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LADY IN RED
Genre: Historical Romance, England
The second of Claremont’s Mad Passions series is wonderfully dark and intense. By drawing on characters from the previous volume and keeping the tension high, Claremont thrills her fans and will no doubt garner new readers seeking emotional intensity and angst not often found in romance. Think the Brontës, du Maurier and Holt. For those who relish the dark side, Claremont is their new queen.
After aiding in her friend’s escape from a hellish asylum, Lady Mary Darrel makes her way to London and a brothel where her mother’s friend, Yvonne, awaits. Mary knows she is hunted, not only for escaping but because she knows her father’s darkest secret. Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, remembers Mary’s death; he even attended her funeral. If she’s dead, then how can she be at Yvonne’s? It is not just curiosity or chivalry that connects Edward to Mary; it is his need to escape his past. He sees in Mary a kindred soul and the opportunity for his own redemption. He’s determined to keep her safe and whisks her away from London and her enemies. Even when the past comes to their door, he will stop at nothing to protect her and claim her revenge and his salvation. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Oct., 320 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: SIGNET ECLIPSE
Published: October 2013