The Dark Affair: A Novel of Mad PassionsTHE DARK AFFAIR


Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)

Series: A Novel of Mad Passions #3

Source: Received for an honest review.

  • Series: A Novel of Mad Passions (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451418018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451418012


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 her into an unwanted betrothal with one of her English patients—much less one as broken and dangerous as Viscount Powers.

Wrecked by his tragic past, Powers’ opiate-addled sanity hangs precariously in the balance, leaving him poised to destroy anyone who dares to utter the names of the wife and child he still so deeply mourns. So when he is forced to marry Margaret in exchange for freedom, he is shocked by the desire to earn her trust, her body, and—most alarming of all—her heart…


THE DARK AFFAIR by Maire Claremont is an exciting and compelling Victorian Historical Romance 1866 England. #3 in the “A Novel Of Mad Passions” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Dark Lady” and “Lady In Red”.

Oh my, where to start!

This is Lady Margaret Cassidy, an Irish Nurse, and James Stanhope, Viscount Powers’ story. Powers was in “Lady in Red” he is wrecked with guilt, grief and has an opium addiction, after the lost of his wife and little daughter. His father, the Earl of Carlyle has placed him in an insane asylum, to try an cure him of his addiction,for he needs an heir, and he has guilt of his own.

He hires Margaret, “Maggie” to help him,she has built herself a reputation for curing people with drug addictions. She left her beloved Ireland, her place in nobility, her brother,and her grieving homeland to help aid the war-ravished Ireland, by sending money. Her parents have died, her beloved younger has turned to what he believes will save Ireland, but has now placed a price on his head.

Now in order to save Powers and gain his freedom from the asylum, Maggie must marry him. Oh and she has secrets of her own, her younger brother is in a precarious situation and needs her help. So course, she marries Powers. She must also provide the Earl of Carlyle with an heir. This is where the issues began.

Powers is wrecked with withdrawals, feels helpless, vulnerable, racked with guilt, bad memories of his dead child and wife but can Margaret save himself as well as her brother?

Filled with drug addiction, dark thoughts, abuse, Irish troubles,danger,drama, action, heartbreak, passion, finding true love and learning to live again.

Margaret’s brother, places her in a dangerous situation that could cost her and him their lives. Margaret is kidnapped by dangerous men whose intent is to kill her as a traitor. She dared marry an Englishman!! Powers refuses to lose another person he loves. He is determined to find and save, a woman he has come to admire and love deeply.

A truly compelling tale of the plight of the Irish in England, drug addiction, lost, and the power of love. Ms. Claremont has once again written an amazing story that will stay with you long after the last page.

While, “The Dark Affair” is a dark, gothic romance it is a book to savor page after page. I read it in one day, it was a hard to put down story. Well done, Ms. Clairemont!! I can not wait to see what you have in store for your readers next. Bring it on, and do hurry!!

Reviewed by an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More