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Lair Of The Lion [Mass Market Paperback]

Christine Feehan
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Jan. 16 2012

“The Queen of paranormal romance.”
USA Today

A classic from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, Lair of the Lion is a  dark-edged and enthralling take on the beloved “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. It is the breathtaking story of a beautiful, penniless aristocrat who promises herself to the handsome, powerful, mysterious, and not wholly human Don Nicolai DeMarco in order to free her imprisoned brother—even though legend has it that the Don will destroy any woman he weds. Perhaps best known for her bestselling “Dark” series, featuring the haunted and mesmerizing immortal Carpathians, Feehan is arguably the biggest name in paranormal historical romance—and any reader who loves passionate love stories tinged with the supernatural should enter the Lair of the Lion.


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Best known for her vampire romances (Dark Guardian, etc.), Feehan adds a gothic twist to a classic fairy tale in this eerie and engrossing 19th-century romance. In a desperate attempt to save her brother, Lucca, from the evil clutches of the grasping lord who has imprisoned him, Isabella Vernaducci, a courageous but impoverished noblewoman, ventures into the Alps to search for the elusive and dangerous Don Nicolai DeMarco, believing him the only man powerful enough to save Lucca. To her surprise, Nicolai offers her a deal: he will aid her if she consents to be his bride. Isabella agrees before learning of the DeMarco curse which condemns the DeMarco men to be seen as "the beast" and prophesies that Nicolai will "rip the heart" from the one he loves. Suspense simmers in the DeMarco keep, where chilling cries are heard long into the night and Nicolai's "pet" lions roam. Though the relationship between Nicolai and Isabella is overwrought at times he frequently tries to save her from himself by attempting to send her away they're a perfectly matched pair in terms of temperament, and their steamy sex scenes heat up the pages. With its guileless heroine, masterful hero and mystical overtones, Feehan's inspired retelling is likely to garner her the attention she deserves.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Lust, Ghosts and Violence! June 5 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lair of the Lion is a passionate story about a young girl stripped of her land and wealth by the greedy hands of Don Rivellio, who also holds her brother captive awaiting execution. Desperate to save him, Isabella travels the fierce lands to the impenatrable sanctuary of the powerful Don DeMarco, to exchange her only bit of wealth, her deceased mother's jewelry, and her services as a servant, in return of her brother's safety. But the chemistry burns hotly between the two. He agrees to help her, if she'll become his wife.
Isabella has no objections, as long as her brother is returned safely. However, a strange and evil entity lives within the DeMarco court, living through a curse, and inflamed through jealousy, hatred and deceitfulness. The curse of all DeMarco men, that Isabella must find a way to end, before it destroys her and the Don DeMarco.
This book was an excellent read. It has a little bit of mystery, excitement and plenty of tension to keep any reader enthralled.
This has to be one of the most passion filled books that I have ever read. The love scenes are indescribably erotic and over the top with sensuality. A breath of fresh air to read from an author who can create sensual love scenes while still keeping romance between the characters. Nothing boring about their relationship or this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Feehan Does It Again Feb. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is amazing that Ms Feehan can continue to write such passionate, intriguing, and romantic stories after all this time. Most authors seem to burn out or are to rushed to write with the passion that start with. Ms Feehan has written a fresh and wonderful story of love, compassion, understanding and a willingnes to do anything to free the one you love from a terrible curse.
Isabella is a strong, independent and intelligent women. Who comes to Don DeMarco to get his help in freeing her brother. When the Don proposes that she stay as his bride in exchange for his help she agrees. She realizes that there are dark forces at work in the castle and that she is the focus of those forces. She maintains an open mind and willingness to see past the stories and rumors to find the truth. She comes to care deeply for Nicolai and the people of the DeMarco stornghold.
Nicolai agrees to help Isabella free her brother never guessing that this young women will become to key to his salvation. He has a terrible secret that he knows will drive her away or lead to her death, but he cannot send her away. He grows to love her and knows they must find a way to be together.
The story is fast paced, with humor and lots of intrigue. I read the book in record time. I recommend any of Ms Feehan's books. She is a wonderful writer and continues to write great stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Erotic, Memorable Gothic Romance! Jan. 3 2003
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Lair of the Lion" by Christine Feehan is a compelling gothic romance perfect for curling up with on a cold winter night. I became utterly absorbed in the story right from the start, and Feehan's passionate storytelling kept me turning pages well into the night. The main characters are intriguing and well matched, and Feehan's take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale becomes something original and wickedly enticing under her talented hand. "Lair of the Lion" is an all-around solid effort that is sure to be enjoyed by a wide range of romance readers.
