The Lion's Daughter
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"Live the romance. Read Loretta Chase" –Christina DoddNew York Times bestselling, award-winning author Loretta Chase’s first full length Regency Historical Romance!Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge –even if it leads to her own. Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely (and very reluctant) hero!Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable looks, charm and wits. All he wants is the good life, and instead, he finds himself in rough country, with a tempestuous whirlwind of a female who's as savage as he's civilized. How did this termagant become his responsibility? And how can he escape?! Yet as he and Esme plunge headlong into even more peril, he may surprise even his own jaded self and become the man that Esme (foolishly) believes he is!
the Lyons daughter
Good story loved characters, action and romance will read it again
An unusual location for a true-to-period Regency
One of the things that endeared the author to her earliest readers was a new location, unseen previously. Most Regencies are set in England, with occasional novels set in the Peninsular Wars, or in Belgium, or in France: mostly wartime settings, those last.
Loretta Chase brought us heroines from exotic places far from London's glittering haut ton--and we loved them.
I see a bit of Heyer's Léonie, from These Old Shades, in Esme. Seldom in a Regency do you find a young boy as a major character driving any real action.
I'm indulging in re-reading as many of this author's ebooks as I can get--especially since all my books from the last move four years ago are boxed & in storage.
I'm having a lot of fun. Enjoy 19th century Albania!