Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance

Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance

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by Lucinda Brant
     
 

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France and England in the age of hedonism and enlightenment.
A green-eyed beauty is abandoned at the court of Versailles.
The predatory Comte de Salvan plots her seduction.
An all-powerful adversary snatches her to safety.
But is he noble savior or a satyr most despicable?

A classic romance in the tradition of Georgette Heyer, it pays homage to Heyer's

Overview

France and England in the age of hedonism and enlightenment.
A green-eyed beauty is abandoned at the court of Versailles.
The predatory Comte de Salvan plots her seduction.
An all-powerful adversary snatches her to safety.
But is he noble savior or a satyr most despicable?

A classic romance in the tradition of Georgette Heyer, it pays homage to Heyer's These Old Shades. Noble Satyr won the $10,000 Woman's Day/Random House Romantic fiction Prize and shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year when published as The Dangerous Game in Australia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780987243010
Publisher:
Sprigleaf
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Noble Satyr 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of Noble Satyr under Member Giveaways on Librarything. I've read quite a few novels set in the era in which Noble Satyr took place and I felt completely immersed by Brant's descriptions. Some historical fiction can feel so anachronistic but this author's novel did not at all. Ms. Brant is a fine writer and I found her scene setting, characterization and dialogue delightful. I also enjoyed the plot and did not find it predictable or formulaic, though I predicted the type of ending (for now?? I shall find out in the sequel) for Antonia and Roxton, the two main characters of the book. Roxton is the dashing, promiscuous duke-about-town in mid 18th century Paris, France. He is extremely wealthy and responsible for a great number of other nobility under his "care." Antonia is a beautiful and outspoken girl left in limbo by a question of guardianship and the calculating and nefarious plans of one Comte Salvan to wed her to his deranged and opiate addicted son and subsequently bed her himself. Antonia seeks the protection of the Duke, a distant relation, from these designs. Machinations on all sides ensue resulting in Antonia recovering from an accident under the Duke's roof in Paris and their subsequent falling in love, much to the Duke's consternation. Will the Duke finally settle and can he extract Antonia from the socio-legal entanglement in which she finds her fate?
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers Favorite It is the golden age of French aristocratic life, the glittering court of Louis XV. Beneath the posturing and hedonism lies a seething hotbed of intrigue, deceit, and treachery. Sex, lies, and politics go hand in hand, and courting royal patronage is the ultimate prize. Into this licentious arena comes Antonia Moran, an innocent young woman, whose lack of protection makes her a prime target for the dissolute Comte de Salvan. He eyes this particular prize as a wife for his son, whom some say is mad. The Comte’s failing fortunes need a financial boost, and Antonia comes with an inheritance from her ailing grandfather. Anxious to see his granddaughter safely wed, the old man agrees to this unsuitable match. Moreover, unsuitable it is, since the Comte has designs on both Antonia’s impending fortune and her virtue.  Antonia may be innocent but she is not stupid. She cleverly allies herself with the Duke of Roxton, the ‘noble satyr’ of the title, whose tastes do not run to young girls. Roxton has no time for Antonia until the Comte forces his hand by attempting a violent abduction. To save Antonia, Roxton must take her to England, to the safety of his home. He is much older but she does not care. Her unabashed expressions of love for him slowly melt his icy demeanour. The inevitable happens, and it is not without consequences. The Comte, who nurses an old grudge against Roxton, will not give up and pursues his plan to the end. Can Antonia and Roxton’s love survive? And will it ultimately endure in the face of royal censure? Anyone familiar with Lucinda Brant’s Georgian novels will relish this book. Brant has the ability to transport the reader back in time, to a bygone era, without swamping the story with facts. The characters live and breathe the atmosphere of the time; they are captivating, from the primary players, right down to the smaller, but no less important characters. Ultimately, this is an enchanting and powerful love story between two people, Antonia and Roxton, who have all the odds stacked against them. I thoroughly enjoyed the unfolding of this passionate romance, with added action and adventure, derring-do, and some narrow escapes! For readers who like intricate detail there is a wealth of carefully chosen gems to enhance the picture. Everything the author describes enhances the reader’s enjoyment of a truly historical romance. I loved it. This is the first book in the Roxton series. Highly recommended.
