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La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Sired by a British peer, born of a paramour to Indian royalty, Kali Matai has been destined from birth to enthrall England’s most powerful noblemen—though she hadn’t counted on becoming their pawn. Finding herself under the control of ruthless men, who will not be moved by her legendary allure, she has no choice but to use her beauty toward their malicious and clandestine ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published June 10th 2015 by Whaley Digital Press
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Jennifer Senhaji
Captivating Exotic Regency Romance
More than a romance, this is the epic tale of a woman who uses the ways of a skilled tawaif, a courtesan trained in the seduction of the senses, to rise to power amongst some of the most influential men in England. She is not ruthless or power hungry. No. She uses dance, music, scents, and her beauty to survive in this world where politicians rule.
This story combined the exotic culture of India I gobbled up in other stories like the Taj Mahal Trilogy by Indu Su
Crystal Cox
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****************** I won an ARC of this book from the author *******************
Kali is a famed Indian dancer and courtesan who finds herself controlled by vile men who seek political gain. Will she find a protector who will love her enough to help her and her family out of their clutches?

I have been excited to read this book since I had read the author's other book Royal Regard and just loved her characters and writing. I can say that this book didn't disappoint at all. I believe it is even bet
Jude Knight
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La Déesse Noire is one of those novels you keep thinking about long after you put it down. To me, the crux of the story is how the four main characters are defined and directed by the choices they make.
Kali Matai was born and raised a tawaif; one of the women entertainers who served those of the highest rank in the Murghal Empire of India. Her life was shaped by the choices made by her tawaif mother and the English peer to whom her mother was given. In England, she is the pawn of powerful men, b
Lori D
Another story by Mariana Gabrielle that I will remember for a long time. This tale swept me away into a different world with characters that came alive off the pages. I felt invested in their lives and at a point or two I felt my heart breaking. But I digress. Kali Matai, was born in India to a British peer and a mother who was given to him a paramour. Kali was raised a tawaif, as her mother and would only entertain those of the highest rank. Her father, Lord Birchbright, abandons her mother and ...more
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
I will start this review by telling you that I finished this book about 10 days ago. It has stuck with me and the review has been written
in pieces as I tried to relate how this book made me feel.

I started a bit slowly, so I didn't miss any of the details. Then about the 3rd chapter I was totally hooked.
Kali Matai is has been trained from a very early age to be a tawaif, which is an Indian courtesan. She has been taught many things during the training she received. Most importantly though, is h
Quenby Olson
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying to think of something about this book that I didn't like, and am having difficulty. I could say that I would've liked it to be longer, to have filled in some of the jumps in time at the beginning of the book when years went by between scenes. But that's a minor, personal quibble.

I loved this book. I loved the characters, I loved that we were dealing with a heroine who was trained from birth to be a mistress, a courtesan, to men, which was such a change from the virginal and chaste wo
Tami Lund
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely spectacular. Positively delightful. Utterly wonderful. This book is amazing. One that will stick with you loooooong after you reach that last page. It's the kind of book with which you feel disappointed when it ends, because you want to know what the author has done with their happily ever after, instead of leaving it to your own imagination.

I don't even know how to express how fantastic this book is. The author paints such a beautiful picture, I was there, whether I wanted to be or
Beverly Diehl
Do not let the challenging-to-pronounce title scare you away from a delightful story. I fell in love with Kali Matai, secret daughter of a proud (east) Indian courtesan, and a British peer.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Set in Regency England, it was an interesting look at life for a courtesan there; there was both status and cachet, and total lack of both. A very vulnerable place to be a woman, and I liked that Kali used all the assets at her disposal to secu
A.E. Snow
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!! As soon as I began reading, I was sucked into the world of a tawaif (courtesan) in early 19th century London. Kali's story is engaging, engrossing, and extremely well-written. I found it hard to get back to my regular life because I just wanted to keep reading. I greatly enjoyed the detail and research that the author clearly put into this work. She is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more from her. If you are a fan of romance, history, and a great story, this ...more
InD'tale Magazine
This innovative historical romance takes on a fresh and new perspective of Regency England.

Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this thrilling tale of backroom political dealings and mesmerizing beauty, Kali Matai must use her beauty and intelligence to secure freedom for all that she holds dear. Kali endures heartbreak and cruel men while trying to change her fate. Fitz and Rook are the two male protagonists that become entranced by Kali. These two men make the love life of Kali's that much more complicated and exciting.

Mariana Gabrielle shows off her excellent writing skills and her dedication to research. The char
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, romance
****I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review****

This book was a little slow going for me, but once it got to about the 3/4 mark I started to really get into it. The thing stopping it from being a 4.5-5 star is the language was really flowery at the beginning.

i did really enjoy the side syory with Solomon, and the ending was quite satisfcatory. In the end I enjoyed it, and if you are into regencies, I think you will too.
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kali was the daughter of an Indian palace tawaif (a woman skilled in pleasing men), and a British Earl. Kali's life in England wasn't spent as part of the privileged, but in service to powerful men. Her father not only knew of this, but used it to his advantage!
Fresh, different historical perspective! Compelling and memorable!
Received book free for honest review.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) This book was interesting to me in its expose of some of the hypocrisies, prejudices and bigotries in 1800s England. Titled Lord Birchbright had spent some years as a British official in India, where he fathered two girls with his Indian mistress but left them there when he returned to England, where he married and started his legitimate (needless to say *white*) family. When his Indian mistress dies, the two girls are sent to England.

This is where the story gets interesting and a bi
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
This is more than a romance (there isn't a lot of it) and very unique. I liked a lot of it, but the first half was a little slow and jumpy to me. I did love the second half when everything really started happening and she started really getting her freedom. I liked that it wasn't in the ballrooms and that Kali was from India because it made it different. I loved how she helped her friends. It just didn't click fully with me at times.

Kali is a woman that has been trained to please men but knows h
Teri Donaldson
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started this book last night and just finished it this afternoon. It was fabulous!
I won't go into the plot as it is detailed in the book's description as well as by the other reviewers.
I will say this. The author, Mariana Gabrielle, has written yet another beautiful and breathtaking story. It's a tale that brings each of the characters to life in your mind. From the clear descriptions of each, I have a vivid image of each of the characters, from their clothing to their physical traits. You can
Stacy Jones
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. Superbly written and a departure from other novels in the genre entirely. It's an excellent story that takes on really tough issues that other novels in this genre tend to ignore, particularly the racism that was the order of the day for this period. Mariana Gabrielle's novels never fail to be more than "just" a romance novel. This is no exception. If you're looking for "more" like I was, look no further. ...more
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Mariana Gabrielle is a pseudonym of Mari Christie, a professional writer, editor, and designer with almost twenty-five years’ experience. Published in dozens of nonfiction and poetry periodicals since 1989, she began writing mainstream historical fiction in 2009 and Regency romance in 2013. In all genres, she creates deeply scarred characters in uncommon circumstances who overcome self-imposed bar ...more

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