The Black Lyon (Montgomery/Taggart #1)
Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the bold English conqueror was called Lyon for his-lion like fierceness. He had no match among enemies, or women ... until he met Lyonene, the green-eyed beauty whose fiery spirit matched his own. Through a whirlwind romance and stormy marriage, she endured every peril to be by his side... until jealousy and vicious lies drove her...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
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.
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
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
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
Set in what appears to be England in the 13th century (Edward is King of England, though his queen is “Eleanora” rather than Eleanor), this is the story of Lady Lyonene, a baron’s daughter, and Ranaulf de Warbrooke, 3rd Earl of Malvoisin, aka “the Black Lion.”
When they meet at her family’s keep, Lyonene and Ranaulf are instantly attracted. She is the golden lioness and he’s the black lion (a lot of lion images here). Over the...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 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
Question: Did the hero cheat or not? he would have cheated that time at camp when the heroine dressed as a serf and learned to do a 'dance'-to please him-and he was more then willing to sleep with her then-even though he didn't know it was his WIFE at the time. Then she runs away cause she knows he thinks she is someone else and dosent like the idea of his cheating even when it's with her.
SOOOOOO, Later on in the story fidelity...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
From the first chapter, I was enthralled with the world and characters the author created. I fell hard...more
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
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
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
A strong willed heroine and a wild, tough and strong hero. I just can't resist story with these 2 characters in it! Sweet, enticing, heart wrenching, hilarious, action, tears. All these could be found in just one book! The romance between the Black Lion and his Lioness i...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
I really enjoyed the story between Lyonene (Lion-neen) and Ranulf. The first half of the book and the last portion were great. It did get a little long winded in between, but it was still a page turner. :-)
It was different that what I'm used to which was nice. Probably because it was published in 1980.
I gave it four stars for representing a more realistic relationship from that time period.
She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo...more