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Lair of the Lion | [Christine Feehan]

Lair of the Lion

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2001 Christine Feehan (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Karen Elizabethtown, KY, United States 11-25-12
    Karen Elizabethtown, KY, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Love to read!

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    "Wish I had read the reviews before purchasing"

    Because this book was on sale ($4.95) and because I typically like Christine Feehan, I purchased this book without reading reviews. MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I understand it was supposed to be a take on "Beauty and the Beast", but come on, let's have a little more originality than just adding lions.

    There are certain things I really like about Feehan's books, and there are a few things that tend to bug me. This book seemed to focus on the thing that bugs me the most - the back and forth between 'love him/love him not' in every single event. It gets really old and loses its effectiveness.

    The narration was overall okay, but she read it too slowly and had too long of pauses. That seemed to drag the already boring book out even more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat St. Thomas, ON, Canada 04-29-12
    Pat St. Thomas, ON, Canada 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Strong hero, no way a wimp is more like it."
    What disappointed you about Lair of the Lion?

    The "Lion" is a complete wimp, every scene he is either hiding or wimpering. Chritine Feehan had created an amazing read in the Lepard series, I was expecting that kind of male lead.


    What was most disappointing about Christine Feehan’s story?

    The discriptions are lengthy but vague, pages and pages of discription all lead up to no clear storyline. Just didn't care about the characters.


    What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

    All her males seem like wimps. Everyone seemed confused.


    Any additional comments?

    Really disapointed, Feehan writes a good story, but this is not nearly her best. Maybe it would help if I had read it myself, It wouldn't have been so drawn out. If this was the first book had read of hers, I would never pick up another.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Anywhere 05-30-13
    Amazon Customer Anywhere 05-30-13

    WriterReader

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    "Great Book, Ridiculous Narration"
    What did you like best about Lair of the Lion? What did you like least?

    I LOVED the story. I've read this book several times on my own. I DISLIKED the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself was fabulous.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just cannot get into the story because whenever the female narrator tries to sound like a large, alpha male, it totally took me out of the story. It sounded so silly that I couldnt get into the scenes. The story would read, "His low voice spoke in a sensual whisper..." Well, it wasn't low and it sounded ridiculous NOT sensual. It lost me and I couldn't finish listening. I finished it by reading it on my own.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if the part of Nikolai isn't played by a woman trying to be a man.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lotusland Lady New Orleans, LA 12-07-12
    Lotusland Lady New Orleans, LA 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration is annoying."

    This book is a bodice ripper. I have every book Christine Feehan has written and forgive her her purple prose because she writes such a terrific story. Lair of the Lion is a perfect example, I loved it the first time I read it, which is why I bought it on Audible. But the narrator is so annoying it destroys the fun. Abby Cradens diction is impeccable but she has this very irritating habit of putting the emphasis on the last word in each SENTENCE. Does not matter if the final word is critical or NOT. She always raises her voice each time she hits the final word in every SENTENCE. After awhile this is grates like finger nails on a BLACKBOARD. It begins to drive you CRAZY. Chinese water torture has nothing on her Bloomsbury Valley Girl STYLE. Fortunately Abby Craden is not used for the Dark SERIES. I will avoid her in the FUTURE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-14-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2006

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good PNR :)"

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Nicolai and Isabella and their story was pretty good, keeping things suspenseful in a way that had me forging on in to the story to see how things work out.

    Isabella is the daughter of a Don (an aristocrat and ruler over a certain amount of territory) but her family has fallen on hard times. A neighboring Don has been after her hand in marriage and their family's lands and wealth. He managed to get Isabella's brother in jail and the rest of her famil is dead so Isabella had no one to turn to. In desperation she travels a very dangerous journey to see Don Nicolai DeMarco to beg for his help for her brother. There are fearful legends about the Don but he's the one man with the power to help her.

    Nicolai is a Don and the leader of his people. Unfortunately, he suffers from a curse that has been part of his family for centuries. One of the aspects of the curse is that he's destined to kill his future wife out of jealousy...something that's happened over and over to his ancestors. He wishes for a way to end the curse but doesn't hold out any real hope.

