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Nicholas:

“A well-written story with enough variety in the sexual situations to satisfy just about any reader. The characters are complex and intriguing and the leading man is the sexiest one this reader has seen in a long time! The author has cleverly set the stage for at least two sequels in the Lords of Satyr series and based on this book, they will be something to look forward to.”

—Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Elizabeth Amber has drawn a world that pulls you in and keeps hold of your heart and mind.”

—Joyfully Reviewed
, a Recommended Read

“[Ms. Amber] gives great depth to her characters and the dialogues are smooth and natural. Everything about this story and the elements within worked…a wonderful book that did not disappoint!”

—Paranormal Romance Reviews

“I really didn't want this book to end, and when I finished I knew that it would stay with me for a while. This is one you don't want to miss.”

—TwoLips Reviews
, 5 lips; Reviewer's Choice Recommended Read

“Both Nicholas and Jane are well-matched, though it took a delicious tension-filled while for them to figure it out. There is a villainess to surpass all villains, and more supporting villains that fit into the story neatly…It was well-paced—it's engrossing and easy to read in one sitting. While the romance is lovely, the sex is knock-out hot.”

—Just Erotic Romance Reviews
, “O”, their highest rating for hotness


Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr
has taken a place on my top ten favorite erotic books list.”

—Night Owl Romance
, 5 stars

“I have to admit,
Nicholas
left me wanting—wanting the next book in this wonderful new series, that is!”

—CK2S Kwips & Kritiques
, 4.5 Klovers; 5 stars on Amazon.com

“…a strong storyline with a very nasty villainess—one of the worst that this reader has come upon…This is a page turner from start to finish! Turn on the air conditioner or fan and enjoy!”

—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Elizabeth Amber has created a steamy, hot tale that scorches the pages. Her imagination skyrockets in this energizing story. I am anxious to read Raine's and Lyon's tales.”

—Coffee Time Romance

“An excellent debut…Very highly recommended.”

—Deborah MacGillivray, author of
A Restless Knight

“Amber's unique voice and obvious knowledge of her subject and setting lead to beautifully written stories with powerful, well-drawn characters in a fascinating symbiosis of mythology, history, romance and eroticism. Like the fine wines from the vineyards of Tuscany where the Lords of Satyr make their home, these are stories to be savored for a satisfying, hedonistic treat.”

—Kate Douglas, author of
Wolf Tales

Reviewers on
Raine
:

“One of the the strongest heroines I have ever read…great, erotic sex. “

—TwoLips Reviews
(5 lips, Recommended Read—Julianne)

“…without question the best historical paranormal erotic romance this reviewer has ever read…This is a must read book for 2008!”

—Paranormal Romance Reviews
(Janalee)

“Two thumbs up for another sensual read that will be gracing my keeper shelf.”

—Night Owl Romance
(Top Pick—Tammie)

“Superb…Very erotic sex scenes that will singe your eyebrows, while you love every minute of it…”

—Coffeetime Romance
(Wateena)

“…a trip back to the land of Satyr, where things are not always as they seem, and everything has more than a touch of magic.”

—Joyfully Reviewed
(Recommended Read—Amelia)

“This storyline went far above my expectations and encompasses all the passion, suspense, and mystical wonders I so enjoyed in the first book.”

—Romance Junkies
(5 ribbons—Chrissy)

“The sex scenes are varied and well written, and the heroine's unusual physical features add a spicy element to this hot read…Amber has done another fine job of blending good storytelling, excellent sex and happily-ever-after romance.”

—Romantic Times Book Reviews
(Rhomylly Forbes, March 2008)

“…not only lived up to my expectations, but managed to surprise me in ways I could never have imagined!”

—CK2S Kwips & Kritiques
(Jennifer Ray)

“Raine and Jordan were wonderfully written, lovable characters and from the very first I was hoping for them to find their happily ever after. I highly recommend this story, as it will keep the reader completely engrossed.”

—The Romance Studio
(5 Hearts, Sandra)

“…pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and relish the opening of this present delivered by Elizabeth Amber. You won't want to miss one passionate word…The Lords of Satyr series will find a permanent place on my bookshelf to be read and reread, these characters too wonderful to let loose.”

