The Black Lyon (Montgomery #1)
Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the bold English conqueror was called “the Black Lyon” for his lionlike ferocity. He had no match among enemies, or women...until he met Lyonene, the green-eyed beauty whose fiery spirit equaled his own.
Through a whirlwind romance and stormy marriage, she endured e...more
Ranulf, The Black Lyon is a fierce, alpha warrior. He’s well known for his viciousness on the battle field and none can best him. Bitterness from a past rejection has shaped him into the callous man he is. His self worth took a beating at the hands of a woman. He doesn’t believe in l...more
Jealous husband - Hero make me crazy about that. Yes he has a heart ache of his late wife but this man is paranoiac in this subject. Even when heroine is joking about other mens.
Shrew, rescued women - Yes she rescued by hero. And she return his good intention with betrayed him. She made heroine uncomfortable and convince her Ranulf cheating her. Yes in this place I ate my nail for stress book caused me. And want it...more
Beautiful beauty tames the beast story. An old favorite. One that has stood the test of time for me. Ranulf is an alpha jerk but I couldn't help but love him.
I know this was one of Jude Deveraux's first novels, if not the first. The pacing is off. To me, it felt like the story unfolded over weeks, but instead it was a year. I could never tell how much time passed until it was spelled out for me. I know it's a romance novel, but the corniness/cheesiness was sometimes overwhelming. There were times I had to set the book aside because of what the characters were saying or doing; for example, when Ranulf and Lyonene first meet, and they pl...more
Overall, I felt like the pace of the story was just about perfect and there was a lot to like. Lyonene and Ranulf go through so much and their personalities are so well developed, you get a keen sense of who they are and, later on, how far they've come. The message to this story is sweet and heartwarming and the detail is richly done.
There are a couple of scenes...more
The hero Ranulf sucked in a major way. I understand many medieval heroes are pigheaded and are given lethal names because of their warrior prowess. This guy was not only insanely jealous, but he actually slaps the heroine. I don't think I liked that.
He and Lyonene (our fair heroine) fall in love tw...more
Before I begin my review, I have to say that I have read "A Kingdom of Dreams" by Judith Mcnaught first, so please excuse any comparison toward these two novels. Without further ado, my comments...
First, I really like that their conversation was in Old English... or whatever that was called. Although, it was taxing to read, I had enjoyed it. Second, the adventures and tales of knights were as interesting as the round table. It was chivalrous and a bit messy. Third,...more
The Black Lyon is my favorite of her historicals and one I re-read all the time.
The Black Lyon, called this for his fierceness in battles; has hurt before by his first wife. So the Lyon has been on his own since; but when he meets Lyonene a young beauty who makes him laugh, he decides he will marry again.
But Lyon is still not trusting in women, and soon he wonders if marrying Lyonene was for the best, because if she betrays him; she will feel his wrath as even...more
In The Black Lyon, lead characters Raulf, known as the Black Lyon and Lyonene become instantly drawn to...more
So much jealousy, so many misunderstandings, such weak minded characters. For all their faults though they were okay I suppose taking into consideration how old this book is and the type of the plot. There is rape for lack of a more accurate term - the Black Lyon hurts Lyonene on purpose - and the hero strikes the heroine across the face. Of course it can all be blamed on his past...more
I was browsing through listopia and this book is among other 'Beauty-and-the-Beast' themes. The Black Lion is nowhere near ugly, but whatever. It was a good read.
This book will bring you tides of emotions, albeit not to the point of tears. I have always voiced my contempt against instant mutual (physical) attraction, and if we share the same opinions, don't let the minute issue deter you from reading till the end.
Deveraux is very skillful in her storytelling. Despite the cliched...more
Ugh.. I don't know why I finished reading this novel. Read the following quotations if you're still not convinced:
He leaned his head back again...more
Overall, however, this is your average romance story. Misunderstandings abound, heroine is feisty, hero is a rogue who must be t...more
Gosh, I did not like this book at all! I thought that I might have liked it because it seemed like a nice medieval romance. Not the case! I found the heroine to come across like a giggling teenager of about 13 whilst the hero came across as an extremely abusive man and a complete jerk. Not to mention two rape scenes, potential affair and multiple cases of abuse towards the heroine due to paranoia (the word jealousy is too subtle for the hero's behaviour). I probably shouldn't call h...more
I like books set in the medieval times, I love to see how two strangers marry then have to get to know and trust each other. It couldn't have been very easy. I think that Jude Deveraux does a good job with that type of stroy line. I also liked that at the begining of this book she gives the floor plan of the castle, it was nice to look at when reading...more
eh, just eh. At first I was pleasantly pleased. Emotionally scarred hero, turning his back on love, embracing war falls in love with a young girl who's pleasant and sweet. He smiles and laughs for the first time in ages. Then he turned into a woman-hating rapist and took out all of his hatred for the sins of his first wife on this loving heroine who's now his current wife.
then he tried to make up for it, but it was too late as far as I was concerned. The damage was done. I couldn't...more
I have to admit I did not really enjoy this book, even though I was hoping I would. I find the characters mildly interesting, and couldn't really get into the romance between the two. I was irritated with the hero's jealousy and the heroine's insecurity, that I finished the book in an annoyed mood.
I also find some of the events pretty glossed over, even major ones, like the author could not...more
I am seriously disappointed for having only rated five stars with this novel. I would have desperately given this ten stars if possible! The way Ms. Jude described each and every pieces of garments, furniture plus the emotions of each characters is certainly a knock-out for me. Again, I would have wished to be in this era. Also, the way the Black Lion and the Lioness was described to be very powerful and strong is executed properly. Great execution from Ms. Jude Deveraux as always in her books....more
wow , just wow !!! this book was just pefect , it wasn't my kind of thing but i decided to read it because i felt that the story would be beautiful n i was NOT desappointed at all ! this book became at the top of my dearest books ever , it made so emotional that i cried most of the time and i swear to God my heart actually hurt at times !! when i finished i was just lost for words , and if you ask any one of my friends they would assure you...more
She began writing in 1976 and her first book, The En...more