Name: Lair of the Lion
Author: Christine Feehan
Published: September 1, 2002 by Leisure Books
Purchased: February 4, 2012, $4.99 then, $2.99 now on Kindle.
Blurb: 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.
Review: Another old world story set in Italy like The Scarletti Curse but this one has many similarities to The Beauty and the Beast, which the author did on purpose and I love it. I think I may like this one better than the other one.
It has elements of everything that makes a good paranormal ghost story and I found myself smiling and laughing whenever they teased each other.
This may have been a shapeshifter book but it isn’t like her other books, even The Scarletti Curse, it was something different and I loved it. It could have been just a straight up illusion but the author made it come to life.
I really love the fact that Isabella was the hero here. It’s not often that we get a female hero that doesn’t have the help of her man, except for the Drake Sisters. I especially loved that they didn’t stick to tradition and she basically allowed him free reign without freaking out.
This was full of emotion, the writing was so good that I could feel what Isabella was feeling. The pace is a tad bit slow to get going but good and the writing just pulls the reader in.
Thank you for reading my review.