Reviews of Books Written Before Year 2000.
Title: Lions and Lace
Written by Meagan McKinney
Read by Lisa Flanagan
Series: Van Alen Sisters #1
Published by Dreamscape Media
Publication Date: July 26th 2016 (Originally Published on April 1st 1992)
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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She played by society's rules
The gaslight's glow lit Alana Van Alen's golden hair. Born to luxury, she belonged with the Astors and the Vanderbilts at cotillions and soirees. But she shivered with fear and something more as she faced the handsome, ruthless Trevor Sheridan. He had bankrupted her fortune and would expose her family's scandalous secret unless she accepted his outrageous offer, his emotional blackmail ... his heart-stopping kiss.
He broke them all
Born Irish, brought up in the streets, Trevor "the Predator" Sheridan learned early how to get the wealth and the women he wanted. An expert at games of power, he played one that would destroy every famous family who had snubbed him. Tricking the beautiful Alana was his trump card. But he never intended to want her ... until her beauty and her resolve stole his breath away.
Now their desires swept them toward rapture ... or ruin
Lions and Lace is perhaps one of my favorite historical romance books of all time. Yes, I said it. ALL TIME! Heck, I carted this thing from the Philippines to the US the very first time I moved here, which was waaaay back in 2005. My copy is also pretty well loved that the front cover actually came off! I also remember purchasing my very first copy of this book from a used bookstore which explains why it was super battered. Don’t worry, I actually bought another copy now. Thank you, Amazon!
Lions and Lace is also the very first Gilded Age book I read that isn’t a Western. In fact, I don’t remember reading another book set in this time period until I read The Knickerbocker Club series by Joanna Shupe. This makes me want to read more books in this genre!
I have also read Lions and Lace multiple times already, it’s not even funny (hence, the battered book). Despite reading it multiple times, I still feel absolutely enchanted every time!
Lions and Lace is about Alana Van Alen, one of the Four Hundred, the high society families in New York who is forced into a marriage of convenience with the Irish self-made man, Trevor Sheridan. Trevor actually blackmails Alana to help him gain entree to the exclusive society and have his sister, Mara, marry and be accepted by the elite.
Thinking that Alana is one of them, he tries not to fall for her until a secret is revealed that convinces Trevor that Alana is exactly who he is meant to love.
Lions and Lace involves a disfigured alpha hero and the perfect (but emotionally scarred) heroine.
There are two other romances in this book, Mara’s and Eagan’s (Trevor’s younger brother), but it doesn’t overwhelm the central romance that is, Alana and Trevor’s.
This reread is actually an audiobook. I was pleasantly surprised (I was jumping up and down like CRAZY) when I saw the two books in this series (Fair is the Rose is book number 2) available at the library! The audiobook is read by Lisa Flanagan and she does the book justice!
If you haven’t read this book yet, this is definitely a MUST read. This book was written in 1992 BUT it is comparable to the historical romances written today.
Books like Lions and Lace
- Baron by Joanna Shupe – The heroine is a con artist and pretends to be a medium and the hero is a rich and successful businessman. Baron is also set in New York during the Gilded Age!
- Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas – This is another marriage of convenience where the heroine has no choice but to marry the rich self-made hero. This is also another one of my favorite books, and is the first book in the Wallflower series!
Have you ever read a book multiple times that you actually damaged it? If so, did you ever buy a new copy?