The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood Review

Happy Friday!! I’m so happy to finally get another review posted for y’all today. Enjoy!

~Blurb~

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 wild fire 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!

~Review~

Characters ~

Christina Bennett ~ Christina has been raised among the Dakota tribe. Now that she’s grown she’s traveled to London. Because of her upbringing, she’s fierce and strong, and it’s fun to watch her pretend to be frightened. But, she’s also sweet. And she’s smart but naive about some things due to her lack of being around society for very long. This makes for some comical and entertaining scenes.

The Marquess of Lyonswood, “Lyon” ~ He’s wise and often knows just how to deal with Christina to bring her down from a tirade. He’s also fiercely protective, sometimes to a fault. But I was completely here for his brand of protectiveness. He has a heart for others and is loyal to his friends.

Side Characters ~ The was a wide range of side characters. I particularly loved Lyon’s closest friend, and even the ruffians Christina joins for a quick card game were entertaining.

Plot ~

Christina’s whole reason for traveling to London revolves around a revenge plot. When she gets old enough, the mother that raised her gives her the diary of her birth mother. In this diary, the cruelty of her birth father is mapped out. Her mother left her with a final request concerning her father.

This revenge plot doesn’t directly concern Lyon, but the fact that Christina is hiding something, and he can’t figure out anything about her background does.

Setting ~

This is set in the Regency period, so it’s fun watching Christina navigate the ton with her background.

The Romance ~

Christina and Lyon are both besotted with each other. It’s clear. But, they’re both keeping secrets, so that adds a bit of tension between them. And there’s the fact that Christina’s a known princess, but she has no desire to accept a thing from her father. She fears that that might affect how Lyon sees her. They’re a lot of fun together, and their conversations are full of wit. There’s no cheating or triangles, and they get their HEA.

The Writing ~

The story was a rather unique one, and the pacing was never slow for me. It kept me intrigued and constantly flipping the pages.

Quote (after their marriage) ~

Aunt Harriett wrapped Christina in a suffocatingly affectionate hug, then released her. “Be gentle this night,” she instructed Lyon.

“I shall.” It was Christina who gave the promise.

Both Lyon and his aunt looked at her. “She means me, Christina,” Lyon said dryly.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Christina and Lyon. It was intriguing and very entertaining. 4.5 Stars!

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I was particularly drawn to the Native American aspects of the story, and I love reading about the lives of different tribes. Do you have a rec for me?

Happy Reading,

Alison

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