- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Jan. 31 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062021359
- ISBN-13: 978-0062021359
- ASIN: 0062021354
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lair of the Lion Mass Market Paperback – Jan 31 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
definitely a pretty good afternoon read.
The second half explodes into a fascinating story. The story begins to come together and you can't help liking the characters and trying to figure out whom the traitor really is. I wish I could give this book a glowing review, but after struggling through it for two weeks just to get to the second part of the book, I can't. I will say this, no one can write a sexual scene like Feehan, but even that can't help move the pace of this book along. Will I buy a second book in this series should Ms. Feehan decide to write one? Maybe. I know it takes a lot of creative energy and work to break from a successful mold that Ms. Feehan is known for, but I don't have the patience or will power to go through another book like this one.
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.
Initially I was hooked by the setup of the story, despite what I thought was an abundance of overly flowerly descriptive prose, a tendency towards the melodramatic and an annoying smattering of Italian words. But by page 70 my patience and excitement to turn the pages quickly began to wane. Extreme lack of character development (not to mention the over-the-top writing) did me in. I never felt like I knew any of these characters and when several of them acted oddly it didn't seem all that weird to me because for all I knew this was how they acted normally. The love story is also weakened by the lack of character development. The couple bounce back and forth between trusting each other wholly, falling into bed, having hot sex and then, when it's all over, they're back to distrusting each other. Ahhhhhh! I have no patience for this sort of thing and was soon bored of these two. Sadly, all of these problems continued until the anti-climatic end.
So, folks, are the vampire books similar in style??
To save her brother, Isabelle tavels to Don Nicholai DeMarco to ask for his help, even though she's heard the myth that his land is cursed and those who venture into his territory rarely return. She willingly agrees to marry Nicholai, who needs a bride from outside his land, in order to obtain Nicholai's help. But once she has ageed to stay, she becomes intwined in the castle and the lives of the people who live there-- which is good and bad. Overall, this is a great book to read on a nice relaxing weekend.
Even though the hero and heroine fall in love rather quickly, the story is entertaining and engrossing. The main problem I have with the story is the same problem I have with most of Feehan's books; she creates original characters in an original setting with orginial problems, then she repeats the problem, and repeats the problem, and repeats the problem until you want to skip to the end to find out what finally happens. But you know you can't skip around because while she is repeating the problem for the twelth time, you know she's also adding some details that lead up to the end. If it weren't for the repitition, I'd have given this story five stars.