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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Dark One’s Mistress by Aldrea Alien is a clean, romantic fantasy novel. Clarabelle Weaver is minding her own business when a mysterious carriage sweeps in and kidnaps her, taking her away to the Great Lord’s castle on the outskirts of Everdark. Within the walls of the castle, the Great Lord seeks a mistress upon which to sire an heir, to carry on the bloodline and continue to protect the village below. Clara is stubborn in her resistance to the young lord, Lucias, because of stories she has heard in the past of the horrible ways of the Great Lords. Lucias is conflicted by his feelings for Clara, but more concerned with the impending attack on his person by his mother. Will Clara overcome her qualms and submit to a lord very different from those of her imagination? Or will Everdark be doomed to face a fate of no protection?
I was very interested in this novel from the initial reading of the synopsis, and I was pretty satisfied with the overall story. I thought the idea of a lord ruling over a land where he kept order by employing the criminals was very interesting. I will admit, I did not like the character of Clara, but I was glad to see her come around in the end. I found Lucias' character to be very interesting, and I would look forward to reading more about his past, or how the lords came to rule over the land. I hope that Miss Alien is planning another book so we can find out what happens next. However, people who enjoy clean romance novels will enjoy Dark One’s Mistress by Aldrea Alien.