Series: Crown's Spies #1
Published by Pocket Books on 12/1/1988
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
A daring lady meets a dashing lord with the soul of a pirate in this classic Regency romance novel from bestselling author Julie Garwood.
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 posess her...
But the fiesty 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!
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood is definitely an oldie, but it’s one that I always enjoy reading (this is like the zillionth time I’ve read this).
The Lion’s Lady is about Christina, born of the nobility, but raised by the Dakota in America. Christina is definitely my favorite part of this novel. She comes back to England for REASONS, but her heart lies with her adopted family in the U.S. She is an expert at evading questions about her life, and when needs be, she will lie. But she is really a genuinely nice and honest young woman. Christina is intelligent, knows how to use a weapon, and isn’t one to cry in the corner. She is also vulnerable and soft. But whenever anyone threatens anyone in her family, even her mean-spirited aunt, Christina will go on the offensive, and that is a sight to see.
The love interest, Lyon the Marquis of Lyonwood, is a hero I liked a lot, but he isn’t a favorite. Lyon is taken with Christina from the moment he meets her, and he wants to learn all her secrets. He realizes immediately that Christina is hiding something and he just has to know her story. He’s strong, intelligent, and a bit haunted by his past. I love how Lyon wants to protect Christina, especially from her cruel aunt. However, at times his need to protect Christina turns him into snarling bear, and I didn’t love that. A few times he downright pissed me off with how he yelled at Christina. Christina stood up to him, and certainly he was struggling with his feelings towards her, but still. It was a bit frustrating.
The setup of the story is a little long, in my opinion, and I usually skip it when I reread (I didn’t this time because I was listening to the audiobook). But once the actually story starts, I can never put The Lion’s Lady down. The highlight for sure is Christina, but Lyon is pretty swoony, and the secondary characters are endlessly entertaining. If you’re a historical romance fan, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.