August 1, 2007
Half-man, half-satyr, but undeniably all male, Nicholas is the eldest of the
three Satyr brothers, who have long tended the vineyards to which their very
lives are bound. Protectors of the secret joining place between ElseWorld and
EarthWorld, the brothers are no strangers to duty.
And so when, from his deathbed, King Feydon charges the Satyr brothers to find
the three half-human, half-faerie daughters he secretly fathered almost twenty
years ago and then to marry them in order to protect them, the brothers find
themselves unable to refuse the Elder’s dying wishes.
With little trouble, Nicholas finds his bride nearby in Tivoli, and secures
their marriage contract with little obstacle. But marriage to the lovely and
determined Jane proves more of a challenge than he ever expected.
Jane hasn’t the faintest idea why the handsome and powerful Nicholas Satyr chose
her as his intended, but she is quick to recognize the marriage as her best way
out of a bad situation and negotiates terms that will assure her security and
ability to care for her younger sister. But escape from her diabolical aunt and
wastrel of a father is not without a price – she must give herself
unconditionally to her strange new husband, all the while protecting the secrets
that threaten to destroy her.
of 2007, Amazon.com recommended an intriguing book to me by an author I had not
previously heard of. The book was not yet available, and I added it to my wish
list at Amazon with the intention of ordering it later. Imagine my delight when
the author of that very book emailed me the next month and asked if I would
consider reviewing it! While I was indeed honored by her request, I was even
more excited to read a book I was already itching to get my hands on, and I
responded with a resounding ‘Yes!’ that must surely have broken Elizabeth
Amber’s eardrums, even though it was in email format! LOL
Nicholas: The Lords of Satyr, Book
1 arrived in the mail the following week, and after I finished drooling
over the cover, I started reading it – even though I had little spare time with
a trip out of town that week followed by family visiting me the following week.
I found myself enthralled by both the characters and the story itself, and
squeezed in reading time anywhere I could find it to consume this book – lunch
hour, waiting in the car for the train to pass, and then toting it along on my
trip so I could finish it in the hotel room before bed. I can tell you
honestly, had it not been for a manic schedule that week, I would have finished
Nicholas in one
Nicholas is as lusty a hero as you would expect from a Satyr, and delivers some
rather titillating surprises in the boudoir sure to make even the most jaded of
erotica readers squirm in their seats a little! His devotion to duty and family
is admirable, but his passion and caring for his unexpected wife will melt the
stoniest of hearts.
It would be exceedingly difficult to not like Jane. Her straightforward honesty
coupled with her tender heart serve well to endear her to both Nicholas and the
readers. Although born into a time when women had few rights, she has a
backbone that would rival most men, and the ability to save not only herself,
but those she loves when necessary.
Although arranged marriages are not atypical for the time period this story is
set in, the romance between our couple definitely begins in a most
unconventional manner. Bound by the strictures of a society that deems it
unseemly for a husband and wife to enjoy their marriage bed, the pair share
rather perfunctory sexual episodes at first, until both are quite frustrated by
the unfulfilled passions brewing inside each of them. Casting off the social
mores that have left them unsatisfied, they begin to explore their passion
without boundaries, heating up both their bedchamber and the story quite nicely!
I have to admit, Nicholas
left me wanting – wanting the next book in this wonderful new series, that is!
And I have to say, I’m already a little disappointed at the thought that with
only three brothers, the series may end with that number of books. I know I’ll
be hoping for some cross-over characters to continue these sexy romances with
when we’ve come to the end of the three Satyr brothers’ stories! If you enjoy
Paranormal/Fantasy Romances set in a Historical period, then you will definitely
want to pick up a copy of this one very soon!
Note: This review was originally
written by Jennifer Ray for another review site. It is being reposted at
Wild on Books.
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