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The Mysterious Madam Morpho (A Blud Novel Series Book 2) by [Dawson, Delilah S.]
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About the Author

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of Hit, Servants of the Storm, the Blud series, Star Wars: “The Perfect Weapon,” a variety of short stories and comics, and Wake of Vultures, written as Lila Bowen. She lives in north Georgia with her family and a fat mutt named Merle. Find her online at WhimsyDark.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2174 KB
  • Print Length: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EE56AY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

She's done it again! I started reading this thinking "Is it possible that she wrote such an amazing and engaging world or did I just imagine that while reading the first book?" Well, I can honestly say now that if I wasn't so scared of Sang, I would want to visit and stay there for a while. At the very least, I would want to read about it for as long as I could.

This short story was just enough of a teaser into the world of Blud and Sang, enough to keep us craving more and to make the wait for book two more bearable. I find it amazing that the author was able to tell the story of a character that was not a main concern before, Mr. Murdoch, and sucking me into the story from the very beginning.

Not only is Mr. Murdoch so very smart because he makes all the awesome clockworks, but the recluse that doesn't want anyone to see him or know who he really is is actually a passionate man. When Madam Morpho joins the carnival with her butterfly circus, Mr. Murdoch is assigned with making a stage for the butterflies. Because, see, butterflies are now extint in Sang so these are rare sightings.

While working together, the two fugitives happen to fall in love. Or in lust at the very least. The connection between Madam Morpho and Mr. Murdoch was instant and believable. The slow build up of their relationship, as slow as a short story allows, was also perfect. And we even got some smexy in for good measure. Perfect!

All the magic of the Blud series continues to flow through the pages of THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO. Yes I'm addicted, I want to know more, I want to see more.
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I bought this a while back, but it's taken me a while to actually sit down and read it. Today, I actually set aside the schoolwork that has been eating me alive and made a point to read this, and then kicked myself for letting it go unread for as long as I had.
Sang is just as fascinating as it had been in Wicked As They Come, and I fell into the story as easily as I had Dawson's novel. The characters are engaging, the world familiar and yet so foreign, and I found myself unable to put it down until I finished. Fortunately, the story is brief enough to allow me to set aside time in my crazy schedule and do that without feeling like I've cheated my responsibilities too much.
If this is your first venture into Dawson's Sang, please, go pick up Wicked As They Come, and everything else she's ever written or ever will write. If it isn't, you'll find it's the perfect welcome back while you wait for the next chapter.
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I really enjoyed this steampunk novella set in the Blud universe (I have read the first three book in that series and decided to go back and read some of the novellas). I always seem to enjoy Dawson’s novellas more than her full length books.

Imogen is a very smart woman fleeing a very bad situation. She has a butterfly circus and Criminy recommends that she talk to Mr. Murdoch (who doesn’t talk to anyone) about getting her act and equipment set up. The Mysterious Mr. Murdoch is a mechanical genius of sorts but also very reclusive. With their shared love of all things mechanical and steampunk the two hit it off. I enjoyed both Imogen Morpho and the Mysterious Mr. Murdoch as characters. Of course it was delightful to see Criminy again as well (although he isn’t in the story much).

This is a romance heavy story. The romance is very well done and I enjoyed the chemistry between Madam Morpho and Mr. Murdoch. I also continue to love the slightly twisted world that the Blud series is set in; it’s like a crazy twisted steampunk Wonderland of sorts.

The only thing I found disappointing was the revelation of what made Mr. Murdoch so dangerous; it was fairly anticlimactic and kind of silly. However, the story does wrap up nicely and was an entertaining read.

Overall I really enjoyed this novella set in the Blud universe. The characters were fun and engaging and had great chemistry. I enjoyed the world and the steampunk elements, as well as some of the magic in the story. I would recommend to those who enjoy steampunk romance.
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A light paranormal / steam-punk / romantic suspense, offset by tension, danger, death.
Content: One sex scene, two bloody attack scenes. No typos, no ugly language :-)
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4.5 stars! A fun read, and well written! The characters are likable and the plot held my interest, keeping me guessing as to the suspense (what ARE these butterflies? What is inside the brooch? Who is Henry?).

(For those who read book 1, Tish and Criminy get some nice coverage)

The story felt fully developed despite its length (a novella). I have not read book 1, but before reading this sequel I did read the synopsis of book 1 and several reviews of book 1, so I had no trouble following The Mysterious Madam Morpho.

The sex did not drive the plot -- kudos for that -- but there is a long, yummy love scene. It's strictly vanilla pudding, but oh so tasty! Even before the love scene, there was rising sexual tension as Henry and Imogen crowded together to hide, and as Henry and Imogen danced, etc.

Henry is very clever, sweet, and protective, but not in a suffocating way. His solutions to several problems caught me by surprise. Nice! I am so rarely surprised in romantic suspense.

The dialogue is also fairly brilliant. I chuckled several times. This author has a witty way with words. For example, Mr. Murdoch (Henry) describes himself as a "hermetic hermit" (which he certainly is!). Also:

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Imogen: "Please, call me Imogen."
Henry: "Very well, Imogen. And you may continue to call me Mr. Murdoch."
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Imogen: "And you won't go locking me out, or getting all stiff?"
Henry: "Can't make any promises regarding that last bit.
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