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(Beautiful Magic #1)

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Midnight in Paris meets Night at the Museum! A gorgeous standalone forbidden romance with magical elements! Fall in love with The Muse, a sweeping romance set in a modern day Paris that’s full of magic, art, mysteries, and passion from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!

The first time a woman stepped out of a painting, I thought I was seeing things.
The second time, I though
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Published March 19th 2021 by Little Dog Press
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⭐Toonasa⭐ •Romance Book Lovers' Haven•
5 Beautiful in the Best Way stars⭐
This Story was Different from Other books I've read of Lauren, but I loved this as much! Such a beautiful & Enigmatic Story, Showing the Magic. Words defy me to express all my appreciation for it! I enjoyed it so much & the characters were all fun! DEVOURED this in 5hrs (over 2days).

Julien (Charming, Sweet, Mature, Smart!) is a 21yr old who loves art & interns in the Musée d'Orsay Museum where his Elder sis Adaline Works. He has an affinity to Art unlike others
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☕️Kimberly
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio2021
The Art... all the Art! I loved it.

Set in modern day Paris, I fell in love with the Art, the magic and the romance. Listeners will love the magic, mystery, and ghosts as we weave among the paintings. I felt as if I were with Julien in the Musée d'Orsay. Which has moved up on my bucket list. I love the paranormal and was delighted to see Blakely dip her toes in this genre. I hope she swims in it next.

Shane East did a lovely job narrating the characters and his soothing tones made listening a plea
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Mel
5 stars!

Oh my goodness. The Muse is such a wonderfully original read. It is unlike anything Lauren Blakely has written before and I love this new side of her writing!

Julien loves art and interns at the Musée d’Orsay where his sister is the head of the museum. One night a painting comes to life when a dancer literally steps out of the canvas. Soon after, more art becomes real and Julien seems to be the only one able to see the change. He spends his nights at the museum enjoying the art until the
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Monique
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I was pleasantly surprised by this new one from LB, but I will be honest I was a little worried going in. And it did take me a minute or two to get my head around what I was going to be reading about. Then I relaxed and sat back and enjoyed the ride because it was LB giving me a tale. You get a little bit of everything in this story, mystery, curses, a ghost and a magical romance in the contemporary genre. For an added bonus, those that love their art history, you will get a kick out o
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Theresa
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful adventure! Admittedly, magic isn't the sort of thing I look for in romance reading, and admittedly, I wasn't sure how I was going to take this book. It seems like it's not your usual LB tale, but it so many ways, it is. It's definitely reminiscent of Night at the Museum, but it's so much more. And to my surprise, I loved every minute of it.

Julien, an art history major interning at the museum where his sister is a curator, finds himself the recipient of a phenomenon. After sunset
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Jodi
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2021
The Muse was a such a refreshing, magical, romantic read with a hint of mystery. This is book 1 in Lauren Blakely’s Beautiful Magic series, and I loved everything about it!

This book is set in Paris and mostly at an Art Museum. The whole book has a majestical and mesmerizing mood that instantly captivates and sucks you into this world. I love that Lauren gives us the element of magic through art, referencing so many amazing artists and their work. Julian is a unique character that has a strong pa
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Tammi
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lauren Blakely has successfully dipped her toes in the fantasy genre. A story full of magic and love. I couldn't put it down.
But that's not all she pulls us into an art mystery.
I loved the beautiful imagery. A couple from two different times or is it different worlds (not a green alien!)? Not sure how to describe it but it was fascinating. I was a bit worried how it would work. Oh silly me Ms Blakely never let's me down. I got everything I wanted after a few chapters that hurt my heart.
I hope s
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Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
The Muse is the first book in the Beautiful Magic series by the talented Lauren Blakely. I love when my favorite authors start a new series, I get all giddy. I'm especially loving this one since it's about Muses, artwork coming to life and love. Julien works for the Musée d'Orsay and art is in his blood. He never imagined that the paintings he loves so much would actually come to life, step out of their frames and dance for him. He might be crazy, but what a way to go! Clio is the most beautiful ...more
Elodie
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Muse
Beautiful Magic Book 1
Lauren Blakely
https://www.facebook.com/lauren.blake...
Release Date 03/19/2021
Publisher Lauren Blakely Books

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A gorgeous standalone forbidden romance with magical elements! Fall in love with The Muse, a sweeping romance set in a modern day Paris that's full of magic, art, mysteries, and passion from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!
The first time a woman stepped out of a painting, I thought I was seeing things.
The second time, I thought I was going mad.
The nig
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Sandy S
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
THE MUSE is the first instalment in Lauren Blakely’s contemporary, adult BEAUTIFUL MAGIC paranormal, romance series. This is Musee d’Orsay tour guide and art historian Julien Garnier, and lady in the painting Clio’s story line.


