La fille du lion (Les débauchés, #1)
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La fille du lion (Scoundrels #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,895 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Fille de Jason Brentmor, dit le Lion, Esmée a grandi en Albanie, bien loin des traditions anglaises. Lorsque son père est assassiné par le perfide Ismal, Esmée prend la fuite et retrouve son cousin Percival, accompagné d'un baron désargenté, Varian Saint George. Commence alors un périple mouvementé à travers l'Albanie. La jeune sauvageonne n'a qu'une idée en tête : venger...more
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published November 2011 by J'ai lu (first published 1992)
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Eastofoz
What a total wiener the hero is in this book and the heroine is complete shrew. Major let down with this story which starts off Loretta Chase’s Scoundrels series that include such top notch novels like Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion.

This story is about a wastrel (and really that’s the only thing that characterizes him --politely), Varian St George Lord Edenmont, who flits around various European countries seducing scads of women who let him mooch off them because he doesn’t have a penny...more
Julie (Mom2lnb)
"3.5 stars" I didn't realize until after reading Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels that it was part of a series, and when I discovered this, I decided to go back and pick up the books that I had missed. Since Lord of Scoundrels is one of my all-time favorite romance novels, I had high hopes for The Lion's Daughter. Unfortunately, it got off to a really slow start for me. Nearly the entire first half of the book is about the hero and heroine's extremely long (or at least it seemed that way) jour...more
L8blmr
I rounded this up from 2.5 stars because I LOVED "Lord of Scoundrels" (which I said many times in my review of that book) and there were moments in this story that did show some of the brilliance this author is certainly capable of. Unfortunately, those moments were too few and far between. In fact, I came very close to putting the book down permanently just about daily. I don't know if it was the setting, the characters or the plot that bothered me - probably a combination of all three - but th...more
R.
This is such a crowded, mixed up book.

Okay to start with there are at least three different instances where the heroine eavesdrops on a conversation, overhears someone saying something (that is some sort of falsehood or manipulation), believes it, then runs away feeling betrayed. No, seriously, exactly this sequence of events happens over and over and over.

Then there's this super weird and contrived early subplot where the hero thinks that the heroine is much younger than she is so he's in gales...more
Aviva
When I have friends (or people on the street) who don't get why I read romance, I toss a copy of something by Loretta Chase at their heads. Generally Lord of the Scoundrels. But then, every writer has at least one stinker. And this book...I WANTED to like it. I tried to like it. I begged my subconscious to suspend disbelief. But no. It's that bad. And okay, I admit, I really bought it because I wanted to see if it was as bad as everybody said and because the guy on the cover bares more than a pa...more
Melowin
Not your typical Regency romance here. Not one description of gowns, jewels, visit's to Almack's, etc. The first half of the book takes place in Albania, where British-Alabanian Esme (the Red Lion's daughter) has lived all her life. Baron Varian St. George is the poor rakish dilettante that she ends up escorting across the "savage" country. Along the way, they fall into lust, then "strong attachment" to each other. (Love comes later).

Several things makes this different from the McNaught Regency...more
Sheila Melo
Liked This One Better The Second Time Around

I love Loretta Chase's LORD OF SCOUNDRELS, LAST HELLION. I read THE LION'S DAUGHTER primarily because it is considered the first book in the Scoundrels series that includes those two books I love. The first time I read THE LION'S DAUGHTER I was sadly disappointed. The book lacks the brilliance of those two novels and I could barely get through it.

When I was going to review it, I couldn't even remember what it was about and decided to re-read it. I'm g...more
Barbara ★
Unfortunately, this book had an incredibly slow start. The intrigue in the first few chapters caught my attention even with all the political shenanigans. Then, the remainder of the first half of the book was about the hero and heroine's extremely long and boring journey through Albania. To much historical information detracted from the flow and really bogged down the story. Honestly I was about to give up on this book (and I would have had I not needed it for two challenges) and then low and be...more
Ms Smartarse
I figured I'd read something "mindless" after all the "heavy" stuff that I decided I should read. That, plus I was curious to explore other romance authors (beside Lisa Kleypas).

