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Lady in Red

(Mad Passions #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  79 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 fo
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 2013 by Signet Eclipse
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Nov 14, 2015 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 Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
**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
Oct 06, 2012 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
Jun 26, 2013 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's Musings
Jan 13, 2014 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
Diane Peterson
Sep 16, 2013 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
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 22, 2013 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
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
Aly is so frigging bored
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Some stuff just didn't work for me...
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good dark romance. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Meh. Powers was the most interesting character and he was secondary.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was definitely better than the first. The protagonist Mary is much more likable and interesting. Her love interest Edward is also likable.
The Lady in Red does not shy away from the issues pressing people with addiction and PTSD.
The romance was complicated and interesting. It was love at first sight but was not perfect. The two main characters had issues that got in the way of their romance. I liked that.
Issues I had were with the writing. The author again skips important moments and j
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing premise - woman escapes from asylum where her father put her. Sadly tedious execution. Heroine is unbelievably irresistable to all men. Hero and heroine fall in love instantly for no obvious reason. Heroine gets over repeated sexual abuse in a matter of days so the author can have her sleep with the hero. The protaganists' thoughts and feelings are constantly told to us rather than demonstrated through dialogue and action. So boring I could barely finis ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tragedy porn

This book is the epitome of misery porn. I...enjoyed it? I think? But SO MUCH bad stuff happened to Mary, over and over AND OVER again. Plus, she should've ended up with Powers.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disturbing subject matter handled right.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

This story centers around two people trying to escape their past. Edward is trying to right a wrong he’s convinced he could have prevented when he realized that his father raped and killed a young girl. Edward thought he could have and should have went for help to try and save her but he was young, scared and didn’t do anything. He came forward to tell the truth to the authorities that resulted in his father’s hanging but he’s still living w
*I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. This in no way affects my following review.

Lady in Red packs an emotional punch, it was dark, gritty, angst and gripping - it will just suck you in from first page to the last. Mostly I enjoy light-hearted books, but I was in the mood for something different today and having gotten this in the mail I dove right in. I was not disappointed, it's a non-stop, at times emotionally wrenching journey (though there were a few more ligh
Dark, edgy, brooding, pulsing with a heartbreaking passion, Maire Claremont's Lady in Red gives us what other books from this era only dream of. Honestly, I cried throughout the entire book.. these characters make you bleed tears for them.. Great Job Maire!!

Lady in Red is book two in Ms Claremont's Mad Passions Series and I seriously am hoping for a great many more! Such a talent can only grow with each book!!

The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when cors
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
Jo's Review Book Gifted for Honest Review

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 asy
Jen Davis
Sep 24, 2013 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
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, historical
Posted on What I'm Reading

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
Secretly Reading
Sep 27, 2013 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.
Sep 22, 2013 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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

I loved The Dark Lady (the first book in the Mad Passions series) so much, and I was very much looking forward to getting stuck in to Lady in Red. Personally, although I didn't love this book as much as the first, I still really liked it and was engrossed in Mary's story.

Mary is such an incredibly strong character, and my heart bled for her. Mary had been thrown into a mental asylum, run by a cruel and merciless mistress, and left for dead. Mary suffered h
The Romance Evangelist
Sep 10, 2013 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
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romantic historical fiction fans
As far as historical fictions goes, Lady in Red is an enjoyable enough read. I certainly enjoyed Claremont’s writing style, which had a wonderful flow and a beautiful way of narrating her character’s thoughts and feelings. I also enjoyed how her characters Edward, Mary, and Powers were the sort who manages to be both heroic and humanly flawed. Many times you will have heroic characters who seem to be too perfect in their characterizations leading to a lack of believability and even likeability. ...more
May 01, 2013 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
Sep 27, 2013 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.
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