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Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance (edition 2012)

by Lucinda Brant

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Title:Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance
Authors:Lucinda Brant
Info:Sprigleaf (2012), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:eighteenth century, georgian romance, historical romance, roxton series, lucinda brant

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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 a wonderful read for romance and historical fiction fans. Well-crafted plot, historical accuracy, and believable characters make this a book to enjoy. This is the first book in the Roxton series. Highly recommended.
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  FionaRobynIngram | Jan 16, 2013 |
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..:) ( )
  avry15 | Dec 9, 2011 |
Thoroughly enjoyed this book as well as its followups - Midnight Marriage and Autumns Duchess. If you like following a family of characters, romance and historical elements you are in for a treat. Great book! ( )
  bookwurm84 | Nov 14, 2011 |
Well my new favorite author came at me with another eBook to review and I must say this one was just as good, if not more intriguing than the other two I did: Deadly Engagement and The Salt Bride.

For starters The Noble Satyr starts off in France during the time of Louis XV which if you know your history is intriguing in that the court was full of intrigue and debauchery. Enter our newest hero Renard, Duke of Roxton, or as he's known in France Monsieur le Duc. The wonderful Duke is quite the ladies man and sure works his way through the beds of the French Court, with the exception of the innocent virgins. le Duc prefers his woman with experience and a few miles under the belt. Of course he is a confirmed bachelor and does not look to wed. He's also a little further in years and quite set in his way. Nothing will cause him to change his ways, especially a woman or wife.

Enter Antonia, a very distant cousin very removed from le Duc. This lovely outspoken lass is fresh from the school room and quite the beauty. Our lovely heroine is also about to become an heiress when her grandfather passes. A man who has very little to do with our little Antonia yet is determined to marry her off to another distant relative, the son of Comte de Salvan, Etienne. Except Antonia does not wish to marry him and runs to our friend the Duke to intervene.

Of course our Duke wishes to have nothing to do with the girl. Although distantly related he has no time for once such as she. However she plays a hand that he cannot ignore and becomes her protector from their mutual cousin the Comte. Due to circumstances our Antonia becomes enthralled with the lovely Duke and falls head over heels.

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. ( )
  cwaldrum | Mar 26, 2011 |
Enjoyable, fast paced romance. Not usually my preferred genre, but I did enjoy the book as a simple pleasure read. I found the setting descriptions and the Versailles-London relationship between the priviledged class to be very accurate. My only criticism is it was some time difficult to differentiate between the characters as the author referenced them at times by their Christian names and at other times by their titled names. This was further complicated when a few of the characters changed titles midway through the story. Definitely a book worth reading if you are searching for a quality historical romance. ( )
  mkaighn | Feb 16, 2011 |
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Winner of the $10,000 Woman’s Day/Random House Romantic Fiction Prize. 1740s Paris and London. Antonia is pursued by the lascivious Comte de Salvan who plans to wed her to his drug-addicted son then make Antonia his mistress. When the libertine Duke of Roxton snatches Antonia from Salvan’s clutches, she believes herself rescued. But has Antonia merely swapped one seducer for another?
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