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- Print Length: 417 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 9, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2010
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003P2VYKK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Back Cover
The Beast . . .
Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding . . . and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human—as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.
The Beauty . . .
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.
The Bargain . . .
Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she’d save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The story centers around a woman desperate to save her brother who has been condemned to death by a neighboring ruler; her only choice is to go into the lion's den... literally. The rumors swirling around the DeMarco lands have persisted for generations --- it is impossible to breach and is protected by wild animals. Despite the fact that her guides have turned back, Isabella persists and finally reaches the home of the fabled Nicolai DeMarco. When she collapses in exhaustion after begging an audience with the reclusive man, she is tended to but treated with suspicion. When she meets the one person who can save her brother, she is prepared to do anything... but what happens when anything becomes everything?
Nicolai DeMarco is cursed --- his father killed his mother, and thus, the men of the DeMarco line are fated to kill their beloved until it can be broken. And there is another hitch --- they also appear as beasts to all except the one who can break the curse. When Isabella succeeds in safely entering his dominion, he knows she is the one, and when she offers anything to save her brother, he agrees to do so if she becomes his. But as he gets to know her and she him, he fears more and more that he will be the end of her. How can he keep her there knowing he is destined to kill her? How can he send her away knowing she is his only possible salvation? And what powerful entity seeks to destroy any chance they may have to be together?
The story is so well-written, and the world building is superb. The reader genuinely feels for the main characters and roots for them despite their flaws and the odds stacked against them. The paranormal elements are woven into the story so well that they feel "believable" to some extent. And the passion ---- off the chains! Excellent, complex, compelling, and engaging! An incredible spin on the "Beauty and the Beast" theme with a historical fantasy romance feel. Highly recommended read!
Plot --- 5/5
Main Characters --- 5/5
Supporting Cast --- 4.5/5
Steam Level --- 4/5
Violence --- some but not graphic
Language --- none I can recall
POV --- 3rd
It has elements of everything that makes a good paranormal ghost story and I found myself smiling and laughing whenever they teased each other.
This may have been a shapeshifter book but it isn’t like her other books, even The Scarletti Curse, it was something different and I loved it. It could have been just a straight up illusion but the author made it come to life.
I really love the fact that Isabella was the hero here. It’s not often that we get a female hero that doesn’t have the help of her man, except for the Drake Sisters. I especially loved that they didn’t stick to tradition and she basically allowed him free reign without freaking out.
This was full of emotion, the writing was so good that I could feel what Isabella was feeling. The pace is a tad bit slow to get going but good and the writing just pulls the reader in.
The premise of Lair of the Lion is a type of Beauty and the Beast story. With an evil curse, a beautiful castle in a secret valley that folklore and haunted stories that are told in the secrets of the night to scare little children to bed. It is rumored that a powerful Don, Nicolai DeMarco, could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human untamed with his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes. When the impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci traveled to see the Don and would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother she never imagined that the bargaining chip would be her very soul. She’d brave anything to save her brother including the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco. Then she meets the man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride in payment to save her brother, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she’d save his tortured soul and not sacrifice her life.
I really liked this story. Christine Feehan is a very creative writer who kept this romance reader entertained and deeply engrossed in this book. The sensual level I would grade a nine. The right blend of hot and sizzling passion with a very good story along with very likable characters. Highly recommend this book.
Top international reviews
The writing is smooth - exactly what I would expect from Ms Feehan. But the story left me hanging. Where was the intrigue? And controlling the weather? What? When?
Disappointing ending, but overall a passably good book. I would not spend more on this author, but that's me.
The characters are larger than life.
Hero is the usual domineering male, that we have come to know and love, and the heroine is the usual feisty female.
This is set in the past.
I loved the book.
And as it stands on it's own, you don't need to worry about the follow on story.