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Lions and Lace

(Van Alen Sisters #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,406 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Heiress Alana Van Alen has everything But she is living a lie. To protect her sister, she plays society s game and attends dazzling balls and soirees until a cunningly orchestrated act of revenge leaves her penniless and at the mercy of one of the city s most notorious gentlemen. Dubbed the Predator of Wall Street, Trevor Sheridan rose from abject poverty in Ireland to the ...more
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Published July 26th 2016 by Dreamscape Media (first published January 1st 1992)
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ by: Sam

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This was an unholy amount of fun. Not only is the hero a sexy, icy, bad-ass fother-mucker with an Irish accent that will make your pants burst into flame, the plot is filled with enough angst and drama to make a shoujo anime burst into hysterical tears. I tore through this in the span of two days, and when I wasn't reading it, I was actively thinking about it, wondering, needing, to know what happened next.

Set in New York during the gilded
Do you like those Harlequin Presents novels with the fabulously wealthy, older hero who is out to avenge a wrong done to his sister and happens to blackmail the innocent heroine into marriage as part of his revenge plot? Well, you'll love this. This is all that and more. Plus it is set in an interesting historical setting (late 1800's New York) and with much more depth and emotion than can be achieved in a ~200 page Hqn.

The H's poor sister, Mara. I cried for her. I can imagine what it would be
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, 4-stars
Lions and Lace was one of the first HR's I read over 20 (!) years ago. This was long before Connie Brockway, Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase started setting a new tone in the romance genre, or at least long before they got the recognition they deserved. Although not literally a bodice ripper, I’d still label it as such, purely on the grounds that it shows very similar characteristics to bodice ripper characters. Mainly, a constantly scowling, frowning, huffing and puffing hero, a damsel in ...more
Lions and Lace is a dark and emotional romance novel. Its has it all.. innocence, betrayal, love, confusion and lust. Trevor Sheridan, the Hero is a dark brooding and unforgivable character bent upon seeking revenge for his sister Mara. Nothing and no-one will stand in his way. When he meets the New York socialite Alana Van Alen, he blackmails her and uses her to take revenge on the Knickerbockers of the NY elite. Alana is a sweet and vunerable character and the way Trevor uses her is difficult ...more
Ivy H
This was my first foray into a Knickerbocker historical romance. It was fabulous ! I LOVE Trevor Sheridan. He is awesome ! He is so sexy that even his slight limp makes him more attractive in a weird way. His personality ( not his looks ! ) sort of reminds me of Victor Newman from The Young & The Restless but he is not a horn dog man whore. Trevor's the ultimate alpha male business tycoon romantic hero. I love how he is proud of his Irish heritage and doesn't care a F about the snobbish ...more
My search for romances that feature ruthless heroes is an endless one. A time consuming one at that too. Some might call these heroes the uber alpha heroes. Or some just call them anti-heroes; you love them and hate them in equal doses. And some call them gamma heroes too because they go beyond the boundaries that define who an alpha hero is.

Authors of today who write such heroes have become far and few in between. Anne Stuart is my go to author for such heroes. Sandra Brown and Linda Howard are
Chitra *CJ*
"Lions and Lace" is the story of Alana and Trevor.

Prepare your tissues, this will be a ride.

A beautiful story about loyalty, family and commitments, we have a couple from different walks of life being tied up in marriage of convenience.
H marries the h when she is sold to him by her controlling and abusive uncle. He wants her as her name provides respectability to the sister the haughty society had scorned; she weds him to provide financial aid to a beloved relative. However, their journey is
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. What an insecure and vulnerable hero. Τrevor is a true alpha male. He loves his wife but he feels inferior to her. I liked how he was both physically and emotionally crippled. Alana on the other hand belongs to the high society. She can't help falling in love with her brooding husband. I love a good marriage of convenience story. The angst broke my heart. Great characters and great plot. What a romance! Cute epilogue with pregnant heroine. Wish it was more steamy.
Alana the persecuted and Trevor the persecutor.
I loved this book going into it, but after 50 pages or so I started to worry it wasn't going to be as romantic as I'd hoped. Well I guess it depends on your taste.
The writing is lovely and the author has researched the time period well. It's during the industrial revolution, when gas lamps lit the nicer neighbourhoods and robber barons became richer than Gods. Alana is the beautiful maiden of the Nickerbockers (Older money Dutch immigrants) who
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in about a day. It was a good read but I had to give it 3 stars because...