For the most part, this is what I got: plenty of "tummy twitching" sex scenes (like someone else said before me), lots of humorous quips which made me laugh out loud (and that is always a definitely plus with any book I read).
On the other hand, the two protagonists really should have been less insecure in themselves. I m...more
_inbetween_
The fairy-tale trope of girls only ever having fathers, the mothers dead and gone, has a slightly more benign reason in Chase's novels since only the fathers could be so reckless and indirectly force the heroines into their adventures.
This I mainly said first to not shout out my disappointment. I didn't like her last one either, but then Scandalous Ways was actually very much like this novel, as was Captives of the Night where this is mentioned but slanted IMO. I shouldn't have expected a treat,...more
Robin
Whew ... I thought I would never finish this book, and I am so happy it's over.

Before I share my thoughts, I usually adore Loretta Chase books (Lord of Scoundrels is one of my all time favorites, The Last Hellian - divine). So just imagine my disappointment with this ... I don't know ... mess.

Way too many complicated story lines that I was not interested in enough to actually follow. First half of the story in Albania should have been edited by 2/3rds to half.

I didn't dislike any of the characte...more
Terric853
This book was over-long and the "heroine" was almost TSTL. Granted, she was raised to be a "warrior" by her father who fled England to live in Albania and she considers herself Albanian. But, she acts solely on impulse every step of the way, never stopping to reason things out. She overhears deceitful conversations three times in the course of the story and runs away into even more danger without ever stopping to sort through the truth versus the lies. The sub-plot about her father faking his de...more
LuvGirl
I hated the setting, the whiny wimpy incompetent hero, and the so called warrior heroine. I don't know what both of them saw in the other because there was nothing to like. The hero was exceptionally handsome, I'll give him that, but he had absolutely nothing else going on for him. It was a nice change to see a hero surviving on his looks alone since he was dead broke, but LC couldn't pull it off without making him look like a dud. The plot was zzzzzz and I'm giving up. Good riddance!
Tressa
I quite liked this book. It was set in Albania, which is not a normal setting for romances. I thought Esme was quite amusing. Varian was an unusual character; he was upfront with being poor and using his title and his looks for food, clothing, and other sundries. Normally, such a character isn't in a romance. I thought that the setting and the characters were refreshing.
Alison
Read this a few days ago and read several more since then so this is a rough review only.

This is the first book I can recall reading set mostly in Albania. Esme is a brave resourceful girl, daughter of the Red Lion, who believes her father has been murdered by Ismal. In reality her father wants her safely in England as he fears that Ismal will kidnap her in order to force him to betray Ali Pasha. Esme's father is the youngest son of an English noble family - disowned by his relatives he moved to...more
Laura
El libro en sí es largo, largo, larguisiiimo.. Y te cuenta toda su aventura desde Italia, Albania y Londres..
Su matrimonio, antes de juntarse, durante y después.. O sea, no te deja ni un cabo suelto de su relación.
Sus protas, como siempre... son esas dos personas que no encuentras en todos los libros..
Ella es.. una pequeña guerrera..
Él un lord sin tierra, un gigoló que se gana la vida viviendo de los demás.

Puede que él sea fácilmente dominable, un tanto bruto o que parezca que tiene poco seso, p...more
Laurie
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♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 3.60 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 2.5 // Historical Flavor: 5.0 // Laughter: 0 / Teary: 1

The Lion's Daughter: 3.60:
Loretta Chase displayed her skill at writing a well-told story. However, the author's style of writing and the reader's failure to identify with both the hero and heroine made this book unexceptional.

Hero: 3.0:
Varian Edward Harcourt St. George, Baron Edenmont of Buckinghamshire, England. Varian was the typically handsome an...more
.þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...]
My reviews are mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 4 parts.