—Simply Romance Reviews
(Grade A+, Lynda)

Also by Elizabeth Amber:

NICHOLAS: The Lords of Satyr

RAINE: The Lords of Satyr

COMING IN 2009:

DOMINIC: The Lords of Satyr

LYON: THE LORDS OF SATYR
ELIZABETH AMBER

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com

PROLOGUE

W
hen a parchment letter laced with a hint of ElseWorld magic arrived at the Satyr estate in Tuscany last spring, Lyon was highly skeptical of its contents. Penned by King Feydon, it called on the three Lords of Satyr to wed his progeny…

Lords of Satyr, Sons of Bacchus,

Be it known that I lie dying and naught may be done. As my time draws near, the weight of past indiscretions haunts me. I must tell of them.

Nineteen summers ago, I fathered daughters upon three highborn Human females of EarthWorld. I sowed my childseed whilst these females slumbered, leaving each unaware of my nocturnal visit.

My three grown daughters are now vulnerable and must be shielded from Forces that would harm them. 'Tis my dying wish you will find it your duty to husband them and bring them under your protection. You may search them out among the society of Rome, Venice, and Paris.

Thus is my Will.

The demise of King Feydon and the news that his three half-Faerie, half-Human daughters are in danger sends the three wealthy, charismatic Satyr lords in search of FaerieBlend brides. Forces that protect the gate between EarthWorld and ElseWorld are at a low ebb when one of the Satyr brothers is away from the estate, so they must go singly.

Elder brothers Nicholas and Raine have already located two of the sisters and brought them under Satyr protection. Only the third remains at large and now Lyon's search begins…

1

EarthWorld, Paris, France, November, 1823

L
ord Lyon Satyr prowled the twilight streets of Paris, hunting. He breathed deep, searching the air and finding it rife with the scents of chimney smoke, dank river, and likely feminine prey. The blood of his ancestors pumped in him tonight, priming his body toward a carnal lust that was vital to the survival of his kind.

Because King Feydon had sown his seed where he should not have, Lyon would soon find himself yoked with a bride not of his own choosing. One whose name and face were unknown to him, but whom he nevertheless had journeyed here from Tuscany to find.

According to Feydon, his three FaerieBlend daughters were each in some sort of danger and time was of the essence. Nicholas, his eldest brother, had found the first of the daughters on the outskirts of Rome in a matter of weeks and quickly wed her. Raine had recently located the second daughter in Venice and brought her under his protection.

Now Lyon was left with the task of finding the third daughter here in Paris. But tomorrow would be time enough for duty. Tonight was for something altogether different.

This–his first night in Paris—could well be his last night of freedom. He planned to enjoy it.

A shout drew his attention. There was some sort of revelry commencing ahead, atop the Pont Neuf, the Seine River's most famous bridge. The “new bridge” it was called, though it had seen completion over two centuries earlier.

Lyon veered in its direction, abandoning the row of stately town homes along the Quai de Conti for the opposite sidewalk that edged the river. As the light waned, the black-clad booksellers who lined the walk had begun to pack away unsold books in their boxes. In the depths of the channel just beyond them, the river flowed like molasses, cutting a long serpentine swath through Paris.

His hotel was expecting him. He'd sent his bag ahead and could be there himself within thirty minutes. Which meant his cock could be buried deep inside a conjured Shimmerskin female within thirty-one. No doubt his brothers would have made their way there and done exactly that in his place. It would be the wise thing to do. The careful thing.

But unlike his brothers, he craved variation in both setting and partner in his liaisons. And an element of risk.

He was on the bridge now. Kiosks in the half-round bastions that protruded at intervals from the railings were being abandoned by the costumers, perfumers, and sellers of fans, trinkets, crêpes, and
fromage.
These were giving way to street performers, chestnut carts, and throngs of unusually high-spirited Parisians. Pickpockets seeking prey, and prostitutes vying for custom, had come as well to rub elbows with the finely dressed.

As Lyon threaded among them, women of every rank in society turned to gaze after him, analyzing his worth and weighing the outward signs of his sexual prowess all in the sweep of a well-trained feminine eye. Taller and more muscular than his brothers and blessed with a masculine face so remarkably handsome it had actually caused women to swoon, he was accustomed to such attention and hardly noticed.

