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4.00026709401709 out of 54.00026709401709 out of 54.00026709401709 out of 54.00026709401709 out of 54.00026709401709 out of 5 4.00 (3,744 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christine Feehan Narrator: Abby Craden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9780062135025
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The Beast . . .

Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding . . . and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human—as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.

The Beauty . . .

Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.

The Bargain . . .

Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she’d save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The rich beauty, dark mystery, and sensuality of the secluded mountainous region of Italy come to life as Christine Feehan tells the tale of aristocratic Isabella Vernaducci...[She] is a magnificent storyteller.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “With its guileless heroine, masterful hero and mystical overtones, Feehan’s inspired retelling is likely to garner her the attention she deserves.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Gunn | 2/17/2014

    " I love the author who has an amazing imagination and the book is fantastic. The book is about a man who can shapeshift into a loin and falls in love with a woman who makes a bargain with the Lion man. Excellent read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/17/2014

    " This was a Beauty and the Beast fantasy story. Entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marissa | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favorite's by christine feehan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bibliophile Booklover | 2/10/2014

    " I wouldn't mind having Nicolai at all ^_^ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 2/9/2014

    " A version of Beauty and the Beast, if you will. It had some good moments, but overall the story dragged for the most part. I felt that it could have ended 10 chapters prior to when it did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/8/2014

    " I am a total sucker for any beauty and the beast tale, it is my favorite kind of romance. This book was Christine Feehan's telling and it had a gothic feel to it that I enjoyed very much. I would have given it 5 stars but it did get a little slow after the middle of the book; with the characters looking for every excuse to fall into bed with eachother it kinda lost it's dark and mysterious edge. However, it did pick back up by the last quarter and I was again unable to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/2/2014

    " I couldn't put it down. It was an awesome read that I'll probably read again.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen (Red Hot Books) | 1/30/2014

    " This book was kind of a rip-off of Beauty and the Beast, except for grown-ups. But holy-cow, was it sexy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 1/26/2014

    " I loved it! Can never get enough of Christine Feehan's imagination, passion and hot characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette Carson | 1/26/2014

    " Its like a sensous version of the beloved Beauty and the Beast didn't like the ending wish there had been closure for their siblings "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 1/24/2014

    " This book blends a historical romance with fantasy. I'm just not sure it worked. Even when reading a story you know is unreal - in this instance a man who is cursed to change into a lion - there still needs to be a believability factor that I just couldn't get. It is written well, the characters very sympathetic but the plot revolves around that one trick I had the problem with, sorry Ms. Feehan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/21/2014

    " I liked it moved along swiftly had a lot of twists & romance "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tuesday's Child | 1/19/2014

    " Found the book to be repetitive, really could have been at least 100 pages shorter.Light reading, ultimately fluff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 1/15/2014

    " nice love story ... with some twists ... but maybe a little bit too much sometimes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/31/2013

    " Good. Enjoyed this historical paranormal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natina El | 12/27/2013

    " I luuuv her! (her meaning Christine Feehan) .. this is like Beauty and the Beast meets erotica.. sniffles.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 12/26/2013

    " i love christine feehan's books and this is no exception. can't wait to get another one in a few days :) finally getting dark predator :) this was an early book of hers, but she remains true to her genre and loved it :) definitely a great read to anyone that's into paranormal romance :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/20/2013

    " Coompared to her other books this book dragged on "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evangeline Eriksso | 12/14/2013

    " heart touching love story. Only love can save him from the beast within him. And she is his salvation; his piece of heaven. Love it from the beginning to the very end. As always Christine Feehan written yet another fantastic love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 11/27/2013

    " I loved this book. It was a dark fairytale of sorts. The characters were fantastic. The sex scenes weren't too raunchy. The Don was very sexy and gave me chills. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana Lundy | 10/7/2013

    " Loved it - can't wait for more of this kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Singingdiva56 | 9/29/2013

    " Great book - I love Christine Feehan books. Always suspenseful with great romance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/17/2013

    " Reminded me of a twisted dark version of Beauty and the Beast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 marissa | 7/27/2013

    " One of my favorite's by christine feehan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Je Dayana | 5/21/2013

    " This book is addictive and there is a rushed inside of me urging me to read until the final page. And I spend the whole day reading and even recommended it to a friend. Every details in the story was mind-blowing and yes I'm looking forward to engross myself more on Feehan dark, romantic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Morrow | 5/20/2013

