Title: Lady in Red
Author: Máire Claremont
Series: Mad Passions, #2
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Length: Novel (300 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
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A Duke's daughter should be living in the lap of luxury, not running for her life, and her sanity. But she'll get no help from her wealthy father. No, he's the one who put her in an asylum. Mary goes to the only person who can help--her dead mother's best friend. But Mary can't stay with the infamous madam without endangering them both. In steps Edward, a tormented Duke and perhaps the only person who can stand against Mary's father and help her get her life back. Edward has problems of his own that may tear about the fragile relationship these two form.
Historical romance is my bag, baby. Yeah! So when I saw this amazing cover (yeah, I admit it, I'm a cover whore), I had to have it. I quickly discovered this wasn't going to be a 5* book for me. Far too much angst in this…from both characters. I just can't get into books where the heroine is struggling with intimacy after being raped (I stay away from all books where a heroine has been raped). I should have known this was a possibility from the description, too. So that's my bad.
That said, the writing was good. The angst didn't drown out the romance. For the most part the characters didn't annoy me. If there hadn't been some strangeness with the hero's not-best-friend, I probably would have rated this higher. I give this 3*.