A couple passed and the lady's skirt brushed him, wafting her natural feminine perfume to his nostrils. He took it in, closing his eyes briefly at the jolt of euphoria it afforded. It mingled with those of other nameless females, a jumble of waxy pomades, spicy fragrances spritzed from crystal bottles, and Human musk. A heady combination for a man who was already consumed with libidinous intentions.

Whispers reached his ears. Glancing over his shoulder, he was startled to note that at least a half dozen women trailed in his wake. And all were eyeing him as though he were a prime cut of meat at the local butcher shop.

Dismayed, he ground to a halt. His entourage took this as an invitation and swarmed. Prettily gloved hands petted his arm, his back, his hair.

“Bon soir, monsieur.”

“Bienvenue, monsieur.”

“Est-ce que je peux vous aider?”

A chill crawled its way between his shoulder blades and up the back of his neck. He'd never suffered from an inability to attract the opposite sex, but this level of overt attention was disconcertingly bizarre. The notion that something was very out of kilter tugged at him, but it lost out to other more overwhelming considerations. Whatever magic troubled Paris tonight would have to wait for his attention until after this soul-deep hunger within him was satisfied.


Bon soir, mesdames,”
he greeted them, for it would have been insulting to presume that the situation of any unfamiliar French female was that of spinster. He stroked a cheek, a throat, a pulse.

Carefully powdered faces returned his smiles and touches. Soft voices cajoled. Padded, shapely garments rustled and enticed. A covetous hand brushed his cock—
mano morte
. It could have been any one of them, pretending it was an accident.

All acted on him like aphrodisiacs sending blood coursing ever hotter through his system. The fabric of his trousers and shirt rasped the sensitized skin of his thighs, massive shoulders, and broad chest.

He needed a woman. Now.

With a brief dip of his head in her direction, he singled out a plump female in a pink dress, who stood just outside the circle of admirers. She'd been staring at him as had the others, but more shyly. His instincts told him she was a woman who'd known men. One who yearned for what he would offer. One whose body would accommodate his better than those of most Human women.

Unsure of his invitation, she touched her chest and raised her brows. At his nod, pin lights of delight brightened her mellow brown eyes and transformed a plain countenance into a pretty one. With a brusque word or two, she brushed off her young attendant before parting the crowd and moving toward him in tacit acceptance of his summons.

Though the rest of the besotted troupe must have realized he'd made a selection, they lingered, reluctant to accept it. He fanned his fingers, palm toward them, disbursing a hint of magic in the air.


Allez,
” he murmured. “Go.”

As one, they immediately dispersed to carry on with their business, seeming to forget why they'd gathered around him in the first place.

The silk gloving the hand of his chosen one slid across his work-toughened palm. She smiled shyly at him and his cock twitched, thirsting for a taste of her. He wrapped an arm around her and tucked her head to the hollow of his shoulder.

Eyes narrowed, he surveyed the bridge, quickly locating an area of isolation and leading her toward it. She went unquestioningly and within a few steps, they'd quit the thick of the crowd for the shadows behind the equestrian statue that lorded over the center of the bridge. Other couples had already congregated there along the railing, their heads close. Surreptitious hands moved busily under clothing and covert encouragements warmed the air. Intent on their own gratification, the current residents paid the new arrivals no attention.


Madame?

Lyon's head whipped in the direction of the speaker and saw it was a servant, who took a nervous step back at his fierce expression. Apparently, his lady's maid had decided to trail after them, trying to dissuade her mistress from folly.

He reached out and touched the girl's cheek, sending a Calm over her. The concerned expression on her young face instantly eased and she returned to the place on the bridge where he'd first seen her, prepared to placidly await her employer.

Lyon looked down and found the woman's gaze on him. He ducked his head close. “
Bon soir, Madame.”


Bon soir,”
she whispered.

He pressed her back against the base of the statue—against inscribed words which explained that it was a bronze King Henri IV who rode majestically above them—the very monarch who had seen this bridge finished.


Ici?
Here?” His lover's rapt attention had never once left his face, but now an uncertain frown puckered her brow and she glanced about them.

He touched the underside of her jaw with two fingertips, lifting her to his kiss. His hand slid into her hair, his palm so broad that it encompassed the back of her skull. “No one will see. Nor care,” his husky voice promised against her parted lips. “Just enjoy.”

