The Lyon’s Share is an easy-to-read, engaging romance. If you want a quick angsty read, this book is for you. Adriana has endured a tragic, horrendous marriage and now is a poor, lonely widow that vows to never be passionate with a man ever again. She seeks a husband in name only to support her financially and platonically. Sidney has loved Adriana from afar since they were teenagers. Finding Adriana widowed after he returns from war, Sidney vows to make her his wife, even if he can never have anything but friendship.
Sidney’s character is tragic at times, having to compete with a dead man who, at the end of his life, treated Adriana horribly. He gets Adriana in marriage yet cannot display his passionate emotions and sensual desires. I had trouble warming to Adriana. I felt she acted selfishly and used Sidney’s infatuation for her gain. She then gets angry towards the end; I never fully understood why. The unrequited love had me feeling sorry for Sidney. The plot got too sentimental at times. However, I enjoyed the ending. Sidney and Adriana have an excellent happily-ever-after.
The Lyon’s Share is part of The Lyon’s Den series. I liked this book; I felt Adriana could have been more likable. This was a short, easy, entertaining read that flowed well with the other books in this series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: August 31, 2022