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4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 26 April 2015
Loved this from start to finish. My interest was aroused by the references to Esmonde's pursuit of Leila in Lord of Scoundrels and I was not disappointed by their story. I loved Esmonde's seduction techniques and his absolute refusal to give up on Leila; equally as much, I loved Leila's independence and refusal to be seen as 'a pathetic victim' of her pathologically unfaithful, positively Machiavellian husband. The story had it all - mystery, sexual tension, humour, hot love-scenes and a well-deserved happy-ever-after. Fabulous
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on 7 May 2013
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this - or not nearly as much as I did - because The Lion's Daughter mostly failed to grab me. However, Ismal made an unexpectedly spectacular hero and by the end of the story I was quite smitten.
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on 30 March 1998
This book is a sequel to the Lion's Daughter, where the Comte D'Esmond portrays the villian. He was such a good villian that I found myself rooting against him in the Lion's Daughter. Now in Captives of the Night, the boy Ismael returns as the sauve aritocrat Comte D'Esmond. He is the detective that is to prove or disprove that Leila murdered her husband. The reader knows that both characters have an entertwined past that neither character is aware of. Please read the Lion's Daughter also, you'll have a better understanding of Ismaels past crimes if you do. Both of these are wonderful novels. The never put down kind and potential keepers.
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on 4 January 2007
First comment about this book - the cover art seemed a bit odd. We have a man with a very modern haircut peeping through some bed hangings; he's got a definite five o'clock shadow but completely hairless arms and he looks like one of my friends who's a vicar in Swindon. He certainly doesn't look like an Albanian man masquerading as a French Count in 1829 - who is described as having blonde hair which is slightly overlong and amazingly blue eyes. Once again, the cover art of a Regency Mass-market Paperback lets us down - badly.

But on to the book, if you've managed to get past the awkward cover and actually purchased the thing. It's the story of the Comte D'Esmond, French nobleman, who appears to be trying to seduce Mrs Leila Beaumont, wife of Francis Beaumont. All of these characters appeared briefly in "Lord of Scoundrels" - Francis Beaumont being a very unpleasant man who spends his time in dissolute living; his wife, on the other hand, is an amazing artist and the sole of fidelity.

Until Francis is murdered and she is the chief suspect. Fortunately she is acquitted of the murder, with the help of the Comte D'Esmond, but then it becomes clear to her that she must try to find out who actually did kill her husband, in case that person tries to murder someone else. So she goes to a figure in authority - who puts the Comte D'Esmond on the case. But is he quite who he seems?

The characters in this book are many layered. The Comte is decidedly not as he appears on the surface but he guards his secrets incredibly well. Leila Beaumont has been emotionally damaged by her husband and can't trust men at all - when she realises how many secrets the Comte is keeping she knows she can't trust him either. And yet they have to work together and she slowly begins to unpick his story and find out more about him, much against his will.

There's not a great deal of action in this book apart from small movements as the Comte and Leila move around her artists studio, picking up paintbrushes, sitting down on a chair, that kind of thing. No long carriage journeys or gunfights, it's like a still-life painting where the subjects provide all the visual interest by just being themselves. It's well written, particularly in the Comte's way of speaking English with a foreign flavour, but I did find my attention straying sometimes because of the lack of action and because there was always something more being unveiled - what you thought was true seemed to change on a very regular basis as Leila finds out more. The book definitely picked up in interest towards the end although I was very fearful about the Big Misunderstanding that was trailed from about a third of the way through - fortunately the author did something rather better with this than you would usually expect in this kind of novel. Overall her characters were different and interesting and I did enjoy the book, if sometimes getting a little confused by all the different characters and finding their focus on the murder plot a little irritating.
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on 27 June 1999
One of Chase's other books contained a reference to the characters in this one. She said something to the effect of, "the husband lusts after d'Esmond, who's after the wife, who only wants to be left alone to paint". Right then, I wanted to read about Leila and d'Esmond, and Chase didn't disappoint with their appearance here.
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VINE VOICEon 27 May 2006
I'm so glad that this book has been re-issued. OK, so it's not quite as good as Lord of Scoundrels (but I've yet to find another historical romance to top that absolute gem of a read) but it still merits 5 stars. It's best to read The Lion's Daughter first in order to really appreicate Ismal's complex character. Loretta Chase is just a superb writer - I love the way she manages to write emotional or erotic scenes with that underlying thread of humour. Her books are never corny or sickly sweet.

For anyone who wondered about Esmond and Leila Beaumont in Lord of Scoundrels (and how he knew about the sinister goings-on at the 28 club) this book is a must. A beautiful and sophisticated love story.
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on 24 November 2007
The Lion's daughter is weak in comparison to its sequel, Captives of the Night.
The characters are well defined and far more interesting and the plot more exciting.
I was rooting for Ismael even in the first book as I thought the main male protagnonist boring and whimpy.
It is as well that Ismael waited for Captives of the Night for his heroine because Esme did not deserve him.
A much more exciting and interesting heroine matched him in Captives of the Night.
I must confess I can barely remember what happened in the Lion's Daughter even though I only read it a couple of months ago. I also passed on the book soon as I finished it but kept back the Captives of the Night to read again.
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on 16 March 2013
I've read this book several times now and each time I enjoy it immensely! The characters are perfectly written and the mystery they work together to uncover is gripping. The balance of romance suspense and humour is a wonderful mixture, I look forward to my next reading : )
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on 13 July 2014
I really enjoyed this book.The hero and heroine are well matched and although there are numerous references to the heros -not so heroic - appearence in a previous book this does not in any way spoil the enjoyment of this one.The changes in his character are understandable and his previous mistakes make him more human.The heroine Leila has a great artisic temperament right down to throwing things ! Which is how she gets into trouble when her far from nice husband is murdered .The mysterious Comte d'Esmond - who had been instramental to her husband losing control of his criminal network in Paris is called upon to quietly find out the truth of the matter.Leila being a strong minded lady decides that she is helping as her reputation is on the line and her portrait painting would suffer if she is invovled in scandal
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on 30 August 1998
Very few authors make their previous villains into heroes and Lorreta Chase does a wonderful job of turning a dastardly villain into a hero to die for. The Comte d'Esmond has become a human being where the reader of the Lion's Bride could find little humanity in the boy Ismael. I have since read this book several times. Even when I lost my copy I went out of my way to buy another one.
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