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The Dark Affair

(Mad Passions #3)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  74 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 Margaret Cassidy left a life of nobility behind in Ireland, forsaking her grieving homeland to aid war-ravaged men in England. Still, she never expected a cruel turn of fate to lock h
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Signet Eclipse
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Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
I don’t pick up historical romances very often but every time I do I enjoy them. The Dark Affair was no exception. As a romance set in Victorian England it was a moving story of love and redemption.

Viscount James Powers has descended down a destructive path over the overwhelming guilt of losing his wife and young daughter. He blanked out the pain by visiting opium dens, getting addicted to the point that he no longer cares about anything, least of all appearances. His father, the Earl of Carlyl
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author seemed to find her footing in this third installment of the series. Our hero's battle with opiates was flushed out more (still not quite fully) and the relationship between the hero and heroine had deeper meaning, too. The Irish plight and the issue with the heroine's brother was pushed to the side and rushed at the end but this book had an overall completeness feel that I found lacking in the others.

I'm completely on board with this author's writing style, the dark/gothic setting a
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The hero of this, the third book in the author’s Mad Passions series made a really strong impression in me in the previous book Lady in Red, in which he appeared as the best friend of its hero, the Duke of Farleigh. James Stanhope, Viscount Powers is an incredibly charismatic man with a very caustic manner, who, despite being full of self-loathing is somehow ridiculously sexy; and he helped the heroine to battle her addiction to opium even though he was well on the way to becoming an addict ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC from the author, and this has indeed been a pleasure to read. Fantastic story with two characters tormented by guilt, the past, and immense responsibilities.

Review to come. This is a definite 5 stars. ^_^
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended Read! Also posted at TBR Mountain Range.

From the depths of addiction rises a gripping historical love affair that will move you to tears before renewing your soul.

Having read LADY IN RED, book two in the MAD PASSIONS series by Máire Claremont, I was most anxious for Viscount Powers' story. THE DARK AFFAIR captivated beyond my expectations and to my surprise, Powers' heroine is a perfect, fearless Irishwoman who will face and then overcome his nightmares. She added to the appeal o
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Margaret Cassidy left Ireland to come to England and help those who have come home from war. She is a nurse that helps them rebuild their lives by getting them off of an addiction to opium. She has become known for it and can pass by with the money she makes off of it but she needs more. Her brother is in financial and personal trouble so when the Earl of Carlyle asks Margaret to cure his son of his opium addiction, she accepts.

Viscount James Powers, more known as just Powers, started opium as a
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3.25 stars
The Romance Evangelist
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
4.5 stars.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at Seductive Musings.

This review contains spoilers for THE LADY IN RED, book 2 in the Mad Passions series. You could try to read THE DARK AFFAIR as a stand-alone book, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

When I read THE LADY IN RED last fall, Maire Claremont was a new author for me, and I hadn’t known what to expect. Its whirlwind plot and profound emotions were almost too much for me to handle (but in a good way). I actual
Adria's Musings
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews.

There's a touch of madness in author Maire Claremont's characters that make her stories so addictive!

After reading Lady in Red, I couldn't wait to see what Claremont had in store for the tragic and broken Viscount Powers. He seemed like such a lost cause at the end of the second book that I didn't know if there was any salvation for him. He's so far gone in the beginning of The Dark Affair that he makes underdogs look like an alpha dogs, but I think t
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

The Dark Affair is Maire Claremont's third book in her Mad Passions Series and once again she takes us down a dark alley on a fog filled night. Showing us the edgier side of Victorian England. Ms. Claremont doesn't offer us rainbows and unicorns, she doesn't give us light hearted comic romance no what she does is show us how love can flourish in the most unusual and undesirable circumstances. That even those who have given up can
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Mad Passions series and is about Viscount Powers (James) who was featured in the second half of The Lady in Red (Book #2) as an opium addict. In The Dark Affair, James has been drawn further into the depths of opiates and drink, so much that his father has committed him to an asylum. His father has also found him a new nurse, a female one this time, after so many other male practitioners failed to last very long with the acerbic Viscount Powers.

Margaret Cassidy knows
Diane Peterson
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this third installment in the Mad Passions series. Claremont intrigued us with the Powers, the hero, in the last book so I was anxiously waiting for this one. It was a satisfying story dealing with difficult emotional issues. Perhaps the issues were resolved a little too quickly, but there is a limit to how long readers want to wait for a resolution. Nice writing and good depth of characterization make this a very good read.
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance
So crazy bad. The characters make no sense - motivation or reasoning wise. Feels like this was written in a single weekend and never edited.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book fell into my hands and other than knowing it was a historical romance, I didn't know much about it when I started to read it. What a delightful surprise I got! I didn't realize when the series was called 'Mad Passions' that the mad part was meant literally.

This was the third book in a series of historical romances that are loosely tied together with at least one of the characters of each book associated with being in a madhouse or diagnosed as mad. On a side note, I read this one out
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Dark Affair is the third full length novel in the "Mad Passions" series. While a stand alone, I think the reader will benefit from having read at least the second book where our hero Powers is heavily featured. And unlike the other books where it was the heroine escaping an asylum and/or opium use, this time it's Powers.

