The Lion’s Embrace by Marie Laval

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Publication Date: February 2, 2013
Historical RomanceArrogant, 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?

Excerpt:

“Oh, my God,” Harriet breathed out. She glanced around, but nobody was

paying the two men the slightest notice. There was no time to think, a man’s life

was at stake. With a muffled cry she hurled herself at the tall stranger, jumped on

his back, and hooked her arms around his neck.

He let out a roar of anger and swirled round to shake her off, but she wrapped

her legs more tightly around his waist.

Bon sang! Qu’est-ce que…”

He dropped the dagger, twisted his body, and managed to grab her waist to

slide her to the front so she was now against his chest. Aware she was losing her

grip she lunged forward and sank her teeth into his shoulder.

He growled, held her at arm’s length, and threw her off. She fell on the

cobbles. The turban softened the impact to the back of her head, but a vicious pain

at the bottom of her spine made her cry out. The man swore in French. Although

she only caught a few words, she understood he was angry. Very angry. His victim

had escaped.

She let out a sigh of relief. She had done it. She saved a man’s life. Her joy,

however, was short-lived. The Frenchman leaned over, picked her up by the collar

of her tunic, and lifted her as if she was no heavier than a bundle of cloth. The

savage glint in his eyes dried her throat; her heart hammered against her ribs.

“Please, don’t hurt me,” she pleaded, breathless.

His eyes opened wide in shock.

Since when did Tuareg fighters speak fluent English? Come to think of it, since when did they smell of Damascus rose soap?

He peered more closely at the face in front of him and saw two large, grey eyes bordered with long, dark eyelashes and the tip of a small nose above the dark blue scarf. He recalled the odd sensations when the soft, curvy body had thrust against

him earlier. This wasn’t a Tuareg fighter at all, it was a … He ripped the headdress

off and a mass of thick, honey blonde hair tumbled out.

“A woman? I thought as much. Who are you?” he asked in English. “What the

hell did you think you were doing just then?” He shook her a little, not to hurt her,

but enough to give her a fright.

The woman didn’t answer.

“You’re not so bold now, are you?” He narrowed his eyes, smiled his meanest

smile, and was satisfied to hear her helpless cry. She had cost him days of patient

stakeout. Now, because of her, Rachid was free to sell the map to the highest bidder. And he knew exactly who that would be.

“Maybe you want to take another bite?” he snarled, pointing to his shoulder.

“No,” she whispered.

“Actually, maybe I’ll be the one to take a bite. You look appetizing enough.”

He lifted her closer, until his mouth almost touched hers, and he felt her warm

breath on his skin.

Review:
This book was given to me by the author and PRATR for an honest review. This is a romantic adventure that was written very well.Harriet is a quiet and reserved young woman who has to go after her father when he is kidnapped. Lucas Saintclair is an arrogant man who is helping Harriet find and rescue her father. LUcas and Harriet both make assumptions about each other only to figure out they are a lot alike. Reading about the adventures they had in the Sahara was very interesting and I learned a few things. The characters are well written and very real feeling. Any one looking for a romance with adventure and history will definitely be happy with this book I give it 4 fangs.
Review 2:
I got this book as a gift from Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock for an honest review. Let me start with I don’t usually read this type of book I always get bored since its historical and that usually puts me to sleep. BUT LET ME TELL YOU! I will read any book that Marie Laval comes out with! I started reading this and was instantly hooked. I’m not really good at describing books so I’m just going to say it’s kind of like the movie The Mummy staring Brendan Fraser minus the mummies. The book starts out with Harriet Montague’s desperate to find Lucas Saintclair, who is the best guide around, to help her get to her father who has been taken hostage by gang of Tuareg fighters.  Harriet with the help of Archibald Drake, her father’s most trusted friend, Lucas Saintclair and his marry men set out to find her father.  I give this book 5 fangs because if there were a next book I’d be all over that it’s not even funny. If you like adventure, mystery, fights, and hot steamy guys in the desert you will love this book.   
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Posted on January 31, 2014, in Paranormal Romance & Author's That Rock. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you so much for your post and for your review. I am delighted that you liked the novel.

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