    When Isabella arrives at Nicolai's home she is welcomed inside but there are strange things going on that make her worry from the beginning. When she gets an audience with Nicolai she implores him to help her brother, offering to do anything required to gain his aid. Isabella is thinking she'll have to live a life of servitude as a maid for the Don (or something like that) so she's understandably surprised when Nicolai agrees to save her brother if she agrees to marry him. Isabella is disturbed by the Don, she's attracted to him but there's also some strangeness about him that brings her more questions. Regardless of her qualms, Isabella agrees to become Nicolai's wife. She ends up with a bit of whiplash when the Don suddenly tries to send her away. Issues tied to the curse end up keeping her from leaving and Nicolai admits he was trying to send her away for her own safety and now he doesn't have the strength to send her away again. They tentatively start their relationship but Isabella is a bit high spirited and makes it quite clear to Nicolai that she didn't appreciate his attempt to send her away and wont accept that type of behavior from him in the future. Nicolai growls a bit over this but doesn't seem to mind that Isabella isn't a biddable woman.

    Isabella's arrival does set some things in to motion. Nicolai has dealings with the bad Don to get Isabella's brother freed but that brings some danger along with it. Also, the curse is being driven by a malevolent being that seems intent on causing as much trouble as possible which puts Isabella in danger numerous times. And on top of it all...there is apparently a traitor in their midst that is sending info to the Don that wants to invade. Things aren't going well for Nicolai and Isabella does her best to make sure he knows she believes in him and to try to work through the issues that keep popping up. As Isabella and Nicolai spend more time together they fall further in love with each other and even when Isabella finds out about the curse she is willing to do what's needed to save Nicolai, even at risk to herself. Nicolai is conflicted about all that's going on and doesn't want anything to happen to her, the problem is that because of the curse he might be the biggest danger to her. Things are tough and I have to admit that I liked Nicolai but Isabella is the one who stayed strong throughout and brought them all through the difficulties. I liked the way things culminated and was happy (and relieved) to see Nicolai and Isabella get their HEA.

    This was a very enjoyable story. Isabella was a really good heroine and was very strong and usually pretty smart about everything (she got in a few binds she might have been able to avoid but she wasn't TSTL). I liked Nicolai as well...he was more the damaged hero and I thought well of him but ultimately I wish he had been more of a driving factor in the end solution. Still, the complaints I have were relatively minor and overall this was a very good story. I'd recommend it. Thumbs up. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 04-10-13
    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Christine Feehan and/or Abby Craden?

    Yes. Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    When the curse is broken.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


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    Winona P. Utterback pensacola,fl usa 04-09-13
    Winona P. Utterback pensacola,fl usa 04-09-13 Member Since 2013

    book nut

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    "The best Auther around she never let's you down"
    Would you listen to Lair of the Lion again? Why?

    I love all her book's and re listen to them a lot as you always find something you missed or forgot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Gregori the Dark one he is powerful and much loved by his prince yet loved and feared by his people


    Have you listened to any of Abby Craden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes a very good story teller


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I would have to say the whole story line is just to good to pick one particularly


    Any additional comments?

    The Auther the story teller are the best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie S. Barnes Pigeon Forge, TN USA 12-24-12
    Jackie S. Barnes Pigeon Forge, TN USA 12-24-12 Member Since 2012

    loves online shopping

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    "predictable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was ok, but not as exciting as many of her other works. Seemed to drag on and on at times. I knew pretty much what was going to happen the entire time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Christine Feehan? Why or why not?

    absolutely. Some of my favorite books are written by Feehan.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none stand out, really. I guess the climax when they find out that there was more than one "beast". The way the women were portrayed... I think the thing I liked most was the older female was loved by her husband, even though she was a bit insecure about them.


    Was Lair of the Lion worth the listening time?

    It was just "okay"


    Any additional comments?

    not my favorite, but still pleasurable enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 12-16-12
    Angie COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2008

    3,495 hours listened in 2012! I used to be a voracious reader, then my job had me driving about 1k miles a week. I started listening to Audible and have never stopped. I quit work and now just listen all the time, cleaning house, shopping, driving, in the hot tub. I even put one earbud in and let Audible read me to sleep every night.

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    "Beauty and the Beast rewritten, yuk!"
    Would you try another book from Christine Feehan and/or Abby Craden?

    probably try another by Abby Craden


    Has Lair of the Lion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    this is just another Beauty and the Beast story, cursed people in the castle, lord turns into Lion, etc. really bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Reidsville, NC, United States 11-28-12
    Amy Reidsville, NC, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The reader was so bad that I could not keep track"
    What did you like best about Lair of the Lion? What did you like least?

    I can't say what I liked best or least about this book. The reader was so bad that I could not keep track of what was going on. The sex was good, but the reader read everything like a moment of tension witch made it hard to understand and keep up with the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Abby Craden’s performances?

    NO defiantly not, she tries to hard. Everything... is... said.... with... breathless... anticipation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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