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The Black Lyon (Montgomery/Taggart #1)

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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 February 1st 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...more
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, darin...more
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.
Considered the first book in Jude Deveraux's Montgomery series. 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.
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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

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
Sarah MacLean
There's nothing like your first romance.
This one was mine, and I still love love love it best.
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...more
Regan Walker
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...more
Mimi Smith
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 re...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!
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 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...more
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...more
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...more
" 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...more
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...more
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...more
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There were so many things I loved about this book, but then again some things really did irritate me.

The story began well enough. In fact, had it continued that way it would be 5 stars, rather than 4. It was so brilliant to see the chemistry between both Lyon and his Lyonene. I loved the teasing and the sweet moments, it was all going so perfectly. You know when you read a good book and evrything is going too good that you know something bad is going to happen? Yes. That happens in this book, s
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...more
"What if I put my small heart in your hands, my love?" he whispered. "Will you care for it or shun it?" He played with the hair, rubbing the fine silky stuff between his fingertips. "If you are but kind to me, I will love you more than any woman has ever been loved, but . . ." His face darkened and had Lyonene awakened, she would have seen the countenance that had earned Ranulf the name Black Lion. "If you play me false, if you but play a game, you will know a hell on earth such as there has nev...more
Ana Mayoca
Finished it in a day and whew!

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
This is the first book I have read by this author and it's a hard one for me to review. It's an old fashioned historical romance and there is alot I like about it and some things I didn't like. Ranulf, Earl of Warbrooke is known as the Black Lion and he is a fierce knight. He falls for and marries quickly, Lyonna, the daughter of a Baron. Many things happen to cause them to distrust each other, and this storyline is the typical historical romance - he is cruel to her and even hits her at one poi...more
Ms.Deveraux is master in her art.

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
I had been hunting for a copy of The Black Lyon for years since I first read The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux. I loved all her books and since this is one of her earliest work, it wasn't easy for me to grab a copy until recently.

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
This was one of the most boring books I have read. It was so bad that I had to abandon it. Normally, I really like Jude Deveraux books, but this was a disaster. It just kept going on and on. I should have known it was going to be dumb when the name of the key protagonist were Lyon and Lyonene! with such names, I felt that the moment they met each other, they should have realised that they were meant to be together. Alas, that was not to be so, they predictibly fight, enter into ego issues and fa...more
S.J. Drum
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Red Austin

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.

From the very first paragraph, I was entranced in a story that was so different yet so similar to that of my own. I felt the pain as well as the joys as if I had lived them. There was so much that could be related to, that at times I had to put it down because the emotions were so strong. However, after reading the final words, I wanted to immediately re-read every word. By far one of my Favorites of all time.
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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...more
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