The Lion's Lady

The Lion's Lady

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by Julie Garwood, Susan Duerden
     
 

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Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her….

But the feisty and defiant

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Overview

Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her….

But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses. She dared not surrender to his love…for then, she must also forsake her precious secret…and her promised destiny!

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Johanna Lindsey Outstanding...wonderfully unique in plot and characters, and beautifully told...delightful.

Judith McNaught A beautiful love story. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491512111
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Crown's Spies Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,207,920
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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From Chapter Three

The Countess reluctantly left Christina's side when Lord Baker offered her his arm. Christina was able to discourage three well-meaning gentlemen from ushering her into the dining room by pretending an errand in the washroom above the stairs. When she returned to the first floor, she saw that the drawing room was empty of guests. The solitude proved irresistible. Christina glanced over her shoulder to make certain she wasn't being observed, then hurried to the opposite end of the long, narrow room. She'd noticed a balcony beyond a pair of French doors nestled inside an arched alcove. Christina only wanted to steal a few precious minutes of bli

Her hope was in vain. She'd just made it to the alcove when she suddenly felt someone watching her. Christina stiffened, confused by the feeling of danger that swept over her, then slowly turned around to face the threat.

The Marquess of Lyonwood was standing there, lounging against the entrance, staring at her.

The lion was stalking her. She shook her head, denying her own fanciful notions, yet took an instinctive step back at the same time. The scent of danger was still there, permeating the air, making her wary, confused.

Lyon watched her for a good long while. His expression was intense, almost brooding. Christina felt trapped by his dark gaze. When he suddenly straightened away from the wall and started toward her, she took another cautious step back.

He moved like a predator. He didn't stop when he reached her but forced her with his measured steps to back up through the archway and into the night.

"What are you doing, sir?" Christina whispered, trying to sound appalled and not too worried. "This isn't at all proper, is it?"

"No."

"Why, you've forgotten to make your presence known to our host," Christina stammered. "Did you forget your duty?"

"No."

She tried then to walk around him. Lyon wouldn't let her escape. His big hands settled on her shoulders, and he continued his determined pace. "I know you didn't speak to Lord Baker," Christina said. "Did you?"

"No."

"Oh," Christina replied, sounding quite breathless. "It is a rudeness, that."

"Yes."

"I really must go back inside now, my lord," she said. She was growing alarmed by his abrupt answers. His nearness was driving her to distraction, too. He'd confuse her if she let him, she told herself. Then she'd forget all her training.

"Will you unhand me, sir?" she demanded.

"No."

Christina suddenly understood what he was doing. Though she tried, she couldn't contain her smile. "You're trying to be as abrupt as I was with you, aren't you, Lyon?"

"I am being abrupt," he replied. "Do you like having all your questions answered with a simple yes or no?"

"It is efficient," Christina said, staring intently at his chest.

She'd mispronounced the word "efficient." Her accent had become more noticeable, too. Lyon assumed she was frightened, for he'd also caught the worry in her voice. He slowly forced her chin up, demanding without words that she look at him. "Don't be afraid of me, Christina," he whispered.

She didn't answer him. Lyon stared into her eyes a long minute before the truth settled in his mind. "I don't worry you at all, do I?" he asked.

She thought he sounded disappointed. "No," she admitted with a smile. She tried to shrug his hand away from her chin, and when he wouldn't let go of her she took another step back, only to find a weak railing blocking her.

She was good and trapped, and Lyon smiled over it. "Will you please let me go back inside?" she asked.

"First we're going to have a normal conversation," Lyon announced. "This is how it works, Christina. I'll ask you questions, and you may ask me questions. Neither of us will give abrupt one-word answers."

"Why?"

"So that we may get to know each other better," Lyon said.

He looked determined enough to stay on Lord Baker's balcony for the rest of the night if he needed to. Christina decided she had to gain the upper hand as soon as possible.

"Are you angry because I'm not afraid of you?" she asked.

"No," Lyon answered, giving her a lazy grin. "I'm not angry at all."

