In the heart of Tuscany's centuries-old wine country, the satyr lords protect ancient secrets.
The Lords of Satyr, Book 3
Kensington Aphrodisia
July 29, 2008
ISBN-13: 9780758220417
ISBN-10: 0758220413

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Lyon is now in a 4th printing!

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Oh wow, just when I thought the series could not get any better, Elizabeth Amber really out does herself with LYON. The ingenious plot of this storyline kept me on the edge-of-my-seat. . . .There were twists and turns that sent chills . . . in-depth characters emitting a wide range of emotions that reach out and grab the reader. . . an extraordinary read.”
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“LYON, the highly anticipated third book of the Lords of Satyr series is well worth the wait. Filled with romance, intrigue, and suspense, LYON is a thrilling read from start to finish. Wildly imaginative and wickedly erotic, this book will keep readers feverishly turning the pages…Elizabeth Amber has done a fantastic job bringing this series to life and LYON is without a doubt one of the most “unputdownable” books of the year!
—Sonya Harrison, Parnanormal Romance Reviews

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“. . .smoking hot series . . . Her [Elizabeth Amber's] skill at creating both a captivating world and multidimensional characters makes LYON stand out in the genre.
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“This entire series has blown me away. Ms. Amber’s ability to set the stage and take this reader through emotional highs and lows, plot twists and turns, villains and sensational sex is phenomenal. I truly had the feeling I was watching the book unfold right before my eyes. The Lords of Satyr LYON is action packed and fast paced. I was totally entranced by all the surprises Lyon and Juliette endured. All three books have been well written and the characters are larger than life. I can’t say enough about the talent Ms. Amber has shown with this series. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until the next book. I highly recommend the entire The Lords of Satyr series.
—Julianne, TwoLips Reviews

5 Stars
“. . . a compelling paranormal romance set in historical Paris and Italy. With fascinating characters guaranteed to capture the heart from page one, this sexy and suspenseful romance is much more than the sum of its parts—it is a story that will stay with this reviewer for a long time to come.”
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“Just the mention of an Elizabeth Amber book has me on high alert. Since reading her first book NICOLAS: THE LORDS OF SATYR, the first book in the series, I’ve been hooked on this wonderful author’s work. If you like your books more than spicy and with lots of surprises and oh my’s you will want to pick up this series. . . LYON was a hot and tantalizing addition that has me craving the next book, Dominic.”
—Tammie King, Night Owl Romance

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“The LORDS OF SATYR series has completely enchanted me since the very beginning. Each story is so different and full of unexpected events . . . Elizabeth Amber brings mythological creatures to life in a historical setting with delicious results and I, for one, couldn’t wait for each new addition to this series. Fortunately there will be at least one more book in this series, DOMINIC, will be released in March 2009.”
—Chrissy Dionne, Romance Junkies

“In her untamed and highly erotic voice, Ms. Amber once again gives the readers a scorching historical paranormal novel unrivaled. The storyline. . . is extremely original and the brothers Satyr are as sexy as any reader could dream of. Overall, this novel is what erotic historical paranormal excellence is all about.”
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“The last installment in the Lords of Satyr trilogy is also the most complex characterwise. Amber depicts a dark side of 19th century Paris that will chill the reader to the bone—even as she’s cheering on the hero and heroine to their happily-ever-after ending.”
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—Lynda, Simply Romance Reviews

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“. . . going on my keeper shelf, right next to the first two books. I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth (and final?) book in this series. Way to go, Ms. Amber, this book is a definite winner.”
—Viscaria, Whipped Cream

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“These genres are so hot…that there’s some serious cross-pollination going on—especially among historicals and paranormal. Kensington author Elizabeth Amber’s Lords of Satyr trilogy (including the final installment, LYON: THE LORDS OF SATYR, due in August) combines these subgenres—and has gone back to press three times.
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4.5 stars
“There is an amazing talent and an excellence in Elizabeth Amber’s writing, she knows how to built up a story as a novel as well as a series, so I’m blissfully happy knowing another novel in the Lords of Satyr series will be released. I can’t wait till DOMINIC will be released! I’d say it’s safe to say I was yet again was swept off my feet; the Satyr-world got a permanent space in my reader’s heart. . . Amazingly hot and wickedly erotic.
—Natascha, Realms on our Bookshelves in Berlin, Germany

