Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Muse by Emma Scott

From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Emma Scott, comes an emotional paranormal romance about sacrifice, redemption, and the power of true love.

Cole Matheson didn’t expect the road toward being a successful painter would be paved in gold, but he hoped there’d be a few less potholes. Insidious self-doubt that whispers that he’s no good, talentless, hopeless has him on the brink of despair. Maybe it would be better to just give up.

A midnight visit by a beautiful creature of darkness changes everything…

Ambrosius Edward Meade-Finch surrendered to the underworld centuries ago after knowing only pain and suffering during his short life. Now, Ambri makes humans dance on his strings, feeding on their desire for his own pleasure. But his liege lord questions his loyalty and commands him to bring a pure soul into their dark realm.

Cole Matheson seemed like an easy mark, but Ambri didn’t count on his goodness or the depth of his generous spirit that wants Ambri just as he is. And Cole never expected to find in Ambri a muse who unlocks his talent and who might also be what his lonely heart has been searching for. Something fragile yet powerful grows between them, and the possibility of soul-deep love hangs in the balance, if only they have the courage to reach for it.

But fairy tale endings don’t come without a price. The dark forces Ambri answers to have been promised a soul, and they’re coming to collect…

The Muse is book 2 in the Angels and Demons series but can be read as a standalone.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

The Muse is the second book in the Angels & Demons series by Emma Scott and can be read as a standalone. There are many references to the first book (The Sinner) so it helps to have the context of book 1 — but Emma supplies a glossary to fill in the blanks. Even though I read The Sinner, I was happy to have the glossary on hand to refresh my memory!

Cole is the best friend of Lucy, from The Saint. Lucy got her HEA with Caz, with some help from Ambri. Now, because Casziel has left them, Ambri must bring in a new soul to the Dukes of Hell or suffer for a century. So he sets his sights on Lucy’s best friend, Cole, because taking him will hurt Lucy, and he’s actually jealous of Lucy and Caz’s relationship.

Cole and Ambri are soulmates, even though Amrbi doesn’t have a soul. They are both so tortured, yet just made perfect sense together. Cole struggles with his mental health and is battling some figurative demons when he meets Ambri, a literal demon. While it is initially Ambri’s goal to manipulate and destroy Cole, but he can’t help but fall in love with the sweet, forgiving man. And Cole falls for Amrbi as well. But as their relationship grows and deepens, it also becomes a ticking timebomb, because The Other Side wants a soul to keep.

I am not a fan of paranormal, but I am a fan of Emma Scott’s. And I devoured The Sinner, so I wanted to check out The Muse. It was just as much of an epic, sweeping romance, albeit a darker one with some of the themes of this book. Demons and ghosts and all that? Yeah, but it’s also a mesmerizing story of two tortured souls who find solace and peace in one another. And facing your fears, and forgiveness, and all those messy, wonderful emotions that I love to feel when I’m reading.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Emma

Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in six languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit

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