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Christine Feehan
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4 Oct 2012

Rumour says the powerful Nicolai DeMarco can command the heavens, that the beasts below do his bidding . . . and that he is doomed to destroy the woman he takes as wife. It is whispered he's not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.

Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She'll even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion - the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

Then Isabella meets a man whose growl is velvet, purring heat, and whose eyes hold dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commands her to become his bride, she goes willingly into his muscled arms, praying she'll save his tortured soul . . . and not sacrifice her life.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0749958456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958459
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 30 novels published and has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive and sensual 'Dark' Carpathian tales. She has received numerous honours throughout her career including being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA, and receiving a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times, and has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, and large print.

Visit her website at: www.christinefeehan.com


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In Lair of the Lion, Christine Feehan adds a gothic twist to the classic fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast' in this eerie and engrossing nineteenth century romance.

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Rumour says the powerful Nicolai DeMarco can command the heavens, that the beasts below do his bidding . . . and that he is doomed to destroy the woman he takes as wife. It is whispered he's not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.

Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She'll even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion - the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

Then Isabella meets a man whose growl is velvet, purring heat, and whose eyes hold dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commands her to become his bride, she goes willingly into his muscled arms, praying she'll save his tortured soul . . . and not sacrifice her life.

'Her spitfire heroine, tormented hero, their dark and highly sexually charged relationship are so enthralling that I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed in the story'

Romantic Times


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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic and surreal 24 Nov 2002
By Farfalla VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lair of the Lion is a wonderful gothic romance by Christine Feehan. She bends the genre of gothic by including a supernatural element (which is explained away at the end of most gothic lit.) Isabella comes to the dnagerous lands of Nicolai DeMarco, a Don that visitors do not see. His family has been cursed, or blessed with the ability to become a lion and to control the beasts that they legendarily rescued from the Roman beast pits. The present Don also appears to be a lion all of the time to his people. But when Isabella comes, she sees him as he is, a man.
Isabella has come to the valley, asking him to rescue her brother from the dungeons of their neighbor. She is all alone, and her families lands have been confiscated. She comes to the Don as a petitioner, but his price for his help is marriage.
This is a great Beauty and the Beast addaptation. (Dark and Dangerous castle, girl learns to sees the person inside the monster, fall in love, curse is broken.) Even though you know there will be a happy ending, there is a wonderful job of creating suspense, tension and danger. You know how one of the bad guys is, but not all of them. People are hiding secrets, and you learn disconcerting information as you go through the book. A wonderful story told in a wonderful way.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feehan's best!! 23 Nov 2002
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I know everyone utterly adore's Christine Feehan's Carpathian Saga's, and I am a fan as well, but I think she really shows her true talent in The Scarletti Curse and now this this one.
She single-handedly brings Gothics back into fashion with an updated style, giving us the brooding hero, the fearless heroine and all the spooky shadows guaranteed to keep the readers on the edge their seats.
The story is basically a beauty and beast redo...the cursed Don Nicolai DeMarco doomed to destroy the woman he marries and Isabella Vernaducci defying everything to save, first her brother, and then the man she loves.
Feehan breathes life into the faded Gothics and Faerytales alike and I say MORE MORE MORE!!
So fans of the old series Beauty and the Beast - here is a treat for you!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christine does it again 17 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I admit to being a fan of Christine Feehan's 'Dark' series. This however does not detract from the fact that yet again she has written a book that kept me glued to the pages. I recently heard about her gothic romances and couldn't wait to try them and this one did not fail to please me. Christine writes so that her characters become as real to me as my own friends and family. Even minor characters such as an incompetant maid are written in with finesse and an understanding of human failings. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes either gothic romance or the old tales of Beauty and The Beast. Well worth the money spent on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lair of the Lion 7 Jun 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you love Christine Feehan, then this is a must for you.
The characters are larger than life.
Hero is the usual domineering male, that we have come to know and love, and the heroine is the usual feisty female.
This is set in the past.
I loved the book.
And as it stands on it's own, you don't need to worry about the follow on story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lair Of The Lion 12 Feb 2008
By Seliin
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"THE BEAUTY
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. Though fear formed a fist around her heart, she'd even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion of the lion - the menacing palazzo of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco....

THE BEAST
Rumor said the powerful don could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding ..... and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes."

I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to give this book full 5 stars, but decided to do so in the end. Why not sure ? Well ....
The story is very catchy. The characters very well described and introduced to the reader. The mood throughout the book is quite dark, which I enjoyed immensely. What I did not enjoy was the overly "colorful" love-scenes. I have read Christine Feehans' Dark series and loved them. It is not at all like her to be that "aggressive" with those scenes. Generally I do not have a problem with those, however I did not find them fit for this particular story, or maybe they were just done the wrong way.
To keep this short, I do not at all feel like I have wasted my time reading this book, despite for a few unfitting pages. I loved the story, the characters and the mood of the book. The book is definitely recommended !!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very hard work and not worth the effort!! 18 Aug 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to disagree with the other reviewers about this book! It took me weeks to get throught it. Normally I read a book in one or two days but found myself putting this book down and starting a different one. I soldiered on thinking that the story might make a change for the better but it didn't. Hard work with little reward.I have all of CF's carpathian novels and this just does not compare.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - a marvellous masterpiece 19 Sep 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Christine Feehan does it again. Isabella and Nicolai and strong main characters and interact beautifully with the other support characters in the book. The story keeps you gripped to the last page. I read it in one go, staying up to 3.00am as I had to find out the ending. I then reread the next day! The setting and the interaction between the natural environment and the supernatural as well as the intrigue and plots was great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I ever read.
I will remember this book for years - and I have read hundreds of books. Castle. foreign land, unusual tale. Love story. One you wont forget - that`s for shore. Read more
Published 5 months ago by olivetree
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again I must compliment this seller for the condition of this book. Actually I have had a lot of compliments from friends and family about being on Amazon and being able to get... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Jeanne Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
was very happy i was able to get this book again. and i was pleased that its an easy buy
Published 12 months ago by miss p
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
i yet again cannot fault Christine feehan as the book kept me intrigued to the end, I would recommend this book to my friends.
Published 13 months ago by sarah betteridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Lair of the Lion - Brilliant book
All I have to say is that i just couldn't put this book down. Readers will love this book too.
Published 14 months ago by nitika
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
This was another good love story with a twist from Christine. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I hope she writes more in this series.
Published 16 months ago by Janeen
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read. But predictable and repetitive
I enjoyed reading but nowhere near as good as Christine's other work like the Carpathian series which has much better characters. A bad romance.
Published 17 months ago by Miss T. L. Gargiulo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lair of the Lion
I did like reading this story, as it was different from other Christine Feehan stories, I found it quite amazing storyline, as I like that kind of books with deep dark stories.
Published 18 months ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favourite
This is one I wanted to read again and decided to add to my kindle for keeps. Great for all ages
Published 19 months ago by Deborah Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and very cool
I read the Dark series and went for this book as I had read all the available Dark books. It's a different story evocative of beauty and the beast, full of magic and romance. Read more
Published 22 months ago by lemony
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