Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the bold English conqueror was called “the Black Lyon” for his lionlike ferocity. He had no match among enemies, or women…until he met Lyonene, the green-eyed beauty whose fiery spirit equaled his own.
Through a whirlwind romance and stormy marriage, she endured every peril to be by his side, until vicious lies and jealousy drove her into danger. Now only the fierce Black Lyon can save her—for he alone has the courage to destroy the ruthless plot threatening to shatter the bond of love the Lyon and his lady vowed would never be broken…
This is my first book by Jude that I’ve read, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think what first drew me to this book was its beautiful medieval cover – vain yes, I know, but it’s true – plus it was a medieval tale, a story set in this time which I haven’t read for a while.
Lyon and Ranulf were both lovely characters. However, Ranulf had a black temper, such a severe one that is appears quite often, which I wasn’t too fond of that side of him, especially when he strikes her and bloodies her lip and forces her on their wedding night. At that time, his anger was misguided as he thought Lyon done him wrong through untrue lies of a young neighbor of hers, but yet I do not agree with his actions.
After he realizes that Lyon is innocent of any wrong doings and that she truly cares for him, not solely just for his title and wealth, his gentle and caring side appears. Years ago, he was done wrong by his wife, which this attributes to his attitude, but with Lyon, he slowly changes, he begins to smile and laugh more. Not only does he show her affection, he is also very protective of his lioness and very badly jealous of other men paying her attention – this also again stems from his first marriage.
Some of my favorite moments is when he hastily returns to her when she does not reply to his letter, he senses something troubles her and wishes to know what it is, when he rescues her from Ireland, and when their son arrived, even though he is a harden warrior who instills fear into his enemies, he was so gentle and enthralled with his son that it was beyond sweet.
Even though Ranulf had his bad moments, I felt like his good ones outweighed them, but only by a little as I don’t believe in the treatment he gave Lyon during the first days of their marriage. I don’t know if I would have been as forgiving as Lyon was, but that is just me.
I will say though that I had to read some of the dialog passages a couple times as the medieval phrases wording seemed somewhat backwards and jumbled to me, but I didn’t really mind it as I felt like it worked due to the time period as their language as different than what it is today.