Best known for her vampire romances Dark Guardian , etc. 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.
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Preview — Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan. The Beast. Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding. 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 The Beast. Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother.
The Bargain. Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lair of the Lion , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Lair of the Lion. Apr 24, Hasnamezied rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal , historical-romance , marriage-of-convenience , wierd-heroes. Oh don't get me wrong , this was not a bad read. It is good but during reading sometimes you suffer boredom which is a problem. In general , it is a good one. Shelves: historical-romance , heroine-i-adore , paranormal-romance , scarred-hero , fated-to-be-mated , favorite-or-autobuy-author , owned-copy , recluse-hermit , fairy-tale-theme , scary-sexy-cool-dangerous-hero.
Lair of the Lion is the first historical I've read by Christine Feehan. It's hard to believe I read my first Feehan book last January. Since then, I've glommed her backlist. She's one of my favorite authors now. This isn't one of my favorites, but it was a good, enjoyable book. I think my problem is, I really don't care for gothic romance, in general.
I think too much time is built on going into the mystery and the dark forces out to get the heroine. I like my romance to focus on the attraction Lair of the Lion is the first historical I've read by Christine Feehan. I like my romance to focus on the attraction and the unfolding relationship between the hero and the heroine.
If the story can do that and have some tension and suspense at the same time, I'm all for it. I think Anne Stuart does this better than any other author, so I usually love her gothic romances. But I digress. There were elements to this story I really enjoyed. I liked that Ms. Feehan wrote a historical that was set in Italy, not the usual UK setting. I liked that her characters were Italian and had the aspects of this culture.
I think she did a great job of establishing the scene: the ever-present air of menace, a remote occasion, a heroine who doesn't know who she can truly trust because danger is all around her. I also liked the medieval setting.
As usual, I love her heroes and heroines. In this story, Isabella really shines. What a strong heroine she is. She was brave enough to go to the beast's lair to get help for her brother from their enemy. Several times, she put herself in danger to protect others, her selfless love for Nicolai. But she also showed a lot of pluck, telling this big, scary guy off with no qualms, when he deserved a good tongue-lashing. Nicolai was as scrumptious as most of Feehan's heroes.
Tortured to boot. I almost felt like he could have been in this book more, because he was usually hiding in the shadows or dealing with threats. But when he was in the book, and interacting with Isabella, it was great. Oh, yes. And the passion. That's always there in a Christine Feehan book. Well-done in that regard. And the secondary characters were well-drawn and added significantly to the story. Feehan kept me guessing who was behind the sabotage that was occuring.
I didn't guess the right people, and that's always nice when it happens. So, I won't go on and on about this book. I don't have that much to say. It was an interesting premise, with the curse that destroyed generation after generation of marriages and wives, because of a terrible event in the past.
That dark legacy hanging over the people in Don De Marco's holding. Isabella being the key to their salvation. I didn't quite get all the nuances of Nicolai's condition, but it was interesting, nonetheless.
And I love cats, so it was very nice to see all the lions and how dangerous they were. Very unique spin on the Beauty and the Beast story, without trashing the essential elements of this tale. Not my favorite by Ms. Feehan, but a very good book. I'll keep this one and add it to the collection. View all 15 comments. A beauty and the beast tale set in the Italian mountainside and an indeterminate era, with the expected gothic, PNR and fantasy elements.
The h takes a long and arduous journey through icy mountain passes to reach the lands of the fabled and feared Don Nikolai DeMarco, who she feels is the only one capable of rescuing her beloved brother from the dungeons of an evil and avaricious neighbor.
She has heard a lot of rumors about the H and his land, but nothing prepares her for the horrifying realit A beauty and the beast tale set in the Italian mountainside and an indeterminate era, with the expected gothic, PNR and fantasy elements. She has heard a lot of rumors about the H and his land, but nothing prepares her for the horrifying reality of who or what he really is, and the terrible curse that bedevils him and his land. But it has to be said she takes everything in her stride and is barely bothered by the mightily strange events that unfold.
There is an ancient malevolent entity that plagues the otherwise prosperous valley, and has set many tragic events in motion over many centuries and generations. It provoked a curse from a DeMarco wife, that makes turns the DeMarco Dons into killer beasts capable of killing their own beloveds. The present Don feels the only way to keep the curse at bay is to keep his heart inviolate.
But then the h arrives, and the lions that roam and guard the valley seem to recognize and welcome her as the one who can overturn the curse. He meets her in the shadows and she offers to be his servant for life in lieu of him rescuing her brother, but the mysterious Don wants more from her despite himself. He tells her they would be wed, and she agrees despite her misgivings about the mysterious Don and his eerie palazzo.
LAIR OF THE LION
By Christine Feehan. 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. Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Romance. Create a List. Download to App. Ratings: Rating: 3.
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Lair of the Lion is set in Italy. Isabella Vernaducci is a young aristocratic woman desperate to save her imprisoned brother. He has been falsely accused of treason and is slated to be executed within the month. She feels she has one chance to save him, the powerful Don DeMarco. The Don is respected and feared throughout the land. Many say he is gifted with strange powers, that all, even the beasts obey him.