Isabella Vernaducci is a courageous young aristocrat who has had everything that once belonged to her family stolen away by the ruthless and power-hungry Don Rivellio. On top of that, the pitiless Don has imprisoned her brother Lucca and sentenced him to death. Desperate to save her brother, Isabella makes the treacherous journey to the home of the powerful and mysterious Don Nicolai DeMarco in the Italian Alps. Don DeMarco is the only man who can save Lucca's life, but no outsider has ever survived the journey to his palazzo. Supposedly the victim of a terrible curse, Don DeMarco is rumoured to have the ability to control the heavens and to make the beasts on earth do his bidding.
But when Isabella arrives at the palazzo of Don DeMarco, she meets a man unlike any other she has ever met. His intense tawny eyes, flowing mane of hair, and devilishly handsome face make her heart pound double time. Though his commanding presence fills Isabella with fear, she is undeniably drawn to Don Nicolai. And she does not see the monstrous and heartless beast of legend when she looks at Nicolai, but a dedicated and compassionate man who has worked tirelessly for his people.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the melodrama!! Dec 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was excited to begin this book for my local romance readers group because I'd heard many positive things about author Christine Feehan and the book appeared to be a new twist on the beauty and the beast theme (one of my personal favorites). Sadly, things didn't work out between me and author Christine Feehan (too much melodrama for me) and now I'm weary of beginning her vampire series (most of which I already own). Somebody please tell me this book was fluke!
Isabella is a beautiful, headstrong young maiden (aren't they all) who sets out on adventure to save her brother from the clutches of a very Eeevil man. The one man who Isabella believes can help her is Don DeMarco but, most unfortunately, he is reputed to be a cursed man and is apparently feared by all. Undaunted, our brave little heroine makes the treacherous trip to Don DeMarco's lair, a trip that has felled many a stronger man before her. Safe at the lair she meets Don DeMarco and can't figure out what the fuss about him is all about. So what if he's a bit broody, he's gorgeous! He agrees to help her with conditions attached (which I won't reveal unless you force me). She then takes up residence in his home. At night she hears spooky, ominous sounds in the night. She wanders about and makes dense decisions and faces down deadly lions (which seem to roam the home freely) while the people surrounding her begin to act all nutty. As the story advances lots of spooky and ominous stuff happens. Over and over again! None of it going anywhere or advancing the plot. During all of this repetitive madness Isabella and the cursed man (or is he?) begin to fall in love. Or that's what we're supposed to believe. Personally, I didn't buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan
This is the best book that I have read in a long time. I have read all of her books and am looking forward to many more to come.
Published on April 20 2012 by shayy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I am a big fan of Feehan and i found this book long and dragged out. Isabella the female lead was weak and not believable. Nicoli was controlling and demanding at the least. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2007 by Amanda Heart
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story - I highly recommend
I must admit I just love Christine Feehan's writing style. I have enjoyed every one of her novels and would actually highly recommend anything she writes. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Elizabeth
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Finish
I purchased this book even though other reviewers warned me. I like Feehan's Dark Series so much I didn't believe any of her books could be bad. Well, I was wrong. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Finished It.
I absolutely love Ms. Feehan's Dark Series, and that's why I bought this one. But I just couldn't finish it. Maybe I'll change the rating later... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed this-it was quite unusual and not heavy handed in terms of the supernatural elements. Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by J. Mullally
5.0 out of 5 stars OOO La La!
Christine, you have written a masterpiece - don't believe what the negative reviewers have said about your book. Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by Campy Stein
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe
What utter tripe. I was expecting a dark, steamy medievel romance, but got BORING garbage instead. This book was horrible. Read more
Published on March 13 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money
This book was a read disappointment. It was loosely based on Beauty & the Beast. I could hardly get thru it and I have 2 friends that stopped reading after only half of the... Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by B. Mulhausen
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn,,,,,
Boring, same plot line as every other book in this series. Save your money and don't waste your time.
Published on Dec 31 2002 by The Raven
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