LADY IN RED is only the second book by Maire Claremont and the first that I have read from this author, but it will without a single doubt, not be the last.

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?”

“A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.”~Francis Bacon

Mary and Edward are two very lost souls, with dark and painful pasts that fate brings together ,at first, on the path to revenge and salvation, but ultimately and more importantly…love and forgiveness.

Ms. Claremont doesn’t pull any punches…

Ms. Claremont doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to delving into the darker side of humanity to create a disturbingly tragic history for her characters that is not romanticized in the least. Almost all the characters are remarkably flawed in some fundamental way, but it seems to be those very fractures in their souls that draw them together so beautifully.

I was incredibly impressed by the truth and depth of the story and how certain taboo subjects like drug addiction were handled realistically and compassionately in a way not often seen in lighter works of romantic fiction.

This author has a real talent for completely engaging the reader without a single lull in the flow of the story that keeps you mesmerized from one page to the next.

I intend to go immediately and find a copy of her first book in the A Novel of Mad Passions series, THE DARK LADY and will eagerly be awaiting the arrival of Lord Powers’ story when the third book, THE DARK AFFAIR is released in 2014.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.