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Black Lion's Bride

(Warrior #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  585 ratings  ·  48 reviews
As deadly as she is beautiful, Zahirah, daughter of the King of the Assassins, steals into the camp of the English army. She intends to murder King Richard, but her plan only delivers her into the hands of the enemy and puts her at the mercy of the dashing Black Lion, Sebastian of Montborne. Seeing only a mysterious beauty in need of his protection, Sebastian is unaware th ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Ivy Books (first published April 2002)
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This book is a follow up to White Lion's Lady (don't want to say how they're connected, since that's a bit spoilerish to book #1). Any who, Sebastian of Montborne is more interested in going a-crusading than staying home and less in being an earl and running the homestead, and he's followed King Richard to the Holy Land. There's this nasty nest of assassins out to off the Lionheart, and Sebastian stops one in his (actually her) tracks, and takes a nasty injury while doing it.

Long story short, Za
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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So far I am disappointed in the Heroine of this Story Zahirah. The book opens up with her being this bad ass assassin that fails in her initial mission. It is written that she has been trained all her life in the deadly arts and is as good as the men in her clan. Unfortunately she is not living up to the hype thus far. Other than her initial assassination attempt she has done nothing but fall around and get rescued by the Hero. Zahirah begs to be involved in an ambush promising she can pull her ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Loved it..
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pulled into this story from the very beginning with a premise that took us out of usual local in England and to the deserts of the Middle East. I had already fallen partially in love with Sebastian Montborne in the first book in this series, but it was locked in with his appearance here. I have never been a big fan of the historical romance but I find myself loving these for some reason, though it is probably because they make me feel like a part of the action. I get a chance to know the p ...more
3.5 Stars for this one, but the unique setting and situation raised it closer to 4. Sebastian is the brother from Griffin of the first book in the series. He is quite the yummy perfect hero. Nothing broken there, just honor and nobility. Zahirah, our heroine, was a different story. She is the abused daughter of the king of assassins, and the source of that abuse is revealed slowly throughout the story. These assassins actually existed in history so I really liked that aspect. The clash of the Mu ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The setting and plot are new in my reading experience, and I liked them. I liked Sebastian and the turmoils in Zahirah's past and present.

The author's research into the Arabic culture and language is evident, if somewhat inaccurate; for example, she gravely distorted the religion at some points. Furthermore, there were some scenes that could not have been possible to occur at the place and time of the story, like Sebastian and Zahirah's passionate embraces in public. Also, there seems a profoun
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book and Sebastian was a fine, honourable hot sexy knight who fa gonlls for a muslim girl while on crusade with King Richard, but all is not what it seem's and the love story and twists and turns make a great read with you never knowing what is going to happen next. The back ground and surrounding characters take you to the far away land, and the old english language often used takes you back to old days and makes you wonder just what it could have been like to be knight ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hero is a crusader on the second crusade (the one with Richard the Lionheart). Heroine - assassin for a Muslim sect. She infiltrates his house to have access to and be able to kill the Lionheart, but the unexpected happens and she falls in love, driven by his goodness to her, but still plans to carry out her mission.

I love this because the heroine is super-tough, great fighter, yet feminine and not just a 'man in skirts' stereotype. And because the hero is so breathtakingly decent that he would
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance
Recommended to K by: found on author's website
A sequel to White Lion's Lady, Black Lion's Bride tells the story of Griffin's brother Sebastain and the lady who will turn his world upside down. After loving While Lion's Lady, I was really looking forward to this book as I had liked Sebastian's character from the previous book. Overall, I enjoyed the story and it's characters, and thought Zariha (sp?) was a great match for Sebastian and his equal in many ways. Although I found the story hard to get into initially, I liked the plot twists in t ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Didn't know where this story was going and I didn't like the heroine, which usually stops me in my tracks, but I know Lara (or Tina) so I kept going and she did it again. This is the second book in the Warrior Trilogy. Zahirah, daughter of the master assassin out to murder Richard the Lion Hearted has more secrets than even she knows. Sebastian, a knight who followed Richard on the Crusades, is nearly killed by a secret assassin and during his recovery he meets the mysterious Zahirah. Definitely ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have mixed reviews about this book. I wanted to like it so bad. I loved how it was set in the Holy lands and had a totally different vibe to the first book. I however hated that from the beginning of the book the heroine was made out to be this bad ass chick who was an assassin for starters and was picked for this job because she was better than the others, only to find out eith her first confrontation she's weak and can't hold her own. Very disappointing main character but still at good read.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally!!! I took me a long time to finish this book because of college work, buy¿t anyway.... Heres what I think about it.

