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The Muse

(Rothvale Legacy Historicals #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  130 reviews
What if the truth about a famous painting was not what it’s been told to be? What if it was not even the original work and a different painting had inspired its creation? The story of a painting… The motivation behind the work, Flaming June—Romanticist painter, Lord Frederic Leighton’s magnum opus—a woman sleeping in a chair. Hauntingly beautiful, but with its inspiration ...more
Published November 4th 2014 by Raine Miller Romance (first published October 31st 2014)
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Luna Sol
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Million Magical Stars

~He was a painter in his heart and in his training. He knew that what he saw was significant. If there was ever a moment in his artistic life that moved him, this was it. He knew what must be done. Nothing could have stopped him. ~Graham Everley.

I never thought I could say that a historical romance novel would become my favorite book, but that is just what happened after I finished reading The Muse by Raine Miller. This book was the journey of all reading journeys for me.
Wendy LeGrand
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Raine has surpassed all of my expectations with The Muse. I absolutely love Raine's historicals and this one certainly gives all of her other books a strong run for the money. Graham and Imogene are the perfect romantic couple. Graham is Lord Rothvale, a title he has reluctantly inherited along with all of the responsibilities that go along with it. Imogene Byron-Cole is a beautiful, intelligent, progressive young woman who has suffered her fair share of tragedy in her young life. Gr ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't believe my luck when I saw this was free - Raine Miller ffs. She's so good.

This one's an historic story, but happily men and women still got it on plenty and lusted after one another in Georgian times too, but were much more concerned with propriety. None of that trying before you buy thing, one touch and you're ruined. I love how historical novels use that forbidden social thing to ramp up the sexual tension.

There was lots of reading in this and it was an absorbing story. I'm a fast
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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☆ I received an ARC via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

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The Muse proved me to why I’m such a HUGE FANGIRL of Raine Miller’s patented Blackstone Affair and Rothvale Legacy series. After all, this book is what started it all!

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#They say a portrait is worth a thousand words, but what is the inspiration or motivation behind the taking, or “painting,” of the inquired masterpiece? And what if what was claimed to be, was perhaps, a simulacrum of another similar artwork jus
Karen Jones
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 5 million stars, I would.
There are not enough words to describe how amazing this book is. I love Raine's historical books but The Muse had a real impact on me, personally. I totally connected with it. One situation was incredibly emotional for me, but that's the power of Raine's writing, you feel everything that the characters feel.
From the very first page I was captivated and the more you read, the further you are pulled into an era of passion, chivalry, duty and trad
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What if the truth about a famous painting was not what it’s been told to be? What if it was not even the original work and a different painting had inspired its creation? The story of a painting… The motivation behind the work, Flaming June—Romanticist painter, Lord Frederic Leighton’s magnum opus—a woman sleeping in a chair. Hauntingly beautiful, but with its inspiration locked away in the mystery of times past.

Burdened with family skeletons and
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this enchanting love story between Graham Everly & Imogene Byron-Cole. Their love, passion, devotion to each other surpassed very challenge their married life faces. Author Raine Miller covers everything a historical romance theme book should be. It certainly brings back my love for this kind of story.

Note: (F)BR with the ladies of Shh… for TopPicks: ShhLYT(F)BR week: HISTORICALS!
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I definitely have a book hangover after plowing through this book... 500 pages... whew!! But the ugly tears I cried at the end of the story definitely made the journey worthwhile. In fact, the ending is what sealed the 5 star rating... I loved the way this couple came to realize that life doesn't always play out like a fairytale. And that is what Graham and Imogene had for most of the book... a fairytale love story! It was hard seeing that fairytale tainted with the harsh realities of life, but ...more
CherryRed’s Reads
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow! I need a Graham in my life!

It has been awhile since I have read a historical romance novel & Raine Miller blew me away with this story! I seriously fell in love all over again with reading this. I read these kind of books as a teenager but this story is far more than I had ever read.

Graham's love is so strong and passionate for Imogene that I could not help it but when I read this story, my heart just fluttered sooo much as did hers in this story.

Graham Everly, Lord Rothvale....I wa
Nov 06, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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Cassandra Caress
5 million artistic stars and chapeau to Raine Miller! Brilliant, outstanding, awesome, lovely, heartbreaking, fantastic, excellent, superb, splendid, magnificent. Yes this book deserves all these words and more.

First, Raine Miller's historic romances are the only ones I read in that genre and she set a very high standard should I ever read another authors books. Second, no matter what I write here, no words can do that book justice, so this really is a MUST READ FOR YOURSELF!

It's the England of
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC received for an honest review (I have DREAMED of typing that!!!!)

A romantic historical journey with heat, laugh out loud moments, and tender moments combined. For fans of The Blackstone Affair and Priceless, you HAVE to read this! All the stories are so cleverly intertwined. The Epilogue had a big smile plastered on my face. Knowing that it all started here, with this story, made me as a reader appreciate the whole storyline even more. I loved every minute of it.

Some Favorite Quotes:

"Just h
Jenn Dematteo
Raine Miller is a master that weaves such beautiful tales that transport the reader in time and totally captivates her audience right away. The story of Graham And Imogene is breathtakingly brilliant! To see how this book is not only their own love story but also how it ties and interweaves the other amazing books by Raine is awe inspiring. Graham is fierce, loyal, passionate and his adoration for his lady love is beyond sexy. Imogene is strong, wise beyond her years and possesses an all inclus ...more
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
In the style and magnificence of Jane Austen, with a naughty twist, our Author Raine Miller gives us an original story of passion, obsession, and soaring love. I was physically transported to an era long past where etiquette and social mores were as important as the air you breathe.

