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La fille du lion (Scoundrels #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  3,439 Ratings  ·  147 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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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
Sep 22, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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”I love you,” he said. “Just believe it.”

This was my first book by Loretta Chase, and it won’t be my last. I loved the story. It seemed a bit long, but my interest actually increased as time went by. It was a little slow at times and a bit confusing. But it all played out brilliantly in the end.

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The story was set initially in Albania and along the Ionian coast of the Mediterranean, and Corfu, and then advanced to England for the conclusion of the book.

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The hero, Varian St. George, al
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Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge –even if it leads to her own. Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely (and very reluctant) hero!

Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable
"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
"She’s eighteen, Jason. She can’t remain in Albania to be shut up in a Turkish harem."

That's our heroine, Esme Brentmore, but she'd rather stay behind in Albania and exact revenge over the man she believes responsible for her father's death.

"Perhaps he’d try Naples next. Not that he had enough money to get there. Still, he had traveled through half of Italy with no funds. He possessed an ancient title, a handsome face and figure, and a devastating charm."

Our ne'er do well hero, Varian St. Geor
4 stars, but tbqh one of those stars may be due to Kate Reading's fabulous narration.

I did not like this as much as Lord of Scoundrels and The Last Hellion, but I did enjoy it.

I feel a lot of the credit has to go to the narrator, Kate Reading. She is one of the best narrators in the audio book business IMHO. I could probably listen to her read a cereal box. Still, I think this was a good story that was greatly enhanced by the skills of a good narrator.

One complaint I read in other reviews was t
Laura V.
Amo a esta autora y sus libros y me ENCANTA esta historia. Conseguí comprarlo, lo leí de nuevo y mi amor por Varian no ha disminuido ni un poco. La pareja que hacen Esme y Varian sigue siendo tan encantadora y caótica como la recordaba.

Esme: Ella es una pequeña guerrera. Con un carácter de mil demonios, por fuera puede parecer solo una niña, pero es una mujer con fuertes de deseos de venganza, pelea, lucha y sumamente protectora de los suyos y es adorable.
Varian: Un lord sin tierra, un gigoló
Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this, though I got impatient with some of the plotlines. Esme is an Englishman's daughter, but brought up in Ankara. Her character was a fascinating study in the contrast between the cultures and their separate expectations—particularly for marriage. I found the smuggling/kidnapping/vengeance plotlines rather tedious, I'm afraid, and had had my fill by about three quarters through. It didn't help that it does the bad-guy PoV periodically during much of the novel. It was probably necess ...more
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
Apr 22, 2009 L8blmr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 26, 2011 Aviva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Melisa Ramonda
Feb 18, 2015 Melisa Ramonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy lindo, con un background cultural muy bien armado :) esta autora se las banca!
(lo único que los personajes eran un poquitín típicos, pero tenían diálogos graciosos y adecuados a su tiempo, muy pero muy bueno)
Sheila Melo
Dec 31, 2013 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2011 Melowin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 02, 2013 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
No Lord of Scoundrels, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. Esme's a straight up warrior who don't take no shit (and has taken a few bullets) and has a fantastic cast of characters in her family. Varian fails to make me swoon (takes simply ages to overcome his bad first impression), but I enjoyed the plot and hat tip to LC for keeping it interesting even though it's quite long.
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!
KJ, Madame Librarian
First off, you definitely want the audio of this. Kate Reading is so good at her job, it amazes me. I got the book as a freebie and the whispersync upgrade was only $2 and it was worth way more than that. There's more than a smattering of Albanian in this, and it sounds so much better when Reading says it than when I try to muddle through. Plus, she gives so much depth to Esme! Esme has been born and raised in Albania, though her father is English, has a nasty temper, displays terrifying compete ...more
Solidly written book with a compelling and appealing male lead in Varian, a penniless baron. A wastrel all his life, albeit a ridiculously good looking one, his comfortable survival to date has been made possible by many willing people happy to purchase his charming, titled company. He certainly oozes effortless lazy charms to the utter frustration of the heroine, Esme, a fierce red-headed young warrior, daughter of the famed Red Lion who is an English nobleman in self-imposed exile in Albania. ...more
May 15, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book irritated the bejeebus out of me. It took me a week to get through, which is a long time for me, but much like the novel's heroine, I persevered because I have no sense, a huge ego, and a surly nature. The first half of the book was basically National Lampoon's Albanian Vacation with many travel and political mishaps, followed by the more standard romance plot with evil forces plotting to keep the main characters apart. Even though this is something that I would normally enjoy, the dra ...more
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
Ms. Smartarse
I figured I'd read something "mindless" after all the "heavy" stuff I've been into lately. That, plus I was curious to explore romance authors, beside Lisa Kleypas.

For the most part, I got plenty of "tummy twitching" sex scenes, along with lots of humorous quips which made me laugh out loud.
On the other hand, the two protagonists really should have been less insecure in themselves. I mean, HE is rake for heaven's sake. But no, until the very end, they're all so utterly insecure that I might have
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,
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

Kate Reading is one of my favourite narrators and she did a great job on this book. I think the rating would have been lower if not for her. This wasn't a bad book, just not particularly engaging. I didn't care for most of the characters and the plot was a bit rambling. I think the best character was the cranky old bat, the Dowager Lady Brentmor.
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
Shannon Dyer
Jan 30, 2015 Shannon Dyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Characters were a touch melodramatic at times, but I enjoyed the book just the same. Kate Reading's narration was spectacular as always.
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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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