The Curse of Lord Stanstead
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 t ...more
I know I tend to be a bit of a stick-in-the-mud when it comes to the sub-genres I read, so I occasionally try to branch out a bit. I’ve enjoyed a few Historical Paranormals lately, so when I came across The Curse of Lord Stanstead, I thought I’d give it a go, even though I wasn’t all that impressed with the last book I read by this author. I thought that perhaps the change of direction might work better ...more
But not Cassie.
This book was a big disappointment.
Cassie is a fire mage unaware of her powers, which were awakened when she lost her virginity to Roderick, a careless lord who is marrying a richer woman. Garret is dispatched by
Very interesting concepts and building blocks for a historical paranormal story but the emotional glue was missing. Characters were kind of planted but not given fertile enough soil to grow roots. The insta-love between our leads didn't allow for any emotional connection to be felt and when they say their "I love yous" it felt completely out of left field.
The last 10% was engaging and there was an anti-hero developed that has me intrigued for his story but I'm afraid, that like with th ...more
“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 ...more
Cassie, a fire mage who needed help controlling her element was introduced to the Order of the Muse. Our hero Garrett was assigned to bring her into the folds, and he offered to help Cassie with the more sensual side of her power as fire mages were pretty passionate. Their relationship developed quickly, but it felt ...more
The Sensory Extraordinaires are part of an organization headed by the Duke of Camden -- the members all come from different walks to life and levels of society: one is a viscount, one a former maid, one an heir to an earldom, and one a courtes ...more
This is one of Entangled's Select Historical novels and my first introduction to both them and this author. I have to say that I am in no way disappointed!
The Order of the M.U.S.E. is a secret society that you learn about as you go on. They have various members who are capable in various ways. The latest 'recruit' is Cassie, an emergent fire mage who needs help controlling her element. But this is also during th ...more
I took so many long, unplanned breaks between readings because I had literally zero interest in any of these characters or their story. It felt like when I had to read a textbook in school for a subject I cared nothing for ...more
19/4 - Not particularly impressed so far - somewhere between 'okay' and 'like it'. There have been a few punctuation weirdnesses, but mostly the fault lies with the way Marlowe handled the plot. The plot could be good - X-Men with sex - but she fumbled all that potential. The main characters leave me cold, individually and as a couple. The justification for Garrett's continued presence in the story is more than a littl ...more
Edward St. James, the Duke of Camden (aka Professor X), gifted psychic, and creator of the Order of the MUSE, has been recruiting individuals with prenatural abilities to help him fight for the cause and spare the future king of London from possible treason to the crown. His newly recruit is gifted with the fire element. And if it's not stopped soon, it may cause the incineration of London.
Cassandra Darkin did not anticipat ...more
“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 con
When I started Mia Marlowe's The Curse of Lord Stanstead, I thought it started a little slow. Then again we are building this world where we have people that have extraordinary powers among normal people. Actually, the characters reminded me of another group of extraordinary people know as the X-Men. Yep, this would be the regency version of the X-Men. So, if you love romance and X-Men you have met your match.
Anyway, we have Duke of Camden (kind of like Professor Xavie ...more
Cassandra (Cassie) is a fire mage but her latent powers only come into force after her 1st (disappointing) sexual experience. Growing up together, Cassie figures herself in love with Lord Roderick Bellefonte & succumbs to his wiles only to find that he is courting the eminently well positioned Lady Sylvia whose lineage far exceeds ...more
With all that said, I thought this book was decent. Marlowe does a good job balancing both genres, but the book was a little forgettable for me.
What I liked:
- the main characters' powers: the Hero has cool-ass Jedi mind tricks and the Heroine can play with fire -- hella cool!
- the creepiness of the villain: I got chills when Marlowe first introduced the villain and ev ...more
I found the start to be overly wordy and dense. The long descriptions of peoples titles, positions and social standing was completely unnecessary and added to my dislike.
I probably should have put the book down within the first 20%, but some of the things Garret said made me persevere. I shouldn't have bothered.
The storytelling here is lazy. The world building is nonexistent and there is little to no explanation for most of what is going on. There are also cha ...more
The Curse of Lord Stanstead by Mia Marlowe is a delightful blend of romance and paranormal. It’s like a Regency X-Men with hints of Hellboy and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I know a lot of you just sat up real straight: catnip alert ahoy!
I loved that there was a lot of action in this book. The supernatural threats drive the plot forward, but also force Cassie and Garret together, so it helps the romance as well. Also having the paranormal eleme ...more
I'll probably still try to r ...more
The plot rambled too much for me to retain serious interest, but I did read to the end, which is something ;)
I can't make my mind up about a rating though, so I am leaving this unrated. ...more
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 ...more
Cassie starts out as a young debutante, not concerned with much beyond herself, but with ...more
This was a great story where else could you come across such amazing characters. They fight with the powers they have been given. Each is unusual and the same goes for those powers. There is intrigue and trying not to get caught. They often go into danger to protect the king. With the twists in the plot, it keeps your attention and you are spell ...more
The writing style I actually found quite enjoyable (which is why this gets two stars rather than one), but it's utterly wasted on this trainwreck of a plot, the worst part of which was the romance. There was nothing whatsoever romantic about this mixture of instalove and "MCs are ordered to engage in sexual contact because ridiculously contrived magic reasons". The sexual content (as in, every single scene, and d ...more
Do you want to know when Mia's next book is ...more