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The Black Lyon (Montgomery/Taggert #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  15,161 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews

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

Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Avon Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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Updated 3/1/2013 - While doing a re-read with my local book club I was anxious to see if this would stand the test of time. I once again devoured the book and I’m glad to find it's still one of my all time favorites.

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
Considered the first book in Jude Deveraux's Montgomery series but reads as a stand-alone. Set in Medieval times. Ranulf is a great warrior who meets the gentle and beautiful Lyonene and is betrothed very quickly.

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.
Duchess Nicole
I'd been meaning to read this series for-evah, as Jude Deveraux tops a lot of lists for Historical Romance favorites. I hate to say it, but I don't think she'll top mine. I read this book three weeks ago, and have forgotten most of it already. Hate to say that, but it's true, and I'm guessing that means that I should have read these books a very long time ago like most people. Maybe I'd have appreciated them more.

As it is, the thing I remember most is that the Black Lyon is not shy about abusin
Loved it- it was my kind of thing, fast moving, strong characters, alpha male, passionate love, jealousy that tears them apart, a perfect match. It drew me in immediately from their first meeting. Ranulf, the Black Lyon, named for his fierce look and black features, is a feared warrior and English Earl that never smiles or laughs. Lyonene (perfect name for his lioness) is just as strong. She is a baron's daughter, even though she has been protected and sheltered by her family she is happy, ...more
Sarah MacLean
There's nothing like your first romance.
This one was mine, and I still love love love it best.
Aug 25, 2012 Betty rated it did not like it
I wrote a whole review and then this fucked up website erased it. Usability is shite here, but that's a different matter. This book is SO annoying. The heroine is trapped into betraying herself. The hero rapes her, but wait, it's because of a misunderstanding. Wait. What? It's because he's a tortured soul. I gave it 90 pages and became so disgusted I couldn't read anymore. Frustrating is an understatement. I wish there were a not stars option, but then it would look like I didn't rate it.
Feb 14, 2012 Chelsey rated it did not like it
Shelves: zero-stars

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
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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
Regan Walker
Dec 12, 2013 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
Fanciful Medieval Bodice Ripper with Strong Heroine and Stronger Hero

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
Dec 30, 2012 Daneesha rated it it was ok
This book was written like it may have been one of the author's first books. It was kind of choppy and lacked flowing details. I don't know that I really got a clear picture in my head while reading.

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
Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview)
Lyonene is the most stupid heroine history has ever created…Throughout the book I was pulling my hair like a mad-woman, I fear Beauty Salons will refuse to let me step in their salon let alone re-style my hair…

I have read some great reviews about this book but I must say that I am terribly disappointed with this one. The only thing interesting in this book is the language and dialogues and nothing more. The story is CRAP. You have Lyonene who falls in love with Ranulf and are betrothed. Before
Mimi Smith
Jul 16, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Jude Deveraux and I really liked it. The only thing that bothered me was, at times, the plot. Yeah, only that*grin*. At times it felt there were too many things/developments jammed into some parts of the book, leaving me unable to cope. Also with the changes in characters' moods/emotions happening too fast and being too drastic. Then there would be a period when all is flowing good and then it happens again! Still I loved both the hero and the heroine(can't ...more
This was a re-read of a book I read a long time ago. I forgot how much angst is in this story. Lord have mercy. My heart was in a constant state of twisting and bleeding. There was also a little less steam than I remembered. I guess my more recent reads have just been a little steamier ;) Overall, a great story if you're looking for a historical featuring a strong warrior and a super strong bride who have to battle a lot of obstacles for happy hearts!
Mar 31, 2011 Slavena rated it it was amazing
I am in a Jude Devaraux mood these past 2 weeks. I got hooked up on some of the more humorous books but I am making my way through this series. I love the Montgomery’s. This book is the beginning of the series and although I wanted to beat some sense into hero/heroine I found this book a delightful read. I am continuing with the series.

I have no idea if it was written first, but the Black Lyon is the prequel to Jude Deveraux’s Montgomery series- in fact, it’s the tale of the origin of the clan.

