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Lady in Red (Mad Passions #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  250 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Signet Eclipse
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Nov 30, 2015 Kyraryker rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I love the heroines in these books, they are put through horrific circumstances but their strength is always evident, even when they are at their lowest; this author writes women phenomenally. The atmosphere and over reaching story is wonderfully darkly atmospheric and breathtakingly triumphant. However, I'm having a problem with the middle of the story sagging and when it comes to our hero and heroine's relationship, I just don't feel it. I'm fully locked into the heroine's story but n
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars here.

I’d heard good things about Ms Claremont’s début novel (The Dark Lady) and as I’m not averse to a romance with a large dollop of angst, I settled in to read Lady in Red with fairly high expectations. The story centers around Lady Mary Darrel, the eighteen year-old daughter of the Duke of Duncliffe, who, three years prior to the beginning of the book, has been placed in a mental asylum by her abusive and controlling father where she has been r
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Apr 27, 2014 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it it was amazing
**5 Spellbinding Stars**

I was totally gripped by this intense, angsty and dramatic story. Once again, Máire Claremont explores the darker side of Victorian London with graphic realism.

Mary left such a deep impression on me in The Dark Lady . She had selflessly protected her friend, Eva, from the worst of the horrors of the asylum and, when the two of them escaped, Mary’s fate was left in the balance. I was desperate to know what happened to her.

Condemned to the asylum by her own father, Mary su
Feb 14, 2014 Tez rated it really liked it
The Mad Passions series is historical romance for people who don't like historical romance - less faff and more awesome. Asylum! Laudanum! Murder! These are the elements that tempted me into adding the books to my wish-list, and they keep me reading them.

The author also excels in cool secondary characters. (Good news: Powers has his own novel, and Clare has her own novella.) I wonder if Lady in Red would've had the same effect if it was the woman nursing the battered and addicted man back to hea
Jess the Romanceaholic
Had it not been for the dreaded Magic Peen syndrome, this book would've been a 4.5 -- it was deliciously dark and full of Very Bad Things.

I just couldn't get over how quickly SHE got over all of that trauma, so in the end, 3.5 - 4/5 Stars

Full review to follow.
Oct 12, 2013 Dorine rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 Blue Ribbons + Recommended Read courtesy of Romance Junkies. Posted at TBR Mountain Range amongst other books I've read this year.

The epitome of an amazing dark romance, this novel will surprise you more than once before the satisfying end.

Sometimes I wonder how I happen upon such superb novels to review. I never intend for it to happen even though I hope. I choose books blindly, with only my instincts to guide me and so, I am always surprised when I read a book this amazing. LADY IN RED
Adria (Romance Reviews)
Jan 17, 2014 Adria (Romance Reviews) rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

This is no fluffy, light romance. This is a mad, passionate tale that doesn't shy away from the darker, seedier side of life in Victorian England. Lady in Red shows just how powerless women were when it came to men and how they were little more than cattle to be treated however the man wished.

I have been dying to read Maire Claremont's Mad Passions series ever since the first book (The Dark Lady) came out last year and though I still haven't read it (b
My Book Addiction and More MBA
LADY IN RED by Marie Claremont is an exciting Victorian Historical Romance. #2 in the "Mad Passions" trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Dark Lady". Fast paced, with engaging characters and an intriguing story line. Filled with mental, physical, and sexual abuse,drug addiction,passion, grief, secrets, revenge,forgiveness, healing and the power of true love. An intense but compelling and dark tale of abuse and healing. A powerful romance with secrets, scandal, heartbreak and dram ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Tin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
At a young age, Mary Darrel, the young daughter of the Duke of Duncliffe, after witnessing her mother's deadly fall down the stairs, was sent to an asylum by her father. She escaped with her friend Eva (read: The Dark Lady ) and, with no other place to go to, she approaches the only woman she and her mother have ever trusted, a madam by the name of Yvonne. At Yvonne's house, Mary finds shelter and comfort -- and also a man so unlike any other men she has ever met:

Edward seeks to take care of he
Sep 02, 2015 Cathryn rated it liked it
Meh. Powers was the most interesting character and he was secondary.
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So this weekend I have done two things that I haven't done for long time. Firstly, I read a paperback!! And secondly I read an historical romance!! I'm not sure that I would go back to the paperback but I would definitely read a historical romance again, especially if was by Marie Claremont.

