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. Lair of the Lion is a paranormal/romance written by American author Christine Feehan. Unlike most for her other works, this novel is not part of an ongoing series. Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan – book cover, description, publication history.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan. 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. 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. Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire.
Mass Market Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lair of chrisstine Lionplease sign up. Lists with This Chriistine. Apr 24, Hasnamezied rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh don’t get me wrongthis was not a bad read. It is good but during reading sometimes you suffer boredom which is a problem. In generalit is a good one. 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. Teh think my problem is, I really don’t care for gothic romance, in general. I think too much time is built cnristine going into the mystery and the dark forces out to get the heroine. I like my romance to focus feejan the attraction Feegan of the Feehn 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 chirstine 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.
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 chrristine characters were Italian and had the aspects of this culture.
I think she did a great job of establishing the scene: 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 liln 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.
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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 christin great. That’s always there in a Christine Feehan book. Well-done in that regard.
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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 feehab. I don’t have that much to fwehan. 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.
There was an insta attraction and connection between the two, which was sweet and is always welcome in a romance. They are barely apart after that, and the physical intimacy begins soon enough and grows gradually but surely, a constant thread throughout the book.
These scenes alternate with the unraveling of the facts and fables around the curse that besets the land and its Don. It was really interesting and gripping to begin with, but slowly the plot and the tension was lost with repetitive behavior, predictability and the tame-ish ending. The h, though sweet and steadfast in her love and commitment to the H, had a few smackable moments. Then her belated doubts were annoying as well. The H was likable as the tortured beast-man, whose goodness shines through.
Especially the old servant couple who were like his foster parents, but who too feared him on some level. View all 3 comments. Dec 02, Bark rated it it was ok Shelves: I was excited to begin this book for my local romance readers group because I’d heard many positive things about author Christine Feehan and the book appeared to be a new twist on the beauty and the beast theme one of my personal favorites.
Sadly, things didn’t work out between me and author Christine Feehan too much melodrama for me and now I’m weary of beginning her vampire series most of which I already own.
Somebody please tell me this book was a fluke!
Isabella is a beautiful, headstro I was excited to begin this book for my local romance readers group because I’d heard many positive things about author Christine Feehan and the book appeared to be a new twist on the beauty and the beast theme one of my personal favorites. Isabella is a beautiful, headstrong young maiden who sets out on adventure to save her brother from the clutches of a very Eeevil man. The one man who Isabella believes can help her is Don DeMarco but, most unfortunately, he is reputed to be a cursed man and is apparently feared by all.
Undaunted, our brave little heroine makes the treacherous trip to Don DeMarco’s lair, a trip that has felled many a stronger man before her. Safe at the lair she meets Don DeMarco and can’t figure out what the fuss about him is all about.
So what if he’s a bit broody, he’s gorgeous! He agrees to help her with conditions attached which I won’t reveal because I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun She then takes up residence in his home. At night she hears spooky, ominous sounds in the night. She wanders about and makes dense decisions and faces down deadly lions which seem to roam the home freely while the people surrounding her begin to act all nutty.
As the story advances lots of spooky and ominous stuff happens. Over and over again!