’m trying to avoid spoilers but it’s just so annoying when the characters are patently dumb. Anyway, despite not liking the last quarter of the book, it was still an interesting read. I’m debating if I’ll go back and read the first book. I think my hesitance stems from the actual genre of historical-paranormal and not the author’s writing or creation.

Rating: 3 out of 5. 

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Received a free copy of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Ten Series I Have Yet To Finish

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. This week’s theme is “Ten Finished Series I Have Yet To Finish”. However, I amended it this week. So my list is “Ten Series I Have Yet To Finish”.

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

    Outlander (Outlander #1)I read the first two books but I couldn’t bring myself to read the rest. However, I’ll probably watch the entire TV series, depending how far it gets.

  2. Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep

    Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)
    I lost interest about 7 or 8 books in.

  3. Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian

    Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #1)Same as Elemental Assassin, I just lost interest and I was never fan of the alien-vampire story-line anyway

  4. Argeneau Series by Lynsay Sands

    A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)
    I’ll probably end up picking up this series again. I just didn’t want to buy the last two books and my library didn’t have them

  5. Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

    Iced (Fever, #6) I read the Fever series but wasn’t really interested in Iced. Like the Argeneau series, I’ll eventually go back and finish it.

  6. Black Dagger Brotherhood by  J.R. Ward

    The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)

    I know I’ll continue this series but I bought a copy of The Shadows when it came out and it has been sitting at the end of my bed for 5 months. For some reason, I just can’t bring myself to read it.

    I just realized most of these series are paranormal. Huh, that’s interesting .

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The BedTime Book Tag!

Hi all! I’ve been tagged by Shivalika at Whimsy Journals to do The BedTime Book Tag! This is my first book tag and I’m really excited to participate!

A Book That Kept You Up All Night ReadingStyxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

I adore this book and every time I read it, I end up staying up all night.

A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

This first time I read this book, I was 13 and ended staying up all night, partly convinced there was a crazy woman in the attic.

A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by R.H. Tawney. 

I had to read this book for a graduate class and honestly, I didn’t get further than the first chapter. The book just put me to sleep.

A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

Born of Fury (The League, #7)

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon 

I adore any Sherrilyn Kenyon book but I was really looking forward to Dancer Hauk’s book!

A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn 

I love Colin Bridgerton. That is all.

A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

I love Kate Daniels and Curran but I would not want to live in their world.

A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Confessions of a Little Black Gown (Bachelor Chronicles, #4)

Confessions of A Little Black Gown by Elizabeth Boyle 

This book didn’t actually have a cliffhanger for the main couple but it set a cliffhanger up for the couple in the next book, Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress. I spent a horrible month waiting for the next book to come out.

A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I once had a dream where Jamie Fraser and I were doing Scottish Reels (the dances! Get your minds out of the gutter!) The sad part is he was wearing pants and not a kilt 😦

A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

Forbidden Pleasure (Bound Hearts, #8)

Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh

Spoiler Alert: The bad guy was hiding under the bed!

I really enjoyed doing this book tag!

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