Monday, 12 August 2013

Book Review: The Lion's Embrace by Marie Laval

The Lion's Embrace
Author: Marie Laval
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication Date: 1 February 2013

Algiers, 1845. 

Arrogant, selfish and dangerous, Lucas Saintclair is everything Harriet Montague dislikes in a man. He is also the best guide in the whole of the Barbary States, the only man who can rescue her archaeologist father from the gang of Tuareg fighters that has kidnapped him. As Harriet embarks on a perilous journey across Algeria with Saintclair and Archibald Drake, her father’s most trusted friend, she discovers a bewitching but brutal land where nothing is what it seems. Who are these men intent on stealing her father’s ransom? What was her father hoping to find in Tuareg queen Tin Hinan’s tomb? Is Lucas Saintclair really as callous as he claims—or is he a man haunted by a past he cannot forgive? Dangerous passions engulf Harriet’s heart in the heat of the Sahara. Secrets of lost treasures, rebel fighters, and a sinister criminal brotherhood threaten her life and the life of the man she loves.

Does forever lie in the lion’s embrace?

My Review

Harriet Montague has to turn to Lucas Saintclair for help in rescuing her kidnapped father from Tuareg fighters. Lucas is callous and selfish, with a distinctly rakish attitude. But there's more than meets the eye to him. As Lucas leads Harriet deeper into the desert, passions flare and danger is everywhere, even in unexpected places.

Harriet was a strong and feisty woman, she's not your average miss. She is the daughter of a celebrated archaeologist and has learned much from her father. The journey to rescue her father doesn't daunt her, despite the perils and hardships that she will have to endure. That being said, she does occasionally cross into the 'too stubborn' territory. Sure, I want her to be strong and determined, but sometimes she was so determined that she would refuse to see what was right in front of her. Overall though, she's very likable and I definitely admired her resilient spirit.

Lucas sounds like an arrogant and ruthless man, who only looks out for himself, but there is a lot more to this roguish man. There's a lot of tragedy and guilt in his past, that has shaped him into the man he is. He finds himself drawn to Harriet's beauty and independent spirit, despite his reluctance to open his heart.

Lucas and Harriet had a great chemistry. Their romance certainly had it's ups and downs, and it had a rocky start, but their love was stronger for it.
The plot was an adventure full of deception and romance, and it was intricately woven to come together in the end.  Unfortunately it could also drag a bit at times, and I felt that the pacing was too slow in some areas.

Overall, The Lion's Embrace is an adventure with a burning passion at it's heart. The hero and heroine were both likable and had plenty of depth, and I'll be keeping an eye out for future books from the author.

I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!

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