Lady in Red: A Novel of Mad Passions

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The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor.…
 
Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave ...

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Overview

The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor.…
 
Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave made for her near her mother’s. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man…
 
Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father’s crimes. In Mary’s warrior spirit and haunted gaze—which so mirrors his own—he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
In this dark and intriguing Victorian romance, Lady Mary Elizabeth Darrel, only child to the powerful Duke of Duncliffe, must fight for survival. After her father abused her mother to death, he sent Mary to an asylum, where she endured three years of being drugged and sexually assaulted. Mary finally escapes and meets Edward, the handsome and influential Duke of Fairleigh, who testified at his own father’s trial for raping and murdering a teen girl. He senses a kindred spirit in Mary and offers to protect and care for her. As Mary and Edward slowly learn to trust each other, they begin a subtle dance of romance and passion, but both harbor lingering doubts and fears that they are simply using each other to achieve vengeance and closure. Readers will be drawn to the determined heroine and her steadfast hero as they navigate a complicated and often terrible world. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451418005
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 183,314
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    What I loved about this book was that there was a feeling of hop

    What I loved about this book was that there was a feeling of hope right from the beginning, even though Edward had lived with memories of childhood trauma, and Mary had been locked away and tortured for the past 3 years. There was a connection and trust between them, even though they started out as strangers. I felt that there was a way that they could heal each other & love each other, and I couldn't wait to get to each chapter, in the anticipation of that hope and love. There was a surprise near the end, as to the resolution of Mary's revenge against her father. There is somewhat of a love triangle, and I am looking forward to Powers' story in the next book. I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance. Reading Dark Lady first was helpful as to the background of Mary, but this story can be read as a stand alone.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

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    LADY IN RED by Marie Claremont is an exciting Victorian Historic

    LADY IN RED by Marie Claremont is an exciting Victorian Historical Romance. #2 in the "Mad Passions" trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Dark Lady". Fast paced, with engaging characters and an intriguing story line. Filled with mental, physical, and sexual abuse,drug addiction,passion, grief, secrets, revenge,forgiveness, healing and the power of true love. An intense but compelling and dark tale of abuse and healing. A powerful romance with secrets, scandal, heartbreak and drama. Loved it! Ms. Claremont is the Queen of the dark side of drama and romance. A must read! A powerful,wicked tale of love and passion. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: HOT/VIOLENCE

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    A little too tormented. I received this book via NetGalley in e

    A little too tormented.

    I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    A Duke's daughter should be living in the lap of luxury, not running for her life, and her sanity. But she'll get no help from her wealthy father. No, he's the one who put her in an asylum. Mary goes to the only person who can help--her dead mother's best friend. But Mary can't stay with the infamous madam without endangering them both. In steps Edward, a tormented Duke and perhaps the only person who can stand against Mary's father and help her get her life back. Edward has problems of his own that may tear about the fragile relationship these two form.

    Historical romance is my bag, baby. Yeah! So when I saw this amazing cover (yeah, I admit it, I'm a cover whore), I had to have it. I quickly discovered this wasn't going to be a 5* book for me. Far too much angst in this…from both characters. I just can't get into books where the heroine is struggling with intimacy after being raped (I stay away from all books where a heroine has been raped). I should have known this was a possibility from the description, too. So that's my bad.

    That said, the writing was good. The angst didn't drown out the romance. For the most part the characters didn't annoy me. If there hadn't been some strangeness with the hero's not-best-friend, I probably would have rated this higher. I give this 3*.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    In the second Novel of Mad Passions, Lady Mary Darrel, who we me

    In the second Novel of Mad Passions, Lady Mary Darrel, who we met in the first book as an inmate of Mrs. Palmer’s asylum, has escaped and gone to find an old friend of her late mother’s. Quickly they realize that in Victorian England, the only protection for a woman is a powerful man, a man more powerful even than the father who sent her to her nightmarish confinement. The moment he laid eyes on Mary, Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, knew he had found a kindred soul and that he would give his life to protect her and restore her to health. Can Mary ever learn to trust a man after the hell she endured at the hands of the asylum’s keepers? Can Edward, who has never been loved by anyone, open his heart and see his own goodness?

    In many ways, I liked this one better than the first Mad Passions novel. Mary is even more of a fighter than Eva was, and Edward is even more broken than Ian was. Mary also suffered much more and for much longer in the asylum than Eva did. I definitely thought that Mary’s father had a fitting end, although I must say I was a bit disappointed that neither Mary nor Edward seem too concerned about Clair—wasn’t she as much deserving of a rescue as the girls in the asylum? Mrs. Palmer is not forgotten in the end, and it appears we have seen the last of her asylum. This does make one wonder what turn any future volumes will take, although the teaser for the next one, The Dark Affair, does give us some clues.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Dark romance...I think that should be a genre itself.  Almost al

    Dark romance...I think that should be a genre itself.  Almost all the historical romance books that I've read are nothing like this.  They all have the happy and dark scenes but Marie Claremont does an amazing job showing it.




