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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
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
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.
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 : )
I liked the characters in this book and it had a good plot. It started off interesting but later in the book it all became exceedingly repetitive between Leila and Ismal. Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no.... Oh for goodness sake!!
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.
Ormai ho capito che Loretta Chase può darmi grandi emozioni e terribili delusioni: perciò affronto con diffidenza i suoi romanzi, e solo dopo aver letto un gran numero di recensioni. Bene, come completezza, interesse, coerenza questo (nonostante il titolo assurdo) può stare alla pari con il migliore che ho finora letto, 'Lord of Scoundrels', col quale condivide alcuni personaggi secondari; anzi, alla luce delle nuove informazioni, si chiarisce meglio il contesto della storia di Lord Dain e Jessica Trent. La protagonista, la pittrice Leila Beaumont, conquista il lettore con la sua intelligenza, la sua energia, la sua gentilezza d'animo e, una volta tanto, non basta uno sguardo dell'affascinante Ismael/Desmond per trasformarla in una completa pappamolla.
I habe Loretta Chase erst vor kurzem entdeckt und muss sagen dass ich Ihre starken dunklen Männer und Ihre selbstständigen Frauen, welche unter Ihrem sehr weiblichen Aussehen ein sehr Männlichen Geist haben.
Captives of the night ist der 2te Teil einer Serie:
- The Lion's Daughter (Berkley Sensation) - Captives of the Night - Lord of Scoundrels (Avon Romantic Treasure) - The Last Hellion - The mad earl's bride in Three Times a Bride
Als Leilas Vater ermordet und sie von Francis Beaumont gerettet wird verliebt sie sich in ihn. Um sie zu schützen damit sie nicht auf der Straße landet heiratet er sie und unterstützt sie in Ihrem willen Malerin zu werden.
Fast 10 Jahre später hat sich viel verändert. Sie ist eine sehr begehrte Malerin (unter anderem vom Comte d'Esmond), Francis jedoch ist den Drogen (Opium), dem Alkohol, dem Glückspiel und den Frauen verfallen und findet seine Freude in der Manipulation und dem Unglück anderer. Als er nach einem Streit mit Leila Tod aufgefunden wird fällt der erste Verdacht auf Sie. Comte d'Esmond und sie begeben sich gemeinsam auf die Suche nach dem echten Mörder, dabei entdecken sie nicht nur viele dunkle Seiten von Francis Beaumont, sondern sind auch gezwungen Ihre eigenen Mysterien zu Lüften. Auch die albanische Herkunft von Comte d'Esmond ist eine schöne Abwechslung zu anderen Romanen.
Die beiden Charaktere sind wieder einmal phantastisch, deren Liebesgeschichte entwickelt sich wunderschön, Loretta Chase schreibt flüssig und humorvoll, auch ist die Suche nach dem Mörder ist voller Rhythmus und Überraschungen.
Ein Wirklich gutes Buch! Viel Spass beim Lesen MBTM