Nicholas by Elizabeth Amber
The Lords of Satyr Series
Kindle Edition: 337 pages
Published: August 1st 2007 by Aphrodisia
Genres: Adult Fiction, Erotica, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Historical Romance
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
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 is eager for him to teach her every deliciously carnal secret he knows…
My thoughts on …
WARNING: This have spoilers. You’ve been warned.
I will begin by saying that I honest to God don’t know how I’m going to end up rating this book. That said, this was one of those novels that my lady friends from the reading group on Whatsapp have been nagging at me to read for almost a year now. I finally cave in.
The story was set in 1800 so get your minds around that fact before you dive into this because Elizabeth Amber does a great job, in my opinion, at portraying the life of that era. How the family was, can’t say I know the difference there, but when it came to the married couple and their life… yeah, I think she nailed it… a little too hard, but nailed it.
The story revolves around the Satyr Brothers, Nicholas in particular, the older brother. They have to find the bastard daughters of the Faery King, that died, and married them to protect them from harm. That is the basic premise and it was very intriguing for me.
The first few chapters where interesting and gave me some background on the Satyr brothers, even on Jane, the main female protagonist. But as the book progresses I notice that I didn’t enjoy it as much, and let me explain why.
The biggest reason my friends recommended this story was because of the sex scenes. Yes, we are crazy ladies in that group that love a good sex scene. And those were really good, well done and not overly detailed, but enough that will leave me satisfied about them.
The only sex scene that I have a love/hate relationship with was the first night of Jane and Nicholas together as husband and wife. I get that life back then was not like it is now, with the pleasure being important for both parties and all, but damn. I felt bad for Jane, really.
As the story progresses I’ve read some fuck up ideas, and mind you that it’s fucked up for our time, but not for that time, that the husband should have mistresses to relief the wife of her bed duties from time to time. Nicholas father actually told him that his wife was only to give him children, that if he wanted pleasure he should go to the whores. WTF?!
I have to give it to Nicholas. He actually accepted the fact that he had mistresses when his wife asked him. It wasn’t a pleasant conversation but I liked the fact that when she told him she wanted to be the one he turn to instead of a whore, he try her way. They actually made it work after that.
The mentality of men was well done but it made me angry because it was so unfair to the woman. I think that may be what stopped me from enjoy the story more.
The mythological creatures on this story were all over and I got to research some because I’m not knowledgable about this stuff at all. It gave a different air to the novel as a whole and I like it.
I think Elizabeth Amber was very brave when she wrote and release this book to the public. It will not be anyones cup of tea, for sure.
For this act upon his flesh, he would do anything she asked of him. For this and other private pleasures she bestowed, he would betray his own children, turn a blind eye to her plans for them. For this, he had allowed her to kill his wife.
“If I truly satisfied your physical needs, you wouldn’t be bedding other women. And you’re wrong in what you said before. I don’t find the marriage act to be unpleasant.”
“With me as your husband, and you as my dutiful wife. With me employing as many mistresses as pleases me, and with you accepting that my decision is for your own well-being.”
FYI... Very old school mentality for men…
Elizabeth Amber writes the erotic historical paranormal romances, The Lords of Satyr (Kensington Aphrodisia). Nicholas, Raine, Lyon, & Dominic are members of the 1820s satyr clan in Tuscany. Dane, Bastian, & Sevin (2012) are members of the 1880s satyr clan in Rome. Elizabeth is a history, archaeology, and museum junkie. As an art history major in college, she became fascinated with Greco-Roman artifacts. Ancient urns, frescoes, and amphorae decorated with lusting satyrs, maenads, and Bacchus (the Roman god of wine) celebrating the annual grape harvest inspired her satyr novels.