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The Madness of Lord Westfall

(The Order of the MUSE #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Pierce 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 un ...more
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Published September 21st 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (first published September 20th 2015)
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Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Can Ignore Stupid Paranormal Writing
More than anything he wanted to fix this for her. That was what it meant to be a man, wasn't it? He was supposed to solve problems and make the world a good place, a safe place for those he loved.

Okay, let's talk about this book.

First of all, it's a marked improvement on its predecessor, The Curse of Lord Stanstead, which I gave one star. As everyone on Goodreads knows, I

You're obsessed with kissing.

No, well, I mean, YES, that's true, kissing is life, but what I was going to say is that I'm alw
Lover of Romance
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Welcome to the Book Tour for The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe. This is a talented writer and she always delivers a unique style of romance. I love the way she writes, its different from any other historical writer. She has a fresh and rich voice that is evident through the pages. So excited for this new series full of adventure, intrigue and depth of emotion.

My Review

In this story, we have Viscount Westfall who hears the thoughts of ot
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 unexpectedly delightful stars. I love when you can't help but really like a book that you weren't expecting to more than just kind of like. This novel twists historical romance with paranormal phenomena which made for an interesting and eventful read. Pierce is no ordinary citizen and his gift led him to be locked away at Bedlam.

I really liked Pierce because he was such a good human even after going through literal hell. Pierce is perceptive, quiet, and interesting. He treats others with re
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story captivated me from the very beginning. Lord Westfall, fell out of a tree when he was a born and injured his head. When he awoke he could hear other people's thoughts. His Uncle had him committed to Bedlam after his parents died but the Duke of Camden had him freed and made him a part of The Order Of the M.U.S.E. A secret group of people with special "gifts" that can help Westfall learn to control his gift and use it for good.

Lady Honora "Nora" is the second daughter of an Earl who di
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

After his family has him committed to a mental institution for his hearing voices, hence deemed "mad", Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall has been placed into the custody of the Duke of Camden. Edward St. James, the Duke of Camden is the founder of the Order of the M.U.S.E. an organization which protects and mentors people with extraordinary gifts, and Pierce Langdon is definitely extraordinary with his ability to hear the thoughts of those around him. The duke is attempting to teach Pierce to fi
Tracy Emro
5 stars

I loved this book.

I wasn't overly thrilled about a courtesan as the heroine, but as I got to know and understand Nora, the more I liked and respected her.

And Pierce! As much as I love a rake, given the choice I will pick the socially awkward hero first every time! I loved him. Seriously - Loved him.

I can't really give too many details of the book without going spoilerish, so suffice it to say, the book is great. It is well written, flows nicely, has evil villains, heart wrenching momen
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed the first book in Mia Marlowe's Order of the Muse series, and I've been waiting for the second book to come out. When it did, I was able to muster a bit of willpower and waited for the third book to come out, because, I knew that, after reading Pierce's book, I would want to read the third book IMMEDIATELY -- and, that's exactly what happened.

In terms of "superpowers", many would think Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall, has a really great one: his ability allows him to hear people's
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I don't get to read too many books that have a supernatural theme like X-Men, so when I found this historical romance series (last year?) I was extremely excited to say the least.  However, the first book was just ok and didn't leave me rushing to pick up the next one.  I'm thankful for Romanceopoly that made me pick this one up.  This fulfilled the Mystery Challenge #2 for reading a book with a courtesan heroine.

Let me backtrack some.  The hero of this story can hear people's thoughts, but he
Ermione Pickwick
Incidentally, what a beautiful cover!

I will start saying I might have conflicting feelings towards romances with "supernatural" traits, I must admit I'm not the biggest appreciator of those. I normally approach myself to them with a bit of involuntary distance if not even scepticism.

Preamble enunciated, I have to say I liked this novel; it's very much catching, engaging and thrilling. I liked the characters; they are all charming and I want to know what happens to all of them, I'm interested in
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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- This ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review -

Such an entertaining read ! It has everything you can desire : a secret society, love, mystery, psychic abilities, blackmail, a magic powder, evil doctors, adventure, a trip to the madhouse... This was my very first book by Mia Marlowe but it won't be my last, I now need to read the previous book.

Oh, by the way, this is the second book of the series, but it didn't impair my re
Bambi Unbridled
The Order to MUSE continues with probably my favorite character, Lord Westfall. MUSE stands for Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires, and the group is reminiscent of A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Order's purpose is to prevent psychic threats to the royal family, and they use their own special powers to flush those out. Powers include sending thoughts, hearing thoughts, finding things, fire mages, water mages, and who knows what else we will get as the series continues. This s ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
3.5 stars

A little Regency woo-woo? Yes, Please! I had fun with The madness of Lord Westfall. I always enjoy the characters that are deemed "mad" and hearing voices...definitely lands Westfall with that qualifier from his peers. Having spent time in Bedlam? Even more so.

I did feel like I'd walked in mid-series (turns out this was book two oops!) but it passed quickly and I was easily pulled in by this group of agents that all have interesting abilities--hearing thoughts, sending thoughts, contro
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I rather enjoyed this one, provided to me by the publisher in return for a review. This was actually a surprise to me, because it takes a lot for a story with paranormal elements for me to enjoy it enough to finish. I find that they need incredibly strong underlying non-paranormal themes and highly credible characters which have strong human traits. A lot of paranormals don't meet these requirements IMO.

Anyway, back to this one. First, the hero is great. Emotionally-scarred and detached, but won
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in The Order of the MUSE series, this is Pierce Langdon's (Lord Westfall) story. This series is Mia Marlowe's take on "X-Men in Regency England" - you have a group of individuals with various powers & their leader who molds them into agents to serve their country.

