Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco 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.
The Beauty . . .
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.
The Bargain . . .
Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she’d save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life.
“Lair of the Lion” is a wonderfully dark take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast that lovers of Beauty and the Beast as well as paranormal romance’s are sure to love.
Isabella is an independent woman that is used to doing things her own way, but she must give that up in order to save her beloved brother. She is a beautiful and courageous character that fits the roll of beauty perfectly. Her character had a lot of depth that drew me into the story and made me feel for her as a character. I loved going on this journey with Isabella and felt that it brought out the true themes of Beauty and the Beast very well.
Nicolai was a wonderfully dark and mysterious character that had so many facets to his personality. I got to see the different sides to him gradually throughout the story and fell in love with him just as Isabella does.
For a wonderfully dark take on a classic tale check out “Lair of the Lion” by Christine Feehan.