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.