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La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess by [Gabrielle, Mariana]
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About the Author

Mariana Gabrielle is a pseudonym of Mari Christie, a professional writer, editor, and designer with almost twenty-five years’ experience. Published in dozens of nonfiction and poetry periodicals since 1989, she began writing mainstream historical fiction in 2009 and Regency romance in 2013. She is a member of the Bluestocking Belles, the Writing Wenches, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Her first Regency romance, Royal Regard, was released in November 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3017 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Whaley Digital Press (10 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UJWR73W
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #594,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book blew me away! Let me start by saying I don't generally read a lot of historical romance, preferring contemporary and paranormal, so I am so happy I read outside my usual genres and gave this book a chance. It started a little slowly but from page one I loved the writing. By the fourth chapter I was hooked. I couldn't put this book down and even got behind on work because I had to keep reading. This is a story that will stay with me a very long time.
Kali, the heroine, really moved me. As a reader I am usually all about the hero, and not many heroines really stand out to me. Kali did. I loved her, I felt for her. In places I cried for her. Then to add further reading enjoyment we have two heroes! I liked them both, but absolutely adored Rook.
There is also a side story about one of Kali's close friends and the trouble he gets in for having a male lover. This side plot was so richly written it grabbed me, too, and also made me cry. This book is a brilliant, gripping read but it also makes you think. It makes you realise just how horrible the world was then if you weren't a straight, wealthy, white male. i really hope the author at some point thinks about writing Solomon's story because I would absolutely love to read that!
I don't have words enough to rec this book. Even if you don't normally read historical romance I suggest you read this. It is a wonderful novel.
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This is an incredible novel. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Gabrielle's 'Royal Regard', my eager anticipation of 'La Deesse Noire: The Black Goddess' was fulfilled by page after page of atmospheric prose sharpened by some of the most authentic and memorable dialogue it has ever been my pleasure to enjoy. Gabrielle's gifted pen also offers her readers one of the most electrifying sex scenes I have ever encountered. But it is possibly in terms of her research that Gabrielle's work shines through with such authority. Every detail on every page strengthens the setting and develops the characterisation through various dimensions. At times a brave piece of writing, this novel remains true to the period and holds the reader in its enduring and rugged embrace. Unforgettable.
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I will start this review by telling you that I finished this book about 10 days ago. It has stuck with me and the review has been written
in pieces as I tried to relate how this book made me feel.

I started a bit slowly, so I didn't miss any of the details. Then about the 3rd chapter I was totally hooked.
Kali Matai is has been trained from a very early age to be a tawaif, which is an Indian courtesan. She has been taught many things during the training she received. Most importantly though, is how to please a man. She is very talented and much sought-after. But the story goes back to before she was born. Her mother was also a tawaif. She was given as a gift to an English military man. Things happen and he is unable or unwilling to stay with Kali's mother and the children she has had by him.
Kali comes to England only to find that her father feels nothing for her or her sister. Only that they should continue on with their lifestyle.
And he sees a way they could help him politically.
The lifestyle that Kali has had to endure is a heartless endeavor. The men she is attached to don't care for her opinions, they just want to be pleased and are willing to pay for the privilege. Kali is highly skilled and has many men clamoring for her attentions. They ply her with jewels and gifts, but she is left feeling used. She wishes she could change her life. Could just live her life without the crowds of men always bothering her.
But she has others to think about so she must play the games of the men in control of her life until she can figure out how to get out from under their thumbs.

I don't want to give the story away so I will stop there and tell you that the author has such a way with words! The story brought out many feelings as I read it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99dfa57c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a21e3b4) out of 5 stars Beautifully written! Wonderful story! 19 Jun. 2015
By The Ardent Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I will start this review by telling you that I finished this book about 10 days ago. It has stuck with me and the review has been written
in pieces as I tried to relate how this book made me feel.