Bookshelf_Confessions More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, I must take into account that I have read the 3rd book in this Roxton Series..so I felt more inclined in it¿than this one..which is the first in the series¿ I have imagined and loved Jonathon and Antonia together¿so it¿s quite hard for me to read Antonia with another man, her first husband the Duke of Roxton..:D¿but I still love the story¿ As always the story is unique and unforgettable.. Antonia is just eighteen while Roxton is in his late 40¿s¿but love defiles everything¿ I enjoyed Antonia¿s impulsiveness and the duke¿s aloofness and attitude¿ It¿s a wonderful story that started impossibly¿. In every twist in their situation¿there¿s always a solution or an unexpected answer¿ I especially enjoyed how the good-humored, frankness, outrageousness of Antonia, slowly but surely changed the Duke¿s stone heart into a warm puddle¿ I also imagined the duke as a cute man especially when he resisted laughing and tried to regain his composure in front of Antonia¿ I also love and cherished all the supporting characters.. It¿s like they were meant to be there, helping and ruining the main ones¿ I love the ending I think it¿s perfect and the things are sorted out¿ I felt the love, anger, mercy and laughter in this wonderful story! Although I hadn¿t cried like in the ¿Autumn Duchess¿, I felt the anger and fear of Antonia from the controlling and disgusting hands of the Comte and his son. Another thing I¿m grateful for this book is it explained the sorrow and grief of Antonia in the 3rd book¿ I guess if I had read this one first..i might get angry with Jonathon¿:) Ms. Lucinda Brant is a certified Historical Romance Writer if ever there¿s a job like that..:D I think I thoroughly believe now that ¿Age doesn¿t really matter¿¿ To all romance and historical lovers..What are you waiting for..? Grab these books now and fall in love like the first time..:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just read this twice through, once fast and then slow. Had to savor every bit. Really good story and not typical dumbed-down history and dialog. Love the characters. Great read!
Mama-Perro More than 1 year ago
Excellent novel. I had read the second book in this Series Midnight Marriage as a free book and loved it except for the explicit sex but when I realized it was Book Two I had to get Book One to see where it originally started. And it was just as wonderful as the second book. To those who are reading these reviews if you can read them in the right order although it makes no difference. Reading it the way I did made a lot of unclear issues become crystal clear.
breeSH More than 1 year ago
By the end of this book I found myself a little bit in love with the Duke of Roxton myself. I highly recommend Lucinda Brant. This is the third novel of her's that I have read. I find myself sad to leave the characters and world she creates when I get to the last page. As another reviewer said romance is non-explicit, but it was wonderful to experience the sexual frisson/joy/contentment/warmth that is present as the romance develops.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good novel. Recommend it. It does have explicit sex scenes, but few of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skipped most of it/hard to follow all over the place
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book liked it very much
Anonymous 9 months ago
While I truely enjoyed the story line and character development, I found the flow seriously impeded by the language style given to the Duke's best friend Valentine. An educated peer of that time period would not continuously speak using the word ain't and other contractions. He sounds like a person of low birth and little education. I also found it odd that war between England and France was mentioned toward the end when explaining the danger of French soldiers coming to England with the Comte, when there was no mention of war elsewhere in the book. Otherwise, I loved the hero and heroine as well as his loyal servants, and thought the story presented an interesting view of court life at the time.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that NOBLE SATYR by Lucinda Brant is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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Tedious. Without narrative voice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It isn't my usually read but I intend to read the rest of the series.  Excellent.
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Too many characters - events mapped out in conversation form as if it were screenplay ready. Tedious; because the conversation were translations of French. I have read some of this author's work. I had thought she was good. I am thoroughly disappointed.
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