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The Dark Lady: A Novel of Mad Passions Mass Market Paperback – January 16, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of Mad Passions (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451417992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451417992
  • ASIN: 0451417992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


 “The Dark Lady has as much romance, adventure, passion, torment, and triumph as any one love story could deliver.”—New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes

 “Real, intelligent, and gritty but above all deeply romantic. In my opinion, Maíre Claremont is the stunning reincarnation of the Brontë sisters.”—Delilah Marvelle, award-winning author of Forever a Lady

“Will keep you hooked to the very last page.”—Anna Campbell, author of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed
“Intense, bold, gripping, and passionate”—Leanna Renee Hieber, author of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker 

About the Author

2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own…until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his first wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.

More About the Author

RT Reviewer's Choice Winner for Best First Historical, Máire Claremont, first fell in love with Mr. Rochester not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own. Until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his first wife up in the attic. Realizing the errors of her ways, Maire now looks for a real life Darcy and saves her deliciously dark heroes for the pages she writes.

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I liked the book but there was little too much regret on both sides to start a fresh with what the had now.
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I thought I had guessed the ending (well I was hoping anyways) and I loved the little twist as it had my heart racing to keep reading!
Lisa Wolff
The writing is gorgeous, the heroine strong and very sympathetic, and the hero honorable and sigh-worthy through the darkest moments.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
(2.5 stars) I love dark romances with lots of angst. That's why Joanna Bourne, Meredith Duran, Courtney Milan, Cecilia Grant and Sherry Thomas are some of my favorite authors. So I was very enthused about reading this debut work by Claremont with such a dark story line: drug addiction, mistreatment in a mental hospital, mental imbalance and cruelty, bereavement, star-crossed love, you name it, this has it.

The plot fits my reading likes to a T. The fact, therefore, that I didn't enjoy it very much may lie with me, since I see so many 5-star reviews. I could not connect emotionally with the characters or really feel their darkness and despair. For example, Eva's struggle with laudanum addiction: The author did not really do a very good job of getting across (to me, at any rate) any real desperation on Eva's part when her laudanum supply is cut off. Her recovery was too easy-peasy for me. Where was the screaming, the outbursts, the desperation, the terrible physical reactions the dependent body has when the drug is cut off? She didn't seem to suffer much more than I do when my scale tells me to cut back on chocolate.

Another thing I couldn't feel was the attraction between hero Ian and heroine Eva. So, nothing visceral or gut-wrenching for me in the romance department either. Their thoughts and internalizations tell us there's love there but I couldn't feel it.

The dark character of the hero's two cousins was not well explained either. How did they both become so twisted? That's not clear to me from reading this. Just having a distant father who doesn't praise you and even puts you down can, of course, affect you tremendously but it doesn't turn you into a psychopath.

The idea of this book is good but the execution of it fails to deliver.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wolff on January 26, 2013
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I have been eagerly anticipating Máire Claremont's debut as it sounded lush and unique and I am pleased to say she delivered! This haunting tale of love lost and then slowly found again was a pleasure to get lost in. Lady Eva Carin suffered the greatest loss a mother can bear and while she was in the depths of her despair, her brother-in-law deems her insane and locks her in an asylum where her soul is drowned in laudanum and everything is dark, depressing and horrifying. Lord Ian Blake knows it is his duty to find Eva and bring her back to herself, after all, he is the one that watched her husband die, his best friend. Ian and Eva have been drawn to each other since children and when he arrives for her in the madhouse, Eva can hardly believe it. A daring escape is just the start of the new troubles that will follow Eva and Ian. Eva needs to recover, not just from her addiction to laudanum, but also to prove she is clear of mind to finally be free and she opens her heart to Ian. However, Ian has seen to many horrors to believe he can be good for her and struggles to deny his feelings and hope for a bright, new future together. Somehow this couple must push through the past and grasp what is waiting for them without losing each other in the process. . .

Such a hauntingly, wonderful, tear inducing story! I was unsure how Eva was going to recover from her trauma enough to find love but her past with Ian is a strong foundation that could not be shaken and survived even through the darkest of hours. This story will grab you right from the beginning and it just keeps going with wonderful twists and drama. I would have liked to have seen a bit more in Eva's recovery...I felt it happened just a little bit too easily for what she must have endured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Lewis on February 24, 2013
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The premise of this book was so intriguing to me: Eva Carin has been committed to a madhouse in Victorian England by her brother-in-law, Thomas, the current Lord Carin. Eva was sent there after the tragic death of her young son, Adam. Viscount Ian Blake, a childhood friend of Eva, arrives back in England after being in the military in India. He discovers Eva has been sent to the asylum by Thomas and is determined to find out what happened to her. He also wants to apologize to her because he did not keep Hamilton, his best friend and Eva's husband, safe in India, making Eva a widow. Throw Ian grabbing Eva in a daring escape from the madhouse, and Eva's laudanum addiction, and the story is looking very good.

The theme of this book is "mistakes" - all the characters have made mistakes which have affected other characters in the book. I'd say most of the mistakes originated with the former Lord Carin, Hamilton and Thomas's father. This causes a rift between Hamilton and his best friend Ian, that follows them for the rest of their lives.

However, I found the middle of the book, after the escape from the asylum, to be somewhat disjointed in places. Eva and Ian would be having a conversation when suddenly Ian would grow angry and stop talking with her. I would read back a few paragraphs but couldn't find the reason for his sudden mood swing. There's even a sex scene where I couldn't figure out where Eva and Ian were and what time it was. She is in a robe so I assume it is after dark - are they in Eva's room? Ian's room? One of the public rooms? And, Eva's laudanum addiction, which I thought would be very interesting and run through the book, comes to a somewhat quick conclusion after the first few chapters focusing on it.
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