"Oh, yes you are," Christina said. "I can feel the anger inside you. And your strength. I think you might be just as strong as a lion."

He shook his head. "You say the oddest things," he remarked. He couldn't seem to stop touching her. His thumb slowly brushed her full lower lip. Her softness fascinated him, beckoned him.

"I don't mean to say odd things," Christina said, frowning now. "It is very difficult to banter with you." She turned her face away from him and whispered, "My Aunt Patricia doesn't want me in your company, Lyon. If she realizes I'm outside with you, she'll be most displeased."

Lyon raised an eyebrow over that announcement. "She's going to have to be displeased then, isn't she?"

"She says you're too shrewd," Christina told him.

"And that is a fault?" Lyon asked, frowning.

"Too wealthy, too," Christina added, nodding her head when he gave her an incredulous look.

"What's wrong with being wealthy?" Lyon asked.

"You wouldn't be manageable." Christina quoted her aunt's opinion.

"Damn right."

"See, you agree with my Aunt Patricia after all," Christina returned. "You aren't like the others, are you, Lyon?"

"What others?"

Christina decided to ignore that question. "I'm not a paramour, sir. Aunt tells me you're only interested in loose women."

"You believe her?"" he asked. His hands caressed her shoulders again, and he was starting to have difficulty remembering what they were talking about. He could feel the heat of her through her gown. It was a wonderful distraction.

How he wanted to taste her! She was boldly staring up into his eyes now, with such an innocent look on her face, too. She was trying to make a mockery out of all his beliefs about women, Lyon decided. He, of course, knew better. Yet she intrigued him enough to play the game for just a little longer. There wasn't any harm in that, he told himself.

"No," Christina said, interrupting his thoughts.

"No, what?" Lyon asked, trying to remember what he'd said to her.

"No, I don't believe my aunt was correct. You're obviously attracted to me, Lyon, and I'm not a loose woman."

Lyon laughed softly. The sound was like a caress. Christina could feel her pulse quicken. She understood the danger now. Lyon's appeal could break through all her barriers. She knew, with a certainty that chilled her, he would be able to cut through her pretense. "I really must go back inside now," she blurted out.

"Do you know how much you confuse me?" Lyon asked, ignoring her demand to leave him. "You're very good at your craft, Christina."

"I don't understand."

"Oh, I think you do," Lyon drawled out. "I don't know how you've done it, but you've got me acting like a schoolboy. You've such a mysterious air about you. Deliberate, isn't it? Do you think I'll be less interested in you if I know more about you?"

Less interested? Christina felt like laughing. Why, the man would be appalled if he knew the truth. Yes, her aunt was right after all. The Marquess of Lyonwood was entirely too cunning to fool for long.

"Don't look so worried, my sweet," Lyon whispered.

She could see the amusement in his eyes. "Don't call me that," she said. Her voice shook, but it was only because of the strain of the pretense. "It isn't a proper law," she added, nodding vigorously.

"Proper law?" Lyon didn't know what she was talking about. His frustration turned to irritation. He forced himself to take a deep, calming breath. "Let's start over, Christina. I'll ask you a simple question, and you may give me a direct answer," he announced. "First, however, kindly explain what you mean when you say calling you sweet isn't a proper law."

"You remind me of someone from my past, Lyon. And I'm too homesick to continue this discussion." Her confession came out in a sad, forlorn whisper.

"You were in love with another man?" Lyon asked, unable to keep the anger out of his voice.

"No."

He waited, and when she didn't expound on her answer he let out a long sigh. "Oh, no, you don't," he said. "You will explain," he added, tightening his grip on her shoulders. "Christina, I've known you less than two hours, and you've got me tied in knots already. It isn't an easy admission to make," he added. "Can we not stay on one topic?"

"I don't think we can," Christina answered. "When I'm near you, I forget all the laws."

Lyon thought she sounded as bewildered as he felt. They'd circled back to her laws again, too. She wasn't making any sense. "I'll win, you know," he told her. "I always do. You can push me off center as many times as you like, but I'll always..."

