(#2 in the trilogy, March 2008)
Erotic Paranormal Historical Romance
Blurb from the back cover of Raine:
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…
AS A LOVER, HIS SKILLS ARE LEGENDARY ...
Middle brother Raine is both sensual and stoic. Scarred by a former wife who could not accept his carnal needs, he wants no part in another marriage. But duty commands that he fulfill his promise to wed King Feydon's second daughter, Jordan...
IN MATTERS OF THE HEART, HE HAS MUCH TO LEARN...
This loyal satyr begins a search that leads him from Tuscany to romantic Venice, where his beautiful bride awaits, unaware of what passionate delights fate has planned for her. Raine is careful not to reveal his powerful satyr sexuality, for fear of driving yet another woman away. But unbeknownst to him, Jordan is no ordinary woman and was born with an insatiable appetite for love. And as Raine's heart begins to melt for her, how long will he be able to hide his true nature when Jordan seems to want him so fiercely?
WARNING: This is a REALLY HOT book. (Sexually Explicit)
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My Short Review:
Just like his brother, Nicholas, Raine does not disappoint!!!
Raine was once married, but his wife, a human woman, could not accept what he truly was and his carnal nature that was within himself. Marriage, you could say, left a really bad taste in his mouth. So, to be told that he has to take upon a wife and had no choice in the matter... well, you can just imagine how well that sits with him.
Raine's passion lies with vineyards of his family's estate. He consumes himself with finding a cure for the pox virus that is effecting everyone's vineyards but their own. His family crop, because of their own personal magic, will never to be affected by disease. But if something should ever happen to the brother's themselves, their crops will be affected and the gates to Elseworld will open and other things will reek havoc on Earth. Not goo. Raine's desire lies at preserving what is known to him all his life - his legacy.
Jordan is a very feisty woman. She has determination and a spirit to match. She also has her own secrets... She is... well, if I tell you, it would not surprise you. Let's just say that she is not your normal woman! I do have to admit, this book was a little rougher around the corners... but it's read was definitely worth the read. Why was it worth it, because these two together make for an awesome couple. Together, they can mend only what others deem as broken...
Raine's heart and Jordan's spirit. Raine and Jordan's journey will embark on some things that most people would find offensive or just not right. But through everything, you will see what is right, their love, their passion, their light within each other. Will Raine be able to allow his heart love another? Will he find that happy ever after, after being broken through marriage and divorce and town gossip?
Will Jordan's soul be enough to allow her to let it go and be who she was made to be? Will the truth finally set her free, to live the life she truly desires?
I will give you a dictionary lesson, because I will be honest and say I did not know what a satyr was before reading this and it helped me to find out.Satyr: Classical Mythology. one of a class of woodland deities, attendant on Bacchus, represented as part human, part horse, and sometimes part goat and noted for riotousness and lasciviousness.
Coutresy of Dictionary.com
Now, I will skip my normal format for a review because for these books run together (I do advise to read them in order) and the characters go in and out of each book... , I will give you the plot, the main two characters and my thoughts. I don't want the review to be too long.
Raine has to wed one of King Feydon daughters in order to protect her. King Feydon sired three half-human, half-faerie daughters. And each one is in danger of some sorts. So, by the undertaking of the marriage by the Satyr's brother, it gives them protection. Raine's heart has been twisted already. He is a man of conviction, devoted to his purpose of vineyard. He has known to have turned heads of all kinds.
Jordan is looking for an out from her current living conditions. She is put on display once a year for her birthday as a medical study. What she finds is a man who has seen her for real self and still wants to accept her. Will she allow him to accept her for the true person she desires to be? Will Raine allow himself to open up to yet another woman that he is wed?
The Major Players:
Raine: A Satyr brother, actually, he is a half-brother. His (step) father released him when he was thirteen; when his mother admitted to a long-held secret. He was then sent to the Satyr Estate where he met his real father. Lord Marcus Satyr raised Raine and taught him what being a true Satyr was all about. Raine is a very handsome and determined man. He knew what his purpose was in life... or at least he thought he did, before he knew he was to wed!
Jordan: She is a feisty woman. For as long as she could remember, for her birthday she was to be placed on display for Signore Salerno in the name of science. (Told you, you will have to read to find out what is behind her secret.) She yearned to just be left alone to be what she was - a human. She just wanted to be left alone. She was never in a serious relationship, never thought she could have one where someone would love her for who she truly was.
My Thoughts: **when I first read this book, I had not read m/m books yet... now I have**
I said this story was the rougher one for me to read. One of the story lines that I struggled with which I will give you... (no spoilers)... that I came across is the book deals with m/m (which I am not use of), one of them being a man of the clothe. There is greed, envy, lust and everything else you can think of in this book. Raine was a very interesting but erotic book to read. After I got pass the first shock of what people where thinking and what was going on... it was a gut-wrenching read!!! Raine story is very emotional due to Jordan's story. These two prove to me that if they could overcome the many obstacles in their life and in their way; then gosh darn-it anything is possible!!!!!
The other things you wan to know... SMUT: yes... oh yea... in all ways possible.... Anything Expected... nothing was expected from this story. This has to be the first story that really (and I mean really) had me not knowing what the hell was going to happen next. Displeasing: nothing. I had never read a m/m book before, so eventually there was going to be a first for me... and this was my first. And it left me spell-bound the way Ms. Amber did it. The book never lost sight of the marriage that needed to take place or of the importance of the brothers! I hope I have wet your appetite enough....
I hope you liked the review... I have two more reviews to come!!
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The next book is ... then Lyon... then Dominic.
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