Lyon: Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber
Publisher: Kensington Publishing, Aphrodisia
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/M/M, M/M
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Viscaria
In this erotic historical paranormal romance series set in the heart of Tuscany’s centuries-old wine country, three half-Satyr brothers receive a letter that sends them in search of three endangered half-Faerie brides.
Charming youngest brother Lyon is so ruggedly handsome that his looks have actually caused women to swoon. Though he resents that duty calls him to wed and doubts that he can ever love one woman, he nevertheless travels to Paris in search of the third bride.
At first glance, Juliette seems a good choice for him, for he discovers her to be a courtesan. Their passionate night together leaves him sated beyond his wildest imaginings, but her magic results in dire repercussions that only she can reverse.
Discoveries about her past and the monster who rules her life send Juliette fleeing Paris and heading straight into Lyon's arms. She must learn to face her fears and trust in love because the fate of an entire wine industry hangs in the balance.
NOTE: The book includes some graphic sexual situations a reviewer should be aware of before taking on the book: Most of the romance, story, and sex is between the hero and heroine. There is some ménage (hero/heroine/male/male--the males are paranormal versions of the hero, engaging the heroine), male masturbation, brief oral male on male, a sexual assault on the heroine by the bad guy (not rape), the satyrs have 2 male appendages during a monthly ritual as in the first 2 books in this series. There is a happy ever after ending between hero and heroine.
I was so excited to get the chance to read this latest installment in The Lords of Satyr series. I actually bugged my Reviews coordinator to make sure I got my hot little hands on this one. I was desperate to see how Lyon would fare in his tale. Elizabeth Amber is a phenomenal talent, and I was so glad to get the opportunity to review yet another of her amazing books.
Of the three Satyr brothers, Lyon has always been the most charming. He’s devastatingly handsome, he’s wealthy and powerful, he has a wicked smile… and once a month he’s a bit different than your average male. When he sets out to find his fated bride among the Half-faerie sisters, it’s with the thought that he may not come to love this woman, but he has high hopes. Imagine his surprise as well as his relief when said woman turns out to be a courtesan. Only, all is not really as it seems, and Juliette is not who she appears to be.
I’ll admit it now; before I ever read this book Lyon was already my favorite brother. I think his charm and wit, as well as his endearing clumsiness, caught me in the first two books. Lyon has charisma, he has power, and he’s so sexy he’s just plain irresistible to the opposite sex. His commitment to duty, as well as his admission of his past misdeeds, just had me falling for him quicker than Juliette. He may not have wanted to be searching for his otherworld bride, but he is doing it nonetheless. Lesser men would have left King Feydon’s daughters to their less-than certain futures, but not these men. And certainly not Lyon, his honor won’t allow it. I absolutely adored every part of this man. His every seduction of Juliette showed the type of man he was; ruthless but determined that the woman who was fated to be his would come to him willingly. I could go on and on and on ad nauseum, but then that would be giving too much away, and I think you need to get to know Lyon for yourself. He is so worth it.
Juliette is an accomplished courtesan… at least that’s how it appears to the outside world. She is an incredibly powerful woman who isn’t quite sure why anyone would want her in any way. The fact that so many men vie for her attention rather confusing to her. She doesn’t like herself very much, but she has valid reasons, and some not so valid reasons. Juliette’s past has scarred her horribly, and her present continues to rip those scars open on a constant basis. Lyon is just what she needs, but she is forced to use her magic in a way that changes the course of her life.
Juliette was perhaps one of my favorite characters of Elizabeth Amber’s so far. I think that she had amazing strength to endure the terrifying and horrid circumstances of her past and present. When she realizes that not much else can be done but to flee a place she has never really called home, she does what she has to despite fear, addiction and quite a few phobias. Her fascination with Lyon is not something she has ever experienced, and yet another thing to cause her anxiety and fear. But… she overcomes. I think that is what I liked the most about her: She Overcomes!
Elizabeth Amber is quite a remarkable talent, and it has been such a pleasure to read her books. As always, the emotions she conveys are ones that this reader actually felt herself. At each twist and turn I was left clutching my hands together hoping for the best, and knowing it would be there, but not sure how it would happen. Some of the subject matter is extremely difficult to witness, but that’s what you become as a reader, a witness. One who sees the best and worst that could happen to a person. I have to recommend this book as it still hasn’t let me go, and I have long since finished reading it. This book is definitely going on my keeper shelf, right next to the first two books. I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth (and final?) book in this series. Way to go, Ms. Amber, this book is a definite winner.