Varian was a rake and a lazy a$$ aristocrat. Esme was a bit insane. There are twists everywhere, from Esme's dad and how he came to be in Albania in the 1st place, married her Albanian mom while he loved an English lady who married his brother (the heir) after he left England and I'm not even in the main story yet! lolz There's an Albanian villain called Ismal, who got me interested in him. Percival was Esme's cous...more
steph
3.5 but I rounded up to 4 because it was well wrtten.

I liked this. I liked this a lot. It was a bit slow for me at first, and there were about six or seven people introduced in the first few chapters alone but once I got fifty or so pages in, the story just picked up. It had romance, mayhem, murder, spies, not so evil dictators, grandmother's etc. I really liked Esme and Varian. They never once backed down from each other and I appreciated, especially towards the end, how they ALWAYS talk things...more
Thenia
The fact that the story is set very near where I grew up, mentioning places I've been in and historical figures whose histories I know, made this book a little weird for me. Even being open minded and quite tolerant with artistic licence (changing actual facts to fit fictional stories), it felt strange reading about things so close to home.

Our heroes have chemistry, get in lots of scrapes together and fight a lot. As usual I liked Varian more than I like Esme, mostly because Esme acted like a kn...more
♥The Kat's Meow♥
The Lion's Daughter What happens when you mix oil and water? It separates, yes? What happens when you mix a penniless nobleman who lives on his wits and charm and the charity of his wealthy contemporaries with a diminutive, passionate warrior hell-bent on bringing her father’s killer to justice Albanian-style? Well, they should separate, except something – circumstances, passion, kidnapping, and political intrigue - keeps them together.

If you add that great emulsifier – love – to the mix, you get a ne'er-do-well...more
Res
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Lena
Did not finish.

Exoticized setting, slow start (the hero and heroine go traveling and bicker all the while!), and a really gross hero who flirts with a heroine that he thinks is underage/too young to be married (he's mistaken about her age, thank God for small mercies).
Gizella Tóth
A főszereplők olyanok, amilyenek, bár Varian figyelemre méltó fejlődésen megy át, na de a mellékszereplők! Már a tizenkét éves Percival is csúcs, hanem a nagymama…! Remekül szórakoztam.
Kicsit aggódom azok miatt, akik 30 oldal után le szoktak tenni egy könyvet, és nem adják meg az esélyt, hogy később jobb lesz. Az Oroszlán leánya sem elsöprő lendülettel indul, néha olyan érzésem volt, hogy nemcsak a szereplőket, de a cselekményt is hajlamos lehúzni a mocsár. Ám ez az érzés elmúlt, mihelyt kikever...more
Eliza Lloyd
I am a hopeless Loretta Chase fan. While this isn't my favorite LC novel, it is top-notch. The story is a rare historical treat set outside of London, in Albania of all places. I thought Esme was a delightful, innocent yet determined girl. Varian was a typical historical bad boy waiting to be reformed by love, so nothing new there. Percival, Esme's 12 year old cousin, was a sweet boy.

Throughout there is a lot of angst and drama and denial, when we know the protagonists don't mean it. I liked the...more
Cferjani
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Kreo
Feb 26, 2014 Kreo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kreo by: 3d08d88c@opayq.com
Shelves: adult, drama, historical
3.5 stars
Dawn
I have to say that this isn't my favorite. But it was still worth finishing. And, as others have noted, the back half was faster-moving than the first. At least it was different. A little hard to relate to being set in Albania. I actually had to check a map to see where it was! I really wanted to read it since it is leading to Lord of Scoundrels. I always like to read a series in order. I have noticed that others feel that way too. So I don't feel so unusual.
Erika
Actual rating 2.5 stars.

It started a little slow, and was a little long, but Varian and Percival managed to peek my interest and make me stick with it. Esme was a bit hot-headed and rough, and definitely should have talked more with Varian about things, but they got their ending. It was neat to see a historical romance with Brits taking place in Albania for a change. The ending was a little too tidy but for the quality of the story it worked.
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Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New Engl...more
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