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The Dark Lady: A Novel of Mad Passions Mass Market Paperback – January 16, 2013
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Highly, highly recommended!
Oh, man! This is one fantastic writer. I love the darkness of the stories. It's a change of pace from what you normally pick up but I love the struggles she gives her characters. Those dark struggles pull me in and play on every emotion I have. This is a story of pain and suffering so dark. It had murder, deceit, abduction, a life long friendship, and through it all... love. Love that has to be brought back from the depths of hell.
Ian and Eva's story starts in childhood and sees them through some of the worst moments in their lives. There are two characters that I hate to my core who cause nothing but evil to invade Ian and Eva's lives time and time again. A few chapters in, one of them did something that bothered me so bad I had doubts if I could get past it and continue reading. I sat the book down and had to go think through what I was feeling before I decided it was an integral part of the story, no matter the sick and twisted reasoning behind it, and I'm glad I carried on. Claremont has wowed me with her writing! She kept me glued from the first page with detail, action, passion, pain and love. She brings something to the table that would bring many to their knees and gives us a hero and heroine strong enough to fight through those barriers without giving up. No weak souls in this story!
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A tale of three childhood friends, Hamilton, Eva and Ian. As their lives unfold, they will experience happiness, betrayal, tragedy, madness and love. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Marianne Houghtaling
Lord Ian Blake had gone to India to save his best friend, Hamilton, from himself. With Hamilton finally killed because of his cruelty, Ian returns home 2 years later to face his... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by arbjames
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The first word that came out of my mouth as I've finished reading this story was WOW... and then I exhaled. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by bookworm2bookworm