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The Lion's Daughter (Scoundrels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Loretta Chase
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Live the romance. Read Loretta Chase" -- Christina Dodd

New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Loretta Chase’s first full length Regency Historical Romance!

Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge –even if it leads to her own. Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely (and very reluctant) hero!

Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable looks, charm and wits. All he wants is the good life, and instead, he finds himself in rough country, with a tempestuous whirlwind of a female who's as savage as he's civilized. How did this termagant become his responsibility? And how can he escape?! Yet as he and Esme plunge headlong into even more peril, he may surprise even his own jaded self and become the man that Esme (foolishly) believes he is!

Editorial Reviews


A thoroughly captivating abundance of high wit. -- Mary Jo Putney

About the Author

After a heroic attempt to be an English major forever, Loretta Chase stoically accepted her degree but kept on reading and writing. As well as working in academe, she had an enlightening if brief life in retail and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she succumbed to the charm of a producer, who lured her into writing novels -- and marrying him. The union has resulted in what seems like an awful lot of books and quite a few awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. Heralded as “…the long awaited successor to Georgette Heyer” by Library Journal, Loretta Chase’s historical romance novels have been published all over the world. To learn more, please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491095172
  • Publisher: NYLA (November 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4KM9AA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
By Audrey
In the Lion's Daughter, Esme Brentmor is the heroine, the daughter of Jason, an English nobleman in self-imposed exile with a beneficiary link to the British government. Esme is a rather different heroine; she was raised in Albania, and this has made her independent with more of an Eastern idealogy. Through some events that I won't spoil, she has to leave to avenge her father's death, and she is accompanied by Varian St. George, Lord Edenmount.
This book began oddly for me; I didn't like the hero, Varian, very much, because he seemed too much of a parasite (he's broke, and lives as a house guest in the homes of social climbers who like association with his title); also, he seemed to be a pushover. The heroine, likewise, was too much of what you'd politely call "feisty;" she was abrasive, reckless, and arrogant. But into the book, Esme softens and is toned down, letting her be vulnerable without making it unbelievable, and Varian, despite his fashionable, foppish exterior, is honorable, with integrity and a worthiness for love. Oh yes, they deserved each other, and that is not meant with an ugly tone.
And in The Lion's Daughter, we are introduced with one of my favorite villains in the world: Ismal, who is plotting an overthrow of Ali Pasha, the current leader of Albania, and he is simply delicious. Following The Lion's Daughter is Lord of Scoundrels, which is every bit as imaginative, and probably my favorite among all; Captives of the Night, which is suppose to be set a few years after Lord of Scoundrels, and The Last Hellion, which is the latest one but set during the time of Lord of Scoundrels.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Loretta Chase is probably my favorite romance author, and this book really stands out from her others. It's less slick, but more heartfelt; maybe because she's writing about Albania, and I gather that Chase has some Albanian ancestry.

Of course, some of the things that one expects from Chase are here in force: strong women, for example. There are lots of them, and the heroine in particular is a fierce little thing. Excellent research, for another. This isn't a book full of vague guesses and stereotypes; there's a real feel for the contemporary landscape of Albania and Italy, both geographical and cultural. Excellent dialogue, for a third. It positively sparkles.

The story is of the "reforming a rake" variety. Edenmont, a dissolute wastrel, stumbles by accident into the role of a hero and then doesn't quite know how to walk away from it. He's used to being lazy, pampered, and ultimately unhappy. In "The Lion's Daughter," he finds himself concerned over the welfare of a young boy, obsessed with a beautiful girl of terrifyingly indeterminate age, and in a rough, dangerous country he doesn't know much about. For all that, it's the best thing that's happened to him in years.

Esme, the heroine, is used to leading a wild, wandering life. She's used to danger and fending for herself, but she's also innocent and pretty lost in the battle of the sexes. She has no idea of her own appeal, and hadn't learned any kind of caution or restraint. Esme is an amazingly well-drawn, rich character; alternately practical and wild, matter of fact and fantastic.

