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

4.3 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Mad Passions Series

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 “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.
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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: 0451417992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451417992
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2013
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(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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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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Dark Lady grabbed me on page one and kept me riveted through the end. The writing is gorgeous, the heroine strong and very sympathetic, and the hero honorable and sigh-worthy through the darkest moments. The story is swims through the hidden side Victorian splendor, where laws could be twisted to satisify the ends of the powerful. As the hero and heroine clash against the forces bent on their destruction (and sometimes against each other), their strength and honor build and the very deep wounds of their past heal. Those clashes, whether or not they are in alleyways, carriages, madhouses or drawing rooms, are always vivid and soulfully depicted. Ian and Eve form a love that conquers her consuming grief, his pervasive guilt and the greed and evil intent of the villain(s!).

Highly, highly recommended!
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4 1/2 stars!

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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