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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.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan April 20 2012
By shayy
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Aug. 28 2007
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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. To be honest the only thing i really liked about this book was Isabella's brother Lucca and and Nicoli's sister Francesca and their possible romance!! I would not recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A rewritten "Beauty and the Beast", essentially. Dec 13 2002
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Interesting, but merely a somewhat different take on an old storyline. Toss in a few Italian phrases, a few screaming phantoms, a hero that broods more than David Boreanaz, and voila - Lair of the Lion. I was expecting Carpathians, and this is not in the same line as that series. It was a nice read, but in the end seemed more fluff than substance. I can appreciate the time and effort put into making this book, and it was
definitely a pretty good afternoon read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Lust, Ghosts and Violence! June 5 2004
By A Customer
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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 Wonderful Story - I highly recommend March 11 2004
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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. I especially loved this story and the characters.
Isabella Vernaducci is an aristocrat and she needs help. Her brother has been imprisoned by an enemy and she needs him rescued before he is killed. She has nowhere to turn, so she decides to go to the home of Don Nicolai DeMarco and plead her brother's case. Don Nicolai DeMarco is a very rich and powerful aristocrat. He is also cursed. He meets Isabella and offers to save her brother if she agrees to live in his home and marry him. She agrees. Now Isabella and Don DeMarco will have to work together to solve this curse before it kills Isabella like it has every other DeMarco women who has loved the DeMarco men. Excellent excellent story. I highly recommend.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Finish Nov. 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I could barely get past the first 100 pages without skipping over an endless array of boring passages. Then I wound up skipping entire chapters and finally skipping to the end. This is an extremely dull read that moves at a snail's pace with so much angst and pseudo-terror that I could barely stand the story line. Maybe a true lover of dark, gothic tales would like this, but that's not me, so I would recommend skipping this and saving your money for Ms. Feehan's Dark Series which are absolutely great reads and breathtakingly sensuous.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Finished It. Aug. 5 2003
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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...if I ever pick it up again and can finish it, but it's one of the few I had to put down after a while. It didn't hold my interest long enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. June 3 2003
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I really enjoyed this-it was quite unusual and not heavy handed in terms of the supernatural elements. There were a couple of bad bits like the romance scenes being a bit too wooden and lacking in sensuality, and his long mane of golden hair flowing all over the place got to be a bit silly after a while. The Don was also a bit too Alpha male at times, but given his nature and the curse that is to be forgiven.
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