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Series: The Lords of Satyr #1
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 …
This book and I have had some interesting moments together, considering the fact that I finished more than half the book overnight. Seriously. The First Half was okay but not really all that engaging. The Second Half kept me up reading, in a dark room, by the light of the TV (MY EEYYSSSS!), well into the morning, and I finally put it down, with just the epilogue to go, at around 430.
First Half: Riddled with the historical stiffness of beat-around-the-bush language, it read a little slow and detached. Although, it did set up a premise of the fantastical that I enjoyed peeking into: faeries, satyrs, maenads, dryads, etc. abound! It was creepy and cool all in one. But, like I said, detached, much like the relationship Jane and Nick share at first.
Their first nightly encounter was as un-erotic as they come, same as the next few they share. Nick has this thing about bedding his wife but only out of duty, and she shouldn’t take any pleasure from it, and that makes her good wife material. But then he’s so insatiable that he travels to see two mistresses that, when Jane finds out, spurs her to take on the role by herself.
…Which is where things finally get interesting, heartfelt and engaging.
Second Half: Nick and Jane’s undertaking of their agreement leads to exploration, experimentation and, eventually, trust, openness and family. It was around then that I decided to read the rest of the series (at least up until Raine and Lyon) for the pure fun of it. The threats were real and nasty but not overly dramatic, and I was so happy to be distanced from that perfunctory, mechanical weird stiff sex.
One thing I don’t understand is why Jane had to undergo the Sharing in order for her to be protected by Raine and Lyon at the end when there was no such threat to be heard of, it seemed. It wasn’t even like the perceived threat was an excuse to get Jane in on some dirty, raunchy action between the brothers. The whole thing was almost as painful to read about as when her and Nick first slept together. Seeing as how it did nothing to really ensure her safety from that point onward and no one even enjoyed the act, I lost the point of the whole ordeal.
I kinda look forward the most to seeing what the other potential wives make of Jane after the events of Nicholas.
Thanks for suggesting this to me, Bobbi. :D