"The Lady in Red" was a passionate story full of twists and turns that had me at times on the edge of my seat. Mary had lived a brutal past, locked up in an asylu
Feb 07, 2014 Aimee rated it really liked it
In the second Novel of Mad Passions, Lady Mary Darrel, who we met in the first book as an inmate of Mrs. Palmer’s asylum, has escaped and gone to find an old friend of her late mother’s. Quickly they realize that in Victorian England, the only protection for a woman is a powerful man, a man more powerful even than the father who sent her to her nightmarish confinement. The moment he laid eyes on Mary, Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, knew he had found a kindred soul and that he would give his ...more
Mar 29, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it
A very good dark romance. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Mar 16, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
This is the second book in the Mad Passions series. It tells the story of Mary and Edward. This book continues the theme of dark pasts that keep catching up to our characters. Mary, who we first met in the first book in this series was forced into the asylum by her father. Now that she is out she does everything she can to make sure she is not caught...including becoming a duke's mistress. Edward doesn't think anything can touch his cold heart but when Mary comes into his life he begins to hope. ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Oct 14, 2013 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Some stuff just didn't work for me...
Valerie Bowman
Aug 31, 2014 Valerie Bowman rated it it was amazing
Dark and delicious!
Elis Madison

1865. Mary, daughter of the Duke of Duncliffe, having escaped from hell, raps on the servants' door of a house of ill repute. It's the only place she can go, being dead and all.

Seems that Mary's abusive father pushed her mother down the stairs, and Mary, being a witness, became inconvenient. Mary's father put her in an asylum, where she was raped a lot and drugged into a stupor. Her father told everybody she was dead. Even had a funeral.

Now she's escaped, and with the help of a good friend of
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Oct 12, 2013 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, historical
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Rating 4 1/2 Stars

We all know that I love sunshine and lollypop kind of books, you know the sappy ones. The sappier the better. However, you will not find that in Máire Claremont's Lady in Red. No, this story has a darker sinister feel. Every now again I do enjoy a darker book. I guess my darker side needs to be unleashed. Máire's tend to be fantastic stories that are amazingly written and captive readers. In Lady in Red, we follow the harrowing adventure of Lady Mary D
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Oct 14, 2013 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it liked it
I had a hard time connecting to this book. I really enjoyed The Dark Lady, though, so I stuck with it. I’m glad I did, because I got more invested in the last third or so. But the first book was definitely better.

This is Mary’s story. If you are familiar with the series, you’ll recognize her as the woman who escaped the asylum with Eva. (If you didn’t read book one, don’t worry, though. This works fine as a standalone.) She barely got out of the horrific madhouse with her life. She almost killed
Oct 30, 2013 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady in Red by Marie Clarmont tells the story of a courageous woman in the Victorian era who escaped her brutal captors and dared for not only a better life but also revenge. Mary was put into an insane asylum after her mother dies by her father. He claims it's because he's afraid she'll turn out like her 'whore' mother. While at the asylum, Mary endures terrible cruelty and sexual assault. She escapes with one thought--revenge.

Mary goes to the one person she can trust, her mother's dear friend.
The Romance Evangelist
Oct 08, 2013 The Romance Evangelist rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
A copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review at Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance.

Maire Claremont is a new author for me, but when I saw the blurb of LADY IN RED, I couldn’t wait to get started reading it. I was immediately sucked in to the plight of Lady Mary Darrel, a woman starved and bedraggled, pleading for help at the doorstep of a London brothel as her last best hope for rescue. She was abused and misused at the hands of those doing the bidding of her monstrou
Dec 29, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
DUAL REVIEW: Lady Mary, daughter of the Duke of Duncliffe, has just escaped from an insane asylum where she had been placed by her father after the death of her mother, Esme. He put her there after she witnessed him murdering her mother. Subjected to unspeakable treatment, rape, swill for food and constantly dosed with laudanum, her body and her mind are very weak. Mary travels by foot to her mother’s friend, Yvonne, in hopes of finding shelter.

Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, is a tormented m
Oct 04, 2013 Misty rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of adjectives that I could attach to Marie Claremont’s Lady in Red, but I will stick to just riveting. This dark and intoxicating book gets into the nitty gritty side of Regency England’s elite. This is the second book in Claremont’s Mad Passion series and it far surpasses the emotion she brought with her first book The Dark Lady. Although Lady in Red stands alone and readers can easily grasp the back story, it is strongly advised to read the Mad Passions books in order.
As the da
Secretly Reading
Oct 21, 2013 Secretly Reading rated it liked it
3.5 stars Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Dark and emotional historical romance with two very damaged leads that I devoured. My huge complaint is I often felt like scenes were shifted too quickly and caused me lots of confusion as I read.

The Set Up: Lady Mary’s father killer her mother and locked Mary away in an evil asylum. Mary managed to escape and meets Edward, the Duke of Fairleigh who sees in Mary a chance to help a destitute woman when he couldn’t others in his past.
Oct 07, 2013 Sharyn rated it it was amazing
This dark, gothic novel is about Mary, a young woman who has recently escaped from a madhouse. She also happens to be a Duke's daughter. And her father, the Duke? He was the one who sent her to the asylum. As Mary desperately tries to figure out how to survive, as well as hide from her father's clutches, she begs for assistance from a high-class madam, who was friends with her mother. Through Yvonne, Mary is put in touch with Edward, the Duke of Fairleigh. Edward, upon seeing Mary, recognizes an ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
5 stars! This is a very dark romance so be warned. If you like your romances light and fluffy this book is not for you.

Lady in Red is the story of Lady Mary and Edward, Duke of Fairleigh. Believed to be dead, Mary has been locked away in an asylum by her father (a Duke) as she holds a secret that could destroy him. The novel begins with her escape to a brothel where her Mother's dearest friend is the Madam. It is there that she meets Edward who is instantly intrigued with her beauty and spirit.
Oct 05, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing
Darkly romantic and thrilling, Lady in Red was an amazing historical romance. It had dark romance, haunting pasts, shocking betrayals and I loved every bit of it!

Mary was a very strong heroine. Her past is enough to make most people break down, but she survived and is determined to get revenge. She was an awesome character and very likable. I liked that she didn't hide behind the men offering their help, though neither did she scorn them. Instead, she learned what she needed to protect herself a
Oct 03, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
This dark, intoxicating novel is an addictive read that will have you in tears by the time it’s over. The amount of emotion that is poured in to every written word is so intense it draws the emotion out in you, the reader. From glimpses into the seedy side of Victorian London, to the betrayal and cutthroat world of the aristocrats, this page turner will keep you up until you’ve finally read the last word.

The characters are flawed, courageous and strong individuals who are fighting all of the od
Oct 12, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Lady in Red is the second book in the Mad Passions series. Mary, the heroine in this book, was a secondary character in the first. While this book is about the obstacles and tribulations of Mary's escape (as told in the first book) it can be read as a standalone. However, I think it might be useful to have read the first one to really understand what Mary went through. To be honest, I read the first book when it came out a year ago and while much is described in the second book it might have hel ...more
Diane Peterson
Aug 14, 2014 Diane Peterson rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that Lady in Red (Mad Passions series #2) is a dark book. Very dark. Very Gothic. This is not to say that it isn’t a good book because it is quite good. But do not look for a sweet, heart-warming story. Every character in Lady in Red is tortured in some way, including the secondary characters. Each has a troubled past that is complicating the present. The book is so dark that we don’t see much light at all until nearly the very end, yet it is a romance with a happy ending. ...more
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