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.
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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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.
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.
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.
All her males seem like wimps. Everyone seemed confused.
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.
I LOVED the story. I've read this book several times on my own. I DISLIKED the narration.
The story itself was fabulous.
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.
Only if the part of Nikolai isn't played by a woman trying to be a man.
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.
Amazing characters, fantastic story line and perfect ending! It's not often that a novel leaves you completely satisfied, but this one did! a re-read for sure.
Yes, Christine Feehan is a wonderful storyteller.
The most memorable part is when the Don showed Isabella his lion form.
Yes, she is a splendid reader.
The story didn't make me laugh or cry, but cheer for true love in the face of adversity.
This is one of my most favorite books. Christine Feehan has created a fantastic story with thrilling adventure, suspenseful intrigue and mystery wrapped with passion and love. Abby Craven transported us into the story by her spectacular narration, giving each character their own unique voice and personality. I very highly recommend this book.
The story itself is great for those who love a beauty and the beast story. The sex is good, but WAY overdone. The don't trust each other, but can't keep their eyes off each other? I love CH's dark series and even loved the Scarletti Curse, but there were some things missing from this book. I would have liked a little more detail on the entity and it's origination. The narrator does do different voices very well at all, but she at least has a nice soothing voice without lulling one to sleep. If you like Christine Feehan, you'll enjoy this book. But it will leave you feeling a little bereft at the end of it.
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