Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release date: January 31st 2002
Series: Dark Hunter #0
Source: Personal shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.
As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.
But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?
Julian of Macedon
Grace’s love – and sex – life leaves a lot to be desired since Paul abused her in college. Even though she’s a sex therapist. Her friend Selena is so worried about her friend’s four years of chastity that she decides to take matters in hands. Gypsy and believer, she forces Grace to summon a Greek love-slave named Julian de Macedone from a very ancient book. Took by surprise when the spell actually worked, Grace is stuck with a sex god who wants nothing but to jump her bones, for a whole month, until the spell fades.
Fantasy Lover is pure Paranormal Romance and even if you’ll find some humor here and there, don’t pick it up hoping for action or suspense of any kind, because you’ll be disappointed. That being said, I really enjoyed this quick and simmering read.
Grace and Julian are really great characters with troubled past, his worst than hers considering he has two thousands years of past. Getting to discover them and their motivations was a delight and their struggles sometimes heart-breaking. I even found myself teary eyed at a certain moment.
The Greek mythology was really interesting. I couldn’t tell you how accurate it is ‘cause I’m no expert but it was a refreshing lore. The plot line was also consistent and enjoyable, if not very surprising. Finally, the end put a balm on the characters wounds and the epilogue was enchanting.
It’s a good beginning to the series and I can’t wait to see where Sherrilyn will take us for the second round.