Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Satyr’s Song

Author: A.J. Marcus
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-040-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Concert flutist Adrian Mylonas lost his job with the Dallas Symphony after angering the conductor. Needing a job, he joins his friend at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival and ends up as a pipe-playing satyr. While playing his pipes, Adrian spies a hunky guy unloading a large elephant and for the first n ages, a spark of interest races thorough him.

Ed Costa notices the gorgeous satyr but taking care of his son Eddy, the elephants and other family responsibilities takes most of his time. That means Ed’s lonely. He needs a special man in his life. It can’t be just any man but someone Eddy and the elephants like. Adrian and his beautiful music is the perfect answer to fill the hole in his heart and his life. Can two men from such vastly different worlds make a life together?

The Satyr’s Song is the second release in the Ren Faire Romances series by AJ Marcus. While reading them in order would familiarize you with the ‘faire’ world, it’s possible to enjoy this as a standalone.

The idea of the Renaissance Festival setting is what drew me to the series initially. It’s unique, creative, and full of colorful secondary characters and vivid descriptions that make the story come alive. This addition to the series is no different. The Satyr’s Song is a fun and entertaining read and mixing a concert flutist and elephant trainer is nothing short of brave and daring. I mean really. Can you think of two more different lifestyles? I admit it. I didn’t think the author could convincingly get these two together. But call me shocked. It happened. The author even wove in a cute five year-old and two great elephants—Mama Cara and her little baby Ciro. There are even lots of interesting facts about music and how to care for and live with elephants—and it all works.

I enjoyed Adrian and Ed. They’re great characters with nicely developed histories and personalities. I like them and how they interact with each other and Eddy and I appreciate that their relationship is allowed to develop at a believable pace. I also enjoyed getting to know the elephants as individuals during this time.

Getting these men together isn’t all smooth sailing, so expect a few surprises along the way. So, if you like reads that include adorable kids, some great animals and a heartwarming love story, then give The Satyr’s Song a try. 

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