Their relationship is "tempestuous" - they fight a lot, but I don't think either of them ever comes out entirely on top.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious March 23, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was a bit tedious until the exciting end. I love Loretta Chase, so a lot of the scenes had humor and intrigue, but I didn't get INTO the story for a very long time.

I read Captives of the Night first, so I was aware of Ismal's eventual redemption and that may have hampered him as a villain. He *was* set up very well for a future story however and I give Chase kudos for that.

I liked both the Hero and the Heroine -- especially because they would both admit they were wrong when appropriate. And they were both wrong a lot. But sometimes Esme's single-mindedness really got on my nerves.

The thing I liked the most was that she readily admitted that she wanted him. It was a good rendering of a character who was innocent enough to be guileless but not so innocent she didn't know what was going on.

So why the three stars? It took me days and days to finish it. I found it too easy to put down. My house actually got cleaned which doesn't usually happen when I read Loretta Chase. An odd scale, I know, but the cleanliness of my home is directly related to the enjoyability of the book I'm reading.

I grudgingly recommend it because it's Chase and its sequel is slightly better, but read it before Captives of the Night. There's good background in this book for Ismal's story.

PS: I hate the cover of this book as well as the cover of Captives of the Night. If publishers ever read these reviews a note to you -- PLEASE don't ever do covers like these again!!!!! I covered them up with masking tape they were so awful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, not great January 21, 2006
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This is a reissue - orginally published 1992. I did not care for it as much as Loretta Chase's later books: the plot was overly complex; the hero, more of a nere-do-well than appealing; the heroine, overly impulsive and thoughtless. However, there were interesting twists and turns,more wit than many other historicals, an engaging 12 year old boy, plus tragedy and mystery spanning a couple decades. One can also learn a bit of Albanian. Esme Brentmor is a young lady, daughter of a disowned noble (kicknamed the Red Lion by his adopted countrymen). She was born and raised in Albania circa early 1800's, a country full of intrigue and fatal political infighting, not to mention harems.Varian St. George, Lord Edenmont is an impoverish lord, living off his wits, who ends up entangled in Albanian plots, Esme's young cousin, Percival, and the search for a missing chess piece that is linked to illegal weapons trade.Everyone ends up back in England, revisiting the past, with a dramatic finale that ties up all the loose ends. As for Esme and Varian: 'opposites attract'; during the course of events, Varian matures, and Esme learns some self governance. By the end, the reader feels more confident that they will live happily ever after.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was going for a pretty penny back before ebooks.
Fun and funny, for the romance genre. Excellent hero and heroine. Over the top bad guy, but one of my favorite romances.
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia.Thistle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining and outside of the normal heroine/hero stereotypes
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written historical romance with interesting characters.
Published 3 months ago by Robert and Ann Trout
4.0 out of 5 stars Loretta Chase is one of my favorite authors. Her best in my opinion...
Loretta Chase is one of my favorite authors. Her best in my opinion are "Lord of Scoundrels" and "Knave's Weger". But they all are good reed.
Published 4 months ago by Lea P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book!
Published 6 months ago by DMW
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Very exciting novel with action-packed ending. Sort of dragged in the first half...maybe a bit too long in the wilderness? Read more
Published 8 months ago by susan luce
5.0 out of 5 stars It was educational as well as very intertwining. Loved it.
It was educational as well as very intertwining. Loved it. I love it when I can laugh out loud. Loved the characters.
Published 9 months ago by CYNTHIA C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched historical romance with spice; a pleasure to read
I enjoyed every bit of this book. The setting was a pleasant break from the myriad London-based romances and lent another layer to the misadventures of the hero and heroine. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a re-read for me
A month after reading the book, I have only a vague memory of the characters and no interest in re-reading the book to remind myself of them and their adventures.
Published 12 months ago by Ellina
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent wrting
As all of Loretta Chases' books, this one is also superbly written. Loretta Chase' character development is great and consistent.
Published 12 months ago by M. Mander
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Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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