La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess
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Sired by a British peer, born of a paramour to Indian royalty, Kali Matai has been destined since 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 ends.
When those she holds most dear are placed in peril by backroom political dealings, she enlists some of the most formidable lords in England to thwart her enemies. But even with the help of the prominent gentlemen she has captivated, securing Kali’s freedom, her family, and the man she loves, will require her protectors stop at nothing to fulfill her desires.
She Never Disappoints
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.
Beautiful and breathtaking!
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 feel the passion of Kali's dances, marvel at the magnificent jewels given to her by men wanting more than a dance, and fall in love with two wonderful men, Fitz and Rook, just as Kali did.
I just kept flipping the pages, racing to the end. Yet, I did not want it to end. I'm hoping that there is a sequel planned for the story of the rest of Kali's life.
Amazing and Beautiful
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 their two girls to go back to England and pursue his agenda of power. When her mother passes away, Kali and her sister come to England and there she meets her father who is determined to control her in all ways.
Kali becomes a pawn to secure financial success to her father by becoming a mistress to men he directs. I truly loved Kali and her goodness and strength that she maintained even when she was pushed to the limit. She was beautiful and desired by all men, but her intelligence and dignity were her strengths.
The main two men in her life, Fitz and Rook, both peers, pulled at my senses. I could feel the emotions coming through the pages as deep down she loved Fitz but her position did not allow her to display those feelings. When Fitz left her to marry as his position required, my heart broke for her. As she became consigned to do as her father required and entertain other men, she kept her grace and head held high and moved forward. Then came Rook.
When she spent time with him, I felt her life may change and there could be a future. Rook was really in love with Kali I think from the moment he met her and came to realize he treasured her honesty and intelligence. There were many twist and turns that were skillfully written that I could not turn the pages fast enough.
It is difficult to express enough how the books I have read by this author have moved me. Skillfully written and addressing issues of class and ethnic differences, the author pulls you into the story. The ending made me wanting more and knowing this book will go to the top of my favorite ever read. My heart is happy