As a result of a fall when a child, Lord Westfall hears - or more like, is inundated by - other's thoughts. His family had him committed to bedlam as being crazy where he is later saved by the Duke of Camden, the leader &
... Paranormal regency revelations!

Having been declared mad as a boy because he claimed to hear voices, Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall, a telepath, was subjected to the most abominable treatments devised. Placed in Bedlam by his uncle, the tortuous methods used to 'heal' him were more akin to torture .
The descriptions of the supposed healing methods are outrageous.
That was in the past. Today he is a member of the Order of the M.U.S.E. (Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires). A highly
Nicole Laverdure
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Suspense with a touch of paranormal!
I received an eARC of The Madness of Lord Westfall, from the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So when I read the description of this book, written by Mia Marlowe, I really wanted to read it, to discover, it has a touch of paranormal romance. This is the second story in a new series Order of the MUSE!

I tells the story of Pierre Langdon, a mad Viscount! When he was young, he fell from a tree and woke to hear strange voices. When the voi
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall, in the first book in Mia Marlowe’s Order of the M.U.S.E. series, The Curse of Lord Stanstead. So much so that I really looked forward to reading his story before book three for a review blog. His quiet honor, kindheartedness, and his past treatment at the hands of cruel and scheming relatives made him stand out.

Marlowe writes a tender story, one that she also impressively connects among its likeable characters. It’s smooth, readable, and very enjoyab
Pierce and Nora. DNF at 16%. I guess the story just wasn't what I was hoping it would be. I read the premise and wasn't expecting the story to start long after Lord Westfall was rescued from the asylum and already working for M.U.S.E. So it seemed that much of interesting bits were already in the past. The concept of MUSE was interesting though. Kind of like XMen but set in the 1800's. I did not find any of the characters engaging though and was kinda turned off that Nora was a courtesan housed ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
This is the second book in the Order of the Muse series. It is a pleasant story with a strong female lead which I liked. It is also an attractive mix of paranormal and historical. There isn't anything in the story that is distinctive for me so I wont continue with this series but it was nice to read. Copy provided by NetGalley.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS! Totally unexpected, not my usual romance genre, but so much fun. Regency romance meets Agents of Shield ❤ ...more
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

The Madness of Lord Westfall is the second installment in the Order of the MUSE series but easily stands on it’s own. A strong character driven historical romance with a suspenseful paranormal base. Smooth writing, fast pacing, and a well developed storyline seizes your attention right from the start. We are given two story lines in here; the recovery of a supernatural artifact and a grand love affair that seems doomed even
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a genre that I honestly do not read enough, especially considering my education is as a Historian, but I am very glad that I requested this book when it came to my attention.

I immediately fell head over heels for the main characters in this story. Lord Pierce Westfall, is so well developed and his story so heart breaking that you just ache for him. Lady Nora Claremont's story is just as tragic and compelling. Even from the first few chapters you are already rooting for these two and pra
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoy the world that Mia Marlowe’s built in these books and this one was really quite good. Interesting and complex, with two characters who are unique for the time. Their journey in meeting each other, falling into love, and finding their way towards their happily ever after is very different than most and involved a lot of turns–but the plot twists are insanely suspenseful and this reader actually gasped at one point. Can you do too much in
Amy Alvis
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Order of the Muse series.

Pierce Langdon, Viscount Westfall, spent many years in Bedlam until he was rescued by the Duke of Camden and joined the Order of the Muse. He soon learned that the knock on the head that he received during his childhood didn't actually make him mad, he truly could hear the voices of the people around him. He soon learns how to put a wall up to ignore the voices and how to take it down when necessary. Part of his job as a member of the Order is to he
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first book in this series so I picked up the second one a week later or so. The main character in this one is the man who hears thoughts, Pierce Langdon aka Lord Westfall, who obtained this ability when he fell out of a tree at age nine. His relatives shut him up in Bedlam for years, until he was rescued by the man in charge of M.U.S.E., who then helps him to control his "curse" and puts him back into Society. This is where he meets Nora Claremont, a fallen daughter of the ton whos ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
Sadly, I thought I would favor this story based off what I read within the actual synopsis, but I didn't. Yet the book itself is by no means what I would consider to be a undesired read.

My largest fault with the book was the paranormal aspect of the plot. As I have expressed in prior reviews I love a paranormal-theme, but for historical romances I am not such a larger fan. With historical romances I want grand balls, gowns and a rogue. I do not want a spooky aspect to the plot nor to any of the
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Oh my goodness, I don't know where to beginning. I mean The Madness of Lord Westfall is pretty darn good. I think a lot of my feelings lie to Westfall, because he's a pretty awesome. At first, he seems like a prig, but as we get to know him he's not. We need to take into account that he can hear others thoughts, and that can be bothersome. Yes, he does give off this standoffish presence until we fully understand what is going on. When he meets Lady Nora he kind falls fo
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Madness of Lord Westfall by Mia Marlowe for me is basically book version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with a lot more romance and sex scenes.

It's a story of men an woman who have some kind of special abilities and they use those abilities to do good. But besides doing good, they change their life, as they all were single at the beginning, now they find their better half one by one. Sometimes the additional members also have special abilities, sometimes not, like in this story - t
Brooke Bryant
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pierce, Lord Westfall is privy to everyone's thoughts. Once commited to Bedlam by non other than his family, he was saved by Lord Camden and the Order of the Muse. Lady Nora is a courtesan with some secrets of her own. They are drawn to each other despite how dangerous it could be.

This was a decent read. I did find it very annoying how much they tossed around the word "courtesan". We got it; Nora was a courtesan and so was Vesta. It was also annoying how much Westfall thought of her as one too,
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The Order of the MUSE (3 books)
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