He'd lost his train of thought when Christina suddenly reached up and trailed the tips of her fingers across the ragged line of his scar. The gentle touch sent shock waves all the way to his heart.

"You have the mark of a warrior, Lyon."

His hands dropped to his sides. He took a step back thinking to put some distance between them so he could cool the fire rushing through his veins. From the innocent look in her eyes, he knew she didn't have any idea of the effect she was having on him.

It had happened so suddenly, so overwhelmingly. Lyon hadn't realized desire could explode so quickly.

Christina took advantage of the separation. She bowed her head and edged her way around him. "We must never touch each other again," she said before turning her back on him and walking away.

Copyright © 1988 by Julie Garwood

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Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed — and popular — romance authors around, with thirty-six million copies of her books in print. She is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, and Slow Burn. She lives near Kansas City.

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Magensbay More than 1 year ago
This is my first reading of a Julie Garwood novel and it was great! I bought it on Tuesday and finish reading it on Thursday. The story was captivating and the love scenes "hot" and descriptive. I have always read only Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiwiss books and decided to branch out. Well, Julie Garwood is a great "branching out". I loved Christina. She is very endearing and the book gave us all a glimpse into how to be a loving spouse. All the characters were great and Lyon was exceptionally a supportive sexy husband. Since I do not re-read my novels, ever, this book is surely tempting me to break that rule!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Princess Christina is the main topic of gossip with everyone in London. The mysterious Princess is beautiful, warm and friendly. The people of London know virtually nothing about her. The love story is great, the sensuality is charmingly warm, and the various characters just seem to come alive on the page. The humor which constantly arises due the the contrasting cultures made me laugh all through the book. Christina and Lyon are both intelligent, likeable and strong. The lurking sense of danger which threads through the book makes the plot satisfying, and Christina's mother's journal entries (which start each chapter) are very poignant. I just love this book and would encourage anyone who loves the Regency genre to read it. Christina hides many secrets - particularly that she was raised by American Native Indians. At times, her presentation to and acceptance by London society seems a little stretched but it is such a great story that you overlook those little bits of non-reality. Lyon, The Marquis of Lyonwood, is a cynical and hard man. He has the usually rakish views of English historical romance in that he does not believe in love or even expect to meet a woman that could mean more to him than the physical side of a relationship. Christina is a very likable heroine. She is a little too sweet at times but I have found that this is typical for Garwood's heroines. But Christina was so ornery and stubborn to boot! She lied - constantly - to Lyon. Fortunately, he considered it endearing because he understood her reason for it. She is only attempting to cover up her background and I think she is mostly truthful at other times. It is so humorous how Lyon handles Christina's lies and her attempts to hide the truth by giving him vague answers to his specific questions. I love that Christina thinks of Lyon as a warrior. The relationship is certainly unusual for romance writing. There is none of the misunderstandings and bitter words so common in this type of book. We get to see their relationship from the beginning with an unusual twist. From the first moment, they both realize that their attraction to each other is strong and shared. They both attempt to avoid this mutual attraction in their own ways. As Christina and Lyon's relationship develops, we get to experience many wonderful scenes in which they live out, day to day, their love for each other. It is refreshing to not have fighting and disturbances between the romance leads up until the end of the book. We are given time to relish their relationship. Amazing read!    
DelightedNovela More than 1 year ago
I do enjoy reading a good historical romance novel and this one is very very good. The prologue sets the story and completely pulls you in. I loved how Christina never let go of her roots. Her character and personality is quite charming. This story is enthralling and not disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Julie Garwood's finest novels. I couldn't put it down. It was funny and enchanting, i won't ever forget this one. Christina and Lyon make this story of intrigue and deception memorable. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved both of the main characters. Interesting plot take on a standard romance novel storyline, with some very cute and funny moments throughout. This is one of my staples I go to again and again when I want a quick fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book by this author. I think I have read it at least 20 times and am still not tired of it. She is normally a good author but not one of my favorites. But she did very, very well with this one. It is definitely worth the money.
