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Lair of the Lion
Christine Feehan

Avon / HarperCollins Publishers
Jan 31, 2012 / ISBN 978-0062021359
Paranormal Romance

Reviewed by Linda Young

It was said that Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding, and that he was doomed to kill the woman he took for his wife. It was whispered that he was not wholly human – as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.

Broke and desperate, aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She would even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion – the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

Isabella sold some of her mother’s jewels to make the trip to talk to the infamous Don DeMarco. She braved snowstorms and rocky cliffs, and risked being attacked by the lions that were said to roam the lands of the Don. It was said that those who had braved the journey before her had never returned. However, Isabella had no other choice. This was her last chance to save her brother. If she failed at this, she failed him.

When Isabella arrived at the palazzo she had no idea of the dark secrets and powers that lurked inside. But once she met the beast that everyone feared, Isabella only saw the man that ruled his domain. She promised herself that she would do whatever it took to save her brother, and so she struck a bargain with the Don to become his wife and in exchange the Don would save her brother. The one thing she hadn’t counted on was falling in love with the Don. She did not fear him as everyone else did. But the question is will she survive to see her brother again and fulfill her end of the bargain.

Christine Feehan is quickly rising to the top of my list of favorite authors. Lair of the Lion is one of my favorite reads for this year. It keeps you on the edge of your seat at every turn of the page. You never know what’s going to happen next. Feehan has woven a mystical story here that keeps you reading to see what Isabella will have to deal with and how she will do it. In Don DeMarco’s world, not all is as it seems. There is a mystery to be solved if Isabella is to fulfill her bargain with the Don. Can you solve it before she does?

This is a great book. I couldn’t put it down. I fell asleep with the book in my hand more than once. It won’t disappoint you. Give Lair of the Lion a try.


Reviewer's Note: Strong sexual content, adult language
Reviewed 2012