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Lair of the Lion

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  7,790 ratings  ·  368 reviews
“The Queen of paranormal romance.”
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A classic from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, Lair of the Lion is a dark-edged and enthralling take on the beloved “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. It is the breathtaking story of a beautiful, penniless aristocrat who promises herself to the handsome, powerful, mysterious, and not wholly human Don
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 2002)
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Finally. Oh don't get me wrong , this was not a bad read . It is good but during reading sometimes you suffer boredom which is a problem.
In general , it is a good one.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christine Feehan fans, Fans of Beauty and the Beast tale, Historical Paranormal Fans
Lair of the Lion is the first historical I've read by Christine Feehan. It's hard to believe I read my first Feehan book last January. Since then, I've glommed her backlist. She's one of my favorite authors now. This isn't one of my favorites, but it was a good, enjoyable book. I think my problem is, I really don't care for gothic romance, in general. I think too much time is built on going into the mystery and the dark forces out to get the heroine. I like my romance to focus on the attraction ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have probably skimmed through to the end if it was an e-book, but as it's audio, I just can't take the awkward phrasing and repetition. WE GET IT - he's TAWNY and CATLIKE. Like a LION. (Or pseudo-Italian: leone!) Tawny tawny tawny. I want to claw my OWN eyes out at this point.

And then she gets a whiff of a sickly-evil-malevolent spirit that makes her sick with its evil malevolence. See also: hearing a ring ringing in your ears, seeing with your eyes, etc. So many words wording around
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
A beauty and the beast tale set in the Italian mountainside and an indeterminate era, with the expected gothic, PNR and fantasy elements.

The h takes a long and arduous journey through icy mountain passes to reach the lands of the fabled and feared Don Nikolai DeMarco, who she feels is the only one capable of rescuing her beloved brother from the dungeons of an evil and avaricious neighbor. She has heard a lot of rumors about the H and his land, but nothing prepares her for the horrifying
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I was excited to begin this book for my local romance readers group because I'd heard many positive things about author Christine Feehan and the book appeared to be a new twist on the beauty and the beast theme (one of my personal favorites). Sadly, things didn't work out between me and author Christine Feehan (too much melodrama for me) and now I'm weary of beginning her vampire series (most of which I already own). Somebody please tell me this book was a fluke!

Isabella is a beautiful,
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love Beauty and the Beast
Lair of the Lion is a Beauty and the Beast story and one of my all time favorites! Christine Feehan is well known for her paranormal romance novels, but this book isn't part of any of her series.
This is a Gothic tale of a man cursed and the woman he traps in his castle.
I love this book very much and highly recommend it!
Tilly Slaton
Lair of the Lion is a fascinating paranormal romance rerelease by Christine Feehan.

As with most of Feehan’s books, Lair of the Lion is filled with lust, betrayal, rejection, mystery, enemies and jealousy. Would we have it any other way?

Isabella Vernaducci escaped a hunting party that was searching for her brother, and with only his help did she manage to elude the soldiers. Spending every cent, she desperately sought Nicholai DeMarco, the one man whom all other dons feared.

The curse that
Lover of Romance
Isabella is in desperate need to save her brother who has been captured and tortured, and goes to the only Don she knows that is powerful enough to help her. Full of courage and strength she heads up to his valley, rumored to be ridden with lions, she knows she could very well perish, but desperation and fear for her brother keeps her going forward until she makes it to his home...his lair. After meeting the rumored beast, Don Nicolaie DeMarco, she makes a pact with him, his help in rescuing her ...more
I've read this book 5 years ago and gave it 5 stars. Yesterday I decided to re-read, because I'm in a strange reading slump, thinking this will get me over it.

Oh man, was I wrong. I don't know why I ever gave it 5 stars. This story was utterly boring. The characters were one dimensional. The hero was pushing the heroine away all the time, then he changed his mind. The heroine was a goody-two shoes, always nice and smiling and beautiful and she had such a big heart. She couldn't say no to the
yeah..... that was dumb.