    " My absolute favorite book by Christine Feehan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 4/12/2013

    " This was actually a recommendation from my mom. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this! It's a darker, raunchier version of the Beauty and the Beast tale. I really enjoyed this, and there were twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee Dee Walker | 3/31/2013

    " Loved this book. The idea of a fantasy Beauty & the Beast appealed to my romantic side. If you like sweet romance paired with a love for anything with animals this book is for you. I wanted to be the heroin in this book! I wanted to be there. Beautiful setting. Strong & beautiful man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvie Parris | 1/25/2013

    " Its typical romance of the paranormal sort. A nice change from my usual fare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia | 12/23/2012

    " I have read this before but they came out with a new cover and a friend of mine had it I didn't recognize it until I started reading it but it was such a good story fI read it again. I really love the story and the last line always makes me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 11/25/2012

    " One of my favorite books from Christine Feehan. Loved the setting and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hbeebti | 10/12/2012

    " Enjoyed this. Pretty interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. CF as always does a wonderful job! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hbeebti | 9/26/2012

    " Enjoyed this. Pretty interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. CF as always does a wonderful job! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SJuhl4 | 9/12/2012

    " While I have never cared for historical novels. This one was excellent. I could not put it down. It would be interesting to see either a DeMarco or a Vernaducci in one of her Carpathian novels! Very good book, highly recommend even to those who don't appreciate the historal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 8/9/2012

    " Sweet I liked "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandmaking553 | 7/26/2012

    " excellent book - Christine FeeHan did it again -love her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanna-Has Probably Read It! | 7/22/2012

    " This was an erotic tale of beauty and the beast. I think this is why it took me so long to read it. But it was cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 7/11/2012

    " Read this a long time ago but when the reissue came out, I pulled from the dusty bookshelves and reread. Still Good reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 6/22/2012

    " Nancy 3 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/10/2012

    " I couldn't put it down. It was an awesome read that I'll probably read again.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/6/2012

    " Good. Enjoyed this historical paranormal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danyelle | 5/29/2011

    " I has it's boring parts but over all it was good

    the last ch was the best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 5/13/2011

    " Loved this book. The idea of a fantasy Beauty & the Beast appealed to my romantic side. If you like sweet romance paired with a love for anything with animals this book is for you. I wanted to be the heroin in this book! I wanted to be there. Beautiful setting. Strong & beautiful man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 4/3/2011

    " I loved it! Can never get enough of Christine Feehan's imagination, passion and hot characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/11/2011

    " This book was kind of a rip-off of Beauty and the Beast, except for grown-ups. But holy-cow, was it sexy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 2/25/2011

    " I love Christine Feehan and this book didn't disappoint. A modern twist on a classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. I had flash backs from a similar tv series from the 90's. I would definately recommend this book and this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brianna | 1/28/2011

    " I didn't like this book. it was too slow and i couldn't get myself interesting to continue on read, but i have manage to continue and finished the book. It's not like her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 1/19/2011

    " A version of Beauty and the Beast, if you will. It had some good moments, but overall the story dragged for the most part. I felt that it could have ended 10 chapters prior to when it did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2011

    " Oh the ending killed me, it was great I couldn't stop laughing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samihah | 12/13/2010

    " I loved this book so much that I bought it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/8/2010

    " Amazing book. Fairly predictable but still fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coraline | 10/20/2010

    " this is pretty good language is borderline mushy porn is kay characters are average nothing to haunt your dreams lalalala read it but don't expect to be intelectually moved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eml59b | 9/18/2010

    " I have read this book a crazy number of times but there is something about it that I just love. It is the comfiest of comfort reads for me. I am a huge Feehan fan and while this is not her best-written, most interestingly plotted, etc. I still count it among my favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 9/13/2010

    " This book was not good. It was a waste of my time. I don't even think that I finished reading it to be honest. "

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About the Author
Author Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan has had more than forty novels published, including titles that have hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award, she has received many honors throughout her career, including the Career Achievement Award for paranormal romance from RT Book Reviews in 2015 and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the Narrator

Abby Craden has been a professional actress and voice artist for over sixteen years and can be heard in numerous television and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. She has twice won the AudioFile Earphones Award.