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274 pages, Kindle Edition
First published July 28, 2015
"The life you conceived for yourself is over. Oh, there will still be routs and balls and all the trimmings of a Season. ... But you will never be the same debutante running hot in the husband hunt again."
Cassie frowned at her. "You make my life sound so frivolous."
"That's because it is. It was. You may safely give up plans to wed some lord and preside over a proper household. it is never going to happen. You're not meant for that life."
- loc 588
"Does that mean --"
"That I love you." He smiled down at her. "With all my heart."
And then he was done with words.
- Loc 1880
“It’s the knee britches,” Garret said with a chuckle. “Sets a woman’s fancy aflutter."
I picked this up on a whim because the covers for this series are just gorgeous and I've been on the look out for new authors to try. I confess, I didn't really pay much attention to the blurb as I tend not to. So imagine my surprise when I started reading this and realized this isn't just your ordinary historical romance. This has a paranormal element to it! Think of this as a regency X-Men. What a fun concept. I couldn't wait to find out more.
The heroine, Cassie, is a fire mage newly awakened to her powers and not having a clue what they are or how to control them until the Duke of Camden and his MUSE group finds her and brings her in. While she's being trained on how to control her powers, she's also a key player in protecting the heir to the throne from an assassination attack. Ultimately, that's what the MUSE is all about.
Among these men is Lord Stanstead, who possesses the mental power of sending thoughts into others' heads and making them think it was their own. But he's most afraid of sending his dreams and seeing them manifested into reality as he's done before. Because of that, he doesn't really want any attachments where his feelings might get involved.
So... the premise of this book? Awesome! I really enjoyed it. Execution could've been better. There were certain things that I felt the author was just beating us over the head with. Yes, I get he can't get close to her because he's going to find her in his nightmares, I don't need a reminder every two minutes. Among other things that were a bit over-described and explained. The writing could've been a little tighter on this one but the overall main concept was still one I enjoyed very much. And even though the characters are not stand outs in my head, I enjoyed reading about them and was still interested in a happy outcome for them all. I'm also left interested in the supporting cast enough to explore the next few books anxiously and find out more about the world they move in.
THE CURSE OF LORD STANSTEAD was a refreshing breeze to read with a different new concept that I couldn't help but fall for. I'm hoping each book in this series gets better and I can't wait to explore.
Reviewed by Francesca
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She loved Garret Sterling. ...
He loved Cassandra. He worshipped her. He didn’t want to keep breathing in a world where she did not.
She was like a clever pickpocket who had stolen his heart instead of his wallet.”I read so many reviews about how boring the book was, and how poorly written and uninteresting, and so many other bad things, that I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it. I am pleased I did. The story may not worth five stars, but it had my attention all the way until the ending. The concept was incredibly original; it was a combination of the x-men and your favorite historical romance novel. This combination should be the next big thing.