    Lady in Red shows how men rule society during the era and women are powerless to them.  They are lock away and pretend dead.  




    I truly love the hero and heroine in this book.  They both have secrets that keeps torturing them.  The passion that they felt for each other, to protect each other, was something.  If you want a dark romance different from what you usually read, definitely this series.  Can't wait for the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Loved it

    New author for me. I plan to read her next book. Only thing missing is some love scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Disappointed

    I read the first book of this series and loved it so I was very upset withthis one. It felt like the startof the book should have been the middle. You knew nothing about the characters. The character Powers was just thrown in there with no history. VERY disappointed...won't read the next one.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    Darkly romantic and thrilling, Lady in Red was an amazing histor

    Darkly romantic and thrilling, Lady in Red was an amazing historical romance. It had dark romance, haunting pasts, shocking betrayals and I loved every bit of it!

    Mary was a very strong heroine. Her past is enough to make most people break down, but she survived and is determined to get revenge. She was an awesome character and very likable. I liked that she didn't hide behind the men offering their help, though neither did she scorn them. Instead, she learned what she needed to protect herself and became a force to be reckoned with. I thought she was a wonderful heroine and I really liked her. 

    Edward was also amazing. Like Mary, his past also haunts him, but in a different way. Because of what his parents were like, he is terrified that their cruelty and madness would pass on to him and tries to prove that wrong as much as he can. He was very honorable, noble, and determined to do the right thing, even if it wasn't the easy way. He was also very sweet and devoted to his loved ones. I adored him. I thought he was a perfectly flawed hero.

    The romance was intense. Mary and Edward both have terrible pasts and, when you put that together, you get a very darkly intense relationship, if that makes sense. They clung to each other as safety nets. And, their relationship allowed them both to heal. And, the sparks between them were constant. There was definitely a wealth of passion in their relationship. Sometimes, though, I wanted to shake some sense into both of them. They seemed to be on different pages a lot. This might sound cheesy, but they really needed to communicate. It would have saved them several misunderstandings. They eventually learned how, so that didn't bother me too much. Overall, I thought they were a lovely couple.

    The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. The betrayals and secrets were shocking and kept me on the edge of my seat. The truth of both Mary's and Edward's pasts were a surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    Lady in Red was a dark romance that I absolutely loved. It was dark, romantic, thrilling, and full of secrets. I enjoyed every bit of this historical romance. Lovers of romance, if you want something dark and thrilling to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is a book you'll want to read.

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    Dark, Intoxicating and Addictive! This dark, intoxicating novel

    Dark, Intoxicating and Addictive!

    This dark, intoxicating novel is an addictive read that will have you in tears by the time it’s over. The amount of emotion that is poured in to every written word is so intense it draws the emotion out in you, the reader. From glimpses into the seedy side of Victorian London, to the betrayal and cutthroat world of the aristocrats, this page turner will keep you up until you’ve finally read the last word.

    The characters are flawed, courageous and strong individuals who are fighting all of the odds to regain their self-confidence, their place in society, and their self-worth. Struggling the most to accomplish that goal is Mary. Born the daughter of a Duke, Mary is betrayed by her father and thrown into an asylum. Thought to the rest of the world to be dead, Mary overcomes the horrifying tortures of the madhouse and escapes. After escaping, she crosses paths with Edward.

    Edward has been fighting the crimes of his father for years. Determined to overcome the stigma, Edward stumbles upon Mary – a woman who desperately needs his help. He makes it his goal to help her right the wrongs of her father. Upon doing so, Edward’s quest to help Mary evolves into much more – it evolves into his own self-discovery, their need for one another, and a relationship that tests the bounds of true love.

    The author’s prose in this book is absolutely beautiful. Her ability to tell such a moving story with a dark undertone and still turn it in to a sweet romance is true literary talent. I found myself completely lost in the world she has created, and when it was over, I was so sad to leave. This was my first book by Ms. Claremont, and it certainly will not be my last!

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    Lady in Red is one of the books I couldn't put it down,The H a

    Lady in Red is one of the books I couldn't put it down,The H and h in the story were determined and lovable.I could feel the characters pain, suffering and love. Ms. Maire Claremont is a fabulous storyteller. I am looking forward to read her next book.

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