Told from first person perspective ( Julien) with a couple of final chapters by Clio, THE MUSE follows art historian student and museum guide Julien Garnier as he struggles to make sense of craziness that has become his life. Late night visits to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris
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PP's Bookshelf
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: standalone-2021
What an utterly magical, sensational and breathtaking story from Lauren Blakely! The Muse was romance, fantasy and pure surreal beauty mixed together by the spellbinding writing of Lauren Blakely. Don't we all want to live inside a dreamy romance? Well, Lauren Blakely made our dreams come true!

Julien is an avid art lover, an artist and a student of art. He is working as an intern in Musée d’Orsay, Paris. And he was living his best life with music, dance and art when strange things start happenin
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MJ
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Muse is whimsical and wonderful. Lauren Blakely has once again upped her game with a story that warmed my heart so perfectly, I honestly did not want it to end. It is a delightfully engaging book that combines a deep appreciation of fine art for two unique souls with the burgeoning love they simply can't ignore. I was taken on a magical ride through the streets and art museums of Paris and beyond as Julien and Clio work together to save various masterpieces like only they can. And I never wa ...more
Red Cheeks Reads
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 SMOOCHES!

As a long-time Lauren Blakely fan, it’s a given that if she writes it, I’m going to read it. What I am not, or at least not typically, is a reader of paranormal romance. But this is Lauren Blakely, so with an open mind, I dove into The Muse, and am I ever glad that I did. I’ve stated in previous reviews for both this author, and others, that I love when an author steps out of their comfort zone and tries something new. Even if the result isn’t my new favorite story from them, I apprec
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Jen Franklin
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Blakely is one of my favorite authors, so I knew this would be something special. I was definitely not disappointed. Listening to The Muse is like falling in love surrounded by stunning beautiful art. I was captivated from the very start and absolutely spellbound! The story is beautifully written and masterfully performed by Shane East, who flawlessly moved between characters of all ages, accents, and sexes. Siiri Scott narrates the epilogue and really brought depth to Clio, absolutely lo ...more
Terri
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a magical journey into the world of art and love but it's so much more. We are transported into the paintings of long ago artist where they come alive in the Musée d'Orsay with Julien as our guide. Where he discovers he not only falls in love with a woman in a painting but he is gifted a talent that is hard to believe. He and Clio find love not only with the art but with each other and it is a love that a century apart nor the unbelievable magic that must happen for them to be toget ...more
Melissa
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC and ALC provided courtesy of the Author

This book is one of the most beautiful books I have EVER read. From start to finish I was swept away, entranced by this lovely and fascinating story. Julien and Clio stole my heart-and left me sighing and smiling while they did it.

Julien made me smile from the moment I started the book. I can't draw to save my life, but I can appreciate art. I loved seeing his passion and love for art pop off the page. But there's something special about him and I trul
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Ms Cats World
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Prologue opens up to one month prior to the start of our storyline. As our noble artist, Julien, and his friend Simon head out on a Friday night in Paris to start working on a fresh chapter in his life after being dumped by "Jenny from Pittsburgh".

On his way home he finds himself at the Musee d'Orsay, where he's an intern, wandering the galleries late at night. Where upon he sites a ballerina pirouetting around a room...

Not just any dancer, one that looks eerily like she had just danced her way
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Dali
Lauren Blakely creates an original, sweet and magical romance that will take the reader on a marvelous trip to Paris and beyond.

When paintings start coming to life during Julien’s nightly excursions through the Musée d’Orsay he thought he might be going mad. But when the beautiful woman from a long lost Renoir comes out to meet him, Julien intrinsically knows she’ll change his life.

Only being able to come out at night, the two spend their time visiting the museum’s exhibitions, getting to k
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Franci Neill
5 All the Starry Nights Stars!!

I’m not going to lie….when I heard about this newest book by Lauren Blakely and I read the blurb, I was a little concerned by what this book was about. It sounded to me like paranormal, time travel, etc. I knew it would have romance in it, but I couldn’t really wrap my head around it. But, being the hard core Lauren Blakely fan that I am, I gave it a try… and I LOVED IT!!!