Written in a medieval setting, I’m guessing 1200’s because we’re talking vassals of English King Edward the 1st. (Whom by the way is painted waaaay more favorably then in Mel Gibson’s notorious William Wallace movie, Braveheart- yep, that King Edward, otherwise known as, Longshanks) The characters in The Black Lyon are exactly tha
May 16, 2013 Fatema rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far he raped her twice, one time while he was drunk and doesn't even recall it.. Then he smacks her face to shut her up (her lips were cut and started bleeding) when she mentions the name of her male childhood friend that he thought was her lover.. Okay.. Am I suppose to like the hero? I can't believe that after all this, she runs after him! *gives up*

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
Oct 18, 2012 Jaden rated it it was ok
I had to re-read the novel in order to start the series anew and be able to express an opinion properly. Let's see...

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
I really liked this book. I have only read one other book by this author but have many more in my tbr, I'll have to move them up the reading list.

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
Jun 12, 2012 Ashley rated it did not like it
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May 31, 2015 C-Chat rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Kat Morrisey
This book. I don't know where to begin. I had recently seen a blog post where the Deveraux's Montgomery and Taggert books were discussed so I did some digging and found a list on AMZ that tells the Series Reading Order. (I have to read a series in Order. I get twitchy if I don't. LOL) Anyway, I saw the list and got this one from the library to see if I'd like it. Well, to put it simply, I did.

From the first chapter, I was enthralled with the world and characters the author created. I fell hard
Regan Walker
May 21, 2014 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fanciful Medieval Bodice Ripper with Strong Heroine and Stronger Hero

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
Ugh. This book.

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
Aug 27, 2014 SidneyKay rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-medieval
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Lyonene is beyond beautiful and young, but not vain. Ranulf, the Black Lion, is almost double her age and feared by all because of his dark coloring and size. They meet and quickly fall in love, within 2 days they are engaged. I've read this before a long time ago and wanted to see if I still thought it was good. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still smiled and laughed at Lyonene and Ranulf's courtship. Lyonene is young and Ranulf her first love, so she loved him whole heartedly ...more
S.J. Drum
Dec 10, 2011 S.J. Drum rated it it was ok
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Good book-Couldn't put it down even though it sometimes confused me.

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
Oct 02, 2011 Shatha rated it it was amazing
" Each time i make love to you , i tell you i love you "
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
Jul 26, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval
I liked it fine and the ending was quite good. But it took time to get hooked, it started out a little too love at first sight and immediately things go wrong. I'm not overly fond of stories loaded with insecurities... but they eventually clear the air.
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  • When Love Awaits
  • The Dragon Lord
  • The Warlord (Montagues, #1)
  • The Prize
  • Season of the Sun (Viking, #1)
  • The Wolf and the Dove
  • Lie Down In Roses
  • Promise of the Rose (deWarenne Dynasty, #2)
  • Untamed (Medieval, #1)
  • The Falcon and the Flower (Medieval Plantagenet, #1)
  • Deceive Not My Heart (Louisiana, #3)
  • Devil's Desire
  • The Silver Devil
  • Crimson Rapture
  • Keeper of the Dream
Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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Other Books in the Series

Montgomery/Taggert (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • The Duchess (Montgomery/Taggert, #2)
  • The Temptress (Montgomery/Taggert, #3)
  • The Raider (Montgomery/Taggert, #4)
  • Mountain Laurel (Montgomery/Taggert, #5)
  • Sweet Liar (Montgomery/Taggert, #6)
  • Wishes (Montgomery/Taggert, #7)
  • The Princess (Montgomery/Taggert, #8)
  • Eternity (Montgomery/Taggert, #9)
  • Someone to Love (Montgomery/Taggert, #10)
  • The Heiress (Montgomery/Taggart, #11)

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“You cannot blame all women for the faults of one.” 7 likes
“You are an impertinent wench! Do you not know the Black Lion eats three girls such as you each day afore dinner?” Oblivious to the staring people around them, she put a finger on his lower lip. “I do not find that a horrible way to die at all,” she said gently.” 4 likes
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