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Lords of Satyr, Book 1

Elizabeth Amber



















Release Date:
August 1, 2007

Historical Romance
Shape Shifter
Paranormal Romance


Bookmark Rating:
4 1/2 Bookmarks!

Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
April 2008


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.

In June 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 sitting.

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!


NoteThis review was originally written by Jennifer Ray for another review site.  It is being reposted at Wild on Books.


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