He vowed to never fall in love…
Meg Anthony was never raised a lady. Instead, she grew up amongst grifters who used her unique “finding” ability for their own selfish purposes. Recently, she’s been taken under the wing of the Duke of Camden and the Order of M.U.S.E., learning not only the fine art of becoming a lady, but how to use her extraordinary talent to help others.
But Meg’s gift is a beacon to unsavory characters who would possess her.
Charged with her protection, Lord Badewyn knows–too well–that his wild, Welsh castle is no safe haven for this lovely, all-too-desirable creature. Part human, part fallen angel, he is one of the Nephilim. He is a recluse sworn never to love. As the dangers to Meg grow more threatening, he cannot help but find himself tempted beyond all reason…and tested to see if he has both a heart and a soul.
To begin, I have not read the previous books in this series and while I was not the least bit lost, I was left wanting to go back and read them as the Duke of Camden has assembled quite the interesting group of individuals and I suspect I would quite enjoy reading their tales as well. As it was, Meg’s story proved to be fascinating on its own as we learn that the young miss is not the wellborn lady she appears, but rather a commoner who possesses the gift of “finding” and whose male guardian forced her to use her gift to steal from others before she found her way to the Duke’s care.
While it is quite possible one of the previous books may have shown how Meg came to join Camden’s Order of the M.U.S.E. (Metaphysical Union of Sensory Extraordinaires), it doesn’t lessen the impact of Meg’s fright at discovering the very men she’s been hiding from – her uncle and cousin – have located her and are lying in wait to abscond with her and force her back into their nefarious service. Nor was it surprising that Camden arranged for her to go into hiding in order to insure her safety. What was surprising was that her “hiding place” was full of its own set of dangers that could prove to be as equally harmful to her continued existence should she succumb to her attraction to Lord Badewyn. And as the son of a fallen angel, what chance does she have at being able to resist such a handsome man, regardless of his attempted aloofness?
I quite enjoyed that while Meg was trying to do what was right and act as a lady in accordance with the instruction she’d received from Lady Easton, we were treated to the true Meg as her personality came through more and more as she spent time with Lord Badewyn. I found Lord Badewyn’s refusal to act upon his attraction to Meg in order to protect her to be rather refreshing, especially as facts about his parentage were revealed over the course of the novel. In the end, it was Lord Badewyn who succumbed to his attraction to Meg, but not before he does all that he can to insure her safety. When he finally does give in to his attraction, well let’s just say thank goodness for a well-stocked library and a well-read man. The sex scenes were steamy without being overly erotic and felt true to both the historical genre and the paranormal genre, but for entirely different reasons. It was Marlowe’s ability to combine the two genres while creating such engaging characters that made me enjoy The Lost Soul of Lord Badewyn so much. The ending was rather all encompassing in the various characters that it affected and this left me wanting more of the series. Hopefully I can find time to squeeze books one and two in before book four is released. Fingers crossed.