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 humanâ€”as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. Sheâ€™d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lionâ€”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 sheâ€™d save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life.
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Re-Issue Release Date: January 31, 2012
Number of Pages: 432 pages
Original Release Date: September 2002
Number of Pages: 366 pages
Publisher: Leisure, Avon
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I love Beauty and Beast stories and all things magical. This is my tribute to that wonderful legend! I chose the Italian Alps and the fantasy valley to set my story because the Celtics inhabited the region and brought their beliefs with them. The area was rich in legends, magic and religions. I hope you truly enjoy this story!
~LAIR OF THE LION AWARDS~
Winner for the 2002 Golden Rose Award
Readers Choice Award from Love Romances
for Best Shapeshifter
Winner of 2002 Walden Books
(tied with Dark Guardian)
Recommended by Barnes & Noble
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~LAIR OF THE LION REVIEWS~
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly
know for her vampire romances (Dark Guardian, etc.), Feehan
adds a gothic twist to a classic fairy tale in this eerie
and engrossing nineteenth century romance.
In the 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 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
shimmers in the DeMarco keep, where chilling cries are heard
long into the night and Nicolai's pet lions roam. Though the
relationship 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
Dorchester reports that all Feehan's current novels have gone
back to press at least once. Expect the same for this title.
Feehan's books frequently land on bestseller lists, and her
vampire romances have garnered her a strong following.
Reviewed by Jill Brager
GOLD Top pick
Feehan is a magnificent storyteller. Her spitfire heroine, tormented
hero, their dark and highly sexually charged relationship are
so enthralling that I almost missed my bus stop because I was
so engrossed in the story. One word of warning: don't start late
at night or you'll still be reading at dawn.
by Gloria Kruenegel
Romance and Friends
you are a gothic fan, or a paranormal fan, or a romance lover....this
book is perfect for you!
do believe Ms. Feehan has outdone herself this time! I loved
The Scarletti Curse, but while reading this book, I can see
how much she’s grown as an author in the gothic realm! I could
feel the love, evil, sadness, the joy and laughter felt by the
hero and heroine as well as the secondary characters. Ms. Feehan
brought every emotion to life with the magical ability
she has when she creates!
As a reader, this rates a great 5 roars and is one of the
hottest and most sensuously sizzling reads of the year!!!
Reviewed by Melissa Bradley
an incredibly gripping, fascinating tale, Ms. Feehan once again
proves that she can write paranormal romance like no other.
It was so wonderful to see the love grow between the emotionally
wounded Nicolai, and the proud, determined Isabella. And even
while you're reading, you wonder what she'll introduce into
the pages next-for this is a complex story, full of intrigue,
romance, paranormal elements, and tons of surprises. She weaves
the elements seamlessly into the story, making us wait with
baited breath to turn the next page, to get to the next chapter.
This, my friends, is once again a not to be missed read penned
by the wonderful Christine Feehan! Oh, and those paranormal
elements? I'll just say there are several going on-although
no Carpathians!-and that you'll just have to read the book for
the secrets to be revealed! You'll not want to miss this one!
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Reviewed by Amy L Turpin
wonderfully magical world is filled with dark and forbidding
places where love truly conquers all. Shape-shifting stories
have always fascinated me. The challenge is making the unbelievable
believable. The romance woven into this story is superbly done,
and is intricately woven therein, making the tale incomplete
without it. This is a very sound work and one I believe the
reader will enjoy time and time again. Written in the same tone
as her first gothic 'The Scarletti Curse', Ms Feehan creates
yet another book dominated by seductive, tormented men and the
women determined to save them.
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Reviewed by Diane Mason
Feehan has done it again! Lair of the Lion will take you on
a rollercoaster ride of emotion as Nicolai and Isabella try
to fight what fate has decreed and still have the faith that
they can overcome it together. I can never finish a Christine
Feehan book without screaming for more and Lair of the Lion
is no exception. Current readers of Christine's books will really
enjoy this one as she just seems to get better and better with
each book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes
strong, tortured heroes and equally strong heroines mixed with
paranormal/gothic type circumstances. Be warned though, once
you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down.
Romance Reviews Today
Reviewed by Catherine Loney
characters, suspense filled plot, a creatively portrayed curse,
and just the right touch of the supernatural make LAIR OF THE
LION a fantastic story. Love scenes sizzle as Nicolai and Isabella
explore their palpable attraction for each other. Secondary
characters provide structure to the tale as Ms. Feehan ingeniously
builds the reader's attention, causing pages to fly by as the
words are greedily absorbed.
those who love cursed heroes, wailing ghosts, family betrayal,
and potential peril at every turn, LAIR OF THE LION is a must
read, especially on those dark rainy nights, when the wind howls
it's anger at the world. Kudos Ms. Feehan, you have penned a
page-turner -- good to the last drop.
Reviewed by Bee
Feehan has produced another wonderfully constructed story, as
is her trademark, fashioning for us a world to lose ourselves
in, knowing that we trust her to keep us enthralled to the very