Lara Adrian is one of my top authors ever, I love all her books and this is not the esception. It had its lows, a bit of boring and common parts in that we read them frecuently in romance books, but since this is one or the first books she wrote, shes forgiven!

Sebastian and Zahiras love story was great, the ending makes up for all the not so good parts at least.

Amiee Engler
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another book filled with love and suspense. This story set back in a time long ago lets the reader into a world so few could imagine. To see a woman like Zahirah go from assassian to devoted wife is astounding. Then for a noble knight like Sebastian turn to a man that would wear his heart on his sleeve... Only Lara Adrain could write those characters.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really good book. I haven't read any fiction about the Crusade. This was a really unique perspective on the war between the Christians and the Muslims.
It had an amazing plot, with lots of twists and turns. I was truly surprised at some of the outcomes. There were times that I literally laughed out laughed and was smiling from ear to ear. An excellent read!
Mary Lauer
My low rating is not because the writing was bad or I disliked the characters' romance. I jsut don't care for the Frank/Saracen cross-culture romance. Seems like such an insurmountable issue. And then it gets surmounted, and yes, I figured out how that was gonna happen. It jsut seemed a little *obvious* somehow.
Goddess Of Blah
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disgustingly racist books that makes Arabs and Muslims all evil. The heroine also turns out to be white.

And somehow loses her tan and accent when she marries Sebastian.

Far fetched doesn't do this justice.
Claire B. Platteuw
Well written, fast-paced story BUT (a big one) the heroine's character is not what I expected. Trained to be an assassin all her life and such a ninny? Come on, give me a break! Where you could have a really bad ass, all you have is a feeble woman, constantly afraid and full of doubt...
J.B. Stockings
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I want to read a guaranteed great romance, I always turn to Lara Adrian (Tina St. John). Black Lion's Bride is everything I want in a romance--a great story, interesting, well-rounded characters, believable dialogue, and plenty of spark. A++
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic love story with great twists that only this author can add. I love the added "what if ..." to the actual historic facts brought together in this book. I look forward th the 3rd book of this series.
Feb 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Zahirah is a Muslim assassin, sent to kill Richard Lionheart in the midst of the Crusades. Instead she finds Sebastian, a stalwart earl in service to his king.

Interesting concept, good writing and plot. Enjoyable to read.
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story as well. This is a great historical romance series.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the first in the series. I'm looking forward to the third.
Backlist title released on Kindle 5/20/12

Lara Adrian writing as Tina St. John.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-rom
A really good read. It is the first historical romance novel I have read that is set in the time of the crusades. Well written.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very cute, but I hate how the ending of the third book was ruined in the epilogue! Obviously you know the 2 get together, but still!
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
Nice little easy read.
Pomi Ayalew
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved it!!!!history+romance+amazing characters....what more could you ask for!!!!
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent follow to White Lions Lady.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review written on the trilogy.
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Pseudonym of Lara Adrian

A Michigan native and descendant of Mayflower passenger Governor William Bradford, Tina St. John makes her home in coastal New England with her husband, the inspiration for all her heroes and her most devoted fan. The couple are the caretakers of two rescued felines who have trained them to surrender treats, tuna, and belly rubs on command.

She quit a full-time corporate job

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Warrior (3 books)
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