Monday, October 7, 2013

Book Review: Lady in Red by Maire Claremont

Title:  Lady in Red
Author:  Maire Claremont
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  October 2013
Publisher:  Signet
Pages:  300
Source:  NetGalley


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 honour…

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?

Mary escaped from the hell she’s been living in.  A place she was sent to and left with no options or means to get free and by the one person that’s suppose to love her unconditionally.  Told from the day she arrived that she’s mad, fed poison, beaten and unspeakable things done to her – she’s finally free.

She goes to the one person she knows will help her – the woman who befriended her Mother and the one person she knows won’t tell her family where she is.  Unfortunately, they are found out and are scrambling to find a safe hiding place away from prying eyes.  Can Mary stay safe long enough to get revenge?

We met Mary briefly in The Dark Lady, she escapes along with Eva and vanishes into the night.  I wondered if we’d see her again – and I’m so glad we did.  While a very dark tale, it gives a different look into Victorian times and what could have happened to a young woman who was locked away from society.  This is unlike any typical romance set in this time period and had me hooked from the moment I picked it up.

I adored Mary and Edward – they are both such troubled souls looking for revenge and redemption.  He sees a kindred spirit, and helps Mary try and get the power she needs to be free.  In the process he finds his own path and falls in love with Mary.  We also meet a new character – Powers.  He’s an intriguing character who I hope to see again…

Would I recommend this author?  Most definitely.  Maire books may be dark, but they do have a happy ending.  Both the Dark Lady and Lady in Red are haunting stories of two very brave women and I couldn’t put either one down.  Would I read more by this author?  I am anxious to read the next instalment in the Mad Passions series – The Dark Affair, which just so happens to be about Powers!


  1. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review. :-)

  2. I have not read this writer yet but i will soon she is going on my new writers to read list


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