Review: Nicholas by Elizabeth Amber

Nicholas by Elizabeth Amber
Series: The Lords of Satyr (#1)
Release Date: August 1st, 2007
Publisher: Aphrodisia (Kensington)
Page Count: 319
Source: Purchased at Amazon for leisure

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…

Review: I picked up this book when I managed to get Elizabeth to guest with us at Romancing the Book to talk about her newest release, Bastian. But I didn’t want to jump into the series by reading book 6 first. So, I got my hands on a copy of Nicholas. I had read a lot of good things about this series and couldn’t wait to get started.

So, this book follows Nicholas, the oldest of the Lord of Satyr brothers and his relationship with Jane. Jane doesn’t know about her heritage and thinks that something is off about her as her Faerie powers are starting to reveal themselves. But she agrees to marry Nicholas to get away from her drunk father and her evil aunt. And Nicholas is in the relationship as a favor to her real father and because it’s time for him to have heirs and he needs someone with ElseWorld blood.

I liked the idea behind the series. Otherworldly satyrs who have been asked by the dying King of the Faerie to find his daughters and marry them to keep them safe from the growing unrest in the ElseWorld. Now knowing this is a Kenginston Aphrodisia book about satyrs, I knew to expect lots of hot sex… and in fact, from page 1 we’re thrown right into the middle of an orgy. I’m in no way a prude when it comes to erotica, but something about this book just crossed some line in the sand that made it go too far. I finished the book, and will likely move on to the next one in the series, since I want to know what happens next, but something about Nicolas left a sour taste in my mouth.

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