Lair of the Lion is the story of beautiful aristocrat Isabella, and the tormented cursed Nicolai. It is set in medieval Italy, and comesWhat a waste!
Lair of the Lion is the story of beautiful aristocrat Isabella, and the tormented cursed Nicolai. It is set in medieval Italy, and comes with scatterings of italicized Italian phrases randomly interspersed in conversations.
The premise is that Nicolai is cursed to be part beast, and Isabella's love is supposed to save him. A lot could have been done with that, but the author really dropped the ball on this one.
This could have very easily been a short story, about halfway through I was counting down how many more pages I'd have to go through. It got quite repetitive, how many times can Isabella go somewhere isolated by herself, sense" the nameless unidentified evil presence, find herself in dire danger, be rescued, get a lecture from Don Nicolai and have unsexy sex? It was like every 10 pages or so. Yes, the sex was not sexy. Isabella just basically went along with whatever dude told her to do, and he was surprisingly skilled considering no one has looked at him, much less touch him, since he was a child (him being beasty and all).
The betrayal twist at the end was weak. Therese and Violante were, excuse my French, fake ass friends to begin with. There was no shock or surprise from me.
One last complaint: Isabella was annoyingly perfect. Beautiful, young, intelligent, supposedly stubborn but obeyed her lover (except for whenever she saw the opportunity to become a victim, then she ran full speed ahead), everyone loves her, and she is somehow special. Gag!!
I regret spending $ on this, I wouldn't recommend this even if it were free. Sorry....more
I'm not sure if I read the same book as the other reviews did, but I certainly wouldn't give it 5 stars. It was a cute story, but quite unimaginative.I'm not sure if I read the same book as the other reviews did, but I certainly wouldn't give it 5 stars. It was a cute story, but quite unimaginative. The characters lacked definition and were quite one-dimensional. Actually, the Grandfather character was the most fleshed-out person there. For instance, if it wasn't for the main character explicitly stating that Jenna is her best friend I would not have guessed that from what was given in the story.
I've read a lot of PNR, and I'm used to characters falling in love at first sight but this story kind of pushed it. I didn't catch the point of attraction here. I was just presented with this girl, who is inexplicably draw to this reluctant guy. I don't know.
The bare bones of the story were nice, I just feel that it could have used a lot more polish. ...more
**spoiler alert** The latest Black Dagger Brotherhood novel tells the story of Payne, Vishous' twin sister, and Dr. Manny Manuel the surgeon. Last tim**spoiler alert** The latest Black Dagger Brotherhood novel tells the story of Payne, Vishous' twin sister, and Dr. Manny Manuel the surgeon. Last time we saw her, Payne had just broken her back while rough-housing with Wrath. As this novel opens up, Jane is flying around (phantomly) trying to find Manny because he is their only hope for healing Payne. Manny meets Payne, love at first sight, blah blah blah.
Yeah, I wasn't all that impressed. I was actually hoping for more; more tension, more sexual heat. I was quite disappointed in how Payne turned out. She originally was portrayed as being more similar to Xhex, a bad-ass warrior princess. She's a lot "softer" than I originally imagined, and really only goes into bad-ass mode twice. There is really nothing about her to suggest that she used to be Wrath's sparring partner until the incident with the would-be mugger. Payne herself is the only person to comment on her own height and size, so she couldn't have been all that physically imposing either. At first I thought she was going to get hurt and violated like Xhex was, I was so grateful that didn't happen. I get tired of women being snatched and hurt, it happens all the time in real life and I don't like to read about it happening unnecessarily in fiction.
One thing I am grateful for is Manny's self-respect/self-love as a human. When I first found out that he was going to fall for Payne, I was afraid that he was going to pull a Butch. I am referring to Butch's story with Marissa, and how he pretty much came across as a Vamp wannabe, going so far as to become "reborn" as a Vampire with limited abilities. I love him now, but I didn't really respect him in his own book. I'm glad that Manny isn't really interested in changing, he is happy as he is, Payne loves him as a human, and no one is pressuring him to change. Although I could do without his "dark spices" wafting all over the place. Makes me think he smells like patchouli and incense, not sexy.
I still can't wait for the next installment. I'm burning up to see what goes with Qhuinn and Blayne, and Layla... It would have been nice to see more of the other characters and their Shellan's. It's gotten hard to keep up with them all, and I'd hate to see them fall to the wayside.
As for the new characters, I feel that Jose's new rookie partner, DelVecchio is going to turn out to be a significant person. Of course there's Xcor and n'em, surprisingly not a very interesting group of fellas.
One more thing; I picked this book up expecting a HEA with rampant explicit love scenes. I was disappointed. I don't know what that says about me, but I'm just putting it out there. ...more