Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
FACT: I fell into love with Meghan March with her Dirty Billionaire Trilogy. However, my heart was hers after her Mount Trilogy. Those two series cemented her as one of my top 10 favorite authors. One of the best heroines she’s written is Magnolia Maison. For lack of a better word, she is one BADA$$ heroine. She stands toe-to-toe with March’s most significant anti-hero, Lachlan Mount. So why should you read the Magnolia Duet, and by extension, Madam Temptress?
- Magnolia Marie Maison. The main reason to read this duet and Madam Temptress is her main character. Magnolia, like Lachlan Mount, is a flawed character. She has manipulated people in her life for her own gain. She’s profited off of her body. She’s killed in order to save herself. Her self-doubt in this duet is profound, as it shows the depth of her soul. In Creole Kingpin, Magnolia doubts she deserves love due to her past sins. She’s feeling ennui, in need of a change. And isn’t that many of us. While Magnolia hides her self-doubt behind a strong, powerful exterior, her soft underbelly mimics the souls of Meghan March’s readers. That March can craft a character who feels bigger than us yet similar to us too illustrates her power as a writer. The human experience is written all over Magnolia’s character while setting it in a story beyond our own experiences. This is WHY I love this duet. Magnolia is all of us, and she receives the beautifully poignant happily-ever-after worthy of her sacrifices.
- Moses. The hero of Madam Temptress loves Magnolia beyond himself. Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a hero who is fallible yet has determined to live his life devoted to his love. Moses will lay his life down for Magnolia, and he loves her beyond himself. He doesn’t sacrifice his sense of self for her. He continues to stand in his values and self-worth. He’s masculine and heady in his $exuality, but he will bow to Magnolia as his queen. Moses is the only one suited to Magnolia, and March writes this powerful, transcendent chemistry between these two. You find yourself wrapped deeply in their love story.
- The story. As she does so well, March writes romance with suspense and drama that fill each page. There is oftentimes no time to breathe as the story twists and turns, and no ever seems safe. For Madam Temptress, we find ourselves back in New Orleans, a corrupted population of people who will protect each other at any cost. And much is lost in this story, so be prepared. Yet, this is the essence of Meghan March. She doesn’t write safe romance; she takes chances with her characters and their lives, causing her readers to hold their breath at every turn of the page. Madam Temptress is page after page of cinematic moments ending with a breathtaking finale.
- The nostalgia. I, for one, hated to leave Lachlan and Keira Mount. Thankfully, March allows us to revisit them. They play parts in this story, including their own chapters. If you are a Mount Trilogy fan like me, then this duet, specifically Madam Temptress, is a MUST READ.
Honestly, I don’t know how Meghan March does it time and time again. We invest ourselves in her stories. She takes us on journeys of heartbreak, action, suspense, and love. With Madam Temptress, we are rewarded with a story of second chances, not just between Moses and Magnolia. More importantly, this story is a second chance for life. March suggests that no sin can diminish the opportunity to live an abundant life, and thankfully, she writes the most beautifully rich life for my favorite March heroine, Magnolia Marie Maison. Grab this book now!
In love and romance,