We found him in an asylum, he's heavily dependent on opium and is only semi lucid. He's caretaker Margaret is trying to wean him off. But she's not there out of the goodness
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B-

Margaret meets Viscount Powers when he’s locked up for being unstable and hooked on opium. She’s been asked by James’s father to see if she can help his son. She’s been known to have helped men in the past get beyond the demons that they would deal with through drink and drugs and she’s been successful in turning around their lives. After agreeing to help James, their first meeting doesn’t go all that well. But with her brother in trouble,
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
**5 Dark, Compelling Stars**

Each time I read a Maire Claremont book, I find myself totally immersed in the compelling world she creates and her fascinating, flawed characters.

How I imagine James…

“You’ve forsaken yourself and the man I know you to be.”

In Lady in Red , James was a secondary character just begging to have his own story. He was crude, dripped sarcasm and was addicted to opium. I knew his story was going to be an emotionally powerful one and I wasn’t disappointed.

Ms Claremont writ
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance, arc
Posted on What I'm Reading

When I started The Dark Affair I was trying to remember if Powers was locked up at the end of Lady in Red. Fortunately, the my question was answered before I had to look it up. So, I might as well share my thoughts on Máire Claremont's latest release The Dark Affair.

We actually meet Lord James Stanhope, Viscount Powers, back in Lady in Red. He helped Mary with her addiction to opium and he kind of hope that she would choose him over his best friend. As you can tell she
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally given 4.5 hearts at Rookie Romance.

I am a big fan of Máire Claremont's books and she has a gift for writing powerfully emotional romances that don't shy away from the darker side of Victorian life. The Dark Affair ticks all of these boxes and is definitely one I've been looking forward to reading a lot.

Maggie may have grown up as Irish nobility but it didn't shield her from the troubles that devastated her homeland and her family. Now she devotes herself as a nurse, determined to save
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
The Dark Affair is the story of James who comes from a dark past full of death and addiction. Maggie is enlisted by James' father to help his son get out of the throws of addition. As they spend more time together, Maggie and James learn that each has a hard past that has helped shape who they are.

I really liked the character of Maggie and how her history tied into the famine. That is not a topic often covered in this genre.

I thought that the ending was very abrupt and it was like the author ju
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but found the writing frequently overwrought and the characterization inconsistent. The Irish plot(s) didn't fit in well with the book and mostly seemed involved to set up a traumatic backstory, and in general I felt like the book wasn't really equipped to deal with the depth and trauma of the issues (the Irish famine, Irish terrorists in Victorian London, etc.) it was attempting to address. ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The ending was too short for me and the epi didn't quite go far enough for me or was a bit too vague..or maybe I just didn't want it to be over...anyway that didn't reflect in my rating. ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
As I was reading The Dark Affair, one question kept popping in my mind: Who was Maire Claremont's visual peg for Powers? When I finished reading this story , I googled "Viscount Powers Maire Claremont" -- and even did an image search. (I could not do it while reading, because this was one of those books that you cannot put down.)

Yes, I was smitten and stalker-ish. It's been a few days since I read this book, and I still want to see a picture of Powers. I want to peer into his eyes and see how s
K. Lincoln
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, maybe? I'm agonizing here.

It's weird to agonize over a historical, romance, I understand. But this book is kind of like Jekyll and Hyde (despite other reviewers making Bronte or gothic illusions it's weirdly both horrific and socially conscious-blandly HEA in the same story)

But this one starts out quite wildly passionate and mad: with Viscount Powers locked in an insane asylum in the grip of morphine madness (which apparently is quite sexual on his part) meeting the woman his Earl fat
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the third and final book in the Mad Passions trilogy.
This book follows Powers after his time with Mary and Edward.
I thought this one was good but could have been better. What I liked were the characters and the different experiences they come from. Margret, female protagonist, grew up in Ireland. During the famine she saw hundreds of people die. She dedicates her life to nursing and raising money to help Ireland. Her brother Matthew also works for a cause to help Ireland. But his invol
Marianne Wells
I loved the issues that “The Dark Affair” addressed, and that it went deeper than the average HR. For me as a reader, anything that pushes the boundaries of the genre is fabulous. The writing was solid, the characters were very well drawn, and how the author dealt with the tricky topic of addiction was compassionate and understanding, if a little anachronistic in the best possible way. I found the conclusion rather startling and sudden, and wanted more time with the characters during the various ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
A promising premise and ok overall writing were really let down by terrible characterisation and an overly melodramatic subplot. The poor characterisation meant there was little to no chemistry between the protagonists and their relationship was unconvincing. Two stars only because the writing itself was at least readable.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Very interesting premise, a relatively rare Irish heroine and Irish themes, but it ultimately goes off the rails.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ok characters. Story is predictable. If you are doing a period piece, please don't use modern slang/curse words. It isn't necessary and is quite distracting.
Jo Torrens fernandez
A really interesting premise, it gets an extra star for that! But it really does fail to fully flesh that (or its characters) out
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