The Dark Lady

The Dark Lady : 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....

Lord Ian Blake has returned from India a broken man. Years ago, he pledged to Lady Eva Carin--his childhood companion and first love--that he would bring her husband back alive. His failure haunts him. But even his jaded soul can't anticipate the shocking sight of beautiful, independent Eva confined in a madhouse....

Locked in an asylum, forgotten by society, Eva is adrift in both body and mind. For Ian to break her free, they must cross a powerful enemy--and prove her sanity to England's unforgiving aristocracy. But the biggest danger of all may come when the secrets of Eva's tragic past are finally unlocked....
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 108 x 171 x 25mm | 159g
  • Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0451417992
  • 9780451417992
  • 550,009

Review quote

"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
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About Máire Claremont

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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481 ratings
3.46 out of 5 stars
5 19% (90)
4 31% (149)
3 33% (161)
2 11% (52)
1 6% (29)

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I'd been eagerly anticipating The Dark Lady, Maire Claremont's debut novel, for some time. And I was not disappointed. This isn't like the majority of other romance novels, and I loved the fresh take on the genre. The book starts with our heroine, Eva, locked in a horrific mental asylum on the Yorkshire Moors- abused, addicted to laudanum and drowning in her grief, Eva has a lot to overcome. Enter our hero, Ian, already tortured with guilt, as he sets out to save Eva. From the beginning I was drawn into the story, reading well into the night when I really couldn't afford the lack of sleep! The scenes at the asylum were horrible but so well written that you absolutely had to read to find out what happened. It's at the beginning that we're introduced to Eva and her friend Mary. When Mary sacrifices her freedom to allow Eva and Ian's escape, your heart just calls out to her- I can't wait to read her story in book 2! Throughout the story Eva and Ian are battling not just outside forces set on destroying them, but internal ones too. Eva has to face her addiction and come to terms with the grief and guilt she suffers over her son's death. Ian too suffers from almost overwhelming feelings of guilt. Eva is a strong woman, and her determination is so admirable. Ian is very honourable, but he has demons of his own to battle. Together they help heal each other, and prove Eva's sanity to London. The whole of this book is so richly described and written that you're completely immersed and urging the characters to find their happy ending. It was seriously hard to contain the tears when I was reading on the train! The end of this book is so uplifting and heartwarming. After everything Ian and Eva go through, they definitely deserve their happy ever after. And now I'm impatiently awaiting book 2 for Mary to get her happy ending too!show more
by Cerian Halford
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