1) Trevor and Alana didn't get along for pretty much the entire book which was frustrating.
2) I wanted Didier to suffer (maybe in the next book about Christal, he will?)
3) After the hero and heroine argued for pretty much the entire book, the payoff just waan't big enough at the end. I didn't consider the note and the little declaration Trevor made to Alana to be sufficient.

I did like this book, but
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High drama, high angst romance.
It had all that attractive qualities like a jealous arrogant self made hero, a sweet but strong heroine, passion, hero forcing heroine’s hand and happy ending.
I quite enjoyed the way story unfolded.
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
I liked the premise of the book, wealthy, self-made hero seeks revenge and forces the elite heroin to marry him. I like class-difference with the heroine of a higher status. The typical Cinderella trop is problematic for me, but I love the reverse of Cinderella, with the man of a lower class, but it needs careful and skillful handling to pull it off to my satisfaction and the author was on the right track. However, she fell-down making a poor connection between the h/H. The hero was grouchy, ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Anger Management to the rescue!"roars the lion.
After reading some fluffy and gentle stories I was in a mood for some angst. And let me tell you: There is an angst and there is an Angst. The book setting is New York Knickerbockers society of the late 19 century when people like Astors and Vanderbilt ruled and outsiders were frown upon, specially if they were Irish. Trevor Sheridan, self-made rich man was both feared for his ruthless dealings on the Wall street and despised by being Irish. The
Jennifer Leighton
I struggled with how to rate this book, but I've finally settled between 3 1/2 and 4 stars.

It's very well written, it kept my interest, and it made me FEEL, but oh the pain and hurt and misunderstandings just didn't let up. My heart was twisted into knots the entire time.

I love angst, but I'm discovering I love it most when balanced with a bit of happiness. In Lions and Lace there were no happy moments for the H/h until the VERY end of the book, followed by the short epilogue. I didn't like
Regan Walker
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Superb Victorian Era American Romance with a Strong Irish Hero and a worthy heroine!

I suppose I should say at the outset that I am a HUGE fan of McKinney’s historical romances. All her stories I have read are wonderful. This was the first in the Van Alen sisters’ duology that tells the love stories of two sisters from a prominent New York family in the late 1800s. Both are superbly told tales with strong alpha male heroes and worthy heroines. I highly recommend them!

I always know when the hero
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Judith McNaught fans
4.5 stars

A great introduction to a new HR author I must try out again as soon as possible!

The story is refreshing in its choice of setting - New York in the 1870's - and although the story line itself isn't a new formula in big wide Romance-Land, it was still an entertaining read.

I won't say much to the plot, seeing that the premise of the story tells enough.

It's a beautiful story with a very high angst-factor, very much drama and much, much mis-communication between the hero and heroine.
"Wall Street called him the Predator."

Before discussing the book itself, I need to point out that the description on the back is very misleading. Please note that any plot developments mentioned in the following comments are from the very first chapters of the book. "He had bankrupted her fortune..." Ummm, yes and no. He did more or less bankrupt Alana (through her uncle who managed the money in trust after the death of her parents), but then Trevor did that to all the old-family New Yorkers
Having been a Judith McNaught fan for many years, I was looking forward to this book as it has been compared to her writing. Unfortunately, for me, it didn't work out that well and I actually remember reading this book years ago - didn't love it then or now. Alana and Trevor just had too many problems and issues. However, I did love the other characters - Trevor's sister Mara and brother Eagan and Alana sister Christal - all added nice dimension to the story. The setting is in New York - and ...more
Dorothy Downey
One of the most boring books I had the misfortune of reading. Hero and heroine are put on this earth to frustrate each other for the minutest and most trivial of reasons, again and again and again. Final two pages they declare their everlasting love for each other. Devoid of romantic love, devoid of sensuality this book pelts you with disagreements and misunderstandings and misinterpretations every other paragraph. When I finally finished it, and it took me two weeks to do so, I took an aspirin. ...more
Dec 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to D.G. by: Bekah
**2.5 stars**

This is my first historical romance set in Knickerbocker Manhattan post Civil War, so I enjoyed the setting a lot, even if I felt like slapping either of the main characters every other page. I've never seen a couple in romance so willing to misunderstand and hurt the other.

