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Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance [Paperback]

Lucinda Brant
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Jan. 1 2012
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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it Immensely. July 4 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book as a free one. It was written really well, and I enjoyed the humor, and the love story in it. I couldn't wait to read the rest in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Crystal
Format:Hardcover
The difference in this story than the previous two I have read by Lucinda Brant is that the story takes place in two worlds, French and English (the Duke is both as is Antonia), although the French Court is the dominant of the two. Also there is quite a gap in ages between the Duke and Antonia, which was very common in this time period, but most writers don't usually use this fact in their historical fiction. Most keep a gap but none nearly as large as the one between our hero and heroine. I approve, making me like the author all the more for her ability to make the story intriguing and still historical.

Of course it wouldn't be a Lucinda Brant novel without a villain you want nothing more than to be ripped to pieces by the end. The Comte and his son are the vilest of villains for the simple fact that both their ends to steal Antonia and use her plays right along with times of today and yester-year. You feel bad for the one and you want to crack the other over the skull with a cast iron skillet. The ending for all leaves the door open for the next novel and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Of course for those of you wondering what becomes of Antonia and le Duc you can imagine that their ending is happy, slightly askew, but happy. You can now purchase these books on Amazon.com if you go here. I, of course, completely recommend and absolutely encourage you to take on this new author if you are even slightly interested in historical fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French love affair Sept. 7 2014
By ak
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Charmingly different location, and a fun sashay through the French court. But the love story shows a bright, single-minded heroine court her deliciously sex and arrogant aristocratic leading man.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Free is too much for this book June 1 2014
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I admit -- bodice rippers are a guilty pleasure. But this book was not a pleasure at all. Thin plot, unappealing characters and the overall sense of wasting time made me delete the book 40 pages in. Don't bother
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by Heyer, but not plagarized! Oct. 7 2011
By JLR - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't often write reviews, but I am compelled to due to the couple of negative reviews this book received. Yes, I agree, Ms. Brant was obviously inspired and guided by Ms. Heyer's earlier writings (particularly These Old Shades, which I think is Heyer's best). However, I do stop short of the cry of "plagarism"! Ms. Brant weaves a tale that takes place during the Georgian period and does it so skillfully that I found myself enthralled as I followed the tale of Roxton and Antonia. Her two main characters are drawn similarly to Heyer's Satanas and Leonie (of These Old Shades)and both stories take place in France around the same time period, but from there the stories diverge. There is an English Duke who is hauty and cold, an innocent but daring and intrepid heroine, wonderful secondary characters, a contemptible and disgusting cousin (the Comte), his monstrous son and two whippets who round out the story. Ms. Brant obviously did her research and was able to pull the reader into the very pages of her story by adroitly applying layer upon layer of descriptive narrative that placed you in the middle of the lives of these fascinating characters. I enjoyed this first book so much that I have purchased and read all five of her stories available on Kindle. I would rate all five books as superior to what is generally available in the romance genre. This author is a gifted storyteller and each of her books are well worth reading and not to be missed. I would also add this caveat: I usually do not care for the Georgian period, much preferring the Regency period; however, these books are so enjoyable, I find myself overlooking this minor flaw (which isn't a flaw after all). Ms. Brant is a gift to her readers.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homage rather than plagiarism Oct. 16 2011
By V. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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I would like to thank the 1 star reviewers. As a long-time, devoted reader of Georgette Heyer, (over 40 years) your negative reviews coaxed me into buying this book. And I am so glad you did! These Old Shades is my favorite and, to me, the best of Heyer's books. Brant has taken the concepts and given us a very different book with a completely different atmosphere. I loved it but not for the reasons I love TOS. Noble Satyr is almost a romp and great fun to read. I highly recommend it and can't wait to download the rest of Brant's books.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Taming of a Profligate Oct. 9 2011
By Sophia Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book for its historical setting and accuracy, for its rich characters both villain and hero, and for its good plotting. It bears striking resemblance to another Georgian era historical romance by Georgette Heyer, but it is only a resemblance- and this resemblance is a high compliment.
The story is split between Paris and the French court, Georgian London, and the English countryside. The writer allows several characters including her villains to have Point of View time which add suspense. It has the suspenseful swashbuckling qualities of Three Musketeers with romance for more than one couple to give satisfaction.
I can recommend this and it's definitely worth the small cost for the kindle version.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New must-read author March 27 2012
By Larisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
At first that my local library couldn't acquire any copies of Lucinda Brant's books frustrated me. Spending any of my limited book budget on a new author isn't my preferred plan. Toss in a $0.99 e-book sale, with a 5 star review by Emery Lee and the risk dissolves into being pleased with another book for Keeper Case.

This book is a perfect example of why, in my early teens, I fell in love with historical romances written by British and Australian authors. Lush, exotic settings, courtly manners, the interactions echoing dance of coming together, then apart, while maintaining focus. The whole book is a delicious, restrained minuet with every person in the cast weaving in and out through the dance steps.

The characters are vibrant, vivacious, passionate, intelligent, yet subtle, imbued with that je-ne-sais-quois of memorable people. Descriptions of moments, rooms, attire all seemlessly blend into a moving portrait of a moment in time. The loving detail never overshadows the story, providing the setting for the jewels made of each scene, snippet of conversation. Link by link embellishing the tale until it glows.

As a heroine Antonia is wonderful balance of outrageous, innoccent but wordly, and delightfully smart. She's focused on what she wants, not waivering from her goals, no hysterics, or any of the ridiculous self inflicted conflicts or misunderstandings that plague lesser tales. Very believeably human, young and without being anochronistic. Her full range of intelligence, playfullness, teasing, and self confidence are still present when she's distraught and devestated, plotting to save herself from the villian and live life the way she wants to.

Hero Roxton is the virile, swoonworthy Duc, whose unwillingness to suffer fools or be in denial about all his qualities, both attractive and not, makes him believeable. No tortured soul, Roxton. His times of introspection, which not all are alcohol driven, provide a glimpse into his humanity and result in a new fortitude to achieve his goals. He recognizes he's changing without fighting it tooth and nail. If only the Bronte sister's had written such worthy Heroes.

I loved that the reader is only given glimpses of the intimacy between Antonia and Roxton. Instead of detailed descriptions passionate nights and days, there are vignettes from various character's memories, bolstering the intensity, magic, time-out-of-time interludes. Emphasizing this couple's nuturing of their love, protectiveness of each other, and how happily they give themselves over to their joy when they are in private. When vilians or petty, spiteful characters work to create rifts, even without absolute proof the hero and heroine believe each other, assume the best of each other; apology acccepted, eyes turned toward thei future.

Cannot wait to read more by Lucinda Brant.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise from a Georgian Junkie Dec 2 2011
By Emery Lee (author) - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Brant was a previously unknown author to me but after reading the first book in the Roxton Series, she has won my heart. I love that the author is not afraid to bend the genre rules that have become so stifling to authors and writes what inspires rather than conforming to formulas. What first attracted me to the book was the Georgian era setting and the plot similarity to the Georgette "the Great" Heyers' These Old Shades, one of may favorite GH titles. I was a bit skeptical at first whether another author could live up to my idol's fantabulous dialogue and OTT characters but Ms. Brant did not disappoint. I actually liked her herione, Antonia better than the somewhat irritating Leonie. Although this book is by no means graphically sexual, I liked the higher level of sensuality compared to the much tamer GH titles. I won't go into plot as anyone can read the book blurbs. Suffice to say if the rest of the series is as good, I've found another favorite author.
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