By Elizabeth Amber
The last in a fabled line of otherworldly aristocracy, the Lords of Satyr are born to wealth, power, and a talent for sensual delight that mere mortals only dream of. Commanded to marry, these passionate men will travel to Rome, Venice, and Paris--and along the way will explore desires both shamelessly wicked and blissfully divine...
He Had Sworn To Take A Proper Wife.
He Hadn't Bargained On Meeting His Match...
Nicholas looks very much like what he is--the handsome, successful heir to a vineyard in Tuscany. But Nicholas is much more, for he is one of the last in an ancient line of satyr men. And the dying king of ElseWorld wants him not only to marry, but to wed one of the king's own daughters--a half-human, half-faerie woman unaware of her heritage. Nicholas won't shirk his duty to produce heirs to guard his race's legacies, but he never plans to make his bride his only lover. A satyr's sexual hunger and sensual skills are legendary. One woman will never satisfy him.
Or so Nicholas believes until he meets Jane. As spirited as she is fey, as beautiful as she is innocent, she is nevertheless determined to make her new husband hers alone--and she's eager for him to teach her every deliciously carnal secret he knows...
I have been asked by a few people how I felt about the books, and I did enjoy the plots, I found the stories interesting, set against the backdrop of historical Tuscany and later Venice, they fit the beliefs of the times, the constraints on women, the expectations of men, and layer on top of that he world of the fae, a world which is in turmoil with the Satyr brothers guarding it's entrance, a world where some of the fae integrate with humans and not always for good reasons. The Satyr brothers have been changed with a task, protect these fae daughters. The brothers are interesting, we obviously meet Nicholas in the first book, he is very much the older brother and seems very controlled and stern, albeit very sexy! But he does have some odd ideas, perhaps odd to us now but for the time it was a common belief. His belief was that a wife was for mating and the production of children. For all other forms of relief he went to his mistresses, or conjured a silverskin. Silverskins are corporeal beings conjured from air elements for satyr sexual purposes, to indulge their darker sides.
Thank fully Jane, his wife, manages to disabuse him of this notion after a few unsatisfying sexual encounters (I was beginning to wonder where is the hot sex!). Jane is not a woman of her time, she is trapped and hiding a secret from her family. She has wings and sees glimpses of the future, unfortunately she did not foresee that her step aunt was evil and through an affair with Jane's widowed father had managed to corrupt the family. To save her younger sister Jane had to get them away from there. So when Nicholas offered marriage she jumped at the chance. Helped by the fact he is wealthy in a time when arranged marriages between wealth families were the norm, she not only got herself a handsome husband and protector, he also got her out of a prospective horrific arranged marriage.
However, once a month a moon rising the Satyr brothers perform a rite, (they have sex in the grotto until they are spent, they don't have to be in the grotto but they like it) they also transform into Satyrs, their legs grow hair and they develop a second penis. Now I am not going to lie to you, the idea of a man with two penises freaked me out at first, I thought how will he manage, how will he pee? Thankfully the pelvic penis (for anal entry) only needs to ejaculate once and then it recedes, well disappears and he is as he was, phew, the idea of a man wandering round with 2 danglies worried me! He also has the seeker which comes out once a month and is tucked up with his balls, this umm appendage seeks out any harm that constant sex for hours might have done to their partners. (On moon rising they need to have sex until dawn therefore the seeker ensures no soreness for their partner! Jane also said it is rather pleasurable!)
If you can manage all of that then this is an interesting plot, with well developed characters and which layers mythological possibilities over a real world historical context. But be warned, it is not as romantic as many would hope and the evil in this book may leave you feeling a little uncomfortable. They are not for everyone.
I give Nicholas 3.5 frilly knickers out of 5. If you want something different add it to your summer reading list.
By Elizabeth Amber
As A Lover, His Skills Are Legendary...Ummmm yeah, jury is still kinda out on this one, same premise as before, but this time the heroine is sexually ambiguous. Jordan has been raised as a boy so her mother could maintain the family fortune, and how was this possible, because she has both female and male genitalia. I know in Greek and Roman mythology (which is where most of the satyr myths come from,) they celebrated the uniqueness of the hermaphrodite, but even though I liked Jordan as a character and I liked how she discovered herself as a person, I just didn't like the book as much as the first.
The middle brother, Raine, is both sensual and stoic. Scarred by once taking a wife who could not accept his carnal needs, he wants no part in another marriage. But duty commands that he fulfill his promise to wed King Feydon's second daughter, Jordan...
But In Matters Of The Heart, He Has Much To Learn...
The loyal satyr begins a search that leads him from Tuscany to romantic Venice, where his beautiful bride awaits, unaware of what passionate delights fate has planned for her. Raine is careful not to reveal his powerful satyr sexuality, for fear of driving yet another woman away. But unbeknownst to him, Jordan is no ordinary woman and was born with an insatiable appetite for love. And as Raine's heart begins to melt for her, how long will he be able to hide his true nature when Jordan seems to want him so fiercely?
Raine is the brother who didn't want to get married, the brother who had already had a failed first marriage to a 'human' who was spreading rumours about his weird sexuality. Raine is remarkably patient and open minded, but I guess that goes hand in hand with turning into a best once a month.
Again forces are out to kill Jordan, again the brothers need to protect her. We meet Nicholas and Jane and it is interesting to see how their life has developed. This is a series you have to discover on your own,and I am not saying I would never read anymore, because to be honest I want to read the next one just to see where it goes!
I give Raine 2.5 frilly knickers out of 5. Liked the setting, the description and not sure what to make of the rest.