I started a bit slowly, so I didn't miss any of the details. Then about the 3rd chapter I was totally hooked.
Kali Matai is has been trained from a very early age to be a tawaif, which is an Indian courtesan. She has been taught many things during the training she received. Most importantly though, is how to please a man. She is very talented and much sought-after. But the story goes back to before she was born. Her mother was also a tawaif. She was given as a gift to an English military man. Things happen and he is unable or unwilling to stay with Kali's mother and the children she has had by him.
Kali comes to England only to find that her father feels nothing for her or her sister. Only that they should continue on with their lifestyle.
And he sees a way they could help him politically.
The lifestyle that Kali has had to endure is a heartless endeavor. The men she is attached to don't care for her opinions, they just want to be pleased and are willing to pay for the privilege. Kali is highly skilled and has many men clamoring for her attentions. They ply her with jewels and gifts, but she is left feeling used. She wishes she could change her life. Could just live her life without the crowds of men always bothering her.
But she has others to think about so she must play the games of the men in control of her life until she can figure out how to get out from under their thumbs.

I don't want to give the story away so I will stop there and tell you that the author has such a way with words! The story brought out many feelings as I read it. Heartbreak, happiness, insolence, and a sense of Kali being wronged just made the story more poignant.
The descriptions were wonderful and made me feel like I was in the dance hall or the parlor with the characters, wherever they were.
The heartbreak Kali felt was also very real for me.
Mariana Gabrielle (Mari Christie) has a talent for writing stories that make you think for a while after reading them. I definitely feel like this is a book I can and will read again and probably find new details I had missed the first time.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. But I loved it so much that I bought it as well!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b8c030) out of 5 stars Get Back to Regency Romance With This Outstanding Read 13 Jun. 2015
By Your Average Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Yep, I loved it. Once upon a time, I used to read a ton of regency (get that pun there??), then, for no reason in particular, I started reading more contemporary and paranormal. I can't tell you how appreciative I am that this book lured me back to this genre. It was an extraordinary read. The writing is first-rate, the characters are fully three-dimensional, the storyline keeps you hooked to the end. I loved Kali. I hated her plight. I mean, HATED. I loved Fitz, and hated the choices he was forced to make. I utterly adored Rook. Yep, two heroes, and, frankly, the author did a marvelous job of ensuring the characters who deserved it got their happily ever afters... eventually. But that's okay. That's why we keep reading, right?
I HIGHLY recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c44f18) out of 5 stars Authentic and Memorable 20 Jun. 2015
By Marcus Case - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an incredible novel. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Gabrielle's 'Royal Regard', my eager anticipation of 'La Deesse Noire: The Black Goddess' was fulfilled by page after page of atmospheric prose sharpened by some of the most authentic and memorable dialogue it has ever been my pleasure to enjoy. Gabrielle's gifted pen also offers her readers one of the most electrifying sex scenes I have ever encountered. But it is possibly in terms of her research that Gabrielle's work shines through with such authority. Every detail on every page strengthens the setting and develops the characterisation through various dimensions. At times a brave piece of writing, this novel remains true to the period and holds the reader in its enduring and rugged embrace. Unforgettable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b96f300) out of 5 stars How Can A Mixed-Race Courtesan Find Love in Regency England? 10 Jun. 2015
By Beverly Diehl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Do not let the challenging-to-pronounce title scare you away from a delightful story. I fell in love with Kali Matai, secret daughter of a proud (east) Indian courtesan, and a British peer.

I received an ARC of this romance in exchange for an honest review.

Set in Regency England, it was an interesting look at life for a courtesan there; there was both status and cachet, and total lack of both. A very vulnerable place to be a woman, and I liked that Kali used all the assets at her disposal to secure the safety of her loved ones.

Very steamy in sections, though those scenes stop short at describing the sex in detail. I especially liked the sensual descriptions of Kali's on-stage dancing. And yes, there's a HEA.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b96f4a4) out of 5 stars Captivating Exotic Regency Romance 10 Jun. 2015
By Jennifer Senhaji - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
More than a romance, this is the epic tale of a woman who uses the ways of a skilled tawaif, a courtesan trained in the seduction of the senses, to rise to power amongst some of the most influential men in England. She is not ruthless or power hungry. No. She uses dance, music, scents, and her beauty to survive in this world where politicians rule.
This story combined the exotic culture of India I gobbled up in other stories like the Taj Mahal Trilogy by Indu Sundaresan, and everything I love about Jane Austen’s classic regency romance novels. The author weaves beautiful prose to drag you smack dab in the center of Kali’s world.
Colorful. Inspiring. Romantic. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys classic literature.
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