The Black Lyon (Montgomery #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
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
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
The story's conflicts were exasperating. How can the heroine be so stupid? The only redeeming quality she had was that she knew how to tame wild horses and eventually, her husband. This is a classic tale of a lady who set out to change a man and succeeded. (These kinds of books c...more
Set in medieval times, this is the story of Earl Ranulf de Warbrooke, a famous and dangerous knight aptly nicknamed the Black Lion and Lady Lyonene, his Lioness. The story begins right before their first meeting and we see how their relationship evolves after the various obstacles they have to overcome.
A lot of trust issues from both sides and a lot of ups and downs in th...more
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...more
Overall, I felt like the pace of the story was just about perfect and there was a lot to like. Lyonene and Ranulf go through so much and their personalities are so well developed, you get a keen sense of who they are and, later on, how far they've come. The message to this story is sweet and heartwarming and the detail is richly done.
There are a couple of scenes...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
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
After becoming e...more
In The Black Lyon, lead characters Raulf, known as the Black Lyon and Lyonene become instantly drawn to...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 was browsing through listopia and this book is among other 'Beauty-and-the-Beast' themes. The Black Lion is nowhere near ugly, but whatever. It was a good read.
This book will bring you tides of emotions, albeit not to the point of tears. I have always voiced my contempt against instant mutual (physical) attraction, and if we share the same opinions, don't let the minute issue deter you from reading till the end.
Deveraux is very skillful in her storytelling. Despite the cliched...more
Interactions between Lyon and Lyonene are full of angst and passion and very fun but I got annoyed a lot of time how borderline TSTL Lyonene got sometime.
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
She began writing in 1976 and her first book, The En...more