Under the Satyr Moon is the second book in ‘The Cursed Satyroi’ series and this time around it’s Ariston that gets his chance at redemption.
We meet Lily Anders when she is at her lowest, on a freelance photography job that has took her out into the Blue Ridge Mountains with her boyfriend Donovan – little does she know but Donovan is about to dump her not only from his life but leaving her alone in the wilderness too. Needing to find civilisation and a chance to get home, Lily starts her trek through the forest…. Until she hears a tune, a strange melody that calls to her… so she follows and comes upon a man - a goat man?!?- indulging in an encounter with a woman. Feeling embarrassed and voyeuristic she goes to leave, makes a noise and he sees her, is fascinated by her and follows her which then becomes a kidnap situation.
Ariston is cursed as a Satyr, cursed to live the life of a half man/ half goat, complete with horns and an insatiable sexual appetite. He has lived this way for centuries, hiding up on the mountain, tempting campers to sate his needs and making them forget afterwards. The only thing that could save his sorry ass is to find a Nymph and make love to her ‘under the Satyr moon’ and he has long given up hope of finding one especially when they are invisible to his kind but the woman who had been spying on him in the woods, she was the first Nymph he’d seen since Daphne – a nymph who had shared her glimpse of his fate with him – and he wondered if he was finally getting his shot. Lily of course was not happy with this situation and in trying to escape, makes a few friends along the way but as always, with friends always comes enemies and whilst some would be overjoyed to see Ariston’s curse lifted, some would us the chance as an opportunity to break him. Will Lily get to know Ariston and help him regain his humanity? Can Ariston keep his hands to himself and wait for the Satyr Moon? Will it really lift the curse?
This was another enjoyable read in this series and I really enjoy the world the author has created. I loved both our main characters; Lily was awesome and had a great personality paired with a great sense of humour and I liked seeing her blossom from the broken hearted girl in the beginning into a stubborn woman, willing to take on a Satyr. Ariston too was a great character and like Lily had the good personality/good humour going on plus there is the innuendos that would come with having an insatiable sexual appetite which are always fun. He too blossomed from a forlorn Satyr who had lost hope of ever having any love or happiness in his life, resigned to his fate but that all changed with the arrival of Lily and the renewal of his hope. Both together made a really good couple who gelled well and had lots of sexual chemistry that created some very hot moments filled with tension as they try to keep their hands off each other until the time was right.
The storyline was a good progression from book one and even though it has moved on to another couple, we still get a cameo from Pan and Kat which keeps us informed what has happened to them since they got together. Whilst most of the story is devoted to Ariston & Lily’s relationship and will they/won’t they break the curse, Dionysus is still meddling and is still trying to get his hands the ‘sryinx’ and is again using his Boeotian satyrs to do his bidding in the worst way, especially as he pits Ariston against his twin brother Adonis in this, using their hatred of each other to his advantage but as I said – Lily & Ariston have made friends along the way and just as Dionysus is meddling, so are the friends because they really want this for them and they all brought about some comedic moments that include a c*ck blocking horse & lightning bolts. The secondary characters are just as important in this story and from both sides, Hermes is back and hilarious, this time bringing Pegasus who is just as much fun (even if he can’t speak) plus we see a different side to a couple of Boeotian satyrs and see that being at Dionysus’s beck and call is not helping these men. We get a glimpse into Adonis’s life and also Melancton’s which actually leaves me really wanting his story, it will be good to see things from the other sides POV and seeing how they can get their own redemption – will it mean turning from Dionysus’s path and turning to Pan’s? who knows but I’m very curious. So, if you’re looking for a nice romantic tale of mythology, hot Satyr men, naughty nymphs in the making, danger, misdirection & jealousy, filled with humour and sexual tension that can smoulder from the pages all leading up to one make or break moment giving our H &h a possible happy ever after….. look no further.