Lyon

Lyon

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 Is On The Prowl…

The youngest of the Satyr brothers, Lyon enjoys working in the family’s Tuscan vineyards, caring for his menagerie of animals and bedding beautiful women. But he knows he must fulfill his destiny of taking the last daughter of King Feydon as his bride. And so he travels to Paris to wed the infamous Juliet Rabelais…

For His Most Luscious Prize…

A celebrated courtesan noted for both her culinary—and carnal—talents, Juliet is a voluptuous beauty with a body meant to tease. And with a full moon only days away, Lyon is quickly aroused. But after a night of intimacy, Lyon wonders if Juliet is truly a mistress of sensual pleasure or whether his sexual mastery will be her undoing…

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The sound of the lash cut the quiet in several staccato slashes. Gina whimpered.

Juliette cleared her throat. “I suppose. Shall we visit another room now, monsieur?”

“I’m content to hear more of this one.” Lyon moved away from her along the wall, surveying the continuous fresco, which portrayed interconnected scenes of antiquity, each more debauched than the former. He paused before a painting of a low prostitute posing as if in wait for a customer. It was one of the oils from Valmont’s ancestral home.

“A prostibula,” he said, reading from the small gilt plate in the center of the frame’s bottom edge.

“A ‘morue’, we call her in France. She who stands in front of her stabulum—a cell or stall—to be visited by men,” Juliette clarified, coming to stand beside him. “She doesn’t look particularly happy about it, does she?”

His gaze cut to hers. “Would you be happy, in her place?”

From the adjoining room, a rhythmic thumping began, accompanied by feminine moans and ribald masculine grunts.

What the prostibula did was a baser form of what went on here in Valmont’s establishment. Surely this man realized that.

“Non,” she said.

Lyon turned back to study the expression of the woman in the painting. “You answer too quickly and without consideration. First, you must look at her. Really look. Imagine yourself in her situation. On a day that completely changes your life from what it was before.”

He circled her, moving to stand at her back, so they both faced the painting. He set his hands at her shoulders and his disembodied voice came, low and mesmerizing. “Imagine you are she, waiting there for a man. Any man. Hoping one will walk by and notice you.

You are fairly new at this work and shy. You’ve had two customers this morning, but you know that if no one else comes, you do not eat that day. So you hope for more.

Men of every class walk by, weighing your worth in terms of the coins in their pockets. You preen and woo them with your smile. But no one stops . . . until . . . finally, one man passes . . . and slows. He stops.”

Juliette shivered, in spite of the fire he’d roused in the corner grate. Behind her, his palms slid up and down her chilled arms, connecting her to him and warming her far more than did the fire.

Why didn’t he ask his questions and get them over with? She opened her mouth to provoke him with questions of her own, but the words that came out were not those she intended.

“You should flee this place,” she whispered.

His hands paused only briefly, then dropped, finding her waist. Gently they slid upwards along her side, shaping over her ribs, under her arms. Then back to her hip, then upward again, retracing the same path time and time again. And with each upward sweep, he brushed nearer to the underswells of her breasts, until she was nearly mad with the need to have him take their weight in his palms.

“But he wants you,” Lyon murmured in that same hypnotic rumble. “You can see it in his eyes.

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Chapter 1

Lord 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, 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 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 Quai de Conti for the opposite sidewalk that edged the river. As the light waned, the black-clad booksellers that 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, crepes, and fromage. These were giving way to street performers, chestnut carts, and throngs of unusually high-spirited Parisians. Pickpockets 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 starchy 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 female entourage took it 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 females, 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 told them in greeting, 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 quick 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 disbursed 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 succulent quim. 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’s return.

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 bronzed King Henry 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 quick 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 with her 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, urgent and familiar. Feminine