Just as I was beginning to listen to the audiobook, Ms. Blakely released an updated blurb
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Suzi Vanderham
Mystery, magic, and magnificence is found between the covers of Lauren Blakely’s latest creation “The Muse”. We are used to Ms. Blakely weaving a tale of fun romance and even a bit of suspense, but with this latest release she has transported us into a world of enchantment unlike anything I have read before in romance. Charming characters that captivate your heart, words beckoning you to believe in myths leave you desiring even more of this writing style!

Journey into the world of our hero Julian
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kgagnon
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I loved everything about this intriguing, magical, and passionate romance, with a touch of mystery! Julien is an art student working at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, along with his sister. One magical night he discovers the art he loves is coming alive, and noone else sees it but him. He is enchanted by one special painting and the woman inside it, Clio. She is mysteriously able to step out of her painting, and Julien helps her experience the present world. They more time they spend together, the ...more
Laurie
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This new magical stand-alone by Lauren Blakely, The Muse, takes us to Paris and some very magical places from the art world. We also get to experience such a beautiful love story as told in typical Lauren Blakely style. You have a very swoon-worthy hero and a most beautiful heroine who has such an amazing personality. I honestly, can not say beautiful, amazing, passionate, emotional, and loving enough!
If you are a lover of fine art and romance then you will be enchanted by all the beauty that co
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J.E. Benoit
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was so different than anything I’ve read from Lauren Blakely but it was such a good read. The story is set in Paris so the romance is basically guaranteed and Julien and Clio’s romance was wonderful but my favorite part was the magic of it all. Muses, art coming to life, ancient curses, it was enchanting and swept me up in the wonder of it all.

Imagine art coming to life, Degas’ ballerinas performing in the halls of the Musée d’Orsay, Manet’s black cat winding through your legs. It’s ce
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Judy Lynn
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An enchanting romance that seems impossible.
This book is different from any other I have read by this author. In fact, it is unlike any book I have read at all. But I loved it and I could not put it down. It is written in first person almost entirely from Julien’s POV.
Do you believe that art is powerful? Do you believe that the emotions stirred by art are real? Do you believe that muses are powerful and can inspire artists to create their most moving works? Do you believe that art can be more th
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litljen
*** I received an advanced copy and chose to review it ***
** 100% spoiler-free review **
* 5 magical stars *

The Muse is not the typical Lauren Blakely story that readers have come to expect. It's not a sexy rom-com, nor is it a story chock full of fun and flirty banter. No, The Muse is on an entirely different plane, a mystical love story filled with magic and mystery that is completely enchanting. Blakely takes readers on a journey through the art world in an unexpected and beautiful way. With e
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Gabby
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Muse is not a book I would normally reach for. Personally, I'm not one for magic and or mystics. But when an author I trust - like Lauren Blakely - writes a story like this, I quickly hop onboard. Maybe this was my lesson in expanding my interests and trying new things because I loooved this book. It enchanted me from the very start. It had all the swoons, charming characters and flirty dialogue I love in a typical Blakely book with an added element of whimsy, adventure and yes, mag
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Melinda  Parker
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Somehow, someway, Lauren Blakely intoxicated me with dreams, ghosts, and perceptions. She opened up the art world and delivered it in a kaleidoscope of colors. My heart was happy reading this story. I willing fell under her spell.

Julien is living his dream working for a museum. His mind and heart are entranced and enriched in this world, a world that he wants to make is passion and work. So imagine his surprise when it seems his world either collides or transcends with his love of art. But how c
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Lee Ann Schwartz
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a magical romance from Lauren Blakely. For her fans, know that this is not her typical rom-com, but there are definitely rom-com elements in this paranormal romance. This is also not paranormal in terms of mythical beasts like shifters, vampires, etc. It is most fantasy in the realm of Night at the Museum, so you have to suspend reality, and it is totally worth it.

Lauren Blakely has created a thoroughly enchanting journey through the Paris art world as our male lead, Julien, not only finds
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kgagnon
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this intriguing, magical, and passionate romance, with a touch of mystery! Julien is an art student working at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, along with his sister. One magical night he discovers the art he loves is coming alive, and noone else sees it but him. He is enchanted by one special painting and the woman inside it, Clio. She is mysteriously able to step out of her painting, and Julien helps her experience the present world. They more time they spend together, the ...more
Michelle
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
The Muse is a mashup of romance, mythology, and suspense. I struggled early in the book when the focus was on Julien and his "gifts", but am chalking some of that up to the world building necessary in the first of a series like this one. The magical/mystery and suspense elements were a little sluggish for my taste. Loved the forgers and ghostly possessions, but after a big build-up they fell a little flat for me. Certain aspects of the book made me stop to question the outcome of events, which s ...more
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