True love must break the curse of madness in this dark, emotional Gothic Regency Romance...
When Lady Claire Deering's mother enters an insane asylum, society is quick to scorn her, dubbing her the Mad Daughter. But Claire's tattered reputation is the least of her worries, as those rumors hold a horrible, terrifying truth: the Deering women are victims of a dark witch's curse. If Claire marries her true love, she'll spend the rest of her life under the thrall of madness.To save herself, she remains isolated...until a will reading at a mysterious castle on All Hallows Eve places her in close confines with her dearest friend and secret love.
Bashful, scholarly Teddy Lockwood has never met a rule he didn't rejoice in following. When he unexpectedly inherits the Ashbrooke earldom, he's determined to turn over a new, more courageous leaf--starting with telling Claire that he's loved her since they were children. The will reading presents the perfect opportunity to win her heart, even if he's vastly out of his element at this enigmatic, shadowy Cornwall castle. Soon, the simmering passion between them becomes unstoppable. Now, to save the love of his life, Teddy will do whatever it takes to break the dark magic's hold on Claire. Will Claire spend her life within the grips of strange delirium, or will love prove the strongest of all?
This Halloween novella was previously released in the Mystified anthology.
The Gothic Brides Series: emotional, atmospheric Gothic romances set in dark, twisted locations--these books are not for the faint of heart. The Gothic Brides battle tortured pasts and face suspenseful circumstances on their route to happily ever after. The series can be read in any order.
THE MAD COUNTESS
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'The Mad Countess' by Erica Monroe is book One in the "Darkest Regency" series. This is the story of Theodore 'Teddy' and Claire and is about 130 pages. In addition, this book has appeared in the 'Mystified (The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Book 3) ' series. So just wanted to make you aware of that. If like me you haven't yet read that book then you too are happy to see this book on its own. As a fan of Ms. Monroe books I was happy to see this by itself. Claire and Teddy are childhood friends that have now grown up. Teddy loves Claire and wants to marry her but is scared to go forward at first because he doesn't want to hurt their friendship. Claire to loves Teddy but keeps it a secret because she fears she will fall victim to the madness her mother and her aunt fell into. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
The Mad Countess by Erica Monroe is set in Cornwall in the year 1811. This is my first read by Erica Monroe and it won't be the last. This novella is the perfect " read in one afternoon by the pool" book. It's light with a touch of the paranormal and romance. The main characters are Lady Claire Deering and Theodore "Teddy" Lockwood, Earl of Ashbrooke. Teddy is just adorable with his scholarly innocence and sweet temperament. Claire is held back and reserved because of her fear of turning mad like her mother and aunt. They are childhood friends that have a hidden love for each other. Teddy is reluctant to confess because he thinks she'll turn him down and Claire is dead set on becoming a spinster because of the madness. Teddy's refusal to give up on her is pretty much the heart of the story. I'm excited to see what's next in this series and until then I will be reading more books by Ms. Monroe. A copy of this novella was given to me by the publisher via netgalley for the my honest, unbiased review.