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
I think I've read all of Garwood's books and intend to read every one she writes! Another author I recently discovered has knocked me off my feet! EXPLOSION IN PARIS by Linda Masemore Pirrung is just about the most rewarding, fascinating, charming, and suspenseful book I've read in a while! I can't wait for her next one and am hoping as her reviewers are, that there is a sequel to this one!!! Check out her reviews!!! They HOOKED me big time!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book opens with a very promising story but as the characters play out you feel as though the book trails off. You never really get attached to the characters. Lyon is a strong male but Christina is almost irriatating. She goes from being strong to weak to almost annoying. The romance and passion that you would expecct in this type of book was never really there as I read page after page. I honestly had to stop reading the book. I just didn't enjoy the story. It wasn't interesting or suspenseful. I read the other reviews so I was completely shocked because I was anticipating a great read yet I was very disappointed. If you have never read a Julie Garwood book skip this one. It's not worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Great! Christina claims the Dakota people as her family even though she has Blue eyes and Blonde hair. Anyway she is going on the biggest adventur of her life, returning to England and facing the Evil that murdered her mother and countless others. While she is adjusting to her new role she finds Lion a man after her own heart. Together they face her father and fall in love (Of course :))
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many romance novels, mysteries, etc. over the years. But Julie Garwood is the best. Her stories have made me sad and glad, actually laughing out loud. Whenever I'm a little down, I re-re-re-read 'The Lion's Lady'. It has so many laughs, it just brightens up the whole world. Keep on doing what your doing Julie Garwood, your the best. Of all her books, I love the old stories the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood is one of those near-perfect heros, a memorable character to be sure. He was great and the story was great, but I did expect to meet Christina's family. I think the author intended for Christina to be a strong woman, but honestly, she didn't quite live up to it. All in all, though, this was a GREAT book. And, ladies, if you really want to read a GREAT book, try THE ROSE OF ENCHANTMENT by Kathryn Bender. This one book is better than all Ms Garwoods books put together! And I love Ms Garwood!
Guest More than 1 year ago
O.k., first let me start off by saying that Julie Garwood cannot write a bad novel. I have read almost all of them and have enjoyed every single one. This book was no exception. But, (you knew this was coming) this book was not at the top of my list. I just couldn't connect with these characters like I have with other characters of Julie's. I did not relate to Christina at all, but that is more my problem than the character's. I also felt as if the ending was very rushed. It went so fast, I had a hard time keeping up and wished for the sake of the characters, we could have had more conversation and interacting rather than just a quick third-person, matter-of-fact narrative. I don't want anyone to think I disliked the book. I enjoyed reading it, but just wished I had gotten more involved with the story-line as I have with almost all of Garwood's books. In the end, I do recommend this book. If you buy it, you won't be disapointed. I also HIGHLY recommned any of Garwood's mid-evil novels. Those are my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS MY FIRST JULIE GARWOOD NOVEL. I FELL IN LOVE WITH HER AND THIS BOOK. BUT I MUST SAY EVEN THOUGH I HAVE READ MANY OF HER BOOKS THIS ONE TOPS THEM ALL. THE CHARACTERS HAVE THE MOST HUMORING CONVERSATIONS AND JULIE REALLY CAPTURES THE SPARKS THAT FLY BETWEEN THEM. READ THIS BOOK AND YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
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Another great book by garland. Like all her books there is humor with the drama. This was one of her better ones. I book worthy of a second read.
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Enjoyed the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had elements of all the things I don't like: prologue, dream sequence, tandem storyline from the past, - and it was all woven flawlessly into a magnificent story! Thought provoking, humorous, sexy, it's all here, just enough angst, just enough intrigue, just enough tears. All of this wrapped around characters you will love, love, love...and hate to leave when the last page is turned. If you believe as I do that good writing equals good reading: enjoy!
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Cops
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will appeal to readers of historical romance another 20 years from now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Ms. Garwood. It is about 900 pages. The story is intriguing. The male is titled and Alpha male. The female is determined. Great love story and the lead people are smart and work together well. The story held my interest throughout. The romance will not disappoint. I enjoy stories where the male is Alpha, smart, and wealthy.