Feeling Cupid's arrow through his heart, Graham Everley, the newest Lord Rothvale, falls for Imogene Byron-Cole. Her sweetness, independent air, and beauty, absolutely captures him even before they speak to each other
Cristina Riquelme
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!Raine Miller has done it again, deliver another masterpiece, a romantic masterpiece!!!!

I fall in love again with this new character Graham and Imogene, they take us in a beautiful journey.

Meet Graham, he have responsibilities now and left behind his own dreams to become a painter, is a lord and he have duty to his family, state. His past still haunt him and he can't forgive. He is devoted to his work and he came to London after visiting his state in Ireland.
in this journey to at
Beth Hoenig
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
******A MUST READ*****

I had the privilege to read an ARC copy of this book and I was thrilled. Raine Miller is my favorite author! To know I received the first book she ever wrote was the most exciting and heart warming honor.

This book took me back to the era of Jane Austen and I told Raine she is my current day English writer. As you read you get brought back to the times of courting with chaperones, kissing was not allowed until you were engaged and even then you had to sneak a kiss. The love
Jessica Zelkovich
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Looking back I was not prepare for this journey in The Muse. Historical fiction is a stretch but as all avid readers know, sometimes a genre switch is needed and this was ideal for me. I adored the intro as the reader learns of a beautiful painting, which reminded me of the movie Ever After (which I also love) and then we are transported back in time to the story behind the painting, where we alas meet our main characters.
The beautiful courtship of Graham and Imogene was engrossing. The family
Assor Ilana
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I had the privilege to read an ARC copy of this book and I was so excited .
Another masterpiece from Raine Miller this time it was a wonderful journey in time tunnel to England in 19 century . The description of the landscapers and castles all so authentic and beautiful. This journey to high society , in England brought in this book insight of the manners and the behavior that was expected from people in this high society. Raine succeed in her very unique talent bring to the reader not only the a
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Raine Miller author of heavenly , magical, heart stopping, breathtaking masterpieces!!! Once again she DID IT!!! She took us on magnificent trip of true love,love on the first sight, love which beat every heartache, every dark secret and teach young couple what life is about. Graham and Imogene.... What else to say.... Those name engrave in my heart as one gorgeous strong couple from Raine book, who stood together, hand in hand, giving each other strenght for overcome dark side of they'r past, b ...more
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As usual, Raine never dissappoints.

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Karen's Two Cents

I feel like I should preface my post by saying I got The Muse Rothvale Legacy Historical Prequel for FREE as I have Kindle Unlimited.  Kindle Unlimited is a $9.99 a month service Amazon provides and I read more than $9.99 in books a month.

Hopefully you have read the synopsis of this books, if not I will wait while you scroll up and read.  Tap, Tap, Tap........ okay, done good, your back.  New York Times Bestselling author Raine Miller,  does a very good job is summarizing her
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: raine-miller
Another masterpiece written by the gifted Raine Miller, one of my favorite historical romance novel since Jane Austen. Her writing is enchanting and so powerful. Please make yourself a huge favor and experience the overwhelming magic of a brilliant woman who writes wonderfully about strengh, duty, respect, honor, tradition, chivalry, passion, devotion, adoration, admiration, true love and happiness. A pure pleasure. Sublime. This historical prequel to The Rothvale Legacy is an absolute fantastic ...more
Jyoti Achameesing
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed reading the. Muse which is a historical romance set between Graham Lord Rothvale and Imogene Byron-Cole . Graham falls in love at first sight when he notices her holding a lamb and seeking help at his cousin's place. He is totally besotted and gets the opportunity of knowing her better during his stay. Their friendship turns into love and they bond in a pure tie of souls. The character of Graham is loving and really attaching. Lucky Imogen to have a world of happiness with him. I ...more
Jamie Salisbury
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
As not to give anything away...I simply could NOT put this book down. I finished it on a flight back home from Vienna. The first book of Raine's I ever read was about Darius, so I knew I'd be sucked in - and she did not disappoint.
Even though it's historical, the story line is what makes great romance books. The unconditional love between Graham and Imogene is something so precious it brought tears to my eyes. Wa
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This was just an OK read. I have been reading historical books as well as historical romance since many years. I love the genre and feel quite confident with the ins and outs of the time's particularities. This book has lots of flaws in terms of people's behavior, speech and customs and even standing of aristocratic ranking within society. If I try to put aside all the problems involving the historical aspects, the story itself was rather weak. It never wrapped me. It took me several days to fin ...more
Yulanda Bolton
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First if all am awe of receiving this as a gift. From the beginning to the end it was very captivating. Lord Rothvale and Lady Rothvale the admiration that they hold for each was amazing. I definitely recommend readers to read this. Raine Miller keep up your talented skills of writing. All my love Yulanda
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
500 pages of beautiful love story. Graham and Imogene were just perfect for each other. Passion, heartbreak, and art! Loved it!
Brandi Money
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5+ stars!

Sometimes you read a book and know just after a few pages that it's going to be a breathtaking and epic story which will stay with you forever. This happend to me while reading Raine Miller's The Muse. This book has completely consumed me. I was drawn into it from the beginning and was unable to put it down. After finishing it I had tears in my eyes and was utterly overwhelmed by this masterpiece and in awe of the author's exceptional talent.

Graham Everley, Lord Rothvale, is in Kent for
Joy Pantorillo
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

I have been looking forward to read this for three reasons.

1. This is a historical romance – which is the genre that made me fall in love with books!
2. The connection it has with Blackstone & Rothvale Series
3. A book made by Raine Miller

Now starting the book, I actually struggled. First, I was overwhelmed with the characters – it seems like there was too many of them. Everleys, Hargreaves, etc. It was hard for me to track on who’s who. Second, it i
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