The Dark Affair
Signet / March 4, 2014 / $7.99 print / $5.99 digital
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…
Maire Claremont’s Mad Passions books are dark and angst-ridden Victorian-era historical romances. The third book in this series is The Dark Affair, the story of opium-addicted Viscount Powers and Lady Margaret Cassidy, the woman who saves him. While much of the book centers on Powers’s addiction and recovery, the tone of this story is a bit lighter than its predecessors, but no less compelling.
When The Dark Affair opens, Viscount Powers is a patient in a sanatorium, having been institutionalized by his father, the Earl of Carlyle. Powers has let his need for opium overwhelm him and has been behaving in a manner not fit for one of his station. Worried about his son and his place in society, the earl is desperate to find a way to help his son. But Powers has violent episodes and doesn’t want to cooperate with the physicians. He doesn’t seem to care for life and despairs over his devastating losses.