His body crowded hers flush against the gritty stone and still he spoke to her—low reassuring words that warmed her ear and readied her for what was to come. Here, he would take his clandestine pleasure of her under sky and, later, star.

Her body was Human and would require considerable time to adjust to the size and strength of his. Even then she would be unable to take all of him in as well as the half-Faerie he'd come to Paris to find might have.

Annoyed that thoughts of that duty had intruded, he shook them off. Still, it was true that women in EarthWorld were frail and he could safely join himself to this one no more than a half dozen times here in this alcove. It would have to be enough.

With gentle lips, he brushed the tendon that ran from her ear to the hollow at the base of her throat. His pawlike hands roamed lower, gathering and lifting the front of her skirt and petticoat in great fistfuls, baring her to the cool air.

Her bosom rose on a sharp indrawn breath and her fingers fluttered to clutch the chiseled muscles of his shoulders. He leaned in, surrounding her with his body and scent.

Long, knowing fingers slipped under her skirts—first warming a thigh, then sliding between them and roving even higher to thread through soft, feminine bristle. A strangled moan escaped her as the first finger brushed her clit. At the second brush, she closed her eyes on a sigh.

He stroked her again and again, knowing all the while that it wasn't a kindness he would be doing her in this act. Far from it. For after this night, a remembrance of their joining would remain with this woman, a new constant in her physical makeup. Though he would wipe the specifics of the hours they spent here from her mind, a small part of her would hereafter always pine for him, not knowing why or for whom she longed. And though this was a hurt he was reluctant to give her, he needed her too badly to let her go. The least he could do was to make sure that any impression he left was an extremely pleasant one.

She was panting now, emitting a tiny whimper each time he caressed her. Her arms had gone lax, hanging on either side of her hips against the stone. Slender wrists were turned upward in a pose of vulnerability, a sign she'd placed herself at his mercy.

His desire to possess her ratcheted higher. Heat pooled in his scrotum, tightening his balls into fists and thickening knotted blue veins that corded the length of his cock. He drew one of her hands to his groin and taught her the shape of him. She groaned against his neck.

His middle finger pressed urgently at the brink of humid feminine folds that gated what he sought. She was wet. Ready. He pushed her hand aside and found the fastening of his trousers, releasing himself.

Gods! Relief could not come soon enough!

Abruptly, an eerie crooning broke the air around them, reaching him even through a haze of lust and the surrounding din. A breath away from his sweet goal, he faltered. His head lifted and cocked to better listen.

The song came again. Eyes narrowed, he tipped his face in the direction from which it had issued. The river.

It came yet again familiar and feminine.

Nymphs. From the sound of things, they, too, were out hunting tonight. And they'd scented his presence. Voracious lovers, their bodies would be well able to handle all he had to offer. And they were noted gossips as well, a fact that might prove beneficial to his purpose in coming to Paris. Perhaps they'd gotten wind of the whereabouts of a certain female with a mix of both Faerie and Human blood in her veins.

He glanced at the willing woman before him. Her soft, experienced fingers warmed his cock. His body urged him to take her, to finish what he'd scarcely begun. But some latent sense of compassion impelled him to let her go. Now, before they mated and he gained a lasting hold over her.

Biting off a curse, he tamped his need and lay a palm against her cheek to bespell her. Silently, he commanded her to go. Willed her to forget her desire for the act they'd left unconsummated as best she could.

Tugging her hand away, he refastened his trousers. For long seconds, her brown eyes only blinked up at him, wounded and confused. He stepped back and her skirts swished into place again, covering thighs, dimpled knees, then ankles.

Her flushed face was a picture of reluctance, but she nevertheless straightened and turned away as he'd bid her. As she retraced her steps toward her waiting servant, her eyes followed him. Within hours, the particulars of their encounter would fade, but a vague yearning for him would remain with her for far longer, like a bruise on her heart.

Thoughts of her already fading, Lyon took the worn stone steps on the Pont Neuf's north side two at a time. Descending to the brick walkway on a level with the river, he then veered under a wide arch, passing the
clochards
—harmless beggars who huddled in the nooks and crannies of Paris.

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