Couldn't connect with the characters, the writing wasn't the best, it was beyond cheesy and I don't mean the good cheese. I'm thinking moldy, stinky, maggot cheese.

It was super lame.

I'm not sure how I finished it, but I did.

Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book. I have always adored fairytales and Beauty and the Beast has to be one of my favourites. I loved this gothic and darkly sensual twist that Christine Feehan spun. From the very first sentence I was captivated by her amazing style of writing. This is my first, and certainly not my last of her books.


Everything about this book. The writing style. The characters. The history. The love. Everything was just amazing. I haven't read anything this good in a long while. Not only is it
Lair of the Lion has a painfully slow, meandering plot. I stayed with it for the creepy, gothic-like atmosphere that Ms. Feehan did quite well, as well as the sensual scenes. The slow pace was torture—not recommending.
5 stars

This is one of my favorite paranormal romance books ever! I love Christine Feehan's Dark series, but this book is honestly better than any of those, and that is saying something. I really wish she had a few more like this as standalones because it is such a good read that I have now re-read it several times and enjoyed it each time.

The story centers around a woman desperate to save her brother who has been condemned to death by a neighboring ruler; her only choice is to go into the lion's
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
I really enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I'd previously been a bit of a hit and miss with Feehan's writing. Mostly miss. See, I have this thing about men who are too controlling in books (in my opinion anyway, which sometimes differs greatly from that of others of the female persuasion). I know, for some, it makes their toes curl to be dominated and told what to do yada yada yada. But for me, it just makes me want to hurl something.

But in this book, although the male lead
This is the story of Isabella, a beauty, who had no home. Her life as she had known was gone. She had traveled to the Alps to see the mysterious and elusive Don Nikolai DeMarco. She intends to ask him to save her brother Lucca. A curse lives on; whereas everyone sees a lion- the Beast- she sees a man. Nikolai agrees to help Isabella if she stays with him and becomes his wife.

From the start, the mixing of two languages is everywhere: palazzo, castillo, padre, fratillo, cara mia, ... while it
3.5 stars

This book confused me right up until the end. I spent too much time trying to figure out if the hero was a shifter or just a man with a bad reputation. It was a strange book.

The heroine was likable and heroic. Too forgiving at the end, but I guess that was the point of the story. The hero was also likable, but a bit of a cold jerk at times. Yea I get that he is scared of the curse, but come on, you do not need to be the king of mixed signals. The shit he pulled after they first slept
It's a 2.65 stars book I guess? The historical details in the story are quite good (I'm not an expert, though), the main characters are pretty much okay and they behave in a way which suits their positions and their backgrounds, I'm not too fond of the female lead but she's agreeable so I'm okay with her. But I was annoyed by the endless angst by the end of the book, and the tortured male lead "I'm dangerous! Stay away from me! I can't marry you because I am going to hurt you!" routine is not ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I cannot with this book. I cannot. I cannot. I cannot. I CANNOT. I CANNOT.
I tried so hard to read this book in it's entirety and I physically cannot. I decided to take a chance on this book because of some good reviews saying the main character was strong and that this was an interesting take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale. Oh yes... it's definitely interesting . This book is just ughh. There is no character development. The main character acts like she's got priorities but one look
So... this book had me so anxious. Throughout the entire thing you think your getting a small glimpse or idea as to how it will end... distrust, burning at the stake, your betrothed attempting rip out your jugular like small prey... Well none of that ever happened. The ending was quite subtle and didn't really live up the to hype of the curse. Although I loved the ending I felt a little cheated about all that worrying for nothing.

Also this author has a way of dragging out the middle of her
Lynda Tatad
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lair of the Lion is one of Christine Feehan's non-Carpathian supernatural romance stories from 2002. This is her take on the Beauty and the Beast story, and I really enjoyed it overall. I had read it quite awhile ago, and forgotten about it. The library had it listed as a new copy, so I checked it out.

