March 19, 2021 | Posted in:Release Day Blitz, Review




THE MUSE by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: March 19th

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Midnight in Paris meets Night at the Museum!

THE MUSE is now available! 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 MUSE is everything you love about Lauren’s books with a twist!

Fall in love with THE MUSE, and grab this full-length, swoony, gorgeous standalone romance TODAY!





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Sandra's Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Muse is the first book in Beautiful Magic series by Lauren Blakely. I love when Lauren starts a new series and this one has a different feel to it. It’s magical. Unique. And poetic. 
Julien loved art and that was why he was an intern at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The masterpieces within the museum were beautiful and real-like. The thing was that at night the paintings were truly coming alive.  Out of their frames. Ballerinas, cats, peaches, and more. He didn’t understand what was happening. It seemed to only happen after dark and he was the only one experiencing it. He truly thought he was going mad. Until he met someone who knew he wasn’t…
A new friend. A found painting changes everything. 
Julien was enchanted by a woman who was inside a painting. Even before seeing Woman Wandering in the Irises up close he felt a connection to her. And when he’s in the same room with her, he wanted to take her in his arms. Especially when he finds out he was chosen to protect her. From what he didn’t know. Until, their long talks and cute dates within the galleries. She was trapped in the beautiful garden full of flowers by Renoir. And, now he was hunting her. After more than a hundred thirty years she was set free but at the same time she was in danger. Their nights were spent together getting to know their stories while days were spent apart working, discovering, and figure out what to do next. 
I can’t really say much more without spoiling the magic. I love mysteries and this one is totally unique, fun, beautiful, and brilliant. I could feel Julien and Clio’s connection through the pages. They are adorable, witty, fun, and sensual. I am not a huge art lover but I loved reading about all the pieces. I know I could google them but I enjoyed putting the painting together in my own mind just from the descriptions. 
Overall…I loved it. All the mystery, love, friendships, parties, and art. The characters are lovable. The story is fantastic. The writing is engaging. I am excited to see what is up next! 
“Cellar” might not even be the right word, since the space doesn’t seem to have any purpose that I can see. It’s impractical for storing anything, except perhaps a vampire or maybe the man in the iron mask.
If holding hands is a gateway drug, I’m already addicted.
“You are more than a moment, Clio.”
5 out of 5 stars

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 woman he’s ever seen, and she just happens to be trapped in a Renoir. He fell for her before they even spoke, but after nights of stealing kisses, and wandering through paintings and sharing their stories, he learns that something is wrong. Paintings all over the world are starting to fade and he might be the only one who can save them. But at what cost? Losing the only woman he’s even loved? Is it worth it? This story is just so lovely! I smiled a lot. Even shed a few tears. It’s magical, mysterious and inspiring! I was an Art History minor in college and this just spoke to my soul! I could picture every painting and piece of art in my head and Lauren’s attention to detail warmed my heart! It’s different from Lauren’s other romances, but you won’t be disappointed in the way it makes you feel!




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 night she emerged from a Renoir, I felt something else entirely — a deep stirring of desire, and the wish to get to know the brilliant beauty who’s been trapped inside a painted garden for years.

She can only come out at night in the Musée d’Orsay, where I work. There, after hours, we wander through galleries, with the Van Goghs, the Monets, and the Toulouse Lautrecs the only witnesses to our midnight kisses and, soon, our trysts.

She opens her heart to me, and I learn her story.

But she keeps secrets too, ones I hope to unravel. Why she was trapped. Why Renoir is hunting her. And why artwork in famous museums across the world is starting to disintegrate.

Why I, too, seem to be the only person who can repair the masterpieces.

As I fall deeper for the woman who’s trapped in a museum, I’m caught up in another side of Paris after dark, one inhabited by forgers, ghosts of famous artists and, impossibly, by Muses.

But someone is after the woman I’m falling in love with, and it’s up to me to save her…even if it means losing everything I’ve found with her.






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About the Author:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 50 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4 million books. She likes dogs, cake and show tunes.



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