Let's start with the heroine, Alana, who is part of the Four Hundred, the New York elite, but dreams of being poorer because she thinks the life will be simpler and people will be nicer. *snort* This is a woman
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
oh I read this fabulous book so many years ago and loved Trevor and Alana's story. Alana is my kind of heroine, proper but strong, soft but determined. Trevor is my kind of hero, conflicted but never truly unkind, struggling but cannot help but have a soft spot for Alana.
Trevor asked Alana to marry him for his younger sister. Being rich but Irish, the younger sister was never going to be accepted by the snobbish polite society of New York City. But with Alana as her sister in law, the younger
Susan (the other Susan)
In Angstville, somebody's got a case of the Mondays... I went through a phase where I'd read any bodice ripper I could get my hands on. Discovering an author with real talent and an evident devotion to her craft became something to celebrate. But this lady specializes in the kind of unalieviated angst that I just can't enjoy in a sustainable way. If you're into heroes whose bitterness and anger shadow every moment but the final HEA; heroes who don't even deserve an HEA after all the abuse, ...more
Sarah Z
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Yes I gave it 5 stars, despite my issues with this book, but I can't help it. I still loved it. I just keep confirming the fact that I am an early 90s HR fan and the newer stuff just can't compare. Talk about an emotional roller coaster, sheesh!! If you love angst, then this book is for you. And I gotta say, I love an emotional, angsty read. However, this book could have been perfection if it was slightly less depressing. A few tweaks and it could have been an all time favorite. Well, it still ...more
Anna D.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored the angst in this book! I really enjoyed the deep wanting both the H/h had to be loved, understood, and accepted. Although they had a HEA in the end, the amount of emotional turmoil from the angst due to their insecurities, distrust, lying, and misunderstandings was not balanced out by happy things. As the story went on, I was so ready for the good feeling of when they finally get their HEA, but by the time it came the book was over. We were at 98% of the book before all negativity ...more

I gave up about 70% of the way, for I had enough of the anger and the repetitious arguments and the forced disagreements. Some people call that 'angsty', me I call it not being able to write angsty and confusing it with something else. This book is boring beyond human endurance. If you are to write a romance where your main couple constantly states their intention not to be together then perhaps you should not write a romance. Or while having your lovers be at each other's throats at the
This book was like plunging into a cold lake of emotional agony with only few breathers to make the experience bearable and not drown into the misery. It was too emotionally draining for me...and after that long cold almost-drowning experience you hope to receive some warmth in the form of their happily ever after...only to realize its already over before your blood has thawed. But the masochist that I am enjoyed the read as much as I detested it. The story begins with Alana's brave but failed ...more
Chantal ❤️
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. He was such a gentlemen and she a real lady. I loved how he saves her in the end. Really powerful.
Joanna Shupe
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps my favorite romance of all time. Knickerbocker New York, a tortured hero, and a heroine who's more than she seems. Love, love, love. I re-read this every year.
I don't think anyone has been more disappointed in this book than me
I wanted so much to love it, but it didn't let me.

I am going to focus more on the two main characters of L&L, because the story, no matter how far fetched, was quintessential historical romance and I quite liked it.
It takes place in New York around the late 1800s (I don't think a specific date was given) where blue blood all-American high society shunned the nouveau riche, despising their vulgarity and their tasteless
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I tried. I really did. The author repeats herself over and over. The word Knickerbocker must have been used 30 times in 3 chapters. The transition between paragraphs is choppy. The character's conversation is boring at best and forced at worse. The Irish character used the term "boy-o" over and over. The language was unimaginative and far to current for an historical romance. Hard pass.
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Ruth Leslie Goodman Roberson, well-known as Meagan McKinney gave up a thriving career as a biologist to become a full-time romance writer. She is author of over 20 critically acclaimed novels. Divorced, she lives with her two children in in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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You once told me there'd come a day when I would regret making you marry me. I do regret it now, Alana, with all my heart. For tonight I've seen the joy on a willing bride's face, and I regret that I was never able to see that on yours. I mourn the sorrow I now understand that I've brought to you, but if you leave me, I'll mourn my ow sorrow at losing you infinitely more. Let these words assure you that in this world of injustice, God's sword is ruthless upon the wicked. If I lose you, one man, THIS man, got what he deserved.

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