Isabella Vernaducci is an impoverished aristocrat whose brother Lucca is being held prisoner by Don Rivellio, whose had his eye on their lands for years. He is slated for death, and only the
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

I first read Lair of the Lion in its first release in 2002. I re read again about 6 yrs. ago. I rated it on Goodreads 4 stars but never wrote a review for it. Well I have downgraded Lair of the Lion to 3 stars and this is a generous 3 stars. I couldn't remember much of what the book was about even after reading it two prior times. That says a lot. I am a die hard Feehan Fan. I had to ask myself why I didn't remember most of this story?

My problem with the story is the curse
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, wasted-my-time
What 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
I adore this book. Feehan's writing style is perfectly suited for gothic novels. Although I generally hate how domineering her heroes are vs how limp her heroines are, this book is a huge exception. Right from the beginning they start out on even ground. The heroine is the beauty, strong and caring, with a solid streak of honesty that makes her stand out. The hero is the tortured beast who knows he shouldn't keep the heroine for himself but can't seem to walk away from her.

Everything about this
Renee Rearden
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cool new twist on the classic version of beauty and the beast. I got sucked into the story immediately. Isabella was so determined to save her brother. Making a difficult and frightening journey through dangerous lands prowled by lions was only the beginning of this tale. Isabella Vernaducci finally arrives at Don Nicolai DeMarco's home to ask for help. He agrees, if she'll marry him. She agrees. He puts a plan in motion to free Isabella's brother, and their odd courtship begins. ...more
For what it's worth, I really gave it a try.. like a 100 pages of a try to get into it. Turns out, adult romance is not my thing, and it was difficult to keep myself interested. I wasn't even looking forward for the raunchy stuff because I was bored. No, not even bored but just frustrated. The plot and the style of writing just weren't up to my preference. And well, that's all I have to say because I didn't finish reading it.
For me this story started out really strong, then the last two chapters it just fizzled out. The ending for me made no sense at all. I guess I have a thing for a story coming to a proper conclusion. I reread the last two chapters to make sure I fully understood. I was disappointed with the conclusion of the paranormal entity part and how that ended. Even fiction has to make sense to be good fiction. I gave this story a three stars rating because the beginning was so strong. I liked the story, ...more
Kathleen Stewart
I'll need to re read it again if I hope to give it the review it deserves, but it's one that I keep on my shelf to re read as needed, so far I've read it twice but not within the last couple years.
4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked both Nicolai and Isabella and their story was pretty good, keeping things suspenseful in a way that had me forging on in to the story to see how things work out.

Isabella is the daughter of a Don (an aristocrat and ruler over a certain amount of territory) but her family has fallen on hard times. A neighboring Don has been after her hand in marriage and their family's lands and wealth. He managed to get Isabella's brother in jail and the rest of her
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2010, 2008
Isabella Vernaducci is a desperate young woman, her brother has been committed of treason and been captured by the evil Don Rivellio the only thing Isabella can do it seek help from Don Nicolai DeMarco. She’ll do anything if he’ll just rescue her from from Don Rivellio hands. Although Isabella's brother used to tell her about the curse of Don Nicolai DeMarco’s family she never really believed the legend of the lions until she saw them and felt the malevolent spirit that stalks The DeMarco’s ...more
This is historical PNR by faboulous Chrisitne Feehan. And even though I really liked the story, the H/H and all the juicy gothic elements, I didnt get a historical feeling per se. I understand that it was supposed to be set in Medieval Italy but I didnt get the feeling. To me it felt as a "normal" fantasy book set in an unidentifiable time period.

The story actually had its hooks in me rather from the start. Nicolai DeMarco is a troubled man. He has all the responsibilities of being head of the
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 70 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series and Torpedo Ink. All of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received ...more
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“His hands framed her face again, his amber eyes alive with love, with tenderness. "I want to make a vow to you. I'll love you with everything in me. I'll bring you as much happiness as I can give you. But I cannot allow your death, not at my hands. You're more important than I am.” 0 likes
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