Mariana Gabrielle (aka Mari Christie) is a professional writer, editor, and graphic designer in Denver, Colorado, who writes mainstream historical fiction, Regency romance, and poetry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing, summa cum laude and With Distinction, from the University of Colorado Denver.
La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddessby Mariana Gabrielle
Sired by a British peer, born of a paramour to Indian royalty, Kali Matai has been destined since birth to enthrall England’s most powerful noblemen—though she hadn’t counted on becoming their pawn. Finding herself under the control of ruthless men, who will not be moved by her legendary allure, she has no choice but to use her beauty toward their
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Sired by a British peer, born of a paramour to Indian royalty, Kali Matai has been destined since birth to enthrall England’s most powerful noblemen—though she hadn’t counted on becoming their pawn. Finding herself under the control of ruthless men, who will not be moved by her legendary allure, she has no choice but to use her beauty toward their malicious and clandestine ends.
When those she holds most dear are placed in peril by backroom political dealings, she enlists some of the most formidable lords in England to thwart her enemies. But even with the help of the prominent gentlemen she has captivated, securing Kali’s freedom, her family, and the man she loves, will require her protectors stop at nothing to fulfill her desires.
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I started this book last night and just finished it this afternoon. It was fabulous! I won't go into the plot as it is detailed in the book's description as well as by the other reviewers. I will say this. The author, Mariana Gabrielle, has written yet another beautiful and breathtaking story. It's a tale that brings each of the characters to life in your mind. From the clear descriptions of each, I have a vivid image of each of the characters, from their clothing to their physical traits. You can feel the passion of Kali's dances, marvel at the magnificent jewels given to her by men wanting more than a dance, and fall in love with two wonderful men, Fitz and Rook, just as Kali did. I just kept flipping the pages, racing to the end. Yet, I did not want it to end. I'm hoping that there is a sequel planned for the story of the rest of Kali's life.
I will start this review by telling you that I finished this book about 10 days ago. It has stuck with me and the review has been written in pieces as I tried to relate how this book made me feel. I started a bit slowly, so I didn't miss any of the details. Then about the 3rd chapter I was totally hooked. Kali Matai is has been trained from a very early age to be a tawaif, which is an Indian courtesan. She has been taught many things during the training she received. Most importantly though, is how to please a man. She is very talented and much sought-after. But the story goes back to before she was born. Her mother was also a tawaif. She was given as a gift to an English military man. Things happen and he is unable or unwilling to stay with Kali's mother and the children she has had by him. Kali comes to England only to find that her father feels nothing for her or her sister. Only that they should continue on with their lifestyle. And he sees a way they could help him politically. The lifestyle that Kali has had to endure is a heartless endeavor. The men she is attached to don't care for her opinions, they just want to be pleased and are willing to pay for the privilege. Kali is highly skilled and has many men clamoring for her attentions. They ply her with jewels and gifts, but she is left feeling used. She wishes she could change her life. Could just live her life without the crowds of men always bothering her. But she has others to think about so she must play the games of the men in control of her life until she can figure out how to get out from under their thumbs. I don't want to give the story away so I will stop there and tell you that the author has such a way with words! The story brought out many feelings as I read it. Heartbreak, happiness, insolence, and a sense of Kali being wronged just made the story more poignant. The descriptions were wonderful and made me feel like I was in the dance hall or the parlor with the characters, wherever they were. The heartbreak Kali felt was also very real for me. Mariana Gabrielle (Mari Christie) has a talent for writing stories that make you think for a while after reading them. I definitely feel like this is a book I can and will read again and probably find new details I had